3:15 pm - Main Church, Christmas Gathering Music, Vigil Choir; 4:00 pm - Main Church, Vigil Choir; 4:00 pm - Padua Hall, Life Teen Music Ministry; 4:00 pm - Parish Center, Congregational Singing; 6:00 pm - Main Church, Family Choir; 8:00 pm - Main Church, Congregational Singing; 11:15 pm - Main Church, Christmas Gathering Music, Festival Choir; 12:00 am Midnight Mass - Main Church, Festival Choir
Aaron Williams, an 8th grade student at Espiritu Santo Catholic School, is working on his Eagle Scout Service Project, which is an outdoor Stations of the Cross at Espiritu Santo. His plan is to create a beautiful, meditative way to reflect upon the Passion of Jesus, set among the natural beauty of our church grounds.
The Faith Formation team is interested in finding out which topics you would like incorporated into our faith programs. Please fill out the survey relating to these Faith Formation topics. Please complete the form and drop it in the offertory basket, at the church office or save and send it back to the faith formation team at firstname.lastname@example.org If you wish to discuss any of the topics or ideas, you can call Karen at 727.259.7619.
In the life of the Espiritu Santo Catholic community, the seed of faith planted by the missionaries in 1569 has produced much fruit and continues to grow. Today there are more than 4000 registered families at Espiritu Santo.
7:00 am, 8:30 am, 10:15 am, and 12 Noon (Congregational Singing), 5:00 pm (Life Teen Music Ministry)
(All Christmas Day Masses are in the Main Church)
St. John, Apostle and Evangelist (Feast day - December 27th)
St. John, the son of Zebedee, and the brother of St. James the Great, was called to be an Apostle by our Lord in the first year of His public ministry. He became the "beloved disciple" and the only one of the Twelve who did not forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion. He stood faithfully at the cross when the Savior made him the guardian of His Mother. His later life was passed chiefly in Jerusalem and at Ephesus. He founded many churches in Asia Minor. He wrote the fourth Gospel, and three Epistles, and the Book of Revelation is also attributed to him. Brought to Rome, tradition relates that he was by order of Emperor Dometian cast into a cauldron of boiling oil but came forth unhurt and was banished to the island of Pathmos for a year. He lived to an extreme old age, surviving all his fellow apostles, and died at Ephesus about the year 100.
St. John is called the Apostle of Charity, a virtue he had learned from his Divine Master, and which he constantly inculcated by word and example. The "beloved disciple" died at Ephesus, where a stately church was erected over his tomb. It was afterwards converted into a Mohammedan mosque.
John is credited with the authorship of three epistles and one Gospel, although many scholars believe that the final editing of the Gospel was done by others shortly after his death. He is also supposed by many to be the author of the book of Revelation, also called the Apocalypse, although this identification is less certain.