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Save the Date
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Sunday, June 2nd at 12:30 pm!
Following the 11:30 am Mass, the parish will be hosting a farewell celebration for our Pastor, Fr. Mike, who will be leaving us at the end of June to begin a new journey as Director of Campus Ministry at USF in Tampa for our Diocese.
Sandwiches, finger foods and light refreshments will be served.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to personally say "Thank You" to Fr. Mike for his seven years of dedicated services as our shepherd and to wish him well as he continues to serve the people of God in a new way!
Missionary Cooperation Plan
Each year through the Missionary Cooperation Plan our diocese fosters and strengthens a greater awareness of our call to Mission.
When he announced the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI called us to a deeper faith and greater missionary commitment. He called for a "renewed energy to the mission of the whole Church to lead men and women out of the desert they are often in and toward the place of life: friendship with Christ who gives us fullness of life." He also called on us to reaffirm "the Church's desire to engage with greater courage and zeal in the mission ad gentes so that the Gospel may reach the very ends of the earth."
The beloved people of God in mission countries do not have the means to care for their needs and they depend on us to help. In this Year of Faith let us make evangelisation and mission support through the Missionary Cooperation Plan a priority.
As diocesan family we also take special care to look after our local mission parishes. As part of our DOSP Missionary Cooperation Plan, our six local DOSP mission parishes are included as beneficiaries for their special mission parish needs.
Last year our diocese raised over $350,000 for the missionary work of the Church. This would not have been possible without your encouragement and support. Many, many thanks. In this Year of Faith let us grow even deeper in our spirit of cooperation and missionary commitment to make this the best year yet for our Missionary Cooperation Plan.
Next weekend (May 18th and 19th) we will welcome Fr. Hugh Chikawe, Pastor of St. Peter Claver in Tampa, FL, our 2013 mission parish who will be speaking at all Masses.
Thank you in advance for your kindness to Fr. Hugh and for your generosity to this important appeal.
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Pastors of the Diocese of St. Petersburg have been granted delegation by Bishop Lynch to permit the use of mustum for those who suffer from alcohol intolerance and low-gluten hosts for those who suffer from celiac disease. While medical certification of these conditions is not required, the permission to receive mustum or low-gluten hosts is limited to those with a medical condition. Please speak with our Pastor, Fr. Mike Smith, if you have any questions or would like to receive mustum or ow-gluten hosts during Holy Communion.