January 22nd is the anniversary of Rove V Wade, there will be a special prayer service in the chapel at 7:00PM. We will pray for an end to this culture of death in our society. Please come and pray with us.
Please continue to support our St Vincent de Paul Society with either financial support or by bringing in food to the boxes inside the Church. God bless you all and thank you for your support!
From the Bishop!
Florida Bishop Issue a Statement leading up to
47th Anniversary of Roe Vs. Wade
January 22, 2020 marks a sad anniversary: the U.S. Supreme Court's tragic decision legalizing the deliberate taking of unborn human life through elective abortion. Judicial sanction of the termination of life in the womb seen by some as a "right" is a "wrong" that for 47 years has coarsened hearts and darkened minds. Today, after more than 60 million abortions, there is less regard for all human life as society discards those deemed inconvenient because of age, infirmity or any other reason.
This past year, in one of the most polarized political environments experienced in recent history, we were appalled that some states sought to strengthen laws that permit abortions even to the moment of birth. We also saw the U.S. Congress fail repeatedly to consider protections that ensure infants who survive abortion receive proper medical care.
Yet, amid this darkness, signs of hope remain, and good and courageous acts light a way forward. The passage of laws by several state legislatures to restrict abortion is encouraging. Wide support in Florida for the vital help provided to pregnant women and their families by pregnancy care centers is greatly welcomed. Parish and other ministries that provide material and spiritual help and offer hope and healing for those suffering from past abortions hearten us and are to be commended.
The prevailing interpretation of the privacy clause in our Florida constitution, which has provided broader rights to abortion than the U.S. Constitution, is frustrating. Nevertheless, we are hopeful that legislation requiring a 24-hour reflection period prior to an abortion will ultimately survive court challenges and be upheld as law.
Despite the claims by some that Roe v. Wade is "settled law", Americans are still conflicted about abortion, and this is what lies behind much of the divisiveness of today's political discourse. As Catholics, we do not pretend to impose our views about human life on the citizenry of this great nation. Nevertheless, as Americans, we wish to contribute, as faithful and faith-filled citizens, to the common good and to promote human flourishing in our society by making our proposal. Dr. Martin Luther King's proposal on the need for racial justice touched the conscience of a nation and brought about the end of Jim Crow. In the same way, our proposal informed by Catholic teachings but accessible to reason hopes to touch consciences and bring an end to America's "slaughter of the innocents".
This proposal holds that everyone's human dignity is served when each human life is protected in law from the moment of conception until natural death. Respect for the right to life and dignity of every human person - whether he or she be poor, an immigrant, a refugee, incarcerated, infirmed, sick, elderly or unborn - simply reaffirms the self-evident truth that "all men are created equal" and "endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights" and thus promotes the "more perfect union" to which our founders aspired.
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Lay Carmelite Community Come & See
Do you seek the face of God? We warmly invite you to visit a Lay Carmelite Community meeting to learn about Carmelite spirituality.
Our Lady Queen of Carmel LCC meets in room 6 at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church at 715 E. Orange St. in Tarpon Springs on the first Saturday of each month, immediately following the 9 am Mass. For more information, contact Pat Mermelstein at 727-534-5729.
Sunday Vigil 4:00PM
Sunday 8:00, 10:00AM and 1:00PM
Confessions: 3:00PM - 3:45PM Saturday's in the Chapel
Wednesday mornings after daily Mass
First Friday after Daily Mass
Office Phone 727-869-3130
- Father Dominic Corona, Pastor
- Father Paul Goudreau, Retired Clergy
- Deacon Jim Minary, Eucharistic Ministers and Reader Coordinator
- Deacon Mark Manko, Director of Religious Education/ Altar Servers
- Mrs. Lorraine Parsons, Youth Director/ Confirmation Prep
- Mrs. Tina McCann, Music Director
- Ms Randi Hodgson, Business Manager
- Mrs. Judy Licari, Parish Clerk
- Mr. Butch Toohey, Plant Manager
- Ms. Sheila Miller, Sacristan
Bishop Larkin Catholic School: (727) 862-6981
Bishop McLaughlin High School: (727) 857-2600
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