Beliefs, Faith, and American Citizenship

When John Fitzgerald Kennedy was asked if his Catholic beliefs would interfere in the discharging of his presidential duties if he were to be elected, he responded with this now-famous quote:

“… I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me.”

Religious “litmus tests” in politics picked up speed in the second half of the twentieth century and are currently at the fore as they pertain to Supreme Court nominations in the twenty-first century. Certain beliefs and stances, informed by Christian dogma, are routinely called into question as they pertain to objective civil governance and decision making. Attempts are repeatedly made to expose religious bias and its threat to the rule of law and the Constitution. Ironically, Article VI of that document states “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

The necessary coexistence of church and state, in one form or another, has been around for centuries, and the tension between the two has posed varying degrees of difficulty in balancing religious beliefs and civic responsibility. The articles of faith in a particular religion can potentially “tip the scales” in the weighing of civil matters. Living a life that is informed by faith and conscience while paying the proper deference to civil law and authority is possible, as illustrated in a “religious test” posed in scripture:

[The Pharisees asked:] “Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

(Matthew 22:17-22)

The “litmus test” involving Caesar, courtesy of the Pharisees, was designed to elicit an “either/or” answer from Jesus. Much to their surprise and dismay, Jesus presented a middle path that could not be refuted. Determining what belongs to God and what belongs to “Caesar” can be challenging in certain situations but can be achieved through prayer, deliberation, and reliance on Divine Providence. From a Christian perspective, the First Commandment can set the tone and order of our fidelity to church and state. Putting God first while sorting through the “strange gods” of civic governance and politics, requires sober prayer and thought. Paying taxes on our hard-earned income is a burden in and of itself and becomes more oppressive when spent to fund concerns to which our beliefs are opposed. St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, has this to say:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God.

(Romans 13:1)

Negotiating daily life within the spheres of family, church, and civil obligations can easily tilt out of balance in modern life. Careful discernment and deliberation, especially involving the weightier issues of human existence, require the divine assistance that God is ready and willing to offer.

In the general election of 2020, the division among the electorate is more pronounced than ever. Voting blocs, once fairly monolithic, are undergoing shifts that are seismic in many cases. Gone are the days when a given group could speak with one voice. The polling methods of the past, once fairly accurate, have been replaced with algorithms and a plethora of computer programs. The political landscape has become something akin to the Wild West, with a lot of unsettled lands to be plowed. The fastest gunfighters of the past have been replaced by those most adept at slinging commentary across the landscape of social media.

Let us pray for ongoing discernment as we balance faith and citizenship in casting the nets of our faith in evangelization, and our votes in the upcoming elections.




Cuando se le preguntó a John Fitzgerald Kennedy si sus creencias Católicas interferirían en el desempeño de sus deberes presidenciales si fuera elegido, respondió con esta frase ahora famosa:

“… No soy el candidato Católico a la presidencia. Soy el candidato presidencial del Partido Demócrata,
que también es Católico. No hablo por mi iglesia sobre asuntos públicos y la iglesia no habla por mí.”

Las “pruebas de fuego” religiosas en la política se aceleraron en la segunda mitad del siglo XX y actualmente están en primer plano en lo que respecta a las nominaciones a la Suprema Corte en el siglo XXI. Ciertas creencias y posturas, informadas por el Dogma Cristiano, se cuestionan rutinariamente en lo que respecta a la gobernanza civil objetiva y la toma de decisiones. Se intentan repetidamente exponer los prejuicios religiosos y su amenaza para el estado de derecho y la Constitución. Irónicamente, el artículo VI de ese documento establece que “nunca se requerirá ninguna prueba religiosa como cualificación para ninguna oficina o fideicomiso público de los Estados Unidos”.

