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Honoring Fr. Stan Holland

Recently, at 11 AM Mass, Colonel Benjamin Berner honored Fr. Stan by presenting him with a shadow box of his military awards. We continue to thank and pray for all those who have served and are serving our nation.

At last weekend's 11 AM Mass, some of our parishioners honored Fr. Stan by presenting him with a shadow box of his military awards. We continue to thank and pray for all those who have served and are serving our nation.

Posted by St. Patrick Catholic Church on Monday, July 16, 2018

Severe Weather Updates – Parish Closings and Cancellations

Hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through November 30th.

St. Patrick Catholic Church follows the closures of Hillsborough County Schools for all severe weather emergencies or precautionary safety procedures. During a severe weather emergency, updates to our parish website will be made daily to keep you up to date on Parish Closures and Meeting Cancellations. Please remember the safety of our parish family and community is most important. Be safe and God Bless.

Parish Ministry Cancellation Notices:

  • None at this time.

Updated: 05/29/2018 09:00 am

There are two websites that are helpful for both hurricane planning and detailed weather information as a storm approaches. The Hillsborough County Emergency Management Office website is  and the National Hurricane Center website is At the National Hurricane Center website you can pull up and watch things like the 3-day and 5-day cones for approaching storms. At the Hillsborough County website you can sign up for their E-News which is an automatic e-mail service which keeps you up-to-date with pertinent local emergency management information if you like.

Safety Precautions

  • During any heavy rainfall or severe weather event, the City of Tampa encourages the motoring public to heed traffic advisories, obey traffic signs/detours, and to exercise caution when driving in and around standing water.
  • Do not drive through water  it is difficult to determine how deep the water is.
  • It is best to avoid driving unless necessary.
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a 4-way stop.
  • If you see a road closed, please follow the detour signs.
  • Avoid any downed or hanging power lines – they may be live.

Stay up-to-date

  • Residents should also stay tuned to local television and radio stations for more information as severe weather approaches.
  • Please check this City of Tampa link for up to date road closures at
  • The Hillsborough County Emergency Management Office website is
  • National Hurricane Center website is
  • Sign up for Alert Tampa, the city’s official emergency alert system, to receive time sensitive notifications which will be sent directly to your email, cell phone, and in some cases, home phone.  Alert Tampa will provide you the official information you can use to keep your business, your home, and your family safe.  To sign up today, visit our website at or call (813) 231-6184.

Family Faith Fest

Discipleship Stories

Peter’s Mother-in-Law: A Model of Discipleship

By  Joe Brown


In September 2016, I was fortunate to take part in the pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Jim and other members from St. Patrick’s.  One of my favorite sites we visited was the town of Capernum.  Capernum is on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee.  It was the home of Peter.  Tradition holds that Jesus lived with Peter.  About fifty yards away from Peter’s house was the synagogue.  Being there really made the Gospel’s come alive for me.  It was also there that Peter’s mother-in-law was healed and this story provides a great lesson for us.

First, we must remember that we called to be disciples of Jesus.  Being a disciple means that we long to be a student of His, we want to learn about Him and we want to spend time with Him.  Being a disciple also means that we want other people to be disciples.  It only makes sense!  If we have found peace, and solace and strength through Him, doesn’t it make sense to share that with other people?  That is why our parish mission statement says that we are disciples who are growing other disciples.

We read in the Gospel of Mark 1:29-31,

“On leaving the synagogue he entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.  Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.  They immediately told him about her.  He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.  Then the fever left her and she waited on them.”

I am reminded of Matthew 9:12 “He heard this and said, ‘Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.’”

How many of us are like Peter’s mother?  We are all sick.  We may not all have a fever like her but we need healing.  Some of us struggle with addictions of various kinds, with memories of abuse or neglect, with guilt of past decisions, with anger issues, with fear.  Our illnesses are numerous.  We need healing!

Not only is Jesus able to offer healing He desires it.  He wants to heal us.  Why does Jesus desire to heal us?  The answer lies in the action of Peter’s mother-in-law.  Once she was healed, she waited on him.  She was grateful.  She wanted to serve Him.  That is why Jesus wants to heal us, so we can serve Him and worship Him.

If you examine different healings in the Gospels, it was to help people worship.  In the times of Jesus, if people suffered from leprosy they were not allowed in the Temple.  When Jesus cured the lepers, He enabled them to worship again.  The same is true of the woman who touched the hem of His garment.  Her blood flow made her unclean to enter the Temple.  Being healed enabled her to worship.

Jesus wants to heal us so we can serve Him and worship Him with our lives.  Think about it.  If we are fighting addictions, how pure can our worship be?  If we are prone to anger, how pure can our worship be?  We are called to love the Lord with our whole heart, mind and all our might.  We need help to love that purely.  We need healing.  We need to ask Jesus to be our physician, to heal us of our affliction.

Being a disciple means that we recognize that we are wounded.  But, we also recognize that we know the physician who can heal us.  This joy and this knowledge need to be shared.  That is us, as disciples, growing other disciples.

St. Paul, in the Second letter to the Corinthians (2Cor 1:3-4) says,

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

Let us take the lesson of Peter’s mother-in-law and see ourselves as her.  Let us recognize the healing that has happened and serve the Lord who has loved us.


Come Join Us for Bingo & Dinner

St. Patrick Catholic Church Social Hall

Dinner served between 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Bingo will start at 6:30pm.

Cost: $25.00, includes 9 pack of 13 sheets (26 games) and 4 specials.

Must be 18 years old to play.

Additional cards available for purchase.


Bingo Dates!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – Beach Blanket Bingo

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 – Stars and Stripes Bingo

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – That’s Amore Bingo

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – Patriotic Bingo

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – Autumn Bingo

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – Fall Harvest Bingo

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – Holiday Bingo

History of the Diocese of St. Petersburg

Shamrock News

2018 Annual Pastoral Appeal

Grief – Hope Ministry, Friday Evenings

We are a friendly and caring group ready to walk with you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Join our Grief-Hope Ministry, every Friday, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in Room# 24. Sessions are flexible and you are able to start at any time. Questions, email Deacon Ben Hooks at

Grupo de Oración, Thursday Evenings at 7pm

Invitación al Grupo de Oración

Ven al grupo de oración con música, alabanza y peticiónes al Todopoderoso por nuestras necesidades!  Te esperamos, no pierdas tiempo.  Estamos en gran necesidad! Te llenaras del Espiritu Santo y sus  enseñanzas!  Si tienes preguntas favor de llamar a  Millie Rodriguez at  813 735-7637.