Pope Francis blesses an infant during the baptism of 26 babies in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Jan. 10. The baptisms were held on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout) See POPE-BAPTISM Jan. 11, 2016.

Passing on the Faith

Pope Francis reminds parents that the greatest legacy you can leave your children is the Faith, beginning with their baptism.

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God’s mercy is for all

In his recent audience, Pope Francis reminds us that no one is excluded from the mercy of God.

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Entering Mission Territory

Parishes throughout the Diocese of St. Augustine are hosting missions to prepare the faith community for Lent.

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NEWS Around the Diocese

Father Mike Schmitz a Big Hit with Catholic Gators and Others

by Elena Castello

The church was packed Jan. 29 when the Minnesotan priest began his talk. Instantly St. Augustine Church in Gainesville erupted into laughter as a crowd of students from Florida listened to Father Mike Schmitz. The event, called “Witnesses of Faith and Champions of Truth,” along with Friday Night Fever, left the University of Florida campus on fire for Christ.

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Catholic Schools Week Observed January 31-February 6; Focus is ‘Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service’

Catholic Schools Week 2016 will be observed in the Diocese of St. Augustine and around the country, January 31-February 6. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the important faith-building, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education.

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