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Every Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Planning Your Lenten Journey
Through the opportunities offered this Lenten Season, we encourage you to put away the distractions and live a journey centered in Christ. Lent is a time when we can change the course of our lives. Come discover Christ with us, grow in faith and be strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Mondays 8:30 am (Feb. 22 – Mar. 22)
Wednesdays 8:30 am w/Holy Hour (Feb. 24 – Mar. 31)
Saturdays 10:00 am and 3:00 pm (Feb. 20 – Mar. 27)
Holy Hour and Confessions:
Wednesdays 8:30 am (Feb. 24 – Mar. 31)
Stations of the Cross:
Tuesdays 8:30 am (Feb. 23 – Mar. 23)
Fridays 5:30 pm (Feb. 19 – Mar. 26)
Palm Sunday Mass Schedule:
Vigil Mass Mar. 27, 4:00 pm
Mass Mar. 28 at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am (Traditional Latin)
Tues Mar. 30, 11:30 am
Cathedral of St. Jude, St. Petersburg
(Live-streamed - possible Covid restricted attendance)
The next internationally coordinated 40 Days for Life Campaign of Prayer, Fasting, and Peaceful Vigil runs from
Wednesday, February 17th - Sunday, March 28th, 2021
During the campaign, you will learn what you can do to help end abortion where you live. What is your Plan of Action in 2021? Is is Prayer to support life? Is it Fasting to support Life? Is it peaceful Vigil?
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My Dear Friends in Christ,
The reason Christ is so unique is because He is, as we profess each week in the Creed, true God and also true man. Jesus is one person: the eternal Son of God, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. But ever since the Incarnation, when He became man, this one person has possessed two natures: human nature, and divine nature. Theologians call this great mystery the hypostatic union, the union of two natures, complete in themselves, in just one person. Jesus is God made man; not just an exceptionally wise and privileged man, but God himself, Creator of the world, who entered into the world in order to save the world.
There is an old story that can help us grasp this truth. The village blacksmith was a Catholic. Into his workshop one day walked the village atheist, who was always eager to argue and talk about religion. As he watched the blacksmith welding two pieces of iron together over the flame, he made a comment: "That's what I mean when I say that Christ is not God. See those two pieces of iron, red-hot. You put them together with heat. They make one piece. That's what I think about Christ. He has only one nature - a human nature."
The blacksmith responded: But suppose I took a bar of gold and bar of iron, heated them and worked them together. What would I have - all gold or all iron? Neither. There will be a piece of gold and a piece of iron, even though there is just one bar. Although they are entirely different, they make just one thing. That's how it is with Christ. He has the nature of God and the nature of man. Though distinct from each other, they make but one single person - Jesus Christ."
It is this hypostatic union which qualifies Jesus to be the world's only Savior and Redeemer, beloved of the Father, the answer to all our questions.
Because Christ is the answer, the Father tells us to "listen to Him." We hear a kind of plea in that command, a plea that should make us think. Christ is the answer, but how much is He my answer? How much do I really listen to Him? How faithfully do I really follow Him? He is the center of the universe, but is He really the center of my life?
There are three major voices competing with Christ's, three voices that we are always in danger of listening to more closely than we should.
First, the voice of popularity. We all like to be praised and popular, and so we all tend to pay a lot of attention to what other people are saying about us. If we let that go too far it can destroy our friendship with Christ, because the Catholic thing to do is not always the popular thing to do.
Second, the voice of pleasure. We all have a desire for healthy pleasures like food and drink, entertainment, intimacy....But because of original sin, these desires are out of balance. If we let them go wherever they want, instead of where Christ tells us they should go, we will become enslaved to our instincts, like animals.
Third, there is the voice of profit. Money is the great deceiver; it promises unlimited pleasure and popularity, and so it seems to promise unlimited happiness. But true happiness doesn't come from pleasure and popularity; it comes from a mature friendship with Christ, which money cannot buy. As Jesus renews His call to our hearts through this Mass, let's renew our response to that call.
Let's make once again a firm, conscious commitment to follow the Father's beloved Son, in spite of other clamoring voices, no matter where He leads.
For the Sake of His Sorrowful Passion
Have Mercy on us and on the Whole World
Stations of the Cross - Tuesdays after Morning Mass 8:30 am
Fridays at 5:30 pm
Eucharistic Holy Hour - Wednesday after Morning Mass 8:30-9:30 am
Confessions - Consult Bulletin or Website for added times offered
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.
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Subject: With a Father's Heart (Apostolic Letter on St. Joseph)
Subject: Christifideles Laici...On Christ's Faithful...St.John Paul II
How do you deepen your relationship with Jesus? By spending time studying God's word in Scripture.
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!"
The next in-person K-6 Faith Formation class
will be March 7th, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in the Hall
Please bring your workbook!
(Snacks available for K-6 students)
(balance of the month is home study)
(Pizza available for purchase at 6:00 pm)
Gathered around the fire for fellowship & Fr. Pecchie's teachings (07/16/20)
Fr. Pecchie helping us better understand our faith
Faith and fellowship (08/13/20)
Learn more about your faith in a comfortable atmosphere
Did you know that Bishop Gregory Parkes is on YouTube, he has a radio show, and he records a Sunday Gospel reflection each week? Through media, he shares the hope of Christ with thousands of people each week. You can hear uplifting information about our Catholic community and also learn more about what our faith teaches on relevant topics. Take some time to connect more with your faith by connecting with Bishop Parkes.
Doors open at 8:30 AM
Early Bird starts at 10:30 AM
Born 05-03-1991 --- Died 10/12/2006 (leukemia)
1. "The Virgin Mary is the only woman in my life."
2. “The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on earth we will have a foretaste of heaven.”
3. “By standing before the Eucharistic Christ, we become holy.”
4. “There are people who suffer much more than me.”
5. “Continuously ask your guardian angel for help. Your guardian angel has to become your best friend.”
6. “Do not be afraid because with the Incarnation of Jesus, death becomes life, and there’s no need to escape: in eternal life, something extraordinary awaits us.”
7. “Jerusalem is right on our doorstep.”
8. "All people are born as originals but many die as photocopies”
9. "To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan”.
10. “Sadness is looking at ourselves, happiness is looking towards God.”
11. “Not me, but God.”
12. “The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of heaven".
13. “The only thing we have to ask God for, in prayer, is the desire to be holy.”
14. “Our soul is like a hot air balloon. If by chance there is a mortal sin, the soul falls to the ground. Confession is like the fire underneath the balloon enabling the soul to rise again. . . It is important to go to confession often.”
15. “I am happy to die because I have lived my life without wasting a minute on those things which do not please God.”
16. “Our goal must be infinite, not the finite. The infinite is our homeland. Heaven has been waiting for us forever.”
17. “The Eucharist is the highway to heaven.”