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Opportunities for Prayer & Reparation

Opportunities for Prayer & Reparation

In a letter from Bishop Gregory Parkes to the people in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, he wrote: “Since the current sexual abuse crisis surfaced, I have been discerning ways that we as a diocese, and particularly me as your bishop and our priests, can offer prayer and penance as a means of spiritual support to the victims whose lives have been irreparably harmed by the heinous crimes committed against them. In addition, I recognize that prayer invoking the guidance of the Holy Spirit is also needed as actions are taken to ensure that this abuse, and the cover-up of abuse, never happens again.

Therefore, after consulting with the pastors and priests of our diocese, I am asking each parish to join me in offering opportunities for prayer and reparation between now and the First Sunday of Advent.”

At St. Patrick’s, we will offer the following special opportunities for prayer and invite you to join with us:

First Friday Adoration: On the First Fridays of October, November, and December, we invite you to join in communal fasting, and to offer an hour of Eucharistic Adoration for the victims of clergy abuse.

On the other Fridays of each month, the morning rosary will be dedicated to the victims of abuse, for their continued   healing.

On Sunday, Nov. 11th, at 3 PM, a special Holy Hour with the singing of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be offered for the healing of all victims of clergy abuse, for their families and all who have suffered because of the abuse.



Fall Harvest Bingo – November 13th

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, November 13, 2018 – Fall Harvest Bingo

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – Holiday Bingo

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – Winter Bingo

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – Valentine Bingo

We will not have Bingo in March 2019. Please join us for our Parish Mission Retreat.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – Spring Bingo

We will not have Bingo in May 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – Beach Blanket Bingo

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 – Stars & Stripes Bingo

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.


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

History of the Diocese of St. Petersburg

Discipleship Stories


By  Joseph Brown

Recently, students in public schools participated in the Statewide testing so it seems appropriate to address tests of the spiritual nature.  I’ve heard many people use the phrase “God is testing me.”  We do not know the mind of God, so I cannot say that God would not test us, however the Scriptures can help decipher the cause.

The Book of Job is a great book to read and one in which many people may relate.  However, the beginning of Job holds the key.  Job was a wealthy and faithful man.  Satan appears before the Lord and says that of course Job is faithful, look how he has been blessed.  If Job were to lose everything, he would stop being faithful.  The Lord told Satan to do as he please except to kill Job.  Job lost his property, his livestock, his children and his wife.  Yet, through it all Job remained faithful.  In the end, God blessed Job with riches, property and family more than he had previously.

Let us look at the Gospels.  After Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan, the Spirit led Jesus to the desert for forty days.  In those days, Satan tempted Jesus three times.  All three times, Jesus repelled the temptations by quoting scripture.

Both stories show that it is Satan who tempts us, not the Lord God.  Satan will do anything to turn a faithful person away from God.  When we are tempted, we must recognize that it is Satan trying to damage our relationship with God and we must embrace the opportunity to show our faithfulness.  It is only at times of temptations that we have the chance to show our true faithfulness.

St. Mother Theresa is known for her joy in serving the poor.  There are accounts of her treating each person like they were the only person in her life.  She would spend hours alone in prayer.  Yet, her private writings provide a glimpse of the deep despair she struggled with.  She wrote that she hated prayer because there was no consolation in it.  She did not feel better after prayer.  She struggled with this for forty years.  However, she recognized this time as the opportunity to perfect her love for God.  If she prayed because she would get “good feelings” from prayer, then she wondered if she was praying out of love for God or out of love for the “good feelings?”

For those who are married, think about the ideal of marriage and the reality of marriage.  The reality is sometimes more harsh.  There are arguments.  There is tension.  Yet, we hold true to our vows because embrace the ideal of marriage.  We know that our life is a sacrament to the world.  We hold true to vows because we have made the decision to love our spouse.  The vows were made because of the difficult times.  If everything was always great then there is never a need to remember the vow.

Scott Hahn, a noted and well-known author and speaker, has described the difference between a contract and a covenant.  A contract is an exchange of goods.  For example, I will give money to someone to build a house.  However, a covenant is an exchange of people.  In ancient days, Kings would make covenants with other kings.  The ceremony would entail digging a pit, placing animals around the pit and slaughtering them.  The blood from the animals would fill the pit.  The kings would wade into the bloody pit.  The covenant says, “Let the man who breaks the covenant end up like these animals.”

The Book of Genesis describes God’s first covenant with Abram.  God told Abram to take animals and cut them in half.  After some time, the Lord passed between the animals.  This was the first covenant.  It is interesting that God did not make Abram pass through the animal because He knew man could not be faithful, but God is always faithful.

A covenant says, “I will give my life for you.”  Remember, contracts are an exchange of goods.  A covenant is an exchange of lives.  This is why marriage is a covenant.  Our vows are a reminder of this covenant.  God created us to be faithful and to be loved.  Yet, Satan hates a faithful person and will seek to damage the faithfulness.

Like St. Mother Theresa, and all the saints, our faithfulness has to be rooted in our relationship with God.  We must know God.  We must encounter Him in Scripture, prayer, the Holy Eucharist and in communion with the Church.  Jesus is the bridegroom.  We, as members of the Church, are his spouse.  Satan will do whatever he can to damage our relationship with Jesus, because he is jealous and prideful, the very sins that led to his downfall.

When tests come, and they will, embrace them for the opportunity to demonstrate your faithfulness to God.  God will never test us.  He loves us beyond measure.  He loves us to the point the He died for us.  How could a God so loving be so devious?  He can’t.  He loves us and looks lovingly on us in our struggles.  When we call, He hears.  Then we have to remember that God’s delays are not His denials.



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.

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

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2018 Annual Pastoral Appeal

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: 11/01/2018 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.