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Enjoy Your Favorite Sacred Heart Christmas Traditions

It’s Christmastime here at Sacred Heart! And with the Christmas season comes many of our favorite traditions that we usually celebrate together – like our choir singing Christmas carols or the annual Children’s Christmas pageant. Since we can’t be together in person this year, we’ve recorded videos of both so that you can watch in the comfort and safety of your own home. We hope you enjoy both of these presentations. Merry Christmas!

Children’s Christmas Pageant


Christmas Carols with the Sacred Heart Choir


How Will You Celebrate Christmas with Us?

Make Your Plans to Celebrate Christmas With Us
We have been working hard to provide you and your family with as many options as possible to celebrate the birth of our Savior while keeping everyone safe and healthy. Take a look at the many opportunities we have and learn more about each below:

  • Join us in person at the church or at the North Campus (but make sure you have a reservation!)
  • Watch three of our Masses online in the comfort and safety of your home
  • Receive Communion on Christmas Day at our North Campus from the safety of your car
  • Park across the street from the church and listen to Mass via radio (89.3 FM)
  • Celebrate Mass at our outdoor service on Christmas Day (no reservation needed)

Reserved Seats Still Available for Our Christmas Masses
Due to our limited seating capacity during the pandemic, Sacred Heart will require a reservation for each and every person wishing to attend any of our Christmas Masses, either at the church or at the North Campus. There are still limited seats available at select Masses. Please confirm your attendance by making a reservation.

Planning to Watch Online?
We know many of you remain hesitant to attend Mass in person for the safety of yourself and others. We will be live streaming on our Vimeo channel for the Christmas Eve 4 p.m., 11 p.m., and Christmas Day 9:30 a.m. Masses should you plan to view in the safety of your own home.

We are also offering Communion at our North Campus (3515 N. Florida Ave.) on Christmas Day, from 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., if you would like to receive the Eucharist from the safety of your car.

If you can’t join at these specific times, the livestream videos should be available to view 15 minutes after each Mass has ended. Watch here.

Don’t Have a Reservation for Mass?
If you don’t have a reservation for Mass, you can park across the street from the church and listen to Mass on your car’s radio. We will be broadcasting live each of our six Masses at the church on 89.3 FM. A Eucharistic Minister will also come to the parking lot during Mass to distribute Communion.

Prefer to Sit Outside for Mass?
If you feel safer outside, our 10 a.m. Christmas Mass at the North Campus will be an outdoor service. Bring your own lawn chairs or sit in one of the folding chairs provided. There is no reservation needed.

Safety Guidelines
Please note: Sacred Heart requires everyone who plans to attend one of our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses to adhere to the following safety protocols:

  • Sanitizing your hands when entering and leaving the church.
  • Wearing a protective mask while inside the church building, North Campus, or any area where crowds have the potential to gather, except when receiving Communion.
  • Respecting the 6-foot distancing rule from others who are not in your household.
  • Limiting seating to every other pew. Please respect the parts of the church that are roped off.
  • Receiving Communion via hand.

Christmas Collection for Those in Need

Christmas Collection for Those in Need

Several of our ministries are teaming together to help those less fortunate this Christmas season and we need your support!  Join us on Saturday, Dec 12th from 10 am – 12 pm at our Sacred Heart North Campus (3515 N. Florida Ave. ) for our final donation drive of the year! This is a drive-through event, so there is no need to leave your car! PLUS, you have the opportunity to say hello to our friars!

Bring any of the items listed below to help a handful of charitable organizations providing essential services within our Community.
– Our Catholic Council of Catholic Women is collecting in support for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, St. Vincent de Paul, and Salvation Army.
– Our Young Professionals Ministry is collecting support of St. Vincent de Paul.
– Our Open Doors Ministry is collecting in support of Foster Angels.

Items Most Needed:

  • Men’s or Women’s Underwear, including T-shirts, underpants
  • Men’s or Women’s Socks
  • Light Blankets
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Tooth Brushes and Toothpaste
  • Disposable Shaving Razors
  • Toys for children all ages
  • Gifts for Teenagers
    – Dove Body Set (Girls and Boys)
    – Axe Body Set (Boys)
    – Shea Moisture Butter
    – Nail Polish Set
    – Socks
    – Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, Visa, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A)

Suggestions on where to purchase “Budget Friendly” items:

Target – You can order online and pick up without leaving your car. Prices listed below reflect regular prices, not reduced.

  • 10 pack of women’s underwear is $10
  • 6 pack of women’s socks is $9
  • Lightweight “twin” blankets $10
  • 8 pack men’s Underwear $13.99
  • 10 pack men’s ankle socks or crew socks $9.99

Walmart – You can order online and pick up without leaving your car. Prices listed below reflect regular prices, not reduced.

  • 6 pack of women’s Underwear $7.99
  • 8 pack of women’s socks $8.97
  • Lightweight blankets $5.88
  • 6 pack of men’s underwear $9.33
  • 12 pack of ankle or crew socks $9.97

Join Our Sacred Heart Thanksgiving

A Special Invitation from Fr. Stephen


Join Us for Our Sacred Heart Thanksgiving
This year, with the help of our Open Doors and Knights of Columbus ministries, we’ve planned a combined event to foster a sense of connection with one another and to serve our larger community. Join us on Wednesday, November 25th, from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, for a Thanksgiving Dish Exchange and a Thanksgiving Food Drive, benefitting our St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry.

Our food drive, collecting non-perishable food items, will serve the wider community, and our dish exchange will promote a sense of connection among fellow parishioners. This combined event promises to express our gratitude in tangible ways.

