Fr. Tim's Pastor's Pen


         Last weekend Bishop Parkes noted the Diocese of St. Petersburg 50th Anniversary on June 17th in two ways.  On Saturday, June 16th, he was the principal celebrant at the Mass marking this special occasion.  Along with several Florida bishops and the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, priests, deacons, religious, and over 1200 people of the Diocese, the Mass was a celebration of gratitude, hope, and joy.  Bishop Robert Lynch gave a splendid homily highlighting how the Diocese has historically lived out the words of the Gospel.  Bishop Parkes also used this weekend to officially unveil his Vision Statement for the Diocese “Courageously Living the Gospel.”  For the next three years, parishes and diocesan staff will direct much of their focus on achieving these goals.  Copies of the Mutually-Shared Vision are available in the Narthex.  The next main event marking the 50th Anniversary is an all-day family festival scheduled for October 27, 2018.  Mark your calendar now. 

          At our recent Liturgy meetings and staff meetings we have talked about ways to increase opportunities for offerings of special intentions and memorials.  Beginning the first week of July we will provide the Sanctuary Candle to be lit for a week in recognition to one individual, family, or special intention.  Each Monday the intention for the week will be mentioned during the Mass.  The offering for this intention will be $25.00 and it will be processed in the same manner as Mass intentions.  We felt this provides an additional option to Mass offerings for those who would like to mark several days for special intentions.

          We are well into some of our summer projects, which means you may run across some dirt, dust, or workers.  The biggest project for the summer will be installing the new fire alarm system in our school.  This new fire system will encompass all four school buildings and bring us up to current code requirements, replacing an almost forty-year-old system.  We have a few cosmetic ceiling repairs in the church that need to get finished, and once that is done we will have the carpets cleaned.  There will also be some minor painting and classroom carpet replacements.  Most of the work should not be disruptive.  And before you know it, school will be back in session again.

Your friend in Christ,

Fr. Timothy H. Sherwood

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