What’s a Catholic voter to do?
Catholic faithful are urged to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest. To help parishioners become informed on where candidates stand on key issues, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has polled candidates running for the U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature. To see how candidates appearing on the August 18 Primary Election / November 3 General Election ballot responded to the questionnaire, visit www.flaccb.org/cqp.
Monday, September 21st
8:00 a.m. Robert Hagenbruch (D)
Tuesday, September 22nd
8:00 a.m. Todd Zoretic (D)
Wednesday, September 23rd
8:00 a.m. Dianne Gittlin (D)
Thursday, September 24th
8:00 a.m. Widows and Widowers
Friday, September 25th
8:00 a.m. Brittney & Floyd Warren (L)
Saturday, September 26th
8:00 a.m. Josh David (D)
4:00 p.m. Donna Strmensky (D)
Sunday, September 27th
8:00 a.m. Living and Deceased Members of St. Anthony the Abbot Parish.
10:00 a.m. Ellsworth W. & Bruce Thomas (D)
11:30 a.m. Frances & John Edmonds (D)
Join us each day for LIVESTREAM ADORATION now through November 3, 2020
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St. Anthony the Abbot parish is scheduled to participate in the 40 Days For Life Campaign
Offering a prayerful presence at the abortion mill
"Tampa Women's Health Center"
2010 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa FL 33612
At least 4 people are needed each hour to be present at the mill. If unable to join us on site, please pray and fast. If you would like to be part of this prayerful, peaceful campaign, please email
(Snacks available for students)
(Pizza available for purchase at 6:00 pm)
For all current, new, and assistant catechists
Catechetical commissioning Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 10:00 am Mass
for children (born & unborn) who have gone to be with our Lord
For more information, or to add a child's name, contact Diane at 727-344-1611, ext. 5308 or [email protected]
How do you deepen your relationship with Jesus? By spending time studying God's word in Scripture.
(and every Tuesday thereafter)
(identical classes to accomodate your schedule)
Content: Books of James...1st, 2nd Peter...1st, 2nd, 3rd John...Jude
The Bible is our Soul's GPS to lead us to God in a deeper relationship and the roadmap to heaven. WARNING: Bible usage can be habit forming. Regular scripture reading can cause loss of anxiety and fear, and possible loss of appetite for impatience and anger. Symptoms include: increased love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If SYMPTOMS PERSIST, just "PRAISE THE LORD!"
Please join us for a public Rosary for our nation during these times
of unrest, moral decay, and disrespect for law enforcement.
Under the portico outside the church
Let us all respond to the request of our Lady of Fatima to pray the Rosary as our weapon for peace.
Join us in the parish hall for
Check out the link below for the movie trailer
Seating available or bring your own chair
Concessions available: soda, juice, water, candy, popcorn, & chips (cash only)
Donations can be made to help with a children's playground at St. Anthony's
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.
My Dear Friends in Christ,
It is the focus on God's glory that has given all the saints such remarkable energy and courage. St. Thomas Aquinas, one of my top 5 favorite saints, was perhaps the greatest intellect the world has ever known. A member of the first generation of Dominican friars, he lived in the 1200s and died in his 40s. He was so far above his peers in philosophical and theological knowledge and understanding that he was given the title "Angelic Doctor."
During his short life, he produced an entire library of works defending and explaining the Catholic faith - a library which remains to this day the pillar of Catholic theology. His mind was so remarkable that he would write five books at the same time. He would sit at a table with five secretaries and dictate a paragraph to one of them. While one secretary wrote down that paragraph, he would dictate another paragraph of another book to another secretary - keeping all five scribbling for hours.
Soon before he died, he was praying in a chapel, kneeling beneath a large wooden crucifix. The sacristan heard a strange noise and peeked into the chapel. He saw our Lord appear to the saint and say to him: "You have written well of me Thomas; what reward would you have?" To which the Angelic Doctor replied, "Nothing but yourself, Lord." That was the secret to his incredible output, to the total development of his natural and supernatural potential: he was doing everything not for his own glory, but just for Christ.
Spiritual writers refer to this aspect of our Christian lives as purity of intention. In all that we do, we should be striving not for praise and recognition from other people here on earth, but for God's reward in heaven. We should strive simply to love God and to love our neighbor, to do good to others so as to be mirrors of God's own goodness in this fallen world.
God is like the sun, giving off heat and light to all people, the humble and grateful, and also the wicked and self-serving. Purity of intention makes us like that. It frees us from being slaves of other people's fickle opinions, bringing peace and equanimity to our souls. This doesn't mean we shouldn't take pleasure in the gratitude and recognition that sometimes comes to us even here on earth - that's fine and healthy.
The dangerous thing is to make such recognition our goal. There is one very easy way for us to take the temperature of our purity of intention: look at our reaction when we do something for someone and they don't say "thank you". The natural reaction is to give into feelings of resentment and anger, and maybe even vengeance. The supernatural reaction, the one that shows purity of intention, is to let those feelings pass by, like clouds, and keep the eyes of our soul focused on Christ's cross. When others don't appreciate us, we are being treated a little bit as Christ was treated. And if we are true followers of Christ, that alone should give us deep spiritual joy. Let us renew our commitment to Him, and ask Him to give us the interior peace that comes from learning purity of intention.
Oremus pro Invicem
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Baptism of baby Madison
Ladies, join Fr. Pecchie for WINE and the WORD
7:00 p.m. 3rd Thursday each month
Gathered around the fire for fellowship & Fr. Pecchie's teachings
Fr. Pecchie helping us better understand our faith
Men, join Fr. Pecchie for FAITH and ALE
7:00 p.m. 2nd Thursday each month
Faith and fellowship
Learn more about your faith in a comfortable atmosphere
Fellowship with friends
The cooks with Fr. Pecchie
Blackjack with friends
The games were a hit
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.
St. Anthony the Abbot's Altar Server of the Year