Elements of our Sacred Space

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I offer my continued blessings in this Easter season. A time of year that is mixed with celebration of graduations,anniversaries of accomplishments and passings, sacramental conferrals, and planning for summers and futures. I am currently...

Visions of Hell

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I am going to delay a week before continuing the explanations of the various spaces and elements in the Catholic Church. We are immersed in this centenary year of the apparitions of Our Lady to...

4th Sunday of Easter

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May your Easter Season continue to be blessed with happiness and spiritual joy. Our Spring Carnival, is but 5 days away, and on behalf of the parish I want to thank Ben Lelina for the...

Narthax, Nave & Sanctuary

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I extend a continuing Happy Easter to one and all, as we continue through this joyous Easter season.  Yes…He has risen, (the greatest of miracles), which therefore validates the Truth of all that He taught...

“Acts of Mercy”

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He is Risen!…He is truly Risen! Please accept my warm wishes and prayers for a most blessed and Happy Easter to you and all your family members. On this most Holy Day, during which we...

“Spiritual Growth Element”

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“Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.”  Here we are….we have arrived at our entrance into the Holiest of Weeks in...

Pray the Rosary

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Easter Sunday is but two weeks away, and now is a good time to assess our progress in this preparatory Lenten time. The Easter Vigil and morning Masses at Easter are meant to remind us...

“Our Faith Is Worth Fighting For”

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As I finally sit to write this “Corner”, I have a myriad of spiritual subjects and concerns swirling through my head. I am in the midst of writing four talks that will be given within...

Prayer, Fasting  and Almsgiving

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I am writing this “Corner” in the early afternoon on Monday before the visit to our Parish of the Centenary Pilgrim Image (statue) of Our Lady of Fatima.  This being the 100th Anniversary of the...

“Our Lady of Fatima”

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As we enter the Second Week of Lent, we certainly have a lot going on, here at the parish, to help us focus on the tri-part elements of Lent…those elements being prayer, fasting, and almsgiving....

Schedule for the Visit of Our Lady of Fatima Image

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Monday March 13 6 pm – Fatima Image Arrival * Welcoming Procession * Re-Crowning of the Image * Floral Offerings 6:30 pm – Holy Mass 9 pm – Overnight Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions Tuesday, March...

Know Your Faith So You Can Defend It

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I would like to thank all of you parishioners who attended the prayerful, multi-faith “Jericho March” around the City Hall on the evening of the HRO Amendment Vote by Jacksonville’s City Council, this past Tuesday....

Help stop the “HRO Amendment”

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It is getting late in the game, however I simply want, with one last exhortation, to encourage all conscientious, faith-adhering Catholics, particularly those who live and vote in Duval County, to read-up on the same-sex/transgender...

The “Human Rights Ordinance”. 

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As we heard in last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus sat down to teach his “Sermon on the Mount”. Sitting was the ancient way. Teachers today, stand in front of a class, but in His day, the...

In Support of Life

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The inauguration of our new President is complete, and I dare say a new day is dawning. The air is filled with promises and pledges of hope for the pre-born. If you are a committed...

Use your “Pro-Life Voice”

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The inauguration of our new President is complete, and I dare say a new day is dawning. The air is filled with promises and pledges of hope for the pre-born. If you are a committed...

“By the People”

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We are well into the liturgical Year of Grace, as well as our National Respect Life Month, and we are at the halfway mark in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which began this...

Defining Tolerance

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Here we are with our new year, barely two weeks old. But what a whirlwind of activity we have already swirling around us. Much of it is Political, both national and international, and having just...

Positive and Happy start to our new year

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Praying that we are all off to a Positive and Happy start to our new year. With one week under our belts and 51 more to go, the “Happy” part is totally within our control.  The...

“Are You Willing?”

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Happy Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord! Happy Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God! Happy World Day of Peace!… and…Happy New Year! Yes…there is certainly a lot for us to be...

“O Holy Night”

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It is five nights before Christmas, and all through the parish, we have volunteers stirring, to help those we cherish. A bit corny,    I realize, but as I write this on Tuesday evening…I do want...

Stay Prepared!

