The Cornerstone
Let's Celebrate!
We are pleased to share a major announcement about Monsignor David Toups of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. On June 9, 2020, Pope Francis announced that Monsignor Toups, a local homegrown priest from Clearwater, Florida, has been appointed a bishop and his first assignment will be in the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas. Monsignor Toups moved to Clearwater when he was a teenager and he attended Clearwater Central Catholic High School (class of ’89), where he was active in sports and Student Council. He thought he would pursue a career as a lawyer, but God had other plans for his life. In his second year of college, he experienced God calling him to be a priest. He was ordained a priest in 1997 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. 

Sunday's Reflection
June 14, 2020
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

It is no wonder that followers of Christ are called the Body of Christ. After all, sharing in the same spiritual food and sacred meal, they become what they eat and reveal the Divine Image. There is so much power for healing in the community of believers. Through the Eucharist, Christ becomes as present in those who have partaken of his Body and Blood as he has the elements themselves. The very presence of God touches the depths of the human soul and visits a part of us that no human being can ever hope to explore. We are God’s. The sacred Eucharistic meal is a celebration of intimacy, the reunion of two loves in constant search of and longing for the other.

The community of believers receives the power and the presence to touch and heal in the name of the One they have welcomed within. It is now within their grasp to change the way life is lived and to more intentionally put into practice the Beatitudes that the Divine Guest has revealed. We are asked to be like Christ and work to create a world of sufficiency, where the greed of some no longer creates the want of others but where all of God’s children can find a home and a place at the table of life. The One who makes a home within calls us to live a life that transforms. We are changed ourselves and now become agents of change for others. We are the Body of Christ. God is with us. We have been nourished.

Sadly, many are afraid to try. We know what we are called to do, but we struggle with feelings of doubt as to whether God really is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Do our systems have to change? Is it possible that we somehow missed the mark when we put all of our social networks in place and established the business of our lives? Perhaps we have to radically rethink our approach and that can scare us. We might have to give something up or change, and we don’t want to. As long as want, injustice, division, prejudice, and scarcity still exit, there is tremendous work for the Body of Christ.

Faith Formation News
Did You Know?
Did you know that if you enter a vacant Catholic Church at night, you would not be in total darkness?

There is a wax candle or oil lamp typically in a red, glass container, known as the sanctuary lamp, located above or near the tabernacle. The lit candle symbolizes Christ's presence. The sanctuary lamp is extinguished only on Good Friday when the body of Christ is removed from the main church. it is lit again at Easter Vigil.

I f you are interested in having our Sanctuary Lamp lit in honor of a loved one, please call 813-689-4900.
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Chapel Hours
Monday -Saturday 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Public Mass Schedule
Monday-Saturday 8:30 am (Church)

Saturday Vigil 4:30 pm
Sunday 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am and 5:30 pm

Reconciliation (Chapel)
Monday and Friday after 8:30 am Mass
Saturday 2:45 pm

Adoration (Chapel)
Wednesday 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Please sign the white board in chapel if you can commit one hour.
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Stay home if you are ill, elderly, anxious or have underlying health conditions. The bishop has dispensed all Catholics in the Diocese of St. Petersburg from their Sunday Mass obligation. If you feel uncomfortable attending Mass, it's ok to leave.
Maintain six feet of social distance from others who are not from the same household at all times while in the church or on church property.
Show patience and kindness as parishes restrict attendance to only 50% maximum capacity inside our churches or social halls.
Please wear a face mask or face covering before entering the building.
Refrain from physical contact, such as holding hands during the Our Father.
Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
Please stand and receive Holy Communion in your hand.
Masses will continue to be livestreamed until further notice.

Doors will open half hour prior to Mass. Please be patient and understanding.

Please wear a face mask or face covering before entering the building.

When entering and leaving the property please social distance.

We will be utilizing every other row: please do not sit in a pew that has an X.

For those who might be at risk, please enter through St. Stephen Room Door (left of the front entrance doors) to be led to "Safe Room" (formerly the Cry/Calming Room).

The Chapel will be open for families as a "cry/calming room. We will livestream the Mass on the tv screen. Holy Communion will be brought to you.
Doors will be locked on the outside when Mass starts. If the door is locked, there will be further instructions on the door as to where overflow isto go. Please do not knock on the doors once they are locked.

Collections will not be taken during Mass. Those wishing to donate may put your donations in the boxes located by the front doors.
Once you are seated, please refrain from walking around.

Holy Communion will be brought to you. Please stand, remove mask and receive in your hand.

At the time of dismissal, please leave promptly to allow for sanitizing.

We ask you to please refrain from congregating before or after Mass.
Thank you for your patience and for following CDC guidelines .
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