Your Parish Pastoral Council is inviting your input as we begin the process to articulate a parish Vision Statement. Unlike a mission statement, which describes "who we are" a vision statement describes "who we want to be"...it's a "word picture" of our parish in the future.
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.
Don't miss out on a great day of Golf benefiting Espiritu Santo Catholic Church and School including...Tournament Gift from the Gift Store, fabulous food & specialty drink holes, Heineken Beer, Raffle On Course & Winner Prizes, Ladies Happy Hour After Party with Open Bar & Live Entertainment.
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 email@example.com 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.
The Way of the Cross is prayed with our faith community at 5:30 pm each Friday. This beautiful prayer offers us the opportunity to experience the Passion of Christ through the eyes of those who participated in the final journey of Jesus to the cross.
Please respond to the questionnaire by March 15th. You can also complete the questionnaire from the bulletin and mail/bring it to the Parish Office, or just drop it in the collection basket.
Event Registration and Player Gift Selection: 11:00 am
Shot Gun Start : 1:00 pm
Ladies Happy Hour: 5:00 pm
After Party and Awards : 6:00 pm
St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461. There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story. Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies. As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him. During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote "The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same." "I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain." Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain, where he reunited with his family. He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more." He began his studies for the priesthood. Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick's message. Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well). Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461. He died at Saul, where he had built the first church. His feast day is March 17th.
Why a shamrock? Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.
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