Holy Cross Catholic Church

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Mass Times

Monday: 8:00 am & 12:00 pm
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)

Wednesdays: 8:30 am - 11:30 am, 6:00 - 7:00 pm & First Fridays: 8:30am - 11:30 am (all followed by solemn benediction).

The sacrament of penance is available every Saturday at 3:00 pm, and Wednesday at 6:00 pm, or by appointment.

The chapel is open for adoration and private prayer every day from 8:00 am - 5:30 pm.

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - Noon
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Our Values & Mission Statement

Fr. David Engbarth, Rest in Peace

The family of Father David R. Engbarth, a cherished son, brother, uncle, and Priest, is sad to announce that he passed away on November 22, 2023, in Largo, Florida. Born August 24, 1948, in Rockford, IL, Father Engbarth lived a life dedicated to his faith in Jesus Christ, his family, and the people he served.

In 1975, Father Engbarth received his Masters of Theology Degree from St Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, MD. and was soon ordained a Catholic Priest on November 20, 1976, at St Joseph Catholic Church, Freeport, IL, by late Bishop Arthur J. O’Neil.

For more information, please visit: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/seminole-fl/father-david-engbarth-11552931


Our St. Nicholas gift card drive this year has begun and will run until December 2 & 3! Please drop gift cards for Target, Walmart, and Visa in the offertory or through the parish office mail slot with the amount written on the card. Amounts should be no less than $20. Gift cards will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for our Faith Formation children, and will also go to helping needy families within our parish boundaries.


Bring your advent wreaths from home during the weekend of November 25 & 26 and they will be blessed at each Mass!


All children are welcome to join in our Christ the King procession at the 10am Mass on Sunday, November 26. Crowns will be provided!


Join us on December 3 at the 10am Mass for the kickoff of our Youth Mass! Starting in December, this event will occur once per month on the first Sunday of the month. If your child/teen would like to participate, please contact Andrew at [email protected]!




  1. Consider offering a novena for the souls in purgatory this year! By dedicating nine days of prayer and reflection (beginning October 25), we can extend our spiritual support to those souls who are in a state of purification, helping them on their journey towards the beatific vision.
  2. Also, beginning on the feast of All Saints (November 1), we can receive a plenary indulgence for a soul in purgatory each day by visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead, through November 8.


Year end is quickly approaching. We wanted to remind you that there is still time to support your faith home this season and optimize your impact with a gift by December 31! All gifts postmarked, delivered to the office or made online by midnight on December 31 count on your tax filing.

Any time you give to support the work of Christ in our parish you are investing in our mission and making our world a little better. With a little year-end planning, you can support your faith home this season and optimize your impact with a gift by December 31!

  1. Give Smart, give stock: Donate appreciated stock, pay no capital gains and your charitable deduction is at the full, fair market value of the stock.
  2. Make gift that pays you back: Set-up a Charitable Gift Annuity or remainder trust and transfer assets to help lower estate taxes.
  3. Make a gift now you can direct later: Set-up a Donor-Advised Fund with the Catholic Foundation.
  4. If you are 70 1/2 or older: Make a gift directly from your IRA - it counts toward your required minimum distribution!
  5. Make your mark on the future: Leave a gift in your will or trust, give life insurance you no longer need or donate real estate.

Contact the parish office to learn more about how to make your year-end giſt. You are a giſt to us, your faith family. With a heart full of gratitude, we wish you a blessed holiday season!


Every Monday. Doors open at 4pm. First games start at 5:45pm. Bring a friend! $12 to start. We look forward to seeing you there!



Do you want to stay updated on the latest news and events happening at Holy Cross? Click here to join in our weekly eblast, a free email newsletter that will keep you informed and inspired!


Stay connected with our vibrant parish community! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on the latest news, events, and inspiring messages. Be part of our digital community and journey together with us as we grow in faith, share in fellowship, and spread the love of Christ. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with us and to be a part of our online parish family. Follow us today on Facebook and Instagram and let's walk this faith journey together! Our handle is Holycrossstpete



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We invite you to participate in our sanctuary intentions program, an opportunity to support the heart of our faith by contributing to the essentials that keep the Mass and our worship vibrant. By scheduling an intention with the parish office, you can provide flowers for the altar, a sanctuary lamp, or the altar bread and wine for a week, ensuring that our liturgical needs are met. Just call us at 727-546-3315!


