Welcome to our Catholic Family. St. Ignatius of Antioch was established in 1888 as one of the first missions in the West Coast of Florida. For 40 years the people depended on a visiting priest for Mass; but they were determined to create Church. We still are.
Bishop Parkes Reaches Out To Us All
Bishop Parkes' Statement regarding Civil Unions
STATEMENT FROM BISHOP GREGORY PARKES – October 22, 2020
I would like to provide some clarity on the many news articles that have recently been shared about the Catholic Church. Regardless of the headlines generated by a new film about Pope Francis, there has been no change in Catholic Church teaching. The Catholic Church teaches and believes that marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman who are united for life and is open to the generation of new life. This can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1660. Also, the Church teaches and believes that men and women, regardless of sexual orientation, are children of God and are to be accepted with respect and compassion, since we are all created in God’s image. This can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2358. Regarding the topic of civil unions, the Church does not address this issue in its official teaching because civil unions are considered a legal construct for defining legal rights in relationships. To learn more about the Church’s teachings, I encourage you to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is readily available online. May God Bless you!
Bishop Parkes Calls Us to Dignity Beyond the Debate
With another election cycle in full swing, we are faced with the difficult question of what it means to love our neighbors in the midst of such a divisive climate.
The Diocese of St. Petersburg is challenging Catholics to model love for neighbor through respect and compassion during the 2020 election cycle and beyond.
Put your faith into action and make room in your heart for those with whom you disagree.
Can't Afford Your Bills?
If the Covid Virus restrictions have had a horrible impact on your budget:
1-Catholic Charities and Bishop Parkes want to help with your utility bills. Call 727-893-1313 ext 157 or email: [email protected] (Assistance begins June 29).
2-The People of St. Ignatius have established a fund for parishioners to help with their mortgage, rent or other major bills. Call Msgr. Pellegrino at 727-682-5074
Diocesan Accountability Site
The Diocese of St. Petersburg has launched an Accountability Site detailing how sexual abuse claims are handled and noting what has taken place in the past. Find this site here.
Welcome to Online Giving
Remember St. Ignatius in your will
Many of the improvements in our parish have been made possible through the generosity of parishioners who remembered our parish in their will. Please consider joining them.
All testamentary gifts should be noted as follows:
"Gregory L. Parkes, as Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, a Corporate Sole, for the benefit of St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish"
New Directory of Ministries Booklet
Sunday: 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:30 am, 6:00 pm (Life Teen)
Daily Masses Mon-Fri 7:00 am & 9:00 am
Saturday: 9:00 am
Christmas Mass Schedule
Christmas Eve Dec 24:
4:00 pm Church and Chapel (Please note that due
to COVID restrictions only the first 250 will be
admitted into the Church and first 100 will be
admitted into the Chapel. Please, for your safety
and those around you, reconsider your normal
Christmas Schedule and choose a different time for
6:30 pm Children's focus (If needed there will be a
second Mas in the chapel.
9:00 pm This is new! It is the same liturgy that we will
have at Midnight with the choir, etc. The goal is to
draw people away from the Midnight Mass.
Christmas Day (Dec 25th)
7:00 am, 9:00 am & 11:30 am
Confessions: Saturday 3:00-3:45 and after the 6::30 Mass (returned to Church Reconciliation Rooms)
Is It Safe to Come Back to church?
Is It Safe To Come Back to Church at St. Ignatius?
Many parishioners who have not been attending Church for fear of contracting Covid are wondering if the time is now right for them to return. They watch Mass on their computers and tablets, but miss receiving the Eucharist weekly. Taking it for granted that those whose immune systems have been compromised or who have a member in their family with a compromised immune system should not return to Church until a safe and effective vaccine is available, St. Ignatius has taken the following actions to be sure that attendance at Mass is safe.
1) If you come back to St. Ignatius you will find that everyone in the church is wearing a mask. This is mandatory for attendance in the church.
2) You will find that all the surfaces of the Church are sanitized. After every Mass, our excellent maintenance department sprays all the pews, door handles and any place that may have been touched.
3) You will find that social distancing is kept by having every other pew roped off and markers on the pews so that households may stay six feet from other households.
4) You will see that we have taken measures to minimize your touching something that others have touched. For example, the basket is not passed–baskets for your support are placed on tables at the entrances of the church. Bulletins and other materials are available for you to pick up. The hymnals have been removed and music is projected onto the screens.
5) You will find hand sanitizing stations available at all the doors of the church.
Our concern is the safety of all who attend Mass. If you or members of your family are not immuno-compromised, then you should feel comfortable returning to Mass.
Msgr. Pellegrino and Fr. Bell will continue to post their Masses and homilies for those who cannot attend. Just follow the links below. Please note that the links become active by 4:00 pm on Saturdays:
Faith Formation Religious Education News
We have posted the Faith Formation/Religious Education Schedules for the entire year. Go to the Top Menu, and under Ministries you'll find the sub menu "Faith Formation--Religious Education." There you will find the schedules for all the classes. You can also find registration forms for these classes there.
185 Programs, 79 movies, 23 children programs, 83 Documentaries, 102 audiobooks and 58-ebooks, all are given to you as a gift from the Brothers in Christ and the parish. If you bought these they would all cost over $18,000. They are all yours for free for attending our parish. You can watch them online, on your tablet or smart phones, or on your TV with the apple or roku aps. Click here to go to the formed site to register. Click register on the lower right of that page, put that you are part of an organization, and put in our parish access code: 68Z88Q. The email you give them will get you onto the formed site using whatever device you wish.