Fr. Fred Parke’s viewing will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021 from 5:30-7:30pm at Assumption Catholic Church. There will be a 6:30pm Vigil followed by a Rosary.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Most Rev. Felipe J. Estévez with Fr. David Keegan as the homilist on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 11:00am at Assumption Catholic Church. There will be a reception to follow. The interment will take place at San Lorenzo Cemetery in St. Augustine, FL at 3:00pm.
It is with great sadness that I am writing to you. Our beloved retired pastor Fr. Fred Parke passed away this afternoon. Please keep him in your prayers as I am sure he continues to pray for all of us. At this time we do not have any further information. As soon as arrangements are made, we will pass that information along. Please know of my prayers for all of you as we place our hope in Christ. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Hear with favor our prayers, which we humbly offer, O Lord, for the salvation of the soul of Fr. Fred, your servant and Priest, that he, who devoted a faithful ministry to your name, may rejoice in the perpetual company of your Saints. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from renowned speaker Jason Evert, live at Assumption Catholic Church in Jacksonville, FL at PURIFIED! (An event for the family, ages 13+) THIS THURSDAY from 7-8:30pm in the Church.
Get answers to life’s tough questions about love, dating, and relationships from internationally acclaimed speaker Jason Evert!
Purified brings the whole family together to discover God’s plan for love and opens up an opportunity to continue the discussion about this important topic at home, in a healthy and easy way with resources that work. The event includes a talk from Jason where he mixes humor with down-to-earth practicality, making the difficult conversations about love much easier.
This event is free and no registration is required.
While the Mass for the Canonical Coronation of Our Lady of La Leche, on Sunday, October 10, is by invitation, the once-in-a-lifetime event will be live-streamed from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. That means Catholics will be able to view the Mass and the crowning at home, on their smartphone and at church with fellow parishioners.
Another way to participate on October 10 is to travel to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine. At 1:30 that afternoon, pilgrims will begin gathering to watch the ceremony on a Jumbotron screen outdoors. The Santa Fe Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in High Springs will also have the live stream available for the momentous occasion.
The Sunday obligation to attend Mass will be fulfilled for the faithful attending the Mass at the Cathedral Basilica and for those viewing it via livestream. Holy Communion will be distributed to the faithful in parishes, the National Shrine and the Santa Fe Shrine, where the faithful are viewing the livestream of the Mass. Prayer Intentions can be added online by visiting http://coronation.dosafl.com/prayer-intentions-for-our-lady-of-la-leche/
But, the most important aspect of this gift from the Holy Father is preparing our hearts to be worthy of receiving Our Lady as our Queen. This can easily be done through prayer, through the Eucharist, going to confession, or by performing works of mercy.
For more information visit: https://coronation.dosafl.com/
This week we have received word from the Diocese regarding the continued Delta Variant of COVID -19 impact on our community. We have many who have been impacted by this variant. We desire to provide a safe and sanitary space to worship, and I ask your help. We have fallen back into Phase 1 of the Diocesan COVID Response Protocols. The following protocols were implemented this week:
We encourage everyone who is eligible and with the consultation of their medical doctor to receive a vaccination. Those who are ill or have severe underlying health conditions are encouraged to participate in the Mass via live stream from the safety of their homes.
· Those with serious health conditions should consult their physician before attending gatherings where contact with others could put them at risk.
· Social distancing should be maintained and observed by all when possible, family members excluded.
· Because not all members of our communities are vaccinated (for COVID‐19), and some people may have conditions that require them to use a mask (such as underlying medical conditions), it is strongly encouraged that all parishioners wear a mask during Mass.
· There should be no physical contact during the sign of peace with others outside of your family. A traditional bow will suffice.
· Those wishing to receive communion on the tongue must wait for all those who desire to receive on the hand to do so and then approach the Priest or Deacon in front of the sanctuary.
Baptist Health updates their numbers of COVID patients on twitter and as I type this on Tuesday, they posted 535 admitted COVID patients with 125 of them in ICU and 15 of them being children and 3 of them in ICU. Let us continue to unite our voices in prayer and care for one another. In a particular way let us pray for those who have lost loved ones, those who are currently suffering and all in the medical community who continue to care for the infirmed.
Following the news of an earthquake that hit Haiti Saturday morning (August 14) and reports of casualties and heavy damage caused to property and the infrastructure by the intensity of the seismic activity, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking Catholics and all people of goodwill to consider a donation to Catholic Relief Services. They are on the ground now assisting our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Updates will be posted to this website.