The Helping Hands Ministry is our parish effort to take action to help feed our poor neighbors overseas
and to help reduce global poverty! This is a Partnership Event connecting our parish resources with Catholic Relief Services and Stop Hunger Now. Our goal is to pack 30,000 meals so bring the whole family!
Registration for returning Religious Education families is now available online for those wishing to pay via credit card or a PayPal account. You can even register multiple children at once using the convenient online form. The registration form for new families to the progam is here.
In the Diocese of St. Petersburg, we have always been a community of steadfast servants of the Lord, coming together in unity to share our faith and spread God's word. With pride in our past, we envision a bright future. Please join us as we make our vision a reality and move Forward in Faith!
Let there Be Peace on Earth! The United Nations International Pilgrim Statue of the World Apostolate of Fatima and First Class Relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco and a piece of the tree where Mary appeared will visit our Parish on October 7-8.
To all who proclaim God's Word at Mass: The upcoming workshops are for you. Participation in the session of your choice will not only be challenging, informative and fun, it will fulfill your diocesan requirement for annual updating and help you become the BEST Reader you can be.
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.
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.
All Receptions are held in the Parish Center
September 29 7:15 pm
September 30 1:00 pm
October 1 7:15 pm
October 3 1:00 pm
October 6 7:15 pm
Activities begin October 7th at 8:00 am with a Rosary before the 8:30 Mass. All night adoration will begin that evening at 7:00 pm. The visit will conclude with a Rosary on October 8th at 8:00 am prior to the School Mass. Please click on the link to the left for the complete schedule.
Session on October 11th will be held from 9:30 am - 11:30 am in Main Church. The session on October 16th will be held from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Main Church.
Teresa lived in an age of exploration as well as political, social and religious upheaval. It was the 16th century, a time of turmoil and reform. She was born before the Protestant Reformation and died almost 20 years after the closing of the Council of Trent.
The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the world is threefold: She was a woman; she was a contemplative; she was an active reformer.
Teresa stood on her own two feet, even in the man's world of her time. She was "her own woman," entering the Carmelites despite strong opposition from her father. She is a person wrapped not so much in silence as in mystery. Beautiful, talented, outgoing, adaptable, affectionate, courageous, enthusiastic, she was totally human. Like Jesus, she was a mystery of paradoxes: wise, yet practical; intelligent, yet much in tune with her experience; a mystic, yet an energetic reformer.
Teresa was a woman "for God," a woman of prayer, discipline and compassion. Her heart belonged to God. Her ongoing conversion was an arduous lifelong struggle, involving ongoing purification and suffering. She was misunderstood, misjudged, opposed in her efforts at reform. Yet she struggled on, courageous and faithful; she struggled with her own mediocrity, her illness, her opposition. And in the midst of all this she clung to God in life and in prayer. Her writings on prayer and contemplation are drawn from her experience: powerful, practical and graceful. A woman of prayer; a woman for God.
Teresa was a woman "for others." Though a contemplative, she spent much of her time and energy seeking to reform herself and the Carmelites, to lead them back to the full observance of the primitive Rule. She founded over a half-dozen new monasteries. In her self, in her prayer, in her life, in her efforts to reform, in all the people she touched, she was a woman for others, a woman who inspired and gave life.
In 1970, the Church gave her the title she had long held in the popular mind: Doctor of the Church. She and St. Catherine of Siena were the first women so honored. Her feast day is October 15th.