La necesaria coexistencia de la iglesia y el estado, de una forma u otra, ha existido durante siglos, y la tensión entre los dos ha planteado diversos grados de dificultad para equilibrar las creencias religiosas y la responsabilidad cívica. Los artículos de fe en una religión en particular pueden potencialmente “inclinar la balanza” en el peso de los asuntos civiles. Es posible vivir una vida que esté guiada por la fe y la conciencia mientras se presta el debido respeto a la ley y la autoridad civiles, como se ilustra en una “prueba religiosa” planteada en las Escrituras:

[Los fariseos preguntaron:] “Dinos, entonces, cuál es tu opinión: ¿Es lícito pagar el impuesto del censo al César o no?” Conociendo su malicia, Jesús dijo: “¿Por qué me ponen a prueba, hipócritas? Muéstrame la moneda que paga el impuesto del censo “. Luego le entregaron la moneda romana.
Él les dijo: “¿De quién es esta imagen y de quién es la inscripción?” Ellos respondieron: “De César”.
Ante eso, les dijo: “Entonces páguenle al César lo que es del César y a Dios lo que es de Dios”.

(Mateo 22: 17-22)

Esta “prueba de fuego” que involucra a César, cortesía de los fariseos, fue diseñada para obtener una respuesta de “una o la otra” de Jesús. Para su sorpresa y consternación, Jesús presentó un camino intermedio que no podía ser refutado. Determinar lo que pertenece a Dios y lo que pertenece al “César” puede ser un desafío en ciertas situaciones, pero se puede lograr mediante la oración, la deliberación y la confianza en la Divina Providencia. Desde una perspectiva cristiana, el Primer Mandamiento puede dar la pauta y el orden de nuestra fidelidad a la Iglesia y al estado. Poner a Dios en primer lugar mientras clasifica a los “dioses extraños” del gobierno y la política, requiere oración y pensamiento sobrios. Pagar impuestos sobre nuestros ingresos ganados con esfuerzo es una carga en sí misma y se vuelve más opresivo cuando se gasta para financiar asuntos opuestos nuestras creencias. San Pablo, en su carta a los Romanos, dice lo siguiente:

Que toda persona esté sujeta a las autoridades gobernantes; porque no hay autoridad excepto de Dios,
y esas autoridades que existen han sido instituidas por Dios.

(Romanos 13: 1)

Negociar la vida diaria dentro de las esferas de la familia, la iglesia y las obligaciones civiles puede desequilibrarse fácilmente en la vida moderna. El discernimiento y la deliberación cuidadosos, especialmente en los asuntos más importantes de la existencia humana, requieren la ayuda divina, la cual Dios está listo y dispuesto a ofrecer.

En las elecciones generales de 2020, la división entre el electorado es más pronunciada que nunca. Los bloques de votación, que alguna vez fueron bastante monolíticos, están experimentando cambios que son sísmicos en muchos casos. Atrás quedaron los días en que un grupo determinado podía hablar con una sola voz. Los métodos de sondeo del pasado, que alguna vez fueron bastante precisos, han sido reemplazados por algoritmos y una gran cantidad de programas de computadora. El panorama político se ha convertido en algo parecido al viejo oeste, con una gran cantidad de tierras sin colonizar para arar. Los pistoleros más rápidos del pasado han sido reemplazados por los más expertos en lanzar comentarios en el panorama de las redes sociales.

Oremos por un discernimiento continuo mientras equilibramos la fe y la ciudadanía al echar las redes de nuestra fe en la evangelización y nuestros votos en las próximas elecciones.



Original article via: https://catholicstand.com/

40 Days for Life – Get involved to defend life!

This year at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, we will be doing three things during the 40 Days for Life campaign, which runs from September 23rd through November 1st.


Praying at Abortion Center. 40 Days for Life involves pray for an end to abortion, fasting and a 40
Day Vigil in front of a local abortion center. The Vigil will be held in front of All Women’s Health Center located at 2010 E. Fletcher Ave, Tampa. St. Lawrence parishioners will be at the Center for two days: Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd from 7:45am-12:00pm. Due to COVID-19 and safe social distancing regulation, there will be a limited number of parishioners in front of the abortion center to pray. In place
of the sign-up in the piazza, we will reach out to parishioners that have participated in the past to cover
these days and times.


