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JMJ

News for the Pews

My Dear Friends in Christ,

I am writing this letter to inform and to keep you up to date on what is happening here at the Parish. By now you know that Churches are open and we are back to our regular Sunday Schedule. However, with social distancing requirements we can fit 90 individuals or about 130 families (since individuals sit apart and families can sit together). We have been having 50-80 at the various masses. Masks are recommended but not required! As a community of believers united in Christ, we are one in Christ and therefore do not shame people for the choice they make. Between masses we have volunteers who sanitize the pews and doors.   However, some are still uncomfortable being out or are in the vulnerable category and so the bishop continues to lift the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. But remember it should still be kept holy. To that end we continue to livestream through Facebook daily masses at 8am and the 10am Sunday Mass for those not able or ready to join us in church.

I want to thank all of you for your continued financial support to the offertory in person, by mail or online giving. Your generosity has been a true blessing for us in this difficult time. I am grateful to all, especially those who donated their stimulus check to the parish. As our offertory has remained healthy, all is not financially exciting news. BINGO, our principal fund raiser (brings in $20,000 a year) has been closed since the shut down and it's doubtful it will return until the fall at the earliest or maybe even January. This presents a challenge. But with the Knights of Columbus and the Parish Council we are looking into other possibilities to raise monies toward the deficit.

Lastly, Miriam Melfy, our Director of Religious Education for the past 9 years, has decided to retire. We are grateful for her commitment, joy, creativity and dedication to St Anthony, but also to her 40 year commitment to the Church both in Florida and in Pennsylvania. It is sad to see her go, but we pray she will enjoy her well-deserved retirement. I am happy to announce Lois MacFarland will be taking over as the Coordinator of Religious Education for K-6 grades and we are still in search of a Coordinator for grades 7-12. Important to note: Religious Education will no longer be on Wednesday evenings!! When the new religious education year begins classes will be on Sundays @ 8:30-9:45 am. This will allow you to attend the 10 am Mass after classes. We are looking for volunteer catechists and aides. If you are interested call Lois.

 

Sacraments

First Holy Communion will be July 12, 2020 @10 AM Mass

Confirmation will be July 19, 2020 @ 10 AM Mass

Oremus Pro Invicem!

Fr. Pecchie

IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT CURRENT MASS SCHEDULE 05/28/20

Please click on the video below for an important message from

Fr. Pecchie about the current Mass.

          (Please note that the Mass schedule has CHANGED since this video was made.    Check above or below for the current Mass schedule.)

 

ONLINE GIVING

Our Church needs your help!

Activity as we know it may have stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but expenses at our church have not.  Your help is needed now more than ever before, to help pay the bills that must be paid.  If your budget allows, please consider making a gift by clicking on the link below.  Also, because of the CARES Act 2020, your donation of up to $300 is tax deductible even if you don't itemize deductions.  If you do itemize deductions, up to 100% of your AGI may be tax deductible.  (Be sure to consult your tax professional.)  God knew money would be important to us.  Donating to the church is one way of thanking God for what He's blessed you with.   

 

 Our parish now provides "Online Giving" 
When you participate, your gift will be securely transferred directly into the parish bank account. 

 
                 
  
 

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday, July 11th  

4:00 p.m. David & Linda Strmensky (D)

Sunday, July 12th

8:00 a.m. Living and Deceased Members of St. Anthony the Abbot Parish.

10:30 a.m. Ellsworth W. & Bruce Thomas (D)

Monday, July 13th

8:00 a.m. For Faith Filled Marriages

Tuesday, July 14th

8:00 a.m. Sue FitzGerald (L)

Wednesday, July 15th

8:00 a.m. Ed Bellnier (D)

Thursday, July 16th

8:00 a.m. Jennie Pecchie (D)

Friday, July 17th

8:00 a.m. Jim & Marilyn Fitzpatrick & Children (L)

Saturday, July 18th

8:00 a.m. Vocation to the Priesthood & Religious Life

4:00 p.m. Donna Strmensky (D)

Sunday, July 19th

8:00 a.m.   Living and Deceased Members of St. Anthony the Abbot Parish.

