Our next blood drive will be Sunday, January 24, from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm in the west parking lot. Donating blood helps save lives! Thank you so much!
"SOUPER BOWL" FOOD DRIVE
Please support our faith formation students outside the narthex before all Sunday Masses.
Green Beans, Spaghetti, Sweet Peas, Mac & Cheese, Whole Kernel Corn, Elbow Macaroni, Carrots, Ramen Noodles, Mixed Veggies, Cookies, Baked Beans, Saltines, Chunk Light Tuna, Bran Flakes/Raisin Bran, Chili with Beans, Hunts Pasta Sauce, and Beef Stew.
Thank you for supporting our Faith Formation students and team by donating food to this worthy cause!
JOIN OUR CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH
Join us for a book study and consecration to Saint Joseph! We will begin on Thursday, February 11, and will meet every Thursday from 10:00 - 11:00 am in the Small Hall, ending with a consecration to Saint Joseph on March 18 (the Feast of Saint Joseph). The option for independent study will also be available. To register and purchase the book (group discount), please contact Laura McKenna at [email protected] or 813-340-9305.
FORMED.ORG WEEKLY WATCH LIST!
This week’s FORMED watchlist is Paul: Contending for the Faith, a documentary by Stephen Ray about the Apostle to the Gentiles (the Feast of his conversion is January 25). Click here to watch this video for free on FORMED.org!
"Zealous for the God of Israel, Saul of Tarsus was determined to stamp out this new cult surrounding Jesus of Nazareth by whatever means necessary, including extreme violence and murder. But Saul's zeal was turned upside down when he was humbled by Jesus himself. Join Stephen Ray as he takes you on the road with St. Paul through Israel, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. Fall from a horse in the desert, hang in a basket over the Damascus Wall, cling to driftwood in the sea, and stride along ancient Roman roads. You'll better understand the life, ministry, and sufferings of Paul the Apostle." - From FORMED.org
The “One O'clock Crew” needs volunteers to help clean the church every other Friday at 1:00 pm. This is a very important ministry which does not happen without the generosity of our volunteers! If you are interested in helping out, please contact the parish office, or just show up! The next cleaning date is Friday, January 22.
PAINTING PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT
We are excited to announce that the exterior painting project for the whole campus has begun. If we will need to use alternate entrances or exits to the facilities, you will be notified via e-blast and the bulletin. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the building fund this year! To sign up for the eblast, click here.
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
This time of year gives us an opportunity to reflect upon the previous twelve months and how we have spent them in the service of God, and also to prepare a plan for how we will improve our relationship with him in the year to come.
When making new year’s resolutions this time around, would you consider one of the following in order to grow in what is essential—the spiritual life:
- 15 minutes of daily mediation on Scripture, the writings of a saint, or the story of their life
- 30 minutes of adoration of Our Lord in the blessed sacrament (exposed or in the tabernacle) each week
- Attending an extra mass each week
- Receiving the sacraments more often (confession and holy communion)
- Considering what your main defect is and resolving to grow daily in the opposing virtue
God bless you!
USCCB LETTER - COVID VACCINE
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement on the new COVID-19 vaccines. Do these new vaccines align or conflict with the Church’s teaching on life? Were they developed using aborted fetal cells? It’s a complicated issue but this statement provides guidance for the faithful.
Read the full text here https://www.usccb.org/moral-considerations-covid-vaccines
YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH
Pope Francis has announced that 2021 will be the Year of Saint Joseph! Look out for our weekly bulletin which will feature a page dedicated to the life and devotion to this great saint. For more information about the pope's announcement, please click here. St. Joseph, pray for us!
FAITH FORMATION NEWS
A Happy & Blessed New Year from the Faith Formation Team!
Our 2021 Faith Formation Classes will begin as follows:
K-7th Grade and RCIA, start back up on Sunday, January 10th and meet every Sunday 11:15 – 12:15 in their respective classrooms.
Confirmation Class will begin on Saturday, January 9th, 10:00 AM – Noon in Classroom #1.
Faith Formation Director: Julie Sneddon at 727-546-3315.
Please join us for the following!