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Advent here in our Diocese, has been greatly blessed, year after year, by an abundance of Parish Missions and Communal Penance Service evenings, where there is a choice of from eight to twelve priests available...

“Call to Joy”

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This weekend, we find ourselves gazing at the remaining weeks of Advent through Rose-colored glasses… (well at least rose-colored vestments…used twice a year…in the middle of Lent and Advent). The joyful, rose colored vestments are...

Advent “Our Annual Checkup”

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We are in our second week of Advent…well into this Season of preparation. Advent draws us annually into a time to focus on preparing ourselves spiritually, for the second coming of Our Savior.  This will...

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

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I am writing this while I am still in Jerusalem on our pilgrimage. In saying Holy Mass each day at one holy site after another, the importance of the Eucharistic presence of Jesus in our...

Our Lady, Queen of Victory, pray for us!

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Although you will read this 13 days from now, I am writing this “Corner” reflection on Election Day. I voted pro-life, and I pray that all true Catholics, did the same. I am fully aware...

Unborn Lives Do Matter

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I am writing this “Corner” on Sunday November 6th, since it is due at the Bulletin Company, tomorrow, Monday November 7th. When you read this, the 2016 National Election will be history. Let us unite...

Medical Marijuana?

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With the immensity of the Moral Implications inherent in the coming national elections, I have been focused on making it clear, and understood, how those moral issues impact our Catholicity. I hope and pray that...

Holy Days of Obligations

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Monday wraps up the month of October with the “Eve of all Hallows”, the “Eve of All Saints” which has morphed over the decades to be known as “Halloween”. On the day after this Eve...

Become Pro-Active

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I would again like to thank the large number of our parishioners that patronized the new pro-life movie, “Voiceless”. Your support and patronage allowed it to be extended for an additional week. It presented a...

Five Non-Negotiables

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I am writing this “Corner” from the Annual Diocesan Priest’s Retreat at Marywood, which will be shortened by a day due to Hurricane Matthew. The Bulletin publisher has shortened their deadline by a day, for...

Respect for Life Month

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It is October already…hard to believe the year is flying by so quickly.  So much has occurred in the first nine months.  A brand new church—hundreds of new families…and challenges galore going forward.  While it...

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil

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“The times, they are a changin!” These lyrics popped into my head, as I sat down to write this “Corner” article. I wanted to capture the thoughts that have been running through my head all...

“Voting” Your Moral Responsibility

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What an action-packed time of year the month of September presents us this year.  We have had… the joy-filled canonization of the most revered saint, St. Teresa of Calcutta; the beginning of football season (high...

September Brings a Rush of Spiritual Adrenalin

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Here we are already into the first days of September and the Labor Day break. School has begun for our young and so do our religious education programs for the young and the adults. When...

Voting One’s Conscience

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Well, August is just about over, and we are heading full speed into the Election Season. Hard to believe that summer has gone by so fast. As Catholics, we hear over and over again, especially...

Educational Ministry Volunteers – Are you Called?

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Our children have returned to their classrooms, and schools are back in session. Most all of the young people I speak to are enthusiastic and excited to get back. Well, that “nine month learning season”...

Courageous Living

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The central message of this Sunday’s readings is that we are meant to courageously speak out and live out our religious convictions and principles in our lives. That is what Jeremiah did, what Paul did,...

Building a Society of Adorers

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We are in the process of finishing our St. John Paul II, Totus Tuus Marian Chapel. The Vigil Light that was sent off to have the plating corrected to a true golden finish, complementing our...

Papal Opinions

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I read a great editorial in the Our Sunday Visitor weekly newspaper that I felt succinctly addressed some current concerns among attentive Catholics seeking clarity regarding the many candid papal opinions that have arisen in news interviews....

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

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I wrote in this “Corner” and spoke briefly after each Mass last weekend, about our plans to begin our life-enriching parish initiative of a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration (PEA) program. I mentioned that we need to...

Adoration of the Exposed Corpus Christi

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As mentioned in last week’s “Corner”, we had our first 24-hour Adoration in our new, secure Marian Adoration Chapel. I want to thank the many (some attending for several hours) that made the commitment to...