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The Roman Catholic Church of

Rev. Joseph A. Pellegrino, Pastor

715 East Orange Street Tarpon Springs, Florida 34689

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

APRIL 28, 2013 FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

St. Ignatius of Antioch

"I am the wheat of God. I must become the pure bread of Christ."

Mass Schedule: Saturday......... .4:00 and 6:30 p.m. (Fulfills Sunday Obligation) Sunday ..........7:30, 9:00, 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Life Teen Daily................7:30 a.m. & 9:00 a.m. Schedule of Confessions: Saturday............3:00 - 3:45 p.m. and after 6:30 p.m. Mass Parish Office 937-4050 Main office ext. 201

Rev. Joseph A. Pellegrino Rev. Kevin Molloy Rev. Sojan Punakkattu Deacon Samuel Moschetto Deacon John Edgerton Ron Appel, Parish Manager Katherine Creamer, Office Mgr Lorna Moffitt, Parish Manager Asst. Eldean Jenkins, Facilities Mgr. Anne Harman, Music Director

FAITH FORMATION

ext.209 ext.208 ext.214 ext.210 ext.207 ext.215 ext.201 ext.203 ext.201 ext.206

Rev. Sojan Punakkattu Director ext.222 Fran Morin, Pre K ­ 8th Grade ext.220 Katie Zorn, Evangelization & Spirituality ext.224 Nancy Gorby, Early Childhood, Dir ext.225 Laura Margarella, Caritas Director ext.221

YOUTH MINISTRY

Life Teen - High School Bart Kovacic, Life Teen Director The Edge - Middle School Terri St. George, Edge Director

ext.246 ext.210

There is no room for pessimism in Christianity. The basic attitude of the Christian is optimism. God is in control. God will cure the evils of the world and answer the questions of existence in ways that are beyond our imagination.

GUARDIAN ANGELS SCHOOL

Mrs. Cindy Malinski, Principal

UPPER PINELLAS PREGNANCY CENTER

799-6724 937-4304

Mary Caesar

Parish Office Fax Office email Parish Website

727- 943-0676 [email protected] www.st.ignatius.net

Miraculous Medal Devotion: ...Before 9 a.m. Mass each Wednesday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: ...Thursdays after 9 a.m. Mass until 10:15 a.m. ...First Friday of Month 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Baptism: Please call the Parish Office Marriage: Holy Orders:

Call Parish Office at least 6 months in advance. Please call Rev. Carl Melchior at 727-345-3338

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The New Jerusalem

While on vacation a few summers ago I met a wonderful Moslem man who asked me about Jerusalem. His question shocked me. I don't know if his question represented a popular thought in Islam, but what he asked was, "Do Christians support the Jews because they believe that someday Israel will rule the world from Jerusalem?" His question was based on the second reading for this Sunday from the twenty-first chapter of the Book of Revelations. This chapter speaks about the New Jerusalem. I thought it might be helpful today for us to do a little reflection on the Book of Revelations and on the New Jerusalem.

MASS INTENTIONS

MONDAY

7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m.

APRIL 29

Mary Ann Fitzpatrick Charles R. Gorrow

TUESDAY

7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

APRIL 30

James Papas Maria DelGreco Donna Marie Clark

First of all, the Book of Revelations is part of that form of literature called apocalyptical material. Some bibles still refer to it as the Apocalypse. Apocalyptical material is actually a literary genre somewhere between prose and poetry. It is meant to stir up the emotions of the listener or reader and motivate him or her into action. In the Book of Revelations we hear about horrible scourges, those of the seven seals, the seven bowls and the seven trumpets. These are meant to scare us into recognizing what sin is doing to the world. At the same time, in the midst of terror, God is triumphant. In fact, the main theme of the Book of Revelation and all apocalyptic material is that the world might seem to be out of God's control and in the control of the devil, but God knows and God will intervene. For example, in the sixth chapter of Revelation the angel of God opens the seals of the Book of God's plan for His people. A plague upon evil doers accompanies each seal. When the fifth seal is opened voices are heard under the altar of God's sacrifice. These are the voices of the martyrs, the witnesses of Jesus Christ. "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true," the voices call out, "how long before you will judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood." They were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number would be complete both of their fellow servants and of their brothers and sisters, who were soon to be killed as they themselves had been killed. A little longer. God is in control. The horrors happening around us will continue for a little longer until more can be added to the saved, even if more will also be added to the martyred. The Book of Revelation is a profound expression of the Christian experience. Only the Lamb that was slain can unseal the Book of God's plan for mankind. Only Jesus Christ can restore God's plan. He alone is our salvation. The death of the Lord, swept up into heaven, is the conquest of the Forces of Death. Evil no longer has a hold in the world of Jesus Christ. The New Jerusalem is in our immediate future. Those who hold out for the Lord will be citizens of "the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God." They will hear a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, God's dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be His people and God himself will always be with them as their God. He will wipe

WEDNESDAY

7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m.

MAY 1

Vocations to the Priesthood & Religious Life Mildred Wilson

THURSDAY

7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m.

