Martyrs of La Florida Mass
There will be no 5:15pm Mass on Monday, October 12. Instead, you are invited to Mass at 4pm at the future shrine site of MIssion San Miguel. This Mass will celebrate the opening of the Cause of the Martyrs of La Florida. Celebrants include Bishop Parkes, Bishop Estevez and clergy from around the state.
For directions: www.martyrsoflafloridamissions.org
Respect Life Conference
Please join us for the 2015 Respect Life Conference hosted by the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee on October 23 &24 here at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More. For more info or to register please visit
Parish Picnic Sign Up
Join us for our annual Parish Picnic on Sunday, October 18 from 12:30-4:30pm.
Electronic sign-up for the parish picnic is now available through Sign-Up Genius which you can access by clicking here. Please help us get a count of the number attending so we will know how many hamburgers and hot dogs to prepare. Also indicate if you’ll be providing a food item and if you are available to volunteer in some way.
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.
The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
"The Church Fully Alive"
A lot has happened in the U.S. Catholic world with the recent visitation of Pope Francis. His visitation to Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia enlivened the faithful. Hearing him speak at the White House, before Congress, the United Nations, the New York 911 Memorial and the final Mass at the World Meeting of Families, was inspiring and comforting. I think Catholic and non-Catholics alike were taken in by his simplicity and humility, especially as he was escorted around in his little Fiat. I wonder if Fiat sales are up!
The last time a Pope came to the US was in 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI. He celebrated his 81st birthday during that six day visit. Any visit of a pope is like a shepherd caring and leading the faithful; a shepherd who cares for his sheep. He does care for us. He is concerned about us and those in every country he visits.
This visit of Pope Francis was his first ever visit to the USA, and as much as we all enjoyed his visit I think he enjoyed us as well. I believe he walked away from this experience more informed about the US American life style with all its beauty and challenges. I know we will not soon forget his visit and the wonderful impression we had of him.
See below for some of Pope Francis' notable quotes from homilies and talks on his first ever US visit.
“Jesus’ love goes before us, his look anticipates our needs. He can see beyond appearances, beyond sin, beyond failures and unworthiness. He sees beyond our rank in society. He sees beyond this, to our dignity as sons and daughters, a dignity at times sullied by sin, but one which endures in the depth of our soul. He came precisely to seek out all those who feel unworthy of God, unworthy of others.”
“When God comes, he always calls us out of our house. We are visited so that we can visit others; we are encountered so as to encounter others; we receive love in order to give love.”
“Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches.”
“Families are not a problem, they are first and foremost an opportunity. An opportunity which we have to care for, protect and support. That is a way of saying that they are a blessing.”
Blessings to you,