Sweater Drive Benefiting the Divine Mercy House


“Whoever has two tunics should share with him who has none, and whoever has food should do the same.”

Serve the Mission of John the Baptist: Luke 3:11

It’s time to clean out your closets and drawers to prepare for Spring! San Jose teachers will be collecting gently used sweaters to donate to the Divine Mercy House Thrift Store. This wonderful organization helps extend the love of Jesus by caring for and supporting young mothers in their decisions to courageously choose life for their unborn children.

Sweaters of all sizes from newborn to adult accepted. Please turn them into your homeroom teacher.

“Tomorrow’s Leaders” Award Recipient

Bishop Kenny High School freshman Jessica Golden (’18), and former San Jose Catholic School student has been selected as one of the High School level recipients of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award. Jessica’s MLK Essay was chosen from among 130 entries submitted to the annual writing competition sponsored by the City of Jacksonville in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Arisa Nakamichi, also a Bishop Kenny freshman, was the overall winner and Jean Ribault Sr. High had the second place recipient. Arisa and Jessica will attend the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast that will be held at the Prime F. Osborne Convention Center on January 18. The award recipients will receive recognition at the event which is presented by Florida Blue.

Jessica’s central theme was based on the quote from Martin Luther King Jr., “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Jessica felt personally connected to this topic because she has a close family member who has struggled with substance addiction. Ultimately it has brought her family closer together, but it also encompassed a lot of pain and made her realize the importance of everyday decisions that affect your life.

Jessica, a 9th grade student at BK, has a solid academic schedule and carries a 4.0 GPA. She is active in the Latin club, Interact club, and the Red and White Girls. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old and dances fifteen hours a week after school. She currently has 32 service hours working with young dance students. Jessica said, “There will always be temptations in life, and because of my personal experiences, I always try to make conscience decisions regarding my future. I am so thankful that I have found strength through struggle and that my family has stayed strong together and found a path out of the darkness.”

Forbes Magazine Names SJCS Grad one of 30 Under 30

Chris Davlantes (SJCS ‘ 07, BKHS ‘ 11) has been named to the 2019 Forbes Magazine list of 30 Under 30. Each year Forbes identifies a total of 600 entrepreneurs in 20 different industries, Chris is one of the 20 chosen in the category of Energy Sustainability. 

A graduate of MIT, with a double major in electrical and mechanical engineering, Chris is the founder of Reach Labs a company located in Oakland, California that is working to create wireless technology that, as the website describes, “Is the foundation for a new standard of power delivery and distribution.” The website continues, “In a world of growing connectivity, the ability to access continuous and untethered power is critical for optimizing productivity and overall performance. From warehouses to factory floors to hospitals, the potential for game-changing advancements with long-range power is extensive.” 

Not surprisingly, Chris was a successful competitor at local, state and, national science fairs while at BK. As a junior, he was chosen to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. As a senior Chris returned to compete at the Intel event, this time in San Jose, California. He won 4th place in the Energy and Transportation category and an overall 6th place in the entire event.  

Congratulations, Chris! We are all very proud of you.

Reprinted with permission from Bishop Kenny High School website.

St. Augustine March for Life event – Jr Youth

St. Augustine March for Life

Friday 01/11 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Attention San Jose Jr. Youth Families:
Please join us as we stand in peaceful and prayerful solidarity with the rest of the Diocese at the St. Augustine March for Life celebration this Friday, January 11. Youth are asked to attend with their families and meet up with us at this free public event. This is in place of our regular Jr. Youth meeting this week.

Families coming to enjoy the festivities are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for the concert and speakers. Festivities for March for Life St. Augustine take place at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche mission grounds and begin at 6:30 p.m. lasting until 8:30 p.m. Bring money if you would like to purchase food from food trucks.

Contact Mike in the Youth Office if you have any questions.

Want to find out more about San Jose Junior Youth Ministry?

Are you looking to hang out with a fun group of youth? Looking for a way to connect with your fellow middle schoolers? Well, bring a friend and join us for San Jose Jr Youth.

San Jose Jr Youth is for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Its open to all youth in our community – not just our Parish School.

NJHS Spreads Christmas Cheer

The National Junior Honor Society earned money from the Halloween Boo Grams to bring some Christmas cheer to the elderly.  The students made Christmas gift bags for the senior citizens who reside at the San Jose Manor Apartments, just around the corner from San Jose Catholic.  The fourth graders also made cards for them to enjoy.  In addition to bringing our gifts, the students sang Christmas carols and distributed coffee and dessert to the residents.  All of the students worked hard practicing the Christmas carols, and a special shout-out goes to Bailey for singing two solos. The children experienced firsthand the joy of giving and thoroughly enjoyed their time doing for others during this Christmas season.