MAY 2

Pasquale Troisi Domenico Mastrandrea

FRIDAY

7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Mary Decharo Jacquelin Schafer

MAY 3

SATURDAY

MAY 4

PLEASE NOTE:THERE IS NO 9 A.M. MASS

10:00 a.m. First Communion Mass

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER MAY 5, 2013

SATURDAY

4:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

MAY 4

Special Interntions of the St. Ignatius Women's Council Elizabeth Helmer

SUNDAY

7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

MAY 5

Maria Tavella For the People of Our Parish For an End to Abortions Reid Fliehr

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every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away." The former heaven and former earth will pass away. The sea, chaos, will be no more. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. The One who sits behind the throne says, "Behold, I make all things new." There is no room for pessimism in Christianity. The basic attitude of the Christian is optimism. God is in control. God will cure the evils of the world and answer the questions of existence in ways that are beyond our imagination. I see this Christian optimism when I'm with a family gathered around the deathbed of a loved One. "He is in God's hands now," they proclaim in the midst of their grief. I see this Christian optimism in our parents and godparents who see a new world in the faces of their children. I see this Christian optimism in the care givers and servants of the sick and poor. I see this Christian optimism whenever I am confronted with a seemingly impossible situation. Somehow or other, God will work it out. He is in control. What could never happen in the world that had rejected God, can now take place in the New Jerusalem. The Blind will see, the deaf will hear, the lame will walk and the poor will have the Good News preached to them. Jesus Christ has won the battle. He is the victim who has become the victor. We are part of the New Jerusalem. The trials and pains of our lives have meaning and purpose because they are part of the witness of the Christians of the ages that Jesus wins. Don't be negative. Don't be pessimistic. No matter what you are facing physically, in your home, in your lives. No matter what you may fear for your loved ones. No matter what questions you have for the future, be positive. It's a whole new world. God is in charge. We are citizens of the New Jerusalem. Christian optimism must permeate every action of our lives. Sin will never win the final battle. Evil, no matter how powerful it may seem, will never conquer the world. Jesus Christ has won. God is in control. So what is the New Jerusalem that Christians believe will someday rule the world? The New Jerusalem is not a physical place. The New Jerusalem is the Kingdom of God among us. And we are called to be its citizens. Yours in Christ,

Fr. Sojan will be away for a Retreat and for a few days of vacation. He will return May 24th. Keep him in your prayers.

PRAYER PARTNERS NEEDED!

We are in need for more participants in our Prayer Program for Vocations who would receive a Mass Chalice in their home for a week to pray for vocations. We are in need for those who regularly attend the 6:30 p.m.; 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Lifeteen Masses. Please sign the Elijah Cup Book in the front of the Church or email Deacon John at [email protected] Thank you for answering Our Lord's call, "So, ask the Harvest Master to send out laborers for His harvest." Please also pray for our parish priests and our two Seminarians, Bill Santhouse and Anthony Astrab and Acolyte Rudi Fernandez.

Lord, grant eternal rest to the souls of our dearly departed, especially for

JOAN MATTIMORE, MINNA CHAMBERLAIN & RALPH CALIGIURI

Our Next Blood Drive will be Sunday, May 5th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For those we hold in our hearts who have died, may they rest in the arms of God.

PLEASE DONATE!

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APRIL 28, 2013 APRIL 28, 2013

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER FIFTH SUNDAY OF

First Friday Adoration & Benediction

MARY, MOTHER OF THE EUCHARIST Friday, May 3rd is the First Friday of the Month and we will have Exposition of the Living Eucharist in our Chapel from 9:30 a.m. ending with Benediction at 9 p.m. What a wonderful opportunity to pray the most holy rosary, to ponder the events of Christ's life, death and resurrection as found in the Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous or Glorious Mystery. Pick one of the Mysteries and see why Pope John Paul II called the rosary his favorite prayer after Holy Mass.

Women of Grace

SAVE THE DATE! All women are invited

to attend this season's finale on Tuesday, May 14th at 7 p.m. in the hall. Johnnette Benkovic will be our guest speaker. New, former and current members are invited. Come and bring a friend! The event is free. RSVP with Teresa at 727-934-9086 or email [email protected]

Please sign the Adoration Commitment Book in front of the Church.

Catholic Apologetics

...not Catholics Apologizing The word "apologia" comes from the Greek meaning "justification" or in plain English terminology, especially with regard to the Christian Faith, it means what Catholics believe and why. Beginning Tuesday, May 7th from 7 p.m. & Wednesday Mornings May 8th Following the 9 a.m. Mass; continuing through June 12th. Deacon John will present "open sessions" in room 2 in the Life Center. Sessions will begin and end on time (one hour). "Open Sessions" means that there are no books to be studied but an opportunity for anyone to ask questions they always wanted to ask but for some reason didn't. Questions, like "What must I do to be saved?" "If God is such a loving God, how could He ever send anyone to Hell for all eternity?" Is there any sin which cannot be forgiven?" "The Church teaches that God loves everyone so why can't the Church allow same sex marriages for those who love each other?" Send questions to [email protected] or place your written questions in the Question Box placed in the hallway in the Life Center before each Session or ask them from the floor; whatever makes you feel comfortable. Call it "stump the Deacon" if you will. Resources will be available for anyone who wants to further their knowledge of God, Scripture, the Church and the challenges of modern society.

