When we talk about spirituality, we mean the particular path that a person, an order, or an ecclesiastical community undertakes to reach communion with God and the sanctification of one’s soul.
Our first interest at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission is to help its parishioners save their souls and fulfill the purpose of their lives. In so doing, present happiness and peace is found.
We base this journey upon four pillars: conversion, dedication to prayer, study of God, and charity.
The word conversion refers to a moral change where we orient our lives toward God. In this way, we become capable of avoiding sin and we receive God’s endless peace and happiness.
Dedication to prayer determines our personal relationship with God and draws us into communion with Him.
The study of God enriches our conversation with Him. It is through our reading and studying of the Holy Scriptures, the documents of the Magisterium, the Catechism, and other books that our spirituality deepens.
By following St. Francis of Assisi’s example, our community aims to live and experience love, attaining St. Francis’ mystical experience of God and becoming more caring of people within the community.
Calendar of Spirituality Events
The Rosary: Weekday mornings at 8:30 am (prior to Mass) & 7:30 a.m. on Sunday
The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday after Mass
Lectio Divina: Every Friday from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Adoration Chapel. Please enter through the main doors of the Church and bring your Bible. Consists of reading the Sunday Gospel 3xs interspersed with asking what word or verse is most prominent to me, what the word or verse means to me personally, and offering a prayer of adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and/or praise. Consider attending any Friday evening!
Friday, December 15th – John1:6-8
Bible Study: Monday evenings
Women’s Book Club – First Wednesday of the month from September through June @ 4 p.m. in the Cry Room
All women are invited to attend. Fiction & non-fiction books are selected by individuals in our group, who then lead the discussion for that particular book. Our readings offer an opportunity for you to strengthen your relationship with God resulting in a more virtuous life.
Wednesday, January 3th in the Cry Room. The book to be discussed is A Mary Christmas By Kathleen M. Carroll
“Advent asks us to wait in joyful hope. In responding to this call, we can have no better teacher than Mary, the Mother of Our Lord. Her Seven Joys transformed the Christmas season by reminding us to savor glad tidings, close relationships, and new beginnings.”
James is one of the most practical books of the Bible. Like the book of Proverbs, it is a book of wisdom, a collection of teachings on issues faced by ordinary Christians in everyday life. These teachings speak loudly to all those who feel torn between the competing demands of this world and their faith.
The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects. James 5:1
There is one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you that you judge your neighbor? James 4:12
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead. James 2:26
But no human being can tame the tongue-a restless evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:8
You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:8
Matthew Kelly—Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 6:00 PM—10:00 PM
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The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of December 2017
That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.
FIRST FRIDAY & SATURDAY DEVOTIONS
In Honor of and in Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Nine consecutive months on the first Friday of each month, receive Holy Communion (in the state of grace).
First Saturday Devotion—December 2
In reparation for blasphemies & offenses against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
Five consecutive months on the first Saturday of each month:
- Confession—within 8 days
- Receive Holy Communion (in the state of grace)
- Pray five decades of the Rosary
- Meditate for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary.
St. Patrick Catholic Church, 601 Airport Center Drive East, Jacksonville, celebrates a First Saturday Traditional Latin Mass at 10 a.m. Confessions begin at 9:30 a.m. (904) 768-2593
First Friday Devotion – November 3rd – Receive Holy Communion (in the state of grace) on every first Friday for nine consecutive months made in honor and in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
First Saturday Devotion—November 4th
First Saturday for five consecutive months:
1) Confession—Within 8 days of the first Saturday;
2) Receive Communion (in the state of grace);
3) Pray five decades of the Rosary; 4) Meditate for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
St. Patrick Catholic Church, 601 Airport Center Drive East, Jacksonville, celebrates a First Saturday Traditional Latin Mass at 10 a.m. Confessions begin at 9:30 a.m. website: www.stpatrickjacksonville.org or 904-768-2593
The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.
We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful. Excerpt from Ineffabilis Deus-Pope Pius IX Dec. 8, 1854
On February 11, 1858, Bernadette Soubirious, at the age of 14, experienced the first of many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the feast day of the Annunciation, March 25, 1858, the 16th apparition, Bernadette repeatedly asked the Lady her name, the Lady answers, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” This occurred approximately 4 years after Pope Pius IX had declared this dogma.