10:30 a.m. Mary Ann Connolly (D)

 

Mass Times

MASS SCHEDULE
Sunday: 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM
Daily (Monday-Saturday): 8:00 AM
Latin Mass: Every Sunday 11:30 AM & Wednesday 7:00 PM
Holy Days: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

RECONCILIATION
Saturday: 10:00 AM -11:00 AM.
Confession also available by appointment.
(For appointment, please contact the Parish Office)

SACRAMENT OF THE SICK
Anointing after Masses or upon request.
(For request, please contact the Parish Office in advance)

SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday - Office closed

Staff

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LATIN MASS - SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY

Join us for LATIN MASS 

Every Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Dear St. Anthony The Abbot Parishioner,

In an effort to keep us all spiritually close while we are physically apart, we are livestreaming Mass with Fr. Pecchie from St. Anthony The Abbot, daily at 8:00 a.m. EDT, and every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. EDT.

Please visit our Facebook events page to RSVP to upcoming livestream Masses, or visit our YouTube channel, to watch replays, which will be made available by 2 p.m. on the day the Mass is held.

Click Here to Access our YouTube Channel and don't forget to Subscribe!

  • Thank you all. Please continue to keep safe and well, and may God bless you!

FR. PECCHIE'S PODCAST

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Father Pecchie's Daily Mass Homilies

 

A MESSAGE from FR. PECCHIE - 07/05/20

JMJ

My Dear Friends in Christ,

This is why faithful Christians are always courageous defenders of peace, in all its forms: since Christ has established His own peace in their hearts, they are able to become peacemakers for others. Take St. Genevieve, for example. She lived in France, in the 400s. Paganism was still strong at that time, and so when her bishop allowed her to follow her vocation to become a consecrated virgin, she stirred up a storm of opposition. Calumny, slander, and abuse accompanied her on her many charitable journeys. At one point her enemies even plotted to drown her. She persevered by uniting her sufferings to Christ's - by taking His yoke upon her, she found rest for her soul.

She spent most of her time doing for others what Christ had done for her: bringing them the peace that comes from experiencing the power of God's unconditional love. For example, when Frankish warrior tribes (they were barbarians) laid siege to Paris, Genevieve risked her life by leading secret excursions out of the city at night in order to gather provisions for the starving Parisians. When Paris eventually fell, it was Genevieve who courageously persuaded the pagan conqueror to release his prisoners and newly enslaved Christians.

Later, when Attila the Hun and his devastating army were approaching Paris, the people and city leaders panicked with fear. It was St. Genevieve who rallied the populace, encouraged the Christians to pray for deliverance, and arranged for a prayer vigil in the Cathedral. For no apparent reason, Attila changed his course and the city was spared. Six hundred years after her death, her relics were carried in procession through Paris as the city prayed for an end to an outbreak of the plague - and the plague ended. It's no wonder she is the Church's official patron saint for disasters. Good to ask her intercession during this Corona virus disaster. When we are filled with Christ, like St. Genevieve, we overflow with His peace to everyone around us.

In St. Genevieve we see a woman of faith, trust, and humility. We are all vulnerable to the sin of pride in our actions and our intellect. Arrogant judgmentalism is just as common at the barbershop and the truck stop as it is in the ivory tower of academia. And the older we get, the more likely we are to put everything the Church teaches, and everything everyone else says, on trial, with our limited and prejudiced intelligence as the sole judge. But whenever we do that, we are following in the footsteps of the Pharisees, cutting ourselves off from God's light and wisdom, turning off our "childlike" wonder.

So how can we avoid falling into this temptation? Besides staying close to Christ through personal prayer and the sacraments, we need to adopt the Sherlock Holmes Policy. Sherlock Holmes was a great detective because he never rested until he discovered the full meaning of every clue.

We should do the same with our faith. The things God has revealed to us, that we profess in the Creed and read in the Catechism, are not meant to be the end of our search for understanding; they are meant to be its beginning!

The wonders and beauty of God are inexhaustible; there is always more to discover about God and His Creation. And so, it's easy to keep our childlike wonder alive and well, if we just act like Sherlock Holmes, constantly, actively delving into all the truths of faith and nature.

