Message from our Pastor

Message from our Pastor, Fr. John D. Gillespie
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion  April 4/5, 2020
March 28/29, 2020
March 21/22, 2020


HOLY WEEK MEDITATIONS - Beginning TODAY, Bishop Felipe Estévez will lead the Catholic faithful on a spiritual journey of meditations for Holy Week. The meditations focus on “The Seven Last Words of Christ” and will be available on April 7 - 10 through the Diocesan Facebook Page: and the Diocesan website:

UPDATE 3/25/20 - Live Mass Available on Diocesan Facebook Page and Weekly Schedule:
In compliance with state and local government directives to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, and for the health and safety of our priests, the Diocese of St. Augustine will no longer live-stream daily Mass from the Catholic Center Chapel.
Visit for a list of local parishes and national Catholic networks that will continue to live-stream daily Masses.

  • Sunday Mass will be live-streamed from the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at 10:30am every Sunday
  • Daily mass will not be live-streamed

To watch live, visit our Facebook page ( or our YouTube Channel (

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Pope Grants Special Indulgences -
As Vicar of Christ and the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on March 20, 2020, promulgated through the Apostolic Penitentiary a decree which provides for the faithful to gain a plenary indulgence as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic.The bishop shares with you the following document of the Diocesan Director of Liturgy for your awareness and implementation.  Click here for document  Click here for Video

New Update released late March 19th - "Effective today, March 19, 2020, all public Masses (weekday or Sunday Masses) have been suspended in parish churches and chapels in the Diocese of St. Augustine until further notice."

Latest update:  Bishop Estévez has a video and message concerning the suspension of masses:

Upcoming Events

San Sebastian Church will be open from 9am – 5pm daily for private prayer – Sunday - Saturday.

CONFESSIONS are available by appointment only – call office at 904-824-6625 from 9am – 3pm Monday through Friday and our emergency number: 904-540-2269 after hours or on the weekend.

All RELIGIOUS EDUCATION classes and SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION sessions have been canceled until further notice. We have been sending out email updates to everyone in the programs. Please contact Susan at 904-824-6625 ext. 111, 904-315-1352, or [email protected], if you have NOT been receiving these updates. Please stay safe and know that you are in our prayers.

All other scheduled events have been postponed until further notice. Please stay safe.These measures have been put in place in response to the public health pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. The situation is constantly changing. Our parish app, website, and Facebook page will be updated as information is released.

Please see bulletin for complete listing of events and more information.

Mass Times

In response to the COVID-19 virus, Bishop Estévez
has SUSPENDED ALL MASSES until further notice

SUNDAY: 8:00am
10:00am Sign Language
12:00pm Español

WEEKDAY: 8:00am Tuesday-Friday
HOLY DAY: 8:00am and 7:00pm
CONFESSION: By appointment, 824-6625
or 904-540-2269 after 3pm

Office Hours

Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm By Phone Only
Church Open: Mon - Sun, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Contact: [email protected]
Para español: [email protected]
Weddings: [email protected]
Baptisms: [email protected]


All masses are suspended until further notice per Bishop Estévez

Weekly Bulletin

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TRIDUUM: “three days” (evening of Holy Thursday to evening of Easter Sunday) Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday: Adoration of the Cross, Easter Vigil & Easter Sunday: Resurrection of our Lord

"Do this in remembrance of me" 1 Cor 11:24

"It is finished!”  John 19:30

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Readings of the Day

Readings of the Day

Here is a link to the Mass for the Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Spiritual Communion

In the absence of Mass and the Eucharist, the faithful are encouraged to make a "Spiritual Communion" through the prayer of the Most Holy Redeemer (Anima Christi), the prayer of Self-Offering (Suscipe), or by praying the prayer below:

My Jesus,

I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

from the Bishop's statement on March 19, 2020

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Mission Statement

To bear witness to Jesus through our sacramental and prayerful lives always promoting human dignity and gospel values.