Praying from the Chapel. If you cannot pray with us at the abortion center, you can still help! We are asking if some St. Lawrence parishioners can please pray in the chapel (in the main church building) to intercede for those on the sidewalk and for those considering having an abortion. Suggested time and dates align with those praying in person: Friday, Oct. 2nd and Saturday Oct. 3rd from 7:45am -12pm


Donations for childcare supplies. Throughout the 40 Days for Life, we will be collecting baby diapers and supplies to stock the shelves of Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center’s “Baby Boutique”, which helps babies and their mothers who have chosen life. If you would like to give gift cards, please drop them off at the church office with “Foundations of Life” written on the envelope. Last year, Foundations of Life was so grateful for St. Lawrence’s generosity.

Questions on how to get involved? Contact Linda Scrofani at (813) 597-6531

Respect Life Committee at St. Lawrence



View Bishop Parkes’ Invitation to Participate


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Finding Work in God’s Vineyard

Jesus said: “Going out about five o’clock, [the landowner] found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’” (Matthew 20:6-7 NABRE)

Dcn. Greg Lambert

One of the hardest aspects of being without a job is finding gainful employment, especially in a new career path. Even if you stay in your field, you face formidable competition from others vying for the same position. These days, finding work between jobs might be accomplished in the realm of what is termed as the “gig economy.” Driving passengers and delivering various items pay a fixed rate per delivery or trip. Working in this way still requires customers to “hire” you. The stability that a full-time job provides gives way to the tentative aspects of sporadic work for hire.

Another approach to employment involves taking on a part-time job with reduced hours that often come with no benefits. Temporary employment, usually through an agency, is another option. Day labor, perhaps the least desirable way of finding work, involves showing up for the possibility of being chosen to work for that day. Oftentimes, after being ready, willing, and able, being passed over is a common occurrence in the life of a day laborer.

The Willingness to Work
Waiting for hire in any of the above situations is stressful and can easily be construed by others as “standing idle.” In the parable of the tenant farmers, we find a group of workers waiting to be “called.” Some are called right away, while others are called later at various times throughout the day. There is a “call and response” between the employer and the worker. The terms for the day are presented to each individual and agreed upon. According to the parable, everyone who is called goes to work in the vineyard, albeit at different times.

Vineyard to research effects of climate change on wine growing

At the end of the day, as the workers are called from last to first, each receives their agreed-upon wage. A certain sense of fairness comes into question among some of the workers, and the parable ends by emphasizing the owner’s generosity over any subjective view of entitlement. A willingness to work, along with patience and tenacity, makes a powerful combination to have while waiting to be hired.

It is important to note that once a full-time job is obtained, the requirements of the job must be met and hopefully exceeded. Once employed, it is incumbent on the employee to readily adapt to and embrace ulars of the job they have obtained. While apparent idleness might be excused during unemployment, it is not well tolerated in the workplace. Directives are issued and goals are set to ensure the health and well-being of the company.

Go and Work in the Vineyard
In biblical terms, it could be said that the head of a given company represents the “father”, and the employees are the “sons” in the following illustration:

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders:] “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.”
(Matthew 21:28-31 NRSVCE)

Doing the Father’s will, both in ancient Palestine and today, involves a willingness and readiness to respond to particular directives (commandments). A paraphrase of a quote from St. Teresa of Calcutta, “Be where you are supposed to be, and do what you are supposed to do,” applies to work in general, and especially to work in the vineyard of ministry and evangelization.

Conclusion
While it is true that you “can’t put the cart before the horse” in terms of finding work, once employment is secured, the resolve that was once used to get a job can be channeled into the productivity and loyalty necessary for the mission at hand.

During this time of pandemic and economic downturn, let us pray for the grace to discern God’s will, the patience to wait on the Lord for employment in the workplace as well as in the vineyard of ministry.

Source: CatholicStand.com

Misa Hispana Diocesana – October 10, 2020

La Comisión Hispana anuncia la Misa Hispana Diocesana anual en honor a Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, patrona de Cuba. La Misa será presidida por monseñor Gregory L. Parkes el sábado 10 de octubre, 2020, a las 10:00 a.m. en la Catedral de St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Ave. North, St. Petersburg. Este año no habrá procesión de banderas pero rezaremos el rosario a las 9:30 a.m. antes de la Misa.

