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Stop Family Separation

A Statement from Bishop Gregory L. Parkes
The ongoing practice of separating children from their parents has already, as of May, left nearly 2000 children separated from their parents.  As Bishop Parkes reminds us, as a nation and people of faith, we can and must do better.

FIVE WAYS TO HELP STOP FAMILY SEPARATION
  1. Pray: You can find a prayer for migrant children here. On Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, at 8:00 p.m., we will show our solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters by praying together during a special Mass followed by a prayer service at San Jose Mission in Dover. We invite all to attend. If you cannot join us in person, please join us spiritually in prayer. Remember, we are called to live courageously by standing up for ALL vulnerable populations – the unborn, the disabled, the elderly, the imprisoned, the immigrant, and the refugee.
  2. Speak Up: Sign our Action Alert and share with your networks. Also consider contacting your senators and representative directly by phone to voice your concern. You can find the number for your representative here and your senators here.
  3. Take Action: Contact your local Catholic Charities affiliate to learn about their material/volunteer needs, consider fostering an unaccompanied child, or join the Share the Journey global solidarity campaign with migrants and refugees.
  4. Give: Support agencies that are helping families and children impacted by the crisis. (100% of your donation will go to the 21 Catholic Charities agencies assisting unaccompanied children.)
  5. Learn More: To learn more about Family Separation, visit the Justice for Immigrants (JFI) ”Family Separation Webpage” to review backgrounders, educational material, and a webinar.

Info adapted from Catholic Charities USA’s website.

Name Tag Sunday is June 10th

Wouldn’t it be great to know the names of all those who sit around you at Mass?  Name Tag Sunday is back! On Sunday, June 10th, all parishioners are encouraged to wear their name tags and introduce themselves to fellow pew mates, parishioners, and visitors.  If you don’t already have one, request your’s today!

NAME TAG REQUEST

Ordained for the Priesthood

We give thanks for the upcoming ordinations of four young men to the priesthood, both within our Diocese and within the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province.  Please keep them in your prayers as the set off on their new journeys of faith.

Our Diocese
Bishop Gregory Parkes will ordain Deacon Kyle Bell, Deacon Lou Turcotte, and Deacon Tim Williford to the priesthood on Saturday, May 19th at 11:00 am at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. All are invited to attend this joyous celebration! If you cannot join us in person, you are invited to watch the live video stream on the Diocesan website and listen on Spirit FM 90.5. Please keep Deacons Kyle, Lou, and Tim in your prayers!


Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province
Archbishop Roberto González , O.F.M. (San Juan, PR) will ordain Deacon John Aherne, O.F.M. to the priesthood on Saturday, June 23rd at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in New York City. Br. John spent the summer of 2015 with us and is remembered for many things – including his Irish Dance classes! Please keep John in your prayers.

John’s first assignment will be at St. Mary Church, Pompton Lakes, NJ.

 

Mother’s Day

For those whose mothers and grandmothers are still with us – cherish them today. Hug and kiss them. Honor them. Thank them. For those whose mothers have gone home to the Lord, remember them, pray for them, and thank them!

For all who bear the name Christian, the name of our eternal family, let us also honor the Mother of the Lord today. Her maternal care for Jesus still embraces all those who are joined to Him, as members of His Body, by that great new birth of Baptism.

Finally, let us ask the Lord to open our eyes, and our hearts, to come to more fully understand the great mystery and gift of the Church as our Mother. Let us live our lives as Christians, by living in the heart of Mother Church, for the sake of the world into which we are sent to bear the Good News.