The gift of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the lives of the Saints we can read. The great blessing of the FORMED.org platform in which you can find videos of Bible Studies, books to e-read, inspirational movies, and Church teaching videos. This platform is a true use of the internet for the good and growing in spiritual knowledge and grace. And the best news is that it is free for you using the code:

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God is a mystery Who wants to be solved, a lover Who wants to be known. Today, let's stir up our sense of childlike wonder and curiosity, and commit ourselves anew to knowing God better every day, so we can love Him with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.

Oremus Pro Invicem!

Fr. Pecchie

           

JOYFULLY RETURNING to MASS

PRAYER for PROTECTION

BINGO

SUSPENDED

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEEVERY TUESDAY

Doors open at 8:30 AM

Early Bird starts at 10:30 AM

BINGO follows

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BINGO is SUSPENDED

until further notice

Please check back for updates.

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A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP PARKES - May 20, 2020

DIOCESE OF ST. PETERSBURG

Office of the Bishop

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Sunday is the Lord’s Day, but for over two months, we have been observing this holy day at home to be safe and to protect human life, especially the most vulnerable among us.

After prayer and consultation with government and public health officials and our priests, I have decided to grant permission to pastors throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg, at their discretion, to resume the public celebration of Sunday Masses as early as the weekend of May 30-31, 2020.

We are called to be good stewards of our health and to take practical steps to avoid spreading illness. Therefore, restrictions will be in place since we are still in the midst of a pandemic. For now, we will need to limit the number of people at church for social distancing and to continue the practice of frequent sanitizing.

However, since the risk of coming into contact with coronavirus remains, individuals and families should take personal responsibility to protect themselves.

Please know that all Catholics remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice. Therefore, if you are at greater risk due to age, illness, or other health conditions, please do not come to Mass. For those who are able to attend Mass, I urge you to follow CDC guidelines and parish procedures. Also, let us show charity, patience and kindness as processes and plans are developed.

Pastors and parish staff may face challenges because of the health and/or age of priests, deacons, staff members and volunteers. This means that every parish may do things a little differently and some parishes might require additional time to safely resume Sunday Masses with the public.

May 30th and 31st will indeed be days to rejoice! Not only will public Masses on Sunday resume, but we also celebrate Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and graced them with gifts to courageously live the Gospel.

This same Spirit lives in us! We have been given the gifts of fortitude, wisdom and understanding. Let us rely on the Spirit for guidance and knowledge.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love.

May God bless and protect you and your loved ones!

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes

Bishop of St. Petersburg

VIGIL of PENTECOST - SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION & FULL COMMUNION 05/30/20

VIGIL of PENTECOST - SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION & FULL COMMUNION 05/30/20

DRIVE BY BLESSINGS

Father offering drive by blessings during the Covid 19 pandemic

EASTER SUNDAY

MOTHER'S DAY

 

The MARDI GRAS PARTY WAS A HIT Feb 22, 2020

                      Fellowship with friends       

                                                                                                  

The cooks with Fr. Pecchie

                     Blackjack with friends

                  The games were a hit                   

                  

Gumbo

                  

             

A BIG THANK YOU

ST. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER March 14, 2020

                              Fr. Pecchie 

  Deacon Manny

A touch of the Irish stood out at our annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner.  Lots of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots were had by all...with cake & ice cream for dessert.  

2019 ALTAR SERVER of the YEAR

Bishop Parkes congratulates Kyra Whittier

St. Anthony the Abbot's Altar Server of the Year

2019 YOUTH CONFIRMATION

2019 YOUNG ADULT CONFIRMATION

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We are excited to announce that our parish has subscribed to a dynamic new online platform called FORMED. Every parishioner will have 24/7 access to the best Catholic content on any device, including your computer, smartphone and tablet with internet access. 

With FORMED you’ll find video programs that explain the Catholic faith, explore the deepest meaning of marriage, receive Bible studies on a variety of topics and includes inspiring audio talks. And, you’ll find presenters like Dr. Tim Gray, Dr. Edward Sri, Dr. Mary Healey, Chris Stefanick, Dr. Scott Hahn, Bishop Robert Barron and a lot more. They’re all part of our parish subscription. It truly is the Catholic faith - on demand.

Here’s how easy it is to get FORMED: Go to www.FORMED.org. You should see the registration box for parishioners. Type in the parish code 4KR96N (case sensitive). Set up a username and a password. Now you are all set to use the many great programs on FORMED.org anytime by simply logging in.


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