"By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established, through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." Proverbs 24:3-4
The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King celebrates the all embracing authority of Christ as Lord and King of the cosmos. This feast is celebrated on the last Sunday of ordinary time---this year on November 24th.
Pope Pius XI initiated the feast in his 1925 encyclical, Quas Primas. This encyclical was in response to the growing secularism that was plaguing Europe at this time, including the rise of dictatorships. Quas Primas lists three objectives for the Feast of Christ the King: That nations would see that the Church has the right to freedom and immunity from the state. (#32) That leaders and nations would see that they are bound to give respect to Christ. (#31) That the faithful would gain strength and courage from celebrating the feast as a reminder that Christ must reign in our hearts, minds and bodies. (#28) It is important to remember that the Jesus identifies his kingship as one of humility and service.
The Formation Offices of the Diocese of St. Augustine exist to assist the local churches to participate more fully in the teaching mission of Christ and to aid the Bishop in his own task as shepherd and chief catechist of the local Church.
The Formation Offices have been established:
- to proclaim the Gospel
- to communicate the teaching of the Church
- to form people in whom the Word of God has taken root
- to provide programs and services which foster a living, conscious, informed and active faith
What each Office does:
The Office of Christian Formation is responsible for parish based religious education/catechetical programs for all age levels. The office provides assistance to parishes in the areas of: Religious Education, RCIA, Adult Faith Formation, Evangelization and Sacramental Preparation.
The Ministry Formation Office provides a three year comprehensive program of study for lay ecclesial leaders. This program, accredited by the USCCB, assists parishes and diocesan agencies by offering quality formation and practical experience to their leaders.
The Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office provides programming, resources, and training for youth ministers, youth and young adults of the diocese. Annual youth rallies, leadership camps, Theology on Tap, retreats and speakers are sponsored by the Youth and Young Adult Office. The office also oversees Catholic Scouting within the diocese.
Director of Formation11625 Old St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32258
(904)262-3200, ext 118