Corona Virus Updates


From St. John's Parish:

 April 6, 2020 Update: 


Upcoming Special Collections
The Diocese of St. Augustine has already delayed the annual collection for the Holy Land on Good Friday until the fall. I am also waiving special collections for May 3 for Catholic Home Missions, as well as the June 21st collection for Peter's Pence. 

Letter from Bishop Estevez

 To the Faithful of the Diocese of St. Augustine,

      Just a few weeks ago - more than 500 people gathered with me at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine for the Rites of Election. These catechumens and candidates accompanied by many of their pastors and deacons have been preparing for the final leg of their journey of faith when they will receive the sacraments of initiation.

     On Holy Saturday, at the Easter Vigil, men, women and children are initiated into the Church celebrating their baptism, confirmation, and the first reception of the Holy Eucharist with us. And celebrating with them that evening, and throughout the day on Easter Sunday, all of us renew our baptismal promises

    This year because of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the corona virus pandemic, we will not be able to gather in our churches. Nevertheless, there is a reason for hope. 

      When God chose Moses and directed him to go to the Pharoah - he paused and asked God - who am I to do this? God assures Moses - to not fear: I will be with you. When Gabriel visits Mary to tell her she will have the child Jesus - the message from God is the same: Do not be afraid - you have found favor with God. And when the disciples seemed doomed by a terrible storm - they hear Jesus speak the same words: Do not be afraid, it is I.

       In the liturgy for the Easter Vigil, there is a powerful prayer: "May this day inflame us with new hope. May be Light of Christ dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds." Indeed, this year we need to hear the words: "May the Light of Christ dispel darkness. Do not be afraid."

       The scripture readings for the Easter Vigil are remarkable - they trace the entire sacred story of salvation - from the moment of creation through the birth of Christ and the marvel of God' s beloved Son's passion, death and resurrection. We learn in the history of our salvation, the delight that God takes in us that he rescues and saves us, that we can call upon him, that he remains near to us, and that he continually creates anew our hearts. 

       This Easter is so different for all of us - affecting all generations. But the message is the same: Do not be afraid.

       On Easter morning, one of the beautiful Gospels is when Mary of Magdalen discovers the empty tomb - and Peter and the beloved disciple, John, rush to find him. May we continue our search for him in our lives - indeed, rush to find him in new and unique ways.  


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 April 2, 2020 


Dear St. John the Baptist Parishioners, 


As you are well aware the Bishop has indefinitely suspended all Church Services and Activities, because of this I want to invite you to Actively Participate in all our Holy Week Celebrations Online. 


Below is Detailed Activities for the coming Holy Week. We will keep the time of the celebrations the same so that our experience will be as close as possible as to when we are in the Church. 


Rest assured that you are always in my prayers. 


Please continue to patronize our Daily and Sunday Masses on our Facebook Page As of this moment I am working on downloading our Masses on our website 


I want to thank our Parish Staff for helping me serve you effectively in this time of crisis. I want to commend our Emergency Assistance Ministry Program for their continued service to our parishioners and non-parishioners as well and our Finance Council for making it sure that we are fiscally healthy even though we don’t have normal monetary collections. Please know that you can contact me directly by email:   


Lastly, my heartfelt gratitude for your continued financial support. If you want to donate through our online giving, attached is the step by step process to do so. Attached as well is the detailed schedule and how to participate in our Facebook Online Masses. 


Let’s continue to pray for each other. May St. John the Baptist our patron continues to intercede for us.  


 Stay Healthy & God Bless You and Your Family. 


REV. RAFAEL S. LAVILLA Parish Administrator 




April 5, 2020 Sunday: Palm Sunday (Palms will be distributed after the stay-at-home order lifted) 10:00 AM Online Mass  


April 6-8, 2020 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Visit our Facebook Page for  Activity Announcements


April 9, 2020: Holy Thursday

 7:00 PM Online Mass of the Lord’s Passion

 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Online 


April 10, 2020: Good Friday

 3:00 PM Online Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

 7:00 PM Online Way of the Cross 


April 11, 2020: Holy Saturday

 8:30 PM Online Celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass


 April 12, 2020: Easter Sunday 

10:00 AM Online Celebration Easter Sunday Mass


Fr Rafael is celebrating daily Mass from the rectory everyday live on our Facebook Page

 Day & Times:

Mon-Fri 6:oo pm

Saturday 9:00 am

Sunday 10:00 am

Mass can be viewed by going to  You do not need a facebook account to view the Mass.  Click on the link, scroll down when it appears until you see Fr. Rafael talking.