Debido a las limitaciones de espacio resultantes de la actual pandemia COVID-19 las personas interesadas en asistir a la Misa tendrán que inscribirse aquí por orden de llegada. De llegar al cupo te invitamos a ver la Misa en vivo en nuestros canales de LivestreamFacebook o Youtube. Para obtener más información, llama a Mercedes Cedeño al 727-344-1611 ext. 5471.


The Hispanic Commission announces the annual Diocesan Hispanic Mass in honor of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, patroness of Cuba. The Mass will be presided by Bishop Gregory L. Parkes on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Ave. North, St. Petersburg. This year, we will not have the procession of flags but we will gather at 9:30 a.m. to pray the Rosary before the Mass.

Due to spacing limitations resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic, persons interested in attending the Mass will need to register here on a first-come-first-serve basis. Space is limited. If registration is full we invite you to watch the Mass via our Livestream, Facebook or Youtube. For more information contact Mercedes Cedeño at 727-344-1611 ext. 5471.

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Day of Prayer to End Racism and Violence


In support of the recommendations made by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and the diocesan Black Catholic Ministry, Bishop Parkes is asking all to pray for an end to racism and violence in our communities and country on Wednesday, September 9, the Memorial of St. Peter Claver, the 17th century Jesuit priest who ministered to enslaved Africans in Colombia.

Read more on the DOSP website here.


September: Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

We will begin the month of September next Tuesday. September is the month of Our Lady of Sorrows. Our Lady of Sorrows Memorial will be celebrated on September 15th the day after The Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Exaltation of the Holy Cross is a unique feast that celebrate the three events: The finding of the True Cross by St. Helena, the dedication of the original two churches of the Holy Sepulcher and Mount Calvary, and lastly the return of the True Cross from the Persians in the year 629 after it was captured in 614. The Crucifixion of our Lord and the sorrow of the Blessed Mother have been linked from the foundation of our church, and in a real concrete way we continue to connect these two realities to our life of faith in these two celebrations.

In addition to the Sorrow of The Crucifixion, there are six other Sorrows of the Blessed Mother. St. Bridget of Sweden popularized the devolution of the Seven Sorrows of Mary. For those like me, who may not be too familiar but need a refresher on what the Seven Sorrows of Mary. They are as follows:

  1. The prophecy of Simeon (LK 2:34-35)
  2. The flight into Egypt (MT 2:13-14)
  3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple (LK 2: 43-50)
  4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross (LK 23:27)
  5. The Crucifixion (JN 19: 16-25)
  6. Taking down the Body of Jesus from the Cross. (MK 15:43-46)
  7. The Burial of Jesus (JN 19: 41- 42)

After mediating on one of the Sorrows you usually pray a Hail Mary.

Perhaps, reflecting on the Sorrow of the Blessed Mother during this time may not be ideal for you or your spiritual life at this time. That is okay, this may be helpful at a future time. For us who may be interested in this devotion, I think that it is important to realize that during times like our present moment are not singular. For us who are facing tremendous sorrow now or sometime in the future we can be reminded: that we are not alone in this experience and that we are not abandoned by God either.

Not to be morose but sorrow is a part of life, we can run from it or bury it away or we can follow the example of the Blessed Mother and experience in the light of God’s love and realize it stings and hurts for a time, but if struggled through in faith, it can be salvific for ourselves and the whole world as it was for the Blessed Mother.

Have a blessed and safe September.

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-Fr. Kyle Smith



Septiembre: Nuestra Señora de los Dolores

Comenzaremos el mes de Septiembre el próximo Martes. Septiembre es el mes de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores. El Memorial de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores se celebrará el 15 de Septiembre, el día después la Exaltación de la Santa Cruz. La Exaltación de la Santa Cruz es una fiesta única que celebra los tres eventos: El descubrimiento de la Verdadera Cruz por Santa Brígida de Suecia, la dedicación de las dos iglesias originales del Santo Sepulcro y el Monte Calvario, y por último el regreso de la Verdadera Cruz de los persas en el año 629 después de su captura en 614. La Crucifixión de Nuestro Señor y el Dolor de la Santísima Madre han estado vinculados desde la fundación de nuestra Iglesia, y de manera real y concreta continuamos conectando estas dos realidades con nuestra vida de fe en estas dos celebraciones.

