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"And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself." John 12:32

 

Pastoral Plan 2013-2014

 Dear Parishioners, I will be leaving for Rome on Wednesday, November 19, to take part in the Canonization celebration of the founder of my Religious Congregation, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) - Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara.  I will be returning on November 29. 

I will participate in the Vigil Mass on Nov.22 in the Basilica of Mary Major, The Canonization ceremony in the St. Peter’s Square on 23rd in the morning, and the Thanksgiving Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on 24th morning.  I will keep you all in my prayers.  The Canonization live telecast will be on EWTN on November 23, 4.00 A.M.  With Prayers, Fr. James CMI

 

Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the founder of the first Indian religious Order for men, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), will be canonized in Rome as a saint on November 23 by Pope Francis.

 

 Blessed Chavara was born in Kerala, India in 1805. He joined the seminary at an early age and was ordained a priest at the age of 24. Soon he was noted as an ardent and exemplary priest in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in India. On January 3, 1871, at the age of 66, he was called to his eternal reward and his mortal remains are venerated in the monastery church in Mannanam, the Mother House of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate.

 

Blessed Chavara had three great devotions in his life. The first was to the Holy Eucharist. He spent many hours before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration and is known for introducing and spreading the 40-hour Eucharistic adoration in Kerala. The second was his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was instrumental in the spread of the rosary and the special May devotion to Mary. Third was his special devotion to the Holy Family.

 

He saw a great need for spiritual renewal of the local Church. That gave him the vision to establish two religious orders: one for men and the other for women. The Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) was founded in 1831 and was officially formed as a religious order in 1855 – the largest to start in India. The order ministers in 30 different countries of the world with more than 3,000 professed members including 1,800 priests including eight bishops. There are currently six Carmelite priests serving in the diocese of St. Augustine. In 1866 he founded the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC), which has now more than 7000 nuns serving in numerous countries of the world.

 

The Congregation made great strides in the spiritual renovation of the Catholic Church under their leadership.  Seminaries for the education and formation of the clergy, introduction of annual retreats for priests and people.  Blessed Chavara took pioneering steps in 1864 to establish schools as an integral part of every parish church, which paved the way for the widespread literacy in the state. He also started the first Catholic printing press in Kerala and made available to the people religious and devotional books on faith and morals. A major accomplishment of his was the establishment of a charitable institute for the sick and destitute. The institute also offered the sick and destitute a peaceful place to die.

 

Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara inspires us to be genuine disciples of the Lord, to be a people nurtured by the Lord in the Eucharist, and to have a childlike devotion to Mother Mary. He was always a man of God who led a simple life and had a great vision beyond his times. So let us ask for his intercession: BLESSED CHAVARA, PRAY FOR US

 Thank you!  Sacred Heart is  truly grateful to all those loving parishioners who gave of their talents and their time to make and present  the breakfast  and reception welcoming our newest members so warm and so delicious We are especially thankful to the Holy Name Society who “cooked up” such wonderful fare and to the C.C.W. for the ambiance and the hospitality.  

 

Through your efforts, and through the parishioners who gathered to welcome the new members, all those being greeted  certainly knew that  they were “ Welcome in this Place”. 

 

JUST TO LET YOU IN ON A SECRET - (Don’t tell anyone)

The date for Spring Beautification Day Is now available.

BEAUTIFICATION DAY is April 18, 2015.

 

Thank you!  Sacred Heart is  truly grateful to all those loving parishioners who gave of their talents and their time to make and present  the breakfast  and reception welcoming our newest members so warm and so delicious We are especially thankful to the Holy Name Society who “cooked up” such wonderful fare and to the C.C.W. for the ambiance and the hospitality.  

 

Through your efforts, and through the parishioners who gathered to welcome the new members, all those being greeted  certainly knew that  they were “ Welcome in this Place”. 

 

YOUTH NEWS:  Sunday, November 16  - We will meet for dinner in the Family Life Center at 6pm.  We will eat and then move to the church for the St. Cecilia Sing presentation that begins at 6:30pm .  Our church is hosting this great event for the first time and we have two youth members participating in the choir presentations.  We will return to the Family Life Center afterwards for pick up by 8pm.  For more information and any questions or comments, please call Cindy Lynskey at  874-5338 or email to Lynskey@sacredheartjax.com.

 

Poinsettias For Sale: The Youth Group of our parish is selling poinsettias this year.  The beautiful red plants will include a foil hat and be ready to decorate your home or give to a friend.  Each plant will sell for $8.  In last week’s bulletin there was an order form OR you can come by our table at the weekend masses on November 22-23.  Many have already been ordered.  Don’t miss out. 

 

COME ONE, COME ALL:  Simbang Gavi is a nine day Novena Mass starting on Monday, Dec. 15th and ending Tuesday, Dec. 23rd in preparation for the coming of our Savior.  Each night of the Novena is hosted by different parishes.  Sacred Heart, Jacksonville  is scheduled for Monday, December 22nd.  Everyone is invited to attend.  For questions, please call Rose Go at 904-910-5471.

 

Masses all begin at 7 pm. Schedule of Parishes:

 

Dec. 15 - Blessed Trinity        Dec. 16 - Christ the King        Dec. 17 - St. Paul, Park St.

Dec. 18 - St. John/ Baptist      Dec. 19 - St. Catherine, OP    Dec. 20 - Holy Spirit

Dec. 21 - Saint Luke with       Dec. 22 - Sacred Heart          Dec. 23 - St. Joseph with

                Mary Queen of Heaven                                                                       St. Patrick

 

 New Year's Eve - Dinner and Dance:  Bring in the New Year with your favorite people. Bring your friends and family, ( over 21 please), reserve your table.

 

Tickets are $30.00 each which includes dinner, tea, and desserts.  Setups will be provided for your own adult beverages.  DJ will provide Dancing for all eras.  For tickets call Rose @ 772-8661, Susan @ 534-9940, or Lynn @ 704-9534.  Reserve your fun night ASAP. Watch for our New Year's table in gathering space soon after all Masses

 

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