The angel Gabriel said to Mary: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women…You shall conceive and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus…” Mary answered, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:28,31,38
How does God send messengers to you in your life?
Do you listen?
How might you open your heart and your mind to hear God more clearly?
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb…The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe in my womb leap for joy.” Luke 1:42-44
How is the Holy Spirit moving and working in you?
How are you responding?
“And it came to pass while they were there, that the days for Mary to be delivered were fulfilled. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothing and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7
Is there room in your inn for Jesus and Mary?
When the days of her purification were fulfilled they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…Simeon blessed them and said to his Mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted; and thine own soul a sword shall pierce.” Luke 2:22, 34, 35
Have you ever felt like a sword has pierced you all the way to your soul?
How did that experience affect your relationship with God?
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions…And he returned with his parents to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. Luke 2:46,51.
How does Jesus carry on a dialogue with you? Is your prayer and study a dialogue with God?
Italicized questions by Amy Troolin author of “Rosary Meditations: Deeping and Enriching a Remarkable Prayer.”
Suggested Advent Reflections For You
The Joyful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the
Blessed Virgin Mary The Annunciation The Visitation
The Nativity The Presentation
The finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
Golden Box: ARK of the Old Covenant
1. Traveled to House of Obed-Edom in the hill Country of Judea (2Sam 6:1-11)
2. Dressed as a priest, David danced and leapt in front of the Ark (2 Sam6:14)
3. David asks “Who am I that the Ark of of my Lord should come to me?”
4. David was shouting in the presence of the Ark (2Sam6:15)
5. The Ark remained in the house of Obed-edom for three months (2Sam6:11)
6. The house of Obed-edom was blessed by the presence of the Ark (2Sam6:11)
7. The Ark returns to its home and ends up in Jerusalem where God’s presence and glory is revealed in the Temple (2Sam6:12;1Ki8:9-11)
Mary: Ark of the New Covenant
Traveled to house of Elizabeth and Zechariah the hill Country of Judea in the hill country of Judea (Lk1:39)
John the Baptist of priestly lineage leapt in his mother’s womb at the approach of Mary (Lk1:41)
Elizabeth asks “Who am I that the mother of of my Lord should come to me?” (Lk1:43)
Elizabeth “cried out” in the presence of Mary (Lk1:42)
Mary remained in the house of Elizabeth for three months (Lk:1:56)
The word “blessed” used three times and surely the house was blessed by God (2Sam6:11) (Lk1:39-45)
Mary returns home and eventually ends up up in Jerusalem where she presents God enfleshed in the Temple (Lk1:56;2:21-22)
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- For the souls of all the faithful departed.
- For the souls of your departed parents and family.
- For the souls of your departed friends.
- For the souls whose memory has vanished from this world.
- For the souls that suffer the greatest torments.
- For the souls of those who died unexpectedly or without receiving the Holy Sacraments.
- For the souls of those who died in war.
- For the souls of those who died of epidemics or famine.
- For the souls that shall be delivered from purgatory this very hour.
- For the souls that have been long detained in purgatory.
- For the souls that did not give proper honor to our Lord.
- For the souls that most need prayer.
- For the souls of those who persecuted you in your lifetime.
- For the souls of those who did not assist others in their need.
- For the souls of those who long lived without forgiving their enemies.
- For the souls of those who showed great love of their neighbor.
- For the souls of those who did not give proper honor to Our Lady.
- For the souls that are in great need of assistance.
- For the souls that undergo severe torments for their sins against chastity.
- For the souls that suffer in purgatory because of me
- For the souls of those who suffer for having engaged in sinful conversations.
- For the souls of those who were particularly given to mortification and penance
- For the souls of consecrated religious who followed the rule in a very zealous way.
- For the souls of those who valiantly gave witness to their faith before others.
- For the souls of sinners who have become lukewarm.
- or the souls of those who received the Holy Sacrament rarely or with indifference.
- For the souls of those whose bodies lie in non-consecrated ground.
