Beginning Tuesday, August 18th for 6 weeks, we will hold a book discussion on Pope Francis' newest encyclical, Laudato Si.
Fr. Cayer "encourage(s) all of you to read Laudato Si for yourselves and even give it as a gift to someone. I know they would find it encouraging, even if they may not share your opinion about “climate change”. Perhaps the real “climate change” should be our attitude toward one another and to the God of all creation."
Please note - this is not a formal Bible study class, this will be a group discussion, not a lecture on the encyclical. We will read a chapter for each meeting and discuss. To register, email Jeri Winkleblack.
Religious Education Registration
Registration for Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation classes will be held on Sunday, August 23 in O'Brien Hall after all the morning Masses. Religious Education classes begin on Sunday, September 13. Contact Maureen Brown-Muir, DRE at 222-9630 ext. 16 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information on Religious Education.
Year of Consecrated Life Holy Hour
Holy Hour to pray with the religious of the diocese during this Year of Consecrate Life will be Sunday, September 13th at 4 pm at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Tallahassee. Join Bishop Parkes and the religious of the area to pray for those in religious life and for vocations to the religious life.
Altar Server Training
Interested in being an altar server? There will be a training September 17th at 6:15pm in the church. If you are interested in attending please contact Ben Jackson at email@example.com or
You Can Understand the Bible!
If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then join us for A Quick Journey Through the Bible, beginning Tuesday, September 29. By being a part of this study, you will not only benefit personally, but you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in our parish as we all grow closer to Christ. Click here for more information or to register.
Catholic Sharing Appeal
Click here to see the 2015 video from Bishop Parkes.
Click here to access the Stewardship Report.
Reporting Sexual Abuse
Victims of sexual abuse should contact Diocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator Dr. James Gagnon at 877-0205. To report a case of sexual abuse, please call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873.
LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.
These are the opening words to Pope Francis’ latest encyclical Laudato Si. The Earth is our home. It’s the place we live day in and day out. For many of us we might only see an office with drywall to our right and left, while others may work outside and be very close to “mother earth”, as Pope Francis calls our planet. Where ever you work and however you may feel about the current opinions circulating on “climate change”, the truth of the matter is that we have a relationship and thus a responsibility to the ground we walk upon.
Pope Francis is asking for an “ecological spirituality that is grounded in the convictions of our faith.” Our faith informs us of so many things in our lives and directs our actions and thoughts. Having a similar attitude towards planet Earth would also suppose that our actions would discipline our daily attitudes and actions. This may take on the simple gesture of recycling and being prudent with the simple things we often take for granted.
“Care for nature is part of a lifestyle which includes the capacity for living together and communion.” Pope Francis is not simply concerned for the planet, but even more so those who walk upon it. Learning to live together in harmony should promote a balanced lifestyle that respects all creation. He brings up St.Therese the Little Flower who is known for her “little way” of doing things. The kind gestures of our words or simple smile that sows peace and friendship can go a long way in building bridges.
I would encourage all of you to read Laudato Si for yourselves and even give it as a gift to someone. I know they would find it encouraging, even if they may not share your opinion about “climate change”. Perhaps the real “climate change” should be our attitude toward one another and to the God of all creation.
With Peace and Harmony,
The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
"The Church Fully Alive"
"The Church Fully Alive"