We will be celebrating the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego which took place in 1531 at Tepeyac Hill, near Mexico City this weekend. The schedule for our celebration Our Lady of Guadalupe will be: Sunday, December 9th: 4pm Rosary, 4:30pm Our Lady of Guadalupe greeted by Mariachis and Dancers at entrance of the church, 4:45pm procession with statue into the church, 5pm Solemn Mass, and 6pm Refreshments - Parish Center.
We are thankful that we have an active Hispanic ministry in our parish. The mission of the Hispanic ministry of the Diocese of St. Petersburg is to recognize, celebrate, and support the efforts of parish ministries that invite our Hispanic Catholics to participate fully in the life and mission of the Church. We strive to promote the formation and development of lay leaders in the Hispanic community to strengthen the Catholic faith among our brothers and sisters. At St. Jerome Catholic Church, Hispanic Outreach ministry consists of prayerful support of the various ministries and organizations within the parish. This includes monthly recitation of the Rosary in Spanish every second Monday of the month, as well as the cultivation and promotion of devotions to the Mother of God and saints revered in Spanish-speaking countries. For the past six years, St. Jerome has been celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on her Feast Day. As the Hispanic Outreach ministry at St. Jerome grows, we hope to provide opportunities for fellowship, prayer, spirituality, community outreach, and small faith communities which pray and offer Catholic devotions in their native tongue. Such outreach displays the unique catholicity of our faith in Jesus Christ. Faith formation is an integral component of our ministry. If we are to welcome our Hispanic brothers and sisters to our community of faith, we must identify them, visit them in their homes, and provide materials for faith formation for the youth and adults. As such, we need volunteers who are willing to heed the Lord's call to evangelize. As Jesus reminded His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." Matthew 9:37
Respectfully yours in Christ,
Fr. Tom Morgan
Prayed December 16 through December 24
Hail, and blessed be the hour and moment at
which the Son of God was born of a most pure
Virgin at a stable at midnight in Bethlehem in the
piercing cold. At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech
Thee, to hear my prayers and grant my desires.
(Mention your intentions here) Through Jesus
Prayers and Devotions
Confession Guide for Adults
Question & Mission of the Week:
How do you react to the “unlikely” people you meet along your path?
This year of Luke is a great time to encourage ecumenical or
interfaith cooperation. Begin to increase the partnership between
our parish and local communities of faith. Start small with potlucks
or neighborhood projects. Start even smaller. Invite a non-Catholic
friend or neighbor to share faith with you over dinner.