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Welcome to St. Francis Ecumenical Catholic Church where ALL ARE WELCOME! Come join us in worship and celebrate our Catholic, Christian identity with the seven Sacraments. We are truly "INCLUSIVE" and hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.
We believe that the door to salvation is always open to everyone and so are the doors to our church.
To live by FAITH, be known by LOVE, and be a voice of HOPE in order to give ourselves in service and better the lives of others.
St. Francis offers "ALL Loving Couples" the traditional Catholic Sacrament and setting for your most sacred celebration. Noninclusive circumstances, that are so denied by other churches may prevent couples from celebrating a true catholic marriage ceremony; we here, warmly welcome "All" at Saint Francis, to include also the: divorced, same sex, (LGBTQ).
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Christmas Eve Mass 4:00 pm
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REACH OUT TO THOSE IN NEED
We will be collecting gifts and toys for the next 3 Sundays, December 1st, 8th and 15th for the families who come to the Interfaith Food Pantry. These families are struggling just to get food on the table, Christmas gifts are not as high on their list of priorities. The gift suggestions for the children can be anything from a small stuffed animal, a flash light, socks, action figures, crayons and a coloring book, lip balm, make-up, matchbox cars, gift cards to local fast food restaurant or anything else which you can think of. We were told they usually run out of gifts for the teenage kids. For the parents the gifts can be anything from socks, a manicure set, a small flashlight, hand and/or body lotion, perfume, cologne, aftershave or anything else which you think is appropriate for a child to give a parent. Please bring your “unwrapped” gifts to the church between now and December 15th and place it in the gift-wrapped bins in the foyer of the church. Thank you all, for your generosity and support of the Interfaith Food Pantry.
Thank You and God's Blessings!
December 8, Sunday
Healing of the Sick
We will have an anointing of the sick immediately after the homily.
December 14, Saturday
Church Christmas Party
Will be from 4-9PM at the home of John & Leo in St. Petersburg. It is going to be a Heavy Horderve potluck meal. We will begin gathering at 4PM and we will start to eat at 5PM. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the social hall and their address is posted there. We will be having a Santa Swap gift exchange. Bring a gift in new or “like new” condition of up to $10 in value.
January 12, Sunday
Deacon Ordination of
Rev. Denise Donato will be here to perform the ceremony.
January 18, Saturday
We are going to have an RCIA program here at St. Francis for becoming Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). We will have the first introductory session on Saturday January 18th from 1:00 to 2:30PM.
February 2, Sunday
Super Bowl of Soups Potluck
Details to come.
March 2 - 7, 2020
2020 Church Cruise
It is a 5 day cruise leaving the port of Tampa. See Mike Heimsath for more information.
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The First Sunday of Advent
“Jesus tells his disciples that the coming of the Son of Man will catch many people unprepared. Jesus tells his disciples that they are to always be ready for the day of the Lord..”
(Matthew 24:37- 44)
In today’s Gospel of Matthew, what we are hearing is quite straightforward. No one really knows the precise time of the coming of the Lord in glory, so watchful waiting and vigilance are required. The passage conveys the uselessness of looking for signs, because there will be no signs. As a thief sneaks in during the night, so will the Lord when He comes in all his glory. The question for us as members of the Christian community, then, is how do we prepare for this? Today's passage speaks more about the manner of waiting, rather than the details of the preparation. Jesus compares the vigilance required of Christians to the vigilance of a homeowner who knows the plans of the thief. If one knows that the thief's action is imminent, one remains watchful. As Christians, we know that our Lord is coming even if we cannot know the precise timing. Jesus calls us to be watchful and vigilant, like the homeowner. If we become lax in our Christian living, we may be caught unprepared.
Michael Maurice, Worship and Religious Education Ministry Saint Francis Ecumenical Catholic Church (Year A, 12/1/2019)
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