Catholic Writers Guild, St. Johns Chapter Monthly Meeting

The Catholic Writers Guild, St. Johns Chapter will have its Monthly Meeting on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at St. Paul’s Church & School Auditorium (2609 Park Street) in Jacksonville from 10:00 a.m. to noon. All those interested (including poets, fiction and non-fiction, screen play writers, musicians, artists, editors, illustrators, etc.) are invited. Refreshments served with a raffle. Panel discussion – “Marketing Your Book” – Jack Manilla, Tony Kolenc & Jacqueline Brown – local authors. For further information contact R. T. Beaman at writerrod@comcast.net or P. Babadi at wordsbypaula@gmail.com.

Post expires at 1:00pm on Monday August 27th, 2018

BASA Ministry Highlight

Did you know? There are Parish Family Life Coordinators in 35 parishes within the Diocese of St. Augustine. The mission of this network of volunteers is to promote a culture of marriage and family through training and resources provided by the Diocese of St. Augustine Office of Family Life. Your faithful support of the Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal helps provide assistance to diocesan ministries like the Office of Family Life. It’s not too late to give to Bishop’s Annual Stewardship Appeal! Go to www.dosafl.com/ways-to-give/ to make your 2018 gift.

Post expires at 1:00pm on Monday August 27th, 2018

Florida Catholic Conference Announcements – Election Season

The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops recommends publishing the following announcements in parish bulletins beginning three Sundays before both the Primary and General Elections. Parishes may choose from the three sample announcements provided or use all three.

Recommended publication prior to Primary Election: August 12, 19 and 26
Recommended publication prior to General Election: October 21, 28 and November 4

2018 Candidate Questionnaire Project: What’s a Catholic voter to do?
Catholic faithful are urged to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest. To help parishioners become informed on where candidates stand on key issues, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has polled those running for U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature. To see how candidates appearing on the August 28 Primary Election / November 6 General Election ballots responded to the questionnaire, visit www.flaccb.org.

2018 Candidate Questionnaire Project: Let your conscience be your guide
Catholic faithful are called to political engagement shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable. To help parishioners become informed on where candidates stand on key issues, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has polled those running for U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature. To see how candidates appearing on the August 38 Primary Election / November 6 General Election ballots responded to the questionnaire, visit www.flaccb.org.

2018 Candidate Questionnaire Project: An informed voter is a responsible voter
The U.S. bishops remind us, “In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” To help parishioners become informed on where candidates stand on key issues, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has polled those running for U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature. To see how candidates appearing on the August 28 Primary Election / November 6 General Election ballots responded to the questionnaire, visit www.flaccb.org.

ESPAÑOL

La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de la Florida recomienda que los siguientes anuncios se publiquen en los boletines parroquiales comenzando tres domingos antes de ambas elecciones, las primarias y las generales. Las parroquias pueden escoger uno de los tres ejemplos proveídos o usarlos todos.

Se recomienda que los anuncios antes de las elecciones primarias se publiquen de agosto 12, 19 y agosto 26
Se recomienda que los anuncios antes de las elecciones generales se publiquen de octubre 21, 28 y noviembre 4

Proyecto del Cuestionario de los Candidatos 2018: ¿Qué debe hacer el votante católico?
Los fieles católicos son urgidos a escoger sus líderes políticos basados en sus principios, no en la afiliación partidista o interés personal. La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de la Florida, para asistir a los feligreses que quieren conocer la posición de candidatos políticos sobre temas claves, ha encuestado aquellos postulándose para el congreso y la legislatura estatal. Para ver como los candidatos, que aparecerán en la papeleta de la Elección Primaria de agosto 28/Elección General de noviembre 6, respondieron al cuestionario, visite www.flaccb.org.

Proyecto del Cuestionario de los Candidatos 2018: Que su conciencia sea su guía
Los fieles católicos somos llamados a la participación política. Esta participación debe ser influida por las convicciones morales de conciencias bien formadas y enfocada en la dignidad de cada ser humano, la búsqueda del bien común, y la protección de los débiles y vulnerables. La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de la Florida, para asistir a los feligreses que quieren conocer la posición de candidatos políticos sobre temas claves, ha encuestado aquellos postulándose para el congreso y la legislatura estatal. Para ver como los candidatos, que aparecerán en la papeleta de la Elección Primaria de agosto 28/Elección General de noviembre 6, respondieron al cuestionario, visite www.flaccb.org.

