"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 Council of Nicaea (325 A.D.) set the date of Easter as the Sunday following the paschal full moon, which is the full moon that falls on or after the spring equinox. Easter is always celebrated on the day of the Lords Resurrection, Sunday, but why the paschal full moon? This was the date of the Passover in the Jewish calendar and of course the last Supper occurred on the Passover. Easter, therefore, was the Sunday after Passover.
The Roman Catholic Church does not use the exact date of the paschal full moon, but an approximate date as the paschal full moon can be on different days in the different time zones. (would not that be confusing?) For the calculation purposes only, the full moon is always set at the 14th day of the lunar month (when a new moon occurs is the start of a lunar month). The Church likewise sets the date of the spring equinox at March 21, even though on occasion it can occur on March 20th. By using these two approximations, the Church can set a universal date for Easter. Western Christians use the Gregorian calendar both religiously and secularly. The Eastern Orthodox Tradition continues to use the Julian calendar. The Western date of March 21st occurs as April 3rd on the Julian calendar. For those of the Orthodox tradition, the Sunday following the 14th day of the paschal full moon will always fall after April 3rd, hence the discrepancy in the celebration dates of Easter. Planning ahead: March 27, 2016 April 16, 2017 April 1, 2018
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