WHAT TO EXPECT
Daily Masses: Monday – Friday 8:30am
Saturday Vigils: 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Sunday Masses: 8:00 am, 10:00 am & 12:00 pm (Youth & Family Mass)
Confession: Saturday 2:30 to 3:45 pm
St. John Paul II Catholic Church is a vibrant and diverse community. We gather every day to celebrate the Sacred Mysteries of our Faith, encouraging full, active, and conscious participation. We invite you to come and pray with us any time and participate in our many and varied ministries and activities.
We are a family-oriented parish and are open to welcoming visitors and new comers to our community!
If you are new to the Catholic faith or just curious about it perhaps some of these answers to the following questions
could be helpful.
Please feel welcome to come join us.
Mass is about an hour long and is a celebration of God’s Word from the Holy Scriptures, and the Sacrament of Eucharist, the Bread of Life. Typically the liturgy is a two part service that begins with musical hymns several readings, a homily reflecting on the readings and the faithful celebration of the Eucharist in commemoration of what Jesus did as He said, “Do this in memory of me.”
For a greater more in-depth overview of the Mass please visit: https://www.usccb.org/offices/public-affairs/structure-and-meaning-mass
Dress modestly and appropriately. We do not expect you to wear fancy or expensive clothes but dress with dignity and wear your best for Jesus Christ. You should be comfortable but also respectful with a mindset on modesty.
“It might be said that society speaks through the clothing it wears. Through its clothing it reveals its secret aspirations and uses it, at least in part, to build or destroy its future.” Servant of God, Pope Pius XII
Please bring with you an open heart to God’s Word and a desire to serve him! Hymnals, Readings and the order of the Mass is provided by the Ushers as you arrive.
As Catholics, we believe that the bread and wine that are consecrated at the celebration of Mass becomes the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We also believe that Catholics should not be in a state of mortal sin when they receive communion. Therefore it is encouraged to go to confession and have a clean conscience when we receive the Eucharist. Additionally all people who wish to receive the Blessed Sacrament should fast for at least one hour before receiving.
That being said, we want you to experience the full spiritual nourishment of the Eucharist and would encourage all to approach the Altar with great reverence due to the presence of Jesus in the Sacrament. Talk to one of the clergy members if you are not sure if you should be receiving communion at Mass.
If you are not Catholic and desire to learn more about the rich heritage and belief of the Church for over 2000 years we would be overjoyed to share with you. If you are not Catholic and have not come to an understanding of the teachings of the Church you are encouraged not to receive Eucharist until you have gone through the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA). In the RCIA you will be able to join other men and women who are equally open to exploring the faith and learning more about the teachings of the Catholic Church. For more information on the guidelines for the reception of Holy Communion click here:
When a priest celebrates Mass each day, he offers each celebration of the Eucharist for a particular person or intention. Pope Paul VI said, “The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!”
The celebration of Holy Mass confers immense power and countless miracles and conversions have occurred throughout the centuries by offering Masses for a specific intention or person. Mass intentions are a great treasure of the Church and have a spiritual weight that is incalculable.
To request a Mass intention, contact the church office at 904-330-0153.
We are a family-oriented parish, which means we love having children of all ages present for our gathering. We do encourage you to talk to your children about the need for respectful quiet during Mass.
However if you have infants or children who are still learning the value of silence they are most welcome to learn it with us… the sound of a crying child in Church is more valuable than the most gifted preacher. A child in the midst of the Church reveals the gift of life which is meant to be cherished, celebrated and protected by every member as the Church continues to grow.
We go to every length to ensure a safe and clean enviornment here at the parish and follow the directives of the Diocese of St. Augustine set by the Bishop.