St. Ignatius Youth Stock

The teens of St. Ignatius are embarking on journeys (Steubenville Youth Conference and Covecrest) this summer to strengthen and challenge themselves in their relationship with Jesus. All this costs money. Nothing is free. This is an opportunity for you to help the young people directly in their faith experience. Maybe you wanted to sponsor a teen, but couldn't do it alone, or you wanted to give, but didn't know how, then this is for you. Invest today and purchase St. Ignatius Youth Stock for only $10.00 a share. You can purchase as many shares as you would like. The money goes directly to offsetting the cost for the teens to attend their journeys. For more information on `what a shareholder receives' and/or `how to purchase Youth Stock' contact Bart Kovacic at 727-251-2476 or Terri St. George at 727-773-5004. Don't think twice. This is an opportunity to invest and influence the church not just of today, but for tomorrow. Prayerfully consider this simple way of being a part of the youth of St. Ignatius.

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Taize Prayer Service

Join us for our next TAIZE PRAYER SERVICE on May 8th at 7:30 p.m. All are Invited!

Caritas Corner

Flowers...distributed this week at Florida Hospital North Pinellas by Caritas Volunteers were donated by Joan Mullins in loving memory of Bill, Daniel and Maura Mullins. EME needed... Are you an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist? Would you like to donate one hour a week an bring Holy Communion to a local nursing home? Call the Caritas office for more information.

St. Ignatius Children and Youth Faith Formation Vacation Bible School June 24th ­ June 28th 9:00 a.m. til 12:30 p.m. in the hall.

Available to all children ages 5 by Sept. 1 through 10 years of age. $40 for one child and $15 for each additional child. Children will enjoy skits, songs, crafts, snacks and more as they learn all about knowing Jesus!

Evangelization

Is Something Missing in Your Life? Consider becoming Catholic. You are welcome! If you have questions or would like to inquire into becoming Catholic, please call Katie at 937-4050 x224 or email at [email protected]

The Sea. The Sand. The Son. Dude it's all about Jesus!

Contact the Faith Formation office for more information at 937-4050 ext.223 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

Early Childhood Center

Purchase Tickets at School Office: 725 E Orange St. Tarpon Springs, Fl. 34689 727-937-5427 [email protected]

Check out our website at www.St.Ignatius.net

Boy Scouts Ad Altare Dei

Our Parish will be offering classes for the Ad Altare Dei Award this summer for registered Boy Scouts of Catholic Faith. Participants must be an active member of any Boy Scout Troop for at least 6 months, ages 12 or older, and have completed 6th grade before starting the program in June. Please contact Alex Sobtzak for more information at 727-808-1469 or [email protected]

EVENTS THIS WEEK

SUNDAY

10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

APRIL 28

Pre K - 2nd grade First Communion Rehearsal Life Teen Life Night (h)

MONDAY

10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

APRIL 29

Rosary & Crafts (h) Seniors Group (h) Girl Scouts Troop 1233 (c11) Brownies (c12) RCIA (Chapel, h, c3&5)

UPPC Mother's Day Collection

The Upper Pinellas Pregnancy Center's Annual Mother's Day Collection, May 11th & 12th. Please drop off new items into the Baby Crib at the Church Entrance.

Bottles, pacifiers, fragrance free or unscented wipes, lotions, shampoos and wash, socks, receiving blankets, wash cloths and newborn diapers . For our older children size 3, 4, 5 and 6 diapers. Also, new or gently used books for children. This Mother's Day, show your support for women who have chosen motherhood...have chosen Life!

TUESDAY

10:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 4:45 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

APRIL 30

Music with Mar (c10)

WEDNESDAY

MAY 1

That Man is You (h) Mothers Morning Out (c8) 3-8 grade Faith Formation 3-8 grade Faith Formation

THURSDAY

9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

MAY 2

Mothers Morning Out (c8) Knights of Columbus (h)

FRIDAY

MAY 3

Rosary Makers

Rosary Makers are always seeking men & women

interested in making rosaries for the military, needy and missions. Supplies & lessons in the hall at 10 a.m. Monday mornings. Adult & Children rosaries available for sale. Arleen Quinn at 942-6336 or 403-3694.

9:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration in the John LaTondress Chapel 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts (c3&4) Cub Scouts (c7-12) Girl Scouts Daisy (c6) Girl Scouts Troop 1142 (c2) Edge - in the Youth House

SATURDAY

8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

MAY 4

Polish Group (c8-12) FIRST COMMUNION

Do you have machine sewing skills? Would you like to help

the homeless this winter? Contact Paula Penney at 784-7793.

Moved? Phone Change?

Please tell the Parish Office! Drop a note in the offertory basket or contact [email protected]

Please note there is no 9 a.m. Mass on Saturday, May 4th as First Communion will be celebrated in the Church at 10 a.m.

Early Childhood Center

Ages 2-5 & free VPK.

Applications are available at the school, as well as online at www.st.ignatius.net under ministries link. Please call the school at 937-5427

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