The 2022 Voter Guide is Here

The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has released the 2022 FCCB Voter Guide and other election year resources.  FCCB Voter Guide (English) / (Spanish) FCCB Voter Guide Parish Bulletin Announcement (English and Spanish) – with a QR code that links directly to the guide Additional election resources – such as helpful links for voters, an updated Election and Political Activities Guide, and USCCB’s Civilize It. This is a new approach in lieu of the Candidate Questionnaire Project (CQP) that FCCB has undertaken for many years. It bridges the gap between the political commitments of the church and policy issues, and empowers the faithful to research and reach out to candidates directly.

Welcome Retreats

All parishioners are invited to sign up for the upcoming WEEKEND RETREATS where you will experience spiritual renewal, new friendships, and fellowship.

Women’s Weekend: September 17-18

Men’s Weekend: September 24-25

Email Tricia Gardner triciagardner@yahoo.com or Regent Ducas regentd@yahoo.com with any questions.

Please pray about this invitation and strongly consider attending. This retreat will truly transform your relationship with God and the Parish!

Liturgical Living At Home For Families: September Edition

Feast day and liturgical season traditions help our kiddos understand the Faith in their everyday space in their everyday life. The symbols and colors of the Church during each liturgical season can be brought home in many ways. Foods, activities, crafts, the options are vast.

*What season? Ordinary Time

*Home altar color? Green

Upcoming Feast Days:

September 8 – Nativity of Mary (Mary’s birthday): Did you know we celebrate Mary’s birthday? Set 9 months after the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, have a birthday party for Mary this day! We wear blue, have a birthday cake, and sing happy birthday to our most Blessed Mother. Maybe a rosary! Definitely one of the kids’ favorites.

September 23 – St. Padre Pio: One of the more modern Saints we have record of, we even have his photographs! Born in the 1880s, and living to the 1960s, he was a native to Petrelcina, Italy. He became a Franciscan friar (at great sacrifice his father to make it possible) and was renowned for his suffering (receiving the stigmata) and miracles associated with him, like bilocation and flying! Lots to talk about with the kids. One of his famous quotes is, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry,” so a fun play-on of that is, “pray, hope, and DONUT worry,” so we enjoy making donuts this day! It’s also a namesake day for one of our kiddos, so he gets the feast day/special day plate with his donut. We’ve made the ready-made biscuit dough version of donuts, donuts from scratch, or you can just buy donuts to celebrate this one!

September 29 – Michaelmas (St. Michael and archangels): Another big favorite of our family’s is Michaelmas (traditionally pronounced Mickel-mus), for the feast of St. Michael and the archangels. We love having a Michaelmas party! There is a legend that when St. Michael cast Satan down from heaven at the end of the Heavenly battle, that the devil landed in a thorny blackberry bush. So I have made angel food cake with blackberries on top for dessert before. Devils’ food cake would also work, to remember his defeat, and beating down a dragon piñata would be a wonderful addition to the party.

We are the Domestic Church! Feel free to email me for any specifics, recipes, crafts, etc. at: aldridge0222@gmail.com

Get to Know Fr. Matt King!

I was born in St. Augustine, FL and grew up in Elkton, FL which is a small farming town right outside St. Augustine. I’m the oldest of five children and thankfully my siblings and I are all close and we spend a good amount of time together. My school experience consisted of homeschooling and Florida Virtual School, and I played on the golf team at Pedro Menendez High School for all four years.

            Growing up, my family was routinely involved with events and activities at our parish, San Sebastian Catholic Church. I was an altar server and I always had great respect for the priests in the area such as Fr. Tom Walsh, Fr. William Mooney, Fr. Paddy Carroll, and Fr. Rene Robert. Although as a child I never considered a vocation to the priesthood, my family emphasized a sense of reverence towards the church. Since we lived in Elkton which is about 30 minutes from “normal civilization,” my mother would regularly lead me and my siblings in praying the rosary while in the car. I believe that these moments fertilized the soil for my future vocation.

            I encountered Christ in a powerful and personal way when I was entering my senior year of high school. A friend had invited me to join her for a youth event that took place at Christ the King Catholic Church in Jacksonville. Matt Maher was leading the music for adoration and Paul George was one of the speakers. For me, it was a moment of true encounter with the Lord and it opened my eyes to the life-giving nature of a relationship with Christ. A few months later I felt the call to enter the seminary. I entered the seminary following my high school graduation and spent 9 years in preparation for ordination. I was ordained on May 4th, 2019.

