St. Jerome, Forging a Path to God

St. Jerome, as a bright but worldly young man, had a dream that transformed his life: as he stood before the judgment seat of God and announced himself as a Christian, God accused him of having a greater commitment to secular learning than to the ways of holiness. Upon awakening, St. Jerome resolved to dedicate his life to the study and understanding of Sacred Scripture. With a similar tenacity and commitment to the service of God, the parish family of St. Jerome has transformed a tiny mission church into a beacon of faith for Catholics far beyond its parish boundaries. And, in a fashion strongly reminiscent of its namesake, St. Jerome Church perseveres in its quest to be a guiding light for generations to come.


Liturgical Year



Easter Food Blessing

Normally at St. Jerome on Holy Saturday.


Maslo (Butter) - This dairy product is often shaped into a lamb (Baranek Wielkanocny) or a cross. This reminds us of the good will of Christ that we should have towards all things.

Babka (Easter Bread) - 
A round or long loaf topped with a cross or a fish, symbolic of Jesus, who is the Bread of Life.

Chrzan (Horseradish) 
- Symbolic of the Passion of Christ still in our minds.

Jajka (Eggs) and Pisanki (decorated with symbols of Easter, of life, of prosperity) 
- Indicates new life and Christ's Resurrection from the tomb.

Kielbasa (Sausage) 
- A sausage product, symbolic of God's favor and generosity.

Szynka (Ham) 
- Symbolic of great joy and abundance. Some prefer lamb or veal. The lamb also reminds Christians that the Risen Christ is the "Lamb of God."

Slonina (Smoked Bacon) 
- A symbol of the overabundance of God's mercy and generosity.

Sol (Salt) 
- A necessary element in our physical life. Symbolic of prosperity and justice and to remind us that people are the flavor of the earth.

Ser (Cheese) 
- Symbolic of the moderation Christians should have at all times.

- Represents Christ as the Light of the World.

Colorful Ribbons and Sprigs of Greenery 
- are attached to the basket as signs of joy and new life in the season of spring and in celebration of the Resurrection.

Linen Cover 
- drawn over the top of the basket which is ready for the priest's visit to the home or the trip to church where it is joined with the baskets of others to await the blessing. The food is then set aside and enjoyed on Easter Sunday.

A Pilgrimage to the Baptismal Font:

[A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place undertaken as an act of religious devotion]

The baptistery or site of the baptism font is rightly considered one of the most important parts of a church.  For it is the place for celebrating baptism, the first sacrament of the New Law, through which those who firmly accept Christ in faith and receive the Spirit of adoption  becoming in name and in fact God's adopted children. (#1080 Book of Blessings)

Making a Pilgrimage to your Place of Baptism

It is suggested that after the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday or Mass on Easter Sunday or any time during the Easter Season that a pilgrimage be made to the place where you were baptized.  (If this is not possible then it is suggested that you visit the baptismal font in your parish church.  The following prayers may be prayed when making the pilgrimage).

+Sign of the Cross

Having renewed my (our) baptismal vows at Mass I (We) have made a pilgrimage to this baptismal font.

Lord God, Here the door is reopened to the life of the spirit and the gateway to the Church is swung wide to those against whom the gate of paradise were shut....Over this font the lamp of faith spreads the holy light that banishes darkness from the mind  and fills those who are reborn here with heavenly gifts.   Those who profess their faith at this font are plunged beneath the waters and joined to Christ death, so that they may rise with him to newness of life....Grant, O Lord, that the people who are reborn from this font may fulfill in their actions what the pledge by their faith and show by their lives what they begin by the power of your grace. Amen.

Remembering that our baptism gave us the spirit of adopted children and mindful of our Savior's command, let us pray to our heavenly Father saying:

Our Father, who art in heaven...

+Sign of the Cross

Let us praise the Lord and give Him thanks.

(Adapted from the Order of Blessing of a New Baptismal Font Without the Celebration of Baptism) Book of Blessings

[A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place undertaken as an act of religious devotion]

Easter Symbols

Symbols of the Faith

Easter is the oldest and most significant festival of the Church year. It has been referred to as the keystone in the arch of Christianity because without it everything else falls. Easter season begins with prayers on the eve of Easter and ends fifty days later on the eve of Pentecost. Some meaningful symbols not depicted below are the lamb with a triumphal banner: the bursting pomegranate; the plant and stump (the resurrection theme of new life); and the Phoenix.

Is a beautiful form coming from a seemingly lifeless chrysalis. This symbolizes Christ’s victory over death and the grave. It can also symbolize the believer’s victory in Christ. The larva is man’s condition on earth; the chrysalis is man in the grave; and the butterfly is man in Christ triumphant over death.

St. Jerome Early Childhood Center


Serving children ages 2-4, including VPK; Hours of operation 7:30am-5:30pm; NAEYC Accredited.

St. Jerome ECC is a Catholic Early Childhood Center and is part of the Diocese of St. Petersburg Schools and Centers. As a Catholic school, our purpose is to provide a faith-based, developmentally appropriate learning environment for children two to five years of age. Sharing faith with our children and families is our reason for existence as we walk with families in their ongoing faith journey.

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Current Happenings

Monday, November 23rd OPEN 9am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, November 24th OPEN 9am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, November 25th CLOSED
Thursday, November 26th CLOSED
Friday, November 27th CLOSED
There will also be a special vigil Mass celebrated on the eve of Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 25th) at 7:00 pm.
Masses on Thanksgiving Day will be held at 7:00 am and 9:00 am as usual. Please consider coming to Mass to thank God for His infinite goodness to us!
St. Jerome will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at 1:00 pm in the parish center on Thanksgiving Day.

If you would like to have your Advent Wreath blessed, simply bring it to any Mass on this weekend.

This coming week, our mission as a community will be to prepare the way of the Lord in this season of waiting in joyful hope.

On behalf of the St. Jerome parish community, we wish you a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

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