- Rosary: every Monday through Saturday, beginning at 7:30 am
- Rosary for Priests: every Thursday, beginning at 11:30 am
- Chaplet of Divine Mercy: every Friday, beginning at 11:45 am
PARISHIONER THANK YOUS
Some notes from parishioners that we wanted to share! Thank you for your feedback!
"Just wanted you to know, [my husband] and I have visited 2 other churches since covid, and Holy Cross is by far the cleanest and most beautifully marked off for pews and communion line. Thank you."
"I would like to compliment you and your staff on the way the church has been arranged to deal with the Covid 19 situation. It looks very dignified and functional. Much better than blue painter's tape that I've seen elsewhere."
Tuesday: 8:00 am & 12:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am, 12:00 pm & 7:00 pm (Spanish)
Thursday: 8:00 am & 12:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am & 12:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am & 4:00 pm vigil
Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 am & 12:30 pm (Spanish)
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 11:30 am (in the church, followed by solemn benediction)
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE
The sacrament of penance is available every Saturday at 3:00 pm, and Sunday at 11:30 am, or by appointment
The chapel is open for adoration and personal prayer every day from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
For instructions on how to sign up, please click here
FACE MASKS MANDATORY
Face masks continue to be mandatory and not optional. At the direction of the Pastor, please leave your face mask on during Mass.
BISHOP PARKES SOCIAL MEDIA
For more information, please click here!
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WEEKLY MASS READINGS
Readings for the week of January 24, 2021
- Sunday: Jon 3:1-5, 10 / Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [4a] / 1 Cor 7:29-31 / Mk 1:14-20
- Monday: Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22 / Ps 117:1bc, 2 [Mk 16:15] / Mk 16:15-18
- Tuesday: 2 Tm 1:1-8 or Ti 1:1-5 / Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10  / Mk 3:31-35
- Wednesday: Heb 10:11-18 / Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 [4b] / Mk 4:1-20
- Thursday: Heb 10:19-25 / Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 [cf. 6] / Mk 4:21-25
- Friday: Heb 10:32-39 / Ps 37:3-4, 5-6, 23-24, 39-40 [39a] / Mk 4:26-34
- Saturday: Heb 11:1-2, 8-19 / Lk 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75 [cf. 68] / Mk 4:35-41
- Next Sunday: Dt 18:15-20 / Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9  / 1 Cor 7:32-35 / Mk 1:21-28
PARISHIONER REGISTRATION & UPDATE FORM
Beside the active support and involvement that the registration enables, the parish registration is also a mandatory condition for sacraments such as baptism and matrimony.
It is therefore important to register at your parish as soon as you start attending Mass there regularly. Here’s why:
- You may receive verification letters to sponsor individuals for sacraments, receive sacraments yourself or your child (i.e. baptism, confirmation, matrimony)
- You will have the opportunity to establish easy online giving and receive end of year tax contribution statements
- You will receive important communications from the parish that non-registered parishioners won’t receive
- The parish will know the demographics and respond to needs. Further, the Diocese will know that our parish has a healthy base of registered, active parishioners
Please click here for our form, and be sure to answer each item so that our records for you are complete!
- Mondays & Tuesdays: 8:00 am & 12:00 pm
- Wednesdays: 8:00 am, 12:00 pm & 7:00 pm (Spanish)
- Thursdays & Fridays: 8:00 am & 12:00 pm
- Saturdays: 8:00 am & 4:00 pm vigil
- Sundays: 8:00 am, 10:00 am & 12:30 pm (Spanish)
Please click on the image below for more information about returning to Mass.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Do you have challenges getting out of your home to buy groceries and prepare meals? Meals On Wheels of Tampa may be able to help. Serving the Tampa area for 45 years, a caring volunteer will deliver freshly cooked meals to your doorstep. The cost of the meals depends on your situation. They will work with you to find a price that fits your budget. If this might help you or someone you know, please call their office at 813-238-MEAL to learn more about this important mission.
REMEMBER TO REACH OUT
If you know someone who is alone during this difficult time, please remember to reach out to them with a phone call. It makes all the difference in the world to someone who is lonely, anxious or afraid!