Además del Dolor de la Crucifixión, hay otros seis Dolores de María Santisima. Santa Brígida de Suecia popularizó la devolución de los Siete Dolores de María Santisima. Para aquellos como yo que pueden no estar muy familiarizados, pero necesitan un repaso sobre los Siete Dolores de María Santisima. Son los siguientes:

  1. La profecía de Simeón (Lc 2: 34-35)
  2. La huida a Egipto (MT 2: 13-14)
  3. El Niño perdido en el templo (Lc 2, 43-50)
  4. María se Encuentra con Jesús Camino al Calvario (Lc 23, 27)
  5. La Crucifixión (JN 19: 16-25)
  6. María recibe el Cuerpo de Jesús al ser bajado de la Cruz. (MK 15: 43-46)
  7. Jesús es colocado en el Sepulcro (JN 19: 41- 42)

Se reza un Padrenuestro y siete Ave Marías por cada dolor de la Virgen. Al mismo tiempo le pedimos que nos ayude a entender el mal que hemos cometido y nos lleve a un verdadero arrepentimiento. Al unir nuestros dolores a los de María, tal como Ella unió Sus dolores a los de su Hijo, participamos en la redención de nuestros pecados y los del mundo entero.

Quizás, reflexionar sobre el Dolor de la Santísima Madre durante este tiempo puede no ser ideal para todos o para su vida espiritual en este momento. Está bien, esto puede ser útil en el futuro. Para los que estemos interesados en esta devoción creo que es importante darnos cuenta de que momentos como el nuestro no son singulares. Para nosotros, que enfrentamos un tremendo dolor ahora o en algún momento en el futuro, podemos recordar: que no estamos solos en esta experiencia y que tampoco estamos abandonados por Dios.

No para ser malhumorado, pero el dolor es parte de la vida, podemos huir de él o enterrarlo o podemos seguir el ejemplo de la Santísima Madre María y experimentar la luz del amor de Dios y darnos cuenta de que duele y duele por un tiempo, pero si atravesamos es momento en la fe, puede ser salvífico para nosotros y el mundo entero como lo fue para la Santísima Madre.

Deseándole que el mes de Septiembre sea lleno de bendiciones.

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-Padre Kyle Smith

On the Corner of Himes and Hillsborough

The ancient question of the identity of Jesus is paramount for us who follow him today.

This week our school opens its doors for the first time since March. We, like everyone else, were shutdown due to the Covid-19. In March, April and May our teachers and administration worked tirelessly with our IT person to get as much learning and knowledge to our children as possible. In general we were quite successful because of the efforts of so many.

Now we open again our physical school. Parents have been given the choice to keep their child home or send them to school. The dynamic is different this time. Any child staying home will still have to check in and now be in uniform. There is a greater level of accountability now that we just could not have had last spring. Also, our school put in new technologies to assist with the cleaning of our air and surfaces in the building. Many people were very generous in helping us to pay for these new and important technologies that will last beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

As of my writing this column there is still some question about sports and other extra curricular activities. These decisions will be made in consultation with the diocese. Please keep our teachers, administration and children/parents in your thoughts and prayers as we begin our new school year in the midst of extraordinary circumstances.

Secondly, you have been receiving information in the mail about an initiative called “Faith, Hope and Courage.” Both the diocese and Our Sunday Visitor are helping us and many parishes throughout the diocese to set this campaign in motion. It is very brief and is about our continued commitment to the poor and working class of our neighborhood and throughout our parish area and beyond. We do have people who come to us from many parts of Hillsborough County and beyond.

The idea is not to put pressure on your personal finances. I very much understand that all of us have some financial uncertainty. I would simply like you to consider what you can do for the foreseeable future to keep St. Lawrence moving forward. The school is our largest parish ministry. The parish budget gives about $190,000 a year to subsidize the school and keep tuition as low as possible. There are other ministries such as Youth Faith Formation and Matthew 25. Many thanks for whatever monies and prayers you can give. Also, please be in touch with us for any needs you may experience.

Let us make St. Peter’s confession of who Jesus is, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” the center of our lives today and forever.


-Fr. Daniel Kayajan



En la Esquina de Himes y Hillsborough

La pregunta antigua de la identidad de Jesús es de suma importancia para los que le seguimos hoy.