- For the souls of those whose bodies lie in your neighborhood cemeteries.
- For the souls of those who prayed little.
- For the souls of those who suffer for having been deliberately inattentive during prayers.
- For the souls of those who suffer for giving bad example to others.
- For the souls of those that leave this world this very moment.
- For the souls of those who die a disgraceful or tragic death.
- For the souls that are in need of the Church’s prayer because they committed a sacrilege or showed disrespect toward holy objects.
- For the souls that had a special devotion to the Most Holy Sacrament.
- For the souls that had a special devotion to the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
- For the souls of those who contributed to the conversion of sinners.
- For the souls of those who suffer because of their unyielding and arrogant attitude toward others.
- For the souls that atone for their disregard for legitimate authority.
- For the souls of those who suffer for having slandered, libeled or told calumnies of others.
- For the souls of those who sought their own excessive pleasure and luxury.
- For the souls of those who died regretting their sins but without making atonement.
- For the souls of the leaders who neglected their duties or abused their power.
- For the souls of those who worked for peace in the world.
- For the souls of those who contributed to the growth of priestly and religious vocations.
- For the souls of those who dedicated themselves to the education of the youth in piety.
- For the souls of those who supported missionary works.
- For the souls of the Marian Fathers and Brothers.
- For the souls of all consecrated religious.
- For the souls of popes, bishops, priests, and deacons.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. (Roman Breviary)
The Month of October is Dedicated to
The Holy Rosary
Join us in our Adoration Chapel to pray the Holy Rosary every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. Our Rosary is dedicated to your intentions as requested by you prior to our praying.
The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.
The Prophecy of Simeon
The Flight into Egypt
The Loss of the Child Jesus for Three Days
Witnessing Jesus Carry His Cross
The Crucifixion of Jesus
Taking Jesus Down from the Cross
and Placing His Body in the Arms of Mary
The Burial of Jesus
Special Feast Days in Honor of Mary during the Month of September
Friday, September 8: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday, September 12: The Most Holy Name of Mary
Friday, September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows
The unique Heart of Our Lady never knew any love other than the purest love of God. It never suffered from the multiplicity of superfluous thoughts, aimless desires and vain affections which usually fill and divide the miserable hearts of the children of Adam. Her heart held one thought, one purpose, one will, one intention, one single affection and one desire only: to please God and to fulfill in all things and everywhere His adorable will.
Excerpt from “The Admirable Heart of Mary” by Saint John Eudes, Translated from the French by Charles Di Targiani and Ruth Hauser http://www.liberius.net/
The Fourth Fatima Apparition – August 19, 1917 On August 13, 1917, the young seers were abducted by the administrator of the town, who threatened to plunge them into boiling oil unless they revealed Our Lady’s secret given to them during the July 13 apparition. Independently, all three children, Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia, refused to share the secret and were willing to become martyrs. The children were spared from the administrator’s threat. He freed them on August 15. Our Lady appeared to the three children on Sunday, August 19. A portion of her message: …continue praying the Rosary every day. Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.
First Angel Apparition – Spring of 1916 Taught by the angel to the children: My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You. (This is commonly known as the Pardon Prayer.) The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of August 2017: That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.
ROSARY: Soon the first A-bomb would explode only eight city blocks from the Jesuit Church of Our Lady’s Assumption where I was stationed in Hiroshima. To be a survivor of the first atomic bomb in human history, and to have felt its tremendous concussion within the most deadly one-mile radius, gives me the not enviable “advantage” of first-hand experience. Experts have told me that I “ought to be dead”. We all need and desperately want world peace. And what do we do to attain it? International conferences, economic measures, defense production, civil defense training. We do almost everything we can think of, except the most important thing: PRAYER.
The Month of July is Dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus.
The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. Please join us in the Adoration Chapel immediately after Mass every Friday during the month of July for the Prayer and Litany of the Precious Blood of Jesus and the Divine Mercy Chaplet (approximately 15 minutes).
The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of July 2017 – That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.
The Vision of Hell and Prayers to Save Sinners
O my Jesus, forgive us, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are most in need. (To be recited after each decade of the Rosary.)
