STATIONS OF THE CROSS
FASTING & ABSTINENCE
BISHOP PARKES' LENTEN MESSAGE
FLOWERS FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER
Please consider making a donation towards our Easter flowers on behalf of your loved one/s to give glory to God during our Easter celebrations.
We will also be accepting donations for altar flowers for Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday, which may be dedicated to the honor or memory of a loved one.
Please make arrangements at the parish office. Thank you!
Church Sanitizers after the 4:00 Saturday Vigil Mass: Please stay behind to help our sacristan, Norberto, sanitize the church after the 4:00 pm Saturday Mass. We need at least three more volunteers.
Keepers of the Cross Volunteers Every Other Friday: Please lend a hand as we have only three volunteers (Helen, Shirley, and Dinah) who clean the entire church every other week. We need at least three more volunteers who can help out on a regular basis. The next cleaning date will be Friday, February 19, from 1:00 pm until finished.
None of these tasks will be completed without generous volunteers, so thank you in advance for your help.
PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYER
The Confraternity of Eucharistic Adoration for Life (CEAL) invites all clergy, religious and laity to take part in the “40 hours of Prayer for Peace and Healing in the World.”
Participants are invited to commit to one hour in prayer during this event, which will begin Monday, March 15, 6:00 a.m. and will continue through Tuesday March 16, 10:00 p.m. Prayer materials will be provided through e-mail.
To participate, please sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040449adae23abfa7-40hours1.
If you have questions, you may contact Father Bob Romaine, at St. Paul Parish, Tampa: (813) 961-3023 or [email protected].
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!
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
FAITH FORMATION NEWS
Thank you for your Prayers!
Holy Cross Confirmation students attended their Confirmation retreat on Saturday, February 20. We were fortunate enough to be invited by St. Jerome to gather with their students at Mary Help of Christians in Tampa…all expenses paid! Thanks be to God for His many Blessings!
First Holy Communion (for registered grades 2 & 3) is scheduled for noon on Saturday, May 1. Confirmation (for registered Confirmation students and RCIA) is scheduled for noon on Saturday, June 5 at St. Catherine of Siena
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
Wednesdays and First Fridays: 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 - 5:30 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
For instructions on how to sign up, please click here
If you or a family member are in need of prayer, please call the parish office at 727-546-3315, giving the person’s name and the reason for prayers.
Please pray for the following
José, Rose, Andrew, Sonny, Allison, Ann Marie, Marty, Roia, Rose, Jim, John, Carol, Anna, Virgil, Gus, Dianne, Rebecca, Barbara Lilly, Elaine, Jacob, Donald, Mitchell, Faith, Mary, Meghan, Paul, Edith, Peggy Anne, Sylvia, Jean Ann, Felicitas, Adolfo, Jesus, Ileane, William, Jacob, Jeremy, Miranda, Susan, Lydia, Annette, Angela, Cecelia, Christine, Jill, Finnley, Jim, Lupita, Jeremiah, Jared, Phyllis, Natalie, Virginia, Jenn, Joe, Rick, Bud, Donna, Maryann, Susan. Donna, Susan, Denise, George, Carmelita, Margaret H., Gianna, Tina, Laura, John, Edward, Gail, Karon, Beth Anne, Joe, Bev, Bob, Evelyn, Gerry, Ben, Mr. & Mrs. Verstappen, Victor, Karen, Rose Marie, John, Maureen, Colin, Paul, John, Joseph, Peggy, Kami, Katie, Anne-Marie, Simo, Josephine, Terry, Bill, Maria, Edward H., Holly, Mary Ann, Doris, Zima, Craig, Sharon, Mike, Robert, Phyllis, Elaine, Jodi, Carly, Ann, Sharon, Beverly, Emily, Lynn, Mary Lou, Catherine, Roger, Maria, Alfredo, Eleanor, Dayana, Janet, Marilyn, Mary Ann, Bobby, Charlie, Christina, Peggy H., Mark, Renee, 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, Miguel, Nick, Sharon, Frankie, Kathy, Lisa, Pam, Frank, New Family, Sara
Souper Bowl Food Drive
SUPPORT OUR SEMINARIANS
Our seminarians have been in a quarantine "bubble" at seminary since March of 2020, when not home on summer break. Their quarterly breaks were cancelled in order to keep them safe and healthy, so they were away from family, friends and their parish homes for an extended period of time.
Please consider supporting our seminarians through prayer, letters and cards of encouragement, care packages, or however you would like. They will appreciate it very much!
For an updated list of our current seminarians, please click here.
For more information, 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 PODCAST
For more information, please click here!
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WEEKLY MASS READINGS
Readings for the week of February 21, 2021
- Sunday: Gn 9:8-15 / Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [cf. 10] / 1 Pt 3:18-22 / Mk 1:12-15
- Monday: 1 Pt 5:1-4 / Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6  / Mt 16:13-19
- Tuesday: Is 55:10-11 / Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 [18b] / Mt 6:7-15
- Wednesday: Jon 3:1-10 / Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19 [19b] / Lk 11:29-32
- Thursday: Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 / Ps 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 7c-8 [3a] / Mt 7:7-12
- Friday: Ez 18:21-28 / Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8  / Mt 5:20-26
- Saturday: Dt 26:16-19 / Ps 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8 [1b] / Mt 5:43-48
- Next Sunday: Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 / Ps 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19  / Rom 8:31b-34 / http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022821.cfm
- Mk 9: 2-10
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!
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!