The friars will also be present offering blessings and Thanksgiving greetings. We know that you are still getting to know your new friars, so we look forward to seeing you. See below for more information on our Thanksgiving Dish Exchange and Food Drive.

Our Livestream Mass Has Moved

Over the last several months, we’ve brought our Sunday Mass into your homes through Facebook Live, but we’ve been busy upgrading our cameras, our sound equipment, and the technology we use to bring you the very best viewing experience possible.

Now you can see our Masses through our Vimeo platform.  Simply click here to view previous Masses or visit our Online Mass page to see our new Mass each week. We hope you continue to participate digitally with us at our new home, and if you have questions, visit our Vimeo FAQs for more information.

Meet Our New Friars

You may have seen some new faces here at Sacred Heart over the last few weeks! We are excited to announce our four new friars – Fr. Stephen, Br. Henry, Fr. Ron, and Fr. Mike. Watch their videos below to learn more about them, and make sure you welcome them the next time you see them at Mass.


Fr. Stephen Mimnaugh, OFM
Fr. Stephen is the youngest of four children of whom two brothers survive. Born in New Canaan, Conn., to the late John and Patricia Mimnaugh, the family settled in Simsbury, Conn., when Stephen was in second grade. Fr. Stephen earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics at the University of Vermont. After graduation, he completed a commercial-banking management-training program serving small and large commercial clients. Three years later he entered the diocesan seminary but later discerned that God was not calling him to the diocesan priesthood. Stephen transitioned into real estate finance and relocated to his adopted home of Philadelphia, where he remained until joining the Franciscans. He holds master’s degrees in urban policy from the University of Pennsylvania, theology and pastoral ministry from the Washington Theological Union, and social welfare from the City University of New York. His academic research focused on homelessness, supportive housing, public policy, and the role of community in poverty interventions.


Br. Henry Fulmer, OFM
I was born January 30, 1962, in Aiken, S.C. I was one of six children, born to the late Dorothy Lopez Ramos and Isadore Hartley and the proud grandchild of Henderson and Archie Mae Fulmer. I was baptized at St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church as a child, where I decided to answer God’s call to serve the church and God’s people. Though I was born in South Carolina, my family moved to Far Rockaway on Long Island in New York. I was raised there by my mother and consider Far Rockaway my home.


Fr. Ron Gliatta, OFM
Fr. Ron was born in New York City on Feb. 7, 1950. At a young age, he and his family moved to New Jersey where he lived for most of his childhood. Fr. Ron has a sister, Lorraine, who resides in Saddlebrook, N.J. As a child, Ron would fish with his father and grew to love deep-sea and fresh-water fishing. He is an avid animal lover, especially dogs. He enjoys theater , especially opera. However, it’s Fr. Ron’s passion and love for travel that has taken him all over the world. Among his favorite places are Rome, Australia, and Lourdes, France. As St. Francis said “The world is my cloister.”

Fr. Mike Jones, OFM


I grew up in Allegany, NY, which is home to St. Bonaventure University. My family came to Allegany in 1855, around the same time the Franciscan Friars came to establish the university. My family lived across the street from St. Bonaventure Church and the mother house of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. The Franciscan sisters also run the Franciscan Center in Tampa.

I first went to St. Bonaventure Elementary School, then to Archbishop Walsh High School and graduated in 1983 from St. Bonaventure University with a BBA majoring in Management. I was fortunate to be educated by the Franciscan Friars and the Allegany Sisters.

At various times in my twenties I contemplated my vocation to be a Franciscan friar. In the Summer of 1994 I started as an affiliate in the Bronx, NY. In 1995 I went to the novitiate in Providence, RI. My novice master was Fr. Andrew Reitz, OFM who was here in Tampa many years ago. After novitiate I went to Silver Springs, MD where I studied at the Washington Theological Union (WTU). In 2001 I graduated from WTU with my Masters in Divinity. The same year I was also ordained in NYC.

For the past six years I have been at our parish in Anderson, SC. It is a small diverse parish with many wonderful parishioners. One of our main missions was to service the poor. We had a food pantry, we were active with the local soup kitchen, and also helped to create Clean Start, a place for homeless people to have a shower, wash their cloths, make phone calls, and receive their mail.

Over many years I have lived in NY, RI, CT, NY, MD, NC, and SC. Each place has offered many new growing experiences and ministries. It also has been wonderful living with various friars and meeting many new people. I look forward to my time in Tampa.

Saying Thanks and Farewell to Fr. George

Saying goodbye is never easy, especially to one of our friars who has been with us here at Sacred Heart for over 13 years. But say goodbye we must, even during a pandemic.

We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the North Campus Auditorium, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. for a social-distancing open house to honor Fr. George. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided, and we will limit the amount of parishioners in the auditorium at any given time. So drop by, say farewell, share a memory or two, and wish our beloved pastor all the best. We will certainly miss him!

Please join our Sacred Heart community in thanking Fr. George for his service, dedication, and friendship to our parish. We’re collecting notes, letters, photos, and videos at our Kudoboard below. Say farewell, share your favorite memory or two, and wish Fr. George all the best.  We will certainly miss him!



May the grace and peace of Christ be with you. It is hard to believe that it has been 13 years since I arrived here at Sacred Heart in Tampa. Back in 2007 I was expecting to be assigned to our Franciscan parish in Raleigh, NC. Tampa and Sacred Heart was not on my radar at all. Although perhaps it should have been! Afterall I was baptized at a Sacred Heart and in Kenya served for several years at Parokia Moyo Mtakatiu (Sacred Heart). They say good things come in threes, so perhaps I should have expected the assignment. What a blessing it turned out to be in my life, my life as a friar, and my life as a priest. Continue reading Saying Thanks and Farewell to Fr. George