FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO CAN JOIN THE PARISH COMMUNITY?
Any Catholic or person interested in becoming Catholic may be a member of St. James.
WHAT DIOCESE IS THE MISSION PART OF?
St. James is a part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter — a structure that was originally created by the Pope for former Anglican communities, clergy, and individuals seeking to become Roman Catholic, and which has now grown to nourish and serve Catholics of all backgrounds. The Ordinariate was erected in the United States by the Vatican in 2012 and has been preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and bringing unity through the evangelizing power of beauty and reverent liturgy. Since that time, the diocese has been thriving and has established nearly forty mission parishes throughout North America.
WHO IS THE BISHOP?
The Most Rev. Steven J. Lopes is the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He was appointed by Pope Francis on Nov. 24, 2015 and ordained a bishop on Feb. 2, 2016.
IS THE ORDINARIATE ROMAN CATHOLIC?
Yes. The Ordinariate is entirely a Roman Catholic body. It's order of Mass is a form of the Roman Rite, and all its members, bishop, priests, deacons, and people are Roman Catholics in union with the pope. Our pastor, Fr. Mayer is a priest in good standing with the Diocese of St. Augustine. Any Catholic can participate in any liturgy of the Ordinariate. All Catholics can satisfy their Sunday and Holy Day obligations by attending a Mass at an Ordinariate community.
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF ST. JAMES AND THE ORDINARIATE?
The mission is to help Catholics grow in their faith and to make more Catholics through the reverence and beauty in worship, the study of Sacred Scripture, a distinctive musical and pastoral inheritance, charity for those in need, and mutual love and forbearance toward one another as followers of Jesus Christ and His Church.
WHO CAN BE A "CANONICAL" MEMBER OF THE ORDINARIATE?
First, all of St. James parishioners — whether diocesan or Ordinariate Catholics — are full members of the parish community. To become a "canonical" member of the Ordinariate, however, is to officially put yourself under the care of the Ordinariate's bishop. Any person who receives their sacraments of initiation, any protestant who has been converted by the ministry of the Ordinariate, or any Catholic whose faith has been enriched and deepened by participation in the life of the Ordinariate may become a member of the Ordinariate. It is a simple process. Please talk to Fr. Mayer by contacting the office if you're interested or have questions about this.