All Masses, both Sunday and daily Masses, at St. John's are cancelled indefinitely.

In the event of an emergency, call Father Rafael's emergency number (904)-496-2539.

Spiritual Communion Prayer

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


The Emergency Assistance Ministry Food Give-a-Ways will continue as scheduled,   

there will be limited food distributions, DRIVE THRU ONLY on Tuesdays between 3-4pm, and Saturday  April 4th(limited food distribution)  & Saturday, April 18th. Financial aid will resume after Corona virus quarantine ends. 

All other meetings, classes, and gatherings  have been cancelled until further notice.

Changes to any of this information will be posted in this space as it becomes available.

About Us

Mass Times

 Until further notice Daily Masses are Live on our Facebook page link:

Saturday - 9:00 AM

Sunday   -  10:00 AM

Monday - Friday  -  6:00 PM



Canceled till further notice

 (Saturdays 4:15-4:45, Sunday 8:15-8:45, 10:15-10:45,  or by appointment)

Baptism, First Eucharist, Confirmation, and Marriage - Please call the office regarding preparation for these Sacraments.

Communion and Anointing of the Sick

 After Sunday Mass, the Eucharist is taken to the Sick.  Please call the office to have a parishioner included.


Administrator - Rev. Rafael Lavilla

Secretary/D.R.E. - Samantha Matthews

Bookkeeper - Kathryn LaPointe

Administrative Assistant - Monica Trinidad

Maintenance Supervisor - Bill Johnson


Family Activities

Holy Week at Home Experience

Free Virtual Holy Week Retreats

Free Virtual Holy Week Retreats

 Activities for families for each of the days of Holy Week. These are all free to individual homes  

Free Virtual Holy Week Retreats

Free Virtual Holy Week Retreats

Free Virtual Holy Week Retreats

 LIturgical Training Publications: Resources during Crisis 

  Daily Prayer (Oracion)

Children and Family Prayer (Las Familias)

At Home with the Word (Palabra de Dios)

Liturgy of the Hours

The Living Word for Teens and Youth Ministers

At Home Resourses

Free Virtual Holy Week Retreats

Holy Week by Sadler (Family)

  GIA Music Digital Resources

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Resources for Pastors and Musicians

Resources for Personal Prayer and Development

Holy Week by Sadler (Family)

Prayers for Families During Holy Week

Holy Week by Sadler (Family)

 Sadlier Resources for Holy Week 

(children and families) These are offered in both Spanish and English.


Stations of the Cross

Prayer Cards

Passion Reflection

Easter preparation check list for families

Prayers for Families During Holy Week

Prayers for Families During Holy Week

Prayers for Families During Holy Week

  Liturgical Press Resources

Holy Week at Home: Resources for individual and family prayer

Bilingual Missalette for Holy Week

Continued free online access to Give Us This Day

Free Spotify Playlist

Events at St. John's

Stations of the Cross

Arts Festival

Arts Festival


7:00 PM Fridays in Lent

7:30 PM Rice Bowl Meal follows each Stations of the Cross

Arts Festival

Arts Festival

Arts Festival

Postponed to a later date

Postponed to a later date in June 

9:00 am-8:00 pm

Diocesan Information


Other News From the Bishop

 Mass on Facebook Live
Bishop Estévez will begin providing a Facebook Live Mass on Sundays at  10:30 a.m. from the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in St.  Augustine. He invites priests of the diocese to consider celebrating the  daily Mass from the Sacred Heart Chapel at the  Catholic Center in Jacksonville for our faithful at home. If you are  interested, please contact Brandon Duncan at or call (904) 562-6911. 

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St. Johns Church

2400 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233

(904) 246-6014

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