Esta semana, nuestra escuela abre sus puertas por primera vez desde marzo al nuevo año escolar. Nosotros, como todos los demás, nos vimos en la necesidad de cerrar la escuela debido al Covid-19. En marzo, abril y mayo, nuestros maestros y personal de administración trabajaron incansablemente con la persona de tecnología para brindarles a nuestros niños sus planes de estudios como fuera posible. En general, tuvimos bastante éxito gracias al esfuerzo de muchos.

Ahora abrimos de nuevo nuestra escuela físicamente. A los padres se les ha dado la opción de mantener a sus hijos en casa o enviarlos a la escuela. La dinámica es diferente esta vez. Cualquier niño que se quede en casa tendrá que reportarse y usar su uniforme. Ahora existe un nivel mayor de responsabilidad que no podríamos haber tenido en la primavera. Además, nuestra escuela implementó un sistema nuevo para ayudar con la limpieza y filtración de nuestro aire acondicionado y las superficies del edificio. Gracias a la generosidad de muchas personas con su apoyo hemos podido implementar esta sistema nuevo y tan importante que perdurarán más allá de la pandemia de Covid-19.

Hasta hoy, todavía quedan dudas sobre los deportes y otras actividades extracurriculares. Estas decisiones se harán en consulta con la diócesis. Por favor, mantengan a nuestros maestros, administración, niños y padres de familia en sus oraciones mientras comenzamos nuestro nuevo año escolar en medio de circunstancias extraordinarias.

En segundo lugar, ustedes han recibido información por correo sobre una campana e iniciativa llamada “Fe, Esperanza y Valentía.” Tanto la diócesis como la compañía de Our Sunday Visitor nos están ayudando; a nosotros y a otras parroquias de la diócesis, a poner en marcha esta campaña. Es muy breve y trata sobre nuestro compromiso continuo con los pobres y las personas necesitadas en el vecindario, las familias de nuestra parroquia y más allá. Tenemos personas que vienen a nosotros de muchas partes del condado de Hillsborough y más allá.

La idea no es presionar sus finanzas personales; yo entiendo muy bien que todos tenemos cierta incertidumbre financiera. Simplemente, me gustaría que consideraren lo que pueden hacer para apoyar el futuro de San Lorenzo. La escuela es nuestro ministerio parroquial más grande. El presupuesto parroquial da alrededor de $190,000 al año para subsidiar la escuela y mantener la matricula lo más bajo posible. Hay otros ministerios como el de Formación de niños jóvenes y Mateo 25. Estoy muy agradecido por su apoyo monetario y sus oraciones. De la misma manera, manténganse en contacto con nosotros y háganos saber cualquier necesidad que tengan.

Hagamos de la confesión de San Pedro de quién es Jesús: “Tú eres el Cristo, el Hijo del Dios Viviente,” el centro de nuestras vidas hoy y siempre.

-Padre Daniel Kayajan

A Journey of Courage and Faith: Two-Year Update From Bishop Gregory Parkes

Shortly after Bishop Gregory Parkes was installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on January 4, 2017, people began to ask about his vision for the Diocese. Bishop Parkes set out to learn from the priests, religious, deacons, employees, and parishioners about their hopes and concerns. Through listening sessions, gatherings and online surveys, Bishop Parkes heard your concerns about the need to expand outreach efforts to the poor and vulnerable, youth and young adults and fallen-away Catholics. Through prayer, discernment and research, the Visioning Team appointed by Bishop Parkes developed a Mutually-Shared Vision, Courageously Living the Gospel, that was announced on June 18, 2018.


In a newly released video, Bishop Gregory Parkes shares a two-year update on Courageously Living the Gospel, focusing on what we have been able to accomplish with God’s grace and guidance and what has been delayed due to COVID-19. 



En un video recientemente publicado, el Obispo Gregory Parkes comparte una actualización de dos años sobre Vivir el Evangelio con valentía, enfocándose en lo que hemos podido lograr con la gracia y la guía de Dios y lo que se ha retrasado debido al COVID-19.





Learn more! Read the full update from the Diocese of St. Petersburg here.

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