Proyecto del Cuestionario de los Candidatos 2018: Un votante informado es un votante responsable
Los obispos estadounidenses nos recuerdan que: “En la Tradición católica, ser ciudadanos responsables es una virtud y la participación en la vida política es una obligación moral.” La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de la Florida, para asistir a los feligreses que quieren conocer la posición de candidatos políticos sobre temas claves, ha encuestado aquellos postulándose para el congreso y la legislatura estatal. Para ver como los candidatos, que aparecerán en la papeleta de la Elección Primaria de agosto 28/Elección General de noviembre 6, respondieron al cuestionario, visite www.flaccb.org.

Post expires at 1:00pm on Monday October 22nd, 2018

Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends

Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends is an educational seminar, created by Dr. Bruce Fisher, for those adjusting to the end of a love relationship through separation, divorce, abandonment, or death. The 10-week Rebuilding Program offers an ecumenical, comprehensive guide as well as a support system to help in the healing process. The next session begins on Thursday, September 13 and continues every Thursday through November 15. Classes are held 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Holy Family Parish Life Center in Jacksonville (9800 Baymeadows Road in Jacksonville). The cost to attend the program is $60. Materials will be provided at the first class. Rebuilding is sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Family Life . Please visit www.dosafl.com or call (904) 262-3200 for the required registration.

Post expires at 1:00pm on Monday September 3rd, 2018

Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Opens on the Westside

The newest Women’s Help Center location at 4116 Blanding Blvd. is now open! We are excited to expand our services to the many women and families on the Westside who may be facing an unplanned pregnancy. All of our services are provided free of charge. The phone number at the Blanding Blvd. location is (904) 503-2964. Please call if you are interested in volunteering or would like a tour of our beautiful new center. And know that we are always here for every woman who may be faced with an unplanned or unexpected pregnancy.

Post expires at 1:00pm on Monday August 20th, 2018

Catholic Home Missions Appeal

 

The Week of the Appeal (May 5-6)

Support the Catholic Home Missions Appeal today! Right now, more than 40 percent of dioceses in the United States are considered home mission territory because they are unable to fund the essential pastoral work needed in their communities. Your support funds programs, such as religious education, seminary formation, and lay ministry training, to build vibrant faith communities right here in the United States. Please be generous. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/home-missions.

SPANISH

 

La semana del Llamado (May 5-6)

¡Apoye hoy al Llamado para las Misiones Católicas! Ahora mismo, más del 40 por ciento de las diócesis en los Estados Unidos es considerado territorio misionero nacional porque a esas diócesis no les es posible financiar las labores pastorales esenciales y necesarias en sus comunidades. Su apoyo financia programas tales como la educación religiosa, la formación de seminaristas y la capacitación del ministerio laico a fin de construir unas comunidades vivas de fe, aquí, en los Estados Unidos. Por favor, sean generosos. Pueden encontrar más información en www.usccb.org/home-missions.

 

Post expires at 1:00pm on Monday April 30th, 2018

Why Mary? Spiritual Enrichment and Devotion Instruction

Father Hugh Gillespie, a Montfortian missionary, will be preaching in our area about St. Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” Take advantage of either of these two days of recollection on Saturday, April 21 at St. Ambrose Parish in Elkton (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) or Saturday, April 28 at Holy Family Parish in Jacksonville (8:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm). Pre-register before March 25 to receive the discounted $5 registration fee ($20 after March 25). Pre-register today by emailing Trudy@familyforlife.info or by calling (904) 382-2619.

Click here to download flyer

Our Lady of Good Counsel Food Pantry Needs Van

In order to expand and reach more people and families in need, Our Lady of Good Counsel Food Pantry, located on SR 16 in St. Augustine, needs a new or gently used large van to pick up and deliver meat and produce from the Feeding Northeast Florida Food Bank in Jacksonville. Access to this food will enable us to nearly double our program and reach more of our less fortunate brothers, sisters and children, shut-ins, the elderly and those without transportation, supplying them with good nutritious meals. This van will truly make a difference in our Community Outreach Food Pantry Program. Your donation is tax-deductible within the confines of the law. If you are interested in generously donating a van, please call the parish at 904-824-8688 and speak to our pastor, Father Guy Noonan.

Post expires at 3:36pm on Wednesday August 9th, 2017

Keeping Students Connected to the Catholic Church

It is hard to imagine that 80% of our college students – the same students you worked so hard to nurture in their spiritual development – stop practicing the faith at some point during college. But he problem is very real. Together with Bishop Estévez, the Diocese of St. Augustine is continuing work to implement a High School Outreach Program in our parishes and Catholic high schools with the help of Newman Connection. This year we are asking the information be collected on student contact cards provided by Newman Connection at a graduation event. Once this is complete, you can then enter the information on the Newman Connection website or send the completed cards to Cassie Campton, Director of Outreach. If you have any questions, contact Cassie Campton at ccampton@newmanconnection.com.

Download Bulletin Notice for Youth Ministers

Post expires at 1:00pm on Monday May 29th, 2017