War, Communism and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
According to Matthew 5:8, the “immaculate heart” is a heart which, with God’s grace, has come to perfect interior unity and therefore “sees God”. To be “devoted” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary means therefore to embrace this attitude of heart, which makes the fiat—“your will be done”—the defining centre of one’s whole life.
Penance and the Sufferings of the Church
As from Christ’s death, from his wounded side, the Church was born, so the death of the witnesses is fruitful for the future life of the Church. Therefore, the vision of the third part of the “secret”, so distressing at first, concludes with an image of hope: no suffering is in vain, and it is a suffering Church, a Church of martyrs, which becomes a signpost for man in his search for God.
“Fatima For Today” by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.
Please join us in praying the “Corpus Christi” Rosary on Tuesday, June 20th, prior to the 8 a.m. Mass. We will meet in the Adoration Chapel to pray this special Rosary in honor of the Feast Day of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – June 23
Please join us in the Adoration Chapel on Friday, June 23rd, after the 8 a.m. Mass to pray the Acts of Consecration and Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus followed by the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.
…mindful of the fact that we too have sometimes not been free from unworthiness, and moved therefore with most vehement sorrow, in the first place we implore Thy mercy on us, being prepared by voluntary expiation to make amends for the sins we ourselves have committed, and also for the sins of those who wander far from the way of salvation, whether because, being obstinate in their unbelief, they refuse to follow Thee as their shepherd and leader, or because, spurning the promises of their Baptism, they have cast off the most sweet yoke of Thy law.
The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of June 2017:
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.
Expressions of Prayer
1. Vocal Prayer 2. Meditation 3. Contemplative Prayer
We are starting a prayer group based upon lectio divina (divine reading).
For information, please email email@example.com or call 261-9347.
Meditation is above all a quest. The mind seeks to understand the why and how of the Christian life, in order to adhere and respond to what the Lord is asking. (CCC 2705)
Lectio/Reading Meditatio/Meditating Oratio/Praying Contemplatio/Contemplation
“I would like, in particular, to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina: The diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart. (cf. Dei Verbum, n.25) If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church – I am convinced of it – a new spiritual springtime.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
Our prayer ministry, established shortly after the inception of our Mission Church, consists of volunteers from our community praying for individuals in need of prayers. Email* is implemented in case of emergency requests for prayers. A Prayer Chain is in effect with a goal of prayers being offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It consists of individuals committed to praying (traditional prayers, reading and reflecting upon the Scripture, the writings of our spiritual fathers, books on spirituality) one specific hour per week for the needs of the universal church, for public authorities and the salvation of the world, for those burdened by tribulation and for the community of St. Francis of Assisi, especially those requesting prayers. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pat, 904- 261-9347. *If you have no email, we will notify you by phone if interested.
Means to Our Spiritual Goal:
Participating frequently at Mass – Weekdays & Weekend
Receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation & Communion often
Eucharistic Adoration on a regular basis
Attending special liturgical celebrations
Women’s Book Club
Gently Used Books for the Asking
- A Consumer’s Guide to Spiritual Direction—Sallie Latkovich, CSJ
- Anyway—The Paradoxical Commandments—Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World—Kent M. Keith
- Catholicism & Reason—The Creed and Apologetics—Rev. Edward J. Hayes, Rev. Msgr. Paul J. Hayes & James J. Drummey
- 15 Days of Prayer with Saint Benedict—Andre Gozier, O. S. B.
- Forgiveness & Inner Healing—Betty Tapscott & Father Robert DeGrandis, S. J.
- God, I have Issues (50 ways to pray no matter how you feel) – Mark E. Thibodeaux, S. J.
- Praying Our Experiences—An Invitation to Open Our Lives to God – Joseph F. Schmidt, FSC
- Spiritual Direction—A Path To Spiritual Maturity—Robert F. Morneau
- Splendor of Truth (Veritatis Splendor) Encyclical Letter of John Paul II
- Tertio Millennio Adveniente –Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II
- Woman Wisdom—A Feminist Lectionary and Psalter—Women of the Hebrew Scriptures: Part One – Miriam Therese Winter
- Woman Word—A Feminist Lectionary and Psalter—Women of the New Testament-Miriam Therese Winter