For more information, please visit dosp.org/revival/

Blog Summary

Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Spanish) - November 26, 2023

Queridos amigos,

Hoy celebramos la solemnidad de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, El Rey del Universo. ... Read More »

Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - November 26, 2023

Dear friends,

Today we celebrate the solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, The King ... Read More »

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Spanish) - November 16, 2023

Queridos amigos,

Estos tres últimos fines de semana consecutivos del Tiempo Ordinario nos han ... Read More »


Please note that names will be automatically removed from this list after three months. Please call the parish office to add a name to this list.

Please pray for the following

Glenn, Mary, Lynn, Sandra, Sally, Nick, Frank, Ed M., Paulette, Frank, Bozana, Mary Ellen, Sharon, Patty, Carlos, Maria Julia, Paula, Pam, Catherine, Amanda, Pat, Dennis, Lauren, Grace, Heidi, Scott, Lisa, Dawn Marie, Declan, Bodhi, Zora, Meza Family, Miguel, Nick, Sharon, Frankie, Kathy, Lisa, Pam, Frank, Sara, Nick, Lynn, Sarah Kristen, Joseph & Theresa, Pierotti Family, Sarah, Maggie, Dyllan, Elba, Artie & Halai, Annie, Jeanie, Anne, Lynn, Chuck, Carl, Bella, Bill, Montana, Eli, Susan, Karen, Fran, Diane & Troy & Family, Lori, Patricia & Anthony, Paul, Kathy, Maryann, Mario, Anthony, Christina, Joseph & Lucy, Chuck, Robert, Missa, David, Chuck, Sue Ann, Tina, Angie, Don, Justine, Maria, the Agars, Eleanor, Fr. Tom, Arlene, Brooke, Vincent, Larry, Daniel, Kristen, Susan, Donna, Evelyn, Carmelita, Meg, Allen, Candy, Geegee, Marc, Betsy, Chrissie, Lucille, Kayla, Austin, Tracy, Jan, Lainey, Carol, Gary, June, Janice, Bill, Kathleen, Joseph, Sherrie, Norma, Laura Lee, Efrain, Lawrence, William, Francisco, Josephina, Juana, Eusebio, Francisco, Virginia, Dolores, Louisa, Jaime, Zaida, Anne Marie, Jenny, Miriam, Tommy, Camille, Monique, Marcellus, Jessica, Jay, Norton, Anne, Marietta, Taso, Lleya, Robert, Margaret H., Tina V., Frank, John, Linda, Idania, Stacey, Louis, Steve, Marge, Mrs. Blue & daughter, Emily, Walter, Nicholas, Helen, Kay, Mary Lou, Chris, Debora, Mariza, Halina, Leeann, Janet, Gary, Bill, Joseph, Cathleen, Helen, Gus, Kathleen, Philip, James, Carlos, Teresa, Cynthia, Josie, Mike, Miriam, Felix, Estrella, Ramos Family, Natalie, Robert, Richard & Maryann, Caceres Family, Scott, Jeffrey, Michael, Carol, Paul, Richard, Denise, Scott, Gloria, Dean, Frank, Ed, Kurt, June, Matt, Ricki, Sr. Williams, Joseph, Jennie, Melina, Miss Beede, Jeffrey, Cele, Jason, Elizabeth, Johnny, Genesis & Family, Brandon, Baby John, Carly, Robert, Fresher, Robert Jr., Sue, McEarhan, John, Cathy, Dinah, Robert, Anthony, Dave, Anna, Pasquale, Speranza, Mary, Jared, Christian, Will, James, Lauren, Will, Garber Family, Lizzy, Jimmy, Sue, Lucille, Tina, Janice, Sofia, Frank, Garver Family, Merlita, Nadine, Rick, Joanie, Michael


Please join us in our parish prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, 
You call us to build your Church,
Not of bricks and mortar, but of living stones.
Give us your Holy Spirit to transform us so that,
Nurtured by the Eucharist,
We may courageously strive to respond to your call
To make disciples for your glory and the salvation of the world.
Señor Jesucristo, nos llamas a construir tu Iglesia, no de ladrillos y cemento, sino de piedras vivas. Danos tu Espíritu Santo para que nos transformes para que, nutridos por la Eucaristía, podamos responder  alientemente a tu llamada de hacer discípulos para tu gloria y la salvación del mundo. Amén.