            Being a priest has been an incredibly humbling and affirming experience. There is nothing like getting to celebrate the sacraments. My favorite part of being a priest is being able to be present to people in their suffering and pain. St. John Paul II said, “The world looks to the priest, because it looks to Jesus! No one can see Christ; but everyone sees the priest, and through him they wish to catch a glimpse of the Lord.” When people are going through a trial sometimes it’s difficult for them to see God’s presence in their lives, but as a priest, I have the privilege of bringing the hope that only Christ can give.

            In my free time, I enjoy spending time with other priests. I’m blessed to have several close friends in the priesthood and these relationships are truly life-giving. Some other fun facts are that I still enjoy playing golf, playing guitar, writing music, and going to the beach. I am an avid fan of the Jaguars, Florida State Seminoles, Miami Heat, and PGA Tour.

God bless!

Fr. Matt King

Adult Faith Formation

All adults are invited to join our new ministry, Adult Faith Formation, on Saturday’s at 10 a.m. in Kohls Hall for a series on how to use the Catechism to understand and defend our faith. Contact Matthew Schmidt for more information: aff@assumptioncatholicchurch.org

Please note, there will not be a meeting on Saturday, June 18 due to Eucharistic Congress.

Father Erik Pohlmeier of Little Rock Appointed Bishop of St. Augustine

Jacksonville, Fla. – The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has appointed Father Erik
Pohlmeier the next bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. For the past 24 years, Bishop-elect
Pohlmeier has served as a pastor in the Diocese of Little Rock, which encompasses the entire
state of Arkansas.


Raised in Paris, Ark., Father Pohlmeier was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Little Rock on
July 25, 1998. He currently serves as pastor of the largest parish in Little Rock, Christ the King,
and director of the Faith Formation and Deacon Formation offices. He has been the theological
consultant for the Arkansas Catholic newspaper for 19 years and director of continuing
education of clergy since 2019.


In his new appointment, Father Pohlmeier succeeds Bishop Felipe J. Estévez, who has served the
St. Augustine Diocese for the past 11 years and is retiring at the age of 76. He will be installed as
the 11th bishop of St. Augustine on Friday, July 22 with Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami
presiding at the ordination liturgy. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor of Little Rock and Bishop Estévez
will be co-consecrators. Details of the ordination have not been announced.
One of seven Catholic dioceses in Florida, the Mother Diocese of Florida has a Catholic
population of more than 153,000 in 17 counties in northeast and north central Florida. This
compares to the approximately 154,000 Catholics in Arkansas’ 75 counties.
Reflecting on his appointment to the Diocese of St. Augustine, Father Pohlmeier said, “I am
grateful for every way I have been called to serve the Church and am humbled by this
opportunity to serve in the place where Mass was first celebrated in the United States. May God
be praised for any good work I am able to do.”


Bishop Taylor shared, “Bishop-elect Pohlmeier is one of the most capable, beloved, and admired
priests of the Diocese of Little Rock, and he will be sorely missed. He is fluent in Spanish and
brings to the Diocese of St. Augustine a personal experience of the full spectrum of Catholic life
acquired over the course of 24 years of priestly ministry in every apostolate imaginable: urban,
rural and suburban in which he has served people of every ethnicity, income level and culture,
both in parish life and in diocesan apostolates, most recently as the director of faith formation.
We are all one Church, so while we in Arkansas are proud of Bishop-elect Pohlmeier and
sending him to Florida will be a great sacrifice for us, we rejoice in the good fortune of the
Diocese of St. Augustine and know that the Lord must love them very much to give them
such a fine man to be their next bishop.”


A news conference to introduce Bishop-elect Pohlmeier was held on Tuesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at
the Catholic Center. The community can view the news conference on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/DOSACatholics) or on our parish Facebook page.

The Be Alive Podcast has Relaunched!

Did you know our Diocese has its own podcast? Catch our very own Kaitlyn Dedek alongside Fr. Bob Hoffman on the relaunch of Be Alive as they interview youth and young adults from around the diocese on different topics of our faith.

The podcast is available on most platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. This podcast is for all ages and is a great opportunity to hear from the voices of our young people as they share their experiences and testimonies.

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