The primary goal of the Hospitality ministry is to greet all who enter the church and care for them during the liturgy. It is important that all who attend services feel welcome and comfortable. Greeters create an engaging, welcoming environment from the parking lot to the Sanctuary. Welcome helps visitors feel welcome; contacts new registrants to the Parish, and assists with welcome baskets and welcome events. Offertory Gift Bearers bring the gifts to the Altar. Ushers assist members to their seats and provide their physical needs and comfort. If you would like to be part of this important ministry, contact (English) Renee Hall – [email protected] (Spanish) Rigo y Claudia Valles – [email protected]


Please join us for our weekly devotional activities:

  • Exposition of the blessed sacrament—Wednesdays and First Fridays from 8:30—11:30 am (followed by solemn benediction). Also Wednesdays from 6:00—7:00 pm (followed by Mass in Spanish)
  • The rosary is recited daily at 7:30 am
  • The miraculous medal novena is recited Mondays & Wednesdays after the 8am Mass
  • A rosary for priests is recited on Thursdays before the noon Mass
  • The divine mercy chaplet is recited on Fridays before the noon Mass
  • A holy hour for families takes place at 10 - 11am every First Friday

Join us in the small hall on Wednesdays, from 1:00—2:30 pm. We start this Wednesday, September 6! No experience is necessary! Snacks will be provided! Join us in this beautiful ministry to bring comfort to the homeless while sharing in fellowship and fun!
“If a brother or sister has nothing to wear..., and you say to them, ‘Good-bye and good luck! Keep warm..., but do not meet their bodily needs, what good is that?” (James 2:15-16).
Contact: Pat Morrison – [email protected]


Every Catholic Should Be Registered in a Parish

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:

  1. You may receive verification letters to sponsor individuals for sacraments, receive sacraments yourself or your child (i.e. baptism, confirmation, matrimony)
  2. You will have the opportunity to establish easy online giving and receive end of year tax contribution statements
  3. You will receive important communications from the parish that non-registered parishioners won’t receive
  4. 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!


The Diocese of St. Petersburg is partnering with the St. John Paul II Foundation to sponsor a special event for married couples. “Together in Holiness,” a marriage conference that inspires spouses and empowers parents, will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, in St. Petersburg. This conference includes dynamic presentations, childcare, Mass, Adoration, Confession, and more! To learn more, contact [email protected].


More numerous than the stars in the sky are your blessings, O Good and Gracious God. You have called us to spread the Good News of your Son, Jesus Christ, through our words and actions. Strengthen our faith and open our hearts to care for all our brothers and sisters, especially those who need us the most. Help us to understand the difference we can make, the love we can share and the lives we can bring to Christ through our Catholic Ministry Appeal. We pray that your grace, O Lord, will lead us to be your loving heart and hands today. Amen.

Más numerosas que las estrellas en el cielo son tus bendiciones, oh Dios bondadoso y compasivo. Nos has llamado para anunciar la buena nueva de tu Hijo, Jesucristo, mediante nuestras palabras y acciones. Fortalece nuestra fe y abre nuestros corazones para que cuidemos de todos nuestros hermanos y hermanas, especialmente aquellos que más nos necesitan. Ayúdanos a comprender la diferencia que podemos hacer, el amor que podemos compartir y las vidas que podemos acercar a Cristo a través de la Campaña para los Ministerios Católicos. Oramos para que tu gracia, oh Señor, nos lleve a ser hoy tu corazón y tus manos amorosas. Amén.