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.
Corona Virus Update 5/19/20
Daily Masses resumed May 11th Monday through Friday at 7am and 9am following the social distancing guidelines as detailed under the header "Daily Masses resumed May 11th.
Weekend Masses will resume the weekend of May 30-31 as detailed under the header Weekend Masses to resume on Pentecost Sunday May 30-31. Briefly the only change in the Mass schedule will be moving the early Sunday morning Mass to 7:00 am from 7:30 am.
All weddings and funeral are to be limited to immediate families (no more than 30-40 people total).
Baptisms will be celebrate for one child at a time unless there are multiple children from the same family. Only immediate households, sponsors and grandparents may attend. Other relatives and friends may not attend.
First Holy Communion will take place at 2:00 pm Sunday June 14, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord. Only immediate households may attend--other relatives and friends may not attend.
Confirmation will take place with two celebrations on Saturday, July 18 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Only confirmandi, their sponsors, and immediate households may attend--other relatives and friends may not attend. More on this to follow.
Msgr Pellegrino's and Fr. Bell's Sunday Masses will still be available here as well as their homilies and the children's homily will be available here for those who are not able to or comfortable returning to the church. These will remain posted around 4:15 on Saturdays:
The chapel will remain available for visits following the pre-corona schedule, 7:30 am to 3pm Monday through Friday, and Saturdays 9am to 3 pm. The chapel will be closed on Sundays in case it is needed for overflow Masses.
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Msgr Joe and Fr Kyle are using our new YouTube Channel, St. Ignatius Tarpon Springs, to add additional reflections. You can find Fr. Kyle's messages, Msgr Joe's rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Rosary with Sorrowful Mystery Mediations and many other items there as well as the Masses and homilies for Sunday. Simply click on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLNphBHhmYvNN7pvQz-gtBg/ or just go to YouTube and search for St. Ignatius Tarpon Springs.
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
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.
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"
Directory of Ministries
Saturday Vigil Masses: 4:00 pm & 6:30 pm
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
Confessions: Saturday 3:00-3:45 (outside chapel)
Guidelines for Returning to Weekend Masses
Bishop Parkes has announced that the parishes should begin preparation to resume Sunday Masses the weekend of May 30-31. However, this is not a simple return to our previous mode of operation. Or Mass schedule is the same as before Masses were suspended with the exception of the first Mass on Sunday morning which will be celebrated at 7:00 am. (This will give time to disinfect the Church before the 9:00 am Mass.)
We are doing everything possible to ensure your safety when you come to Mass on the weekends. Here is what you can expect.
1-The two south side doors will be locked from the outside. We would like those who come in through the sides to enter through the two north side doors as we have purifying stations setup inside the doors.
2-Parishioners should wear masks to protect others from the virus should they be carrying it even though they may be asymptomatic.
3-When you enter the Church you will notice that there is no Holy Water. However, you should make the sign of the cross when entering the Church.
4-Please use the hand sanitizer when you enter Church and when you leave.
5-You will notice that there are collection baskets at the entrances of the church. This is because we cannot pass the baskets safely. If you are not giving online or mailing in your parish support, please drop your offering in the basket at the door either before or after Mass. If there are any special collections, please drop these envelopes in the baskets before or after Mass. The baskets will be merged and presented at the offertory time.
6-You will notice that half the pews are roped off. This is to give adequate social distancing between you and the people in front of you and behind you. Here is the biggest challenge: you need to sit in a pew that allows six feet of social distancing between your household and another household.
7-If you arrive late, please only take a place in a pew if there will be six feet of social distancing. Please do not attempt to sit in the empty spaces which are in fact social distancing spaces between households. If there are no places available, please remain standing.
8-We may possibly add an overflow Mass, but this will be an instant decision depending on the number of people in the church. Please do not go to the Hall assuming that there will be an overflow Mass.
9-You will notice that the screens are down. We are not able to have missalettes at this time. The music will be projected onto the screen until the offertory hymn ends. Then the screens will be raised for the Eucharistic Prayer and Communion.
10-As before, the Sign of Peace has been eliminated as well as Communion under the form of the Precious Blood.
11-When you come to Communion, please stay six feet behind the person in front of you. Two of the tiles on the floor present an adequate distance.
12-Please receive Communion by hand. If you are adamant about receiving Communion on the tongue, then please wait to the end of the Communion line.
13-When you exit Church, please leave adequate room for social distancing between your household and other households.
14-The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place. Parishioners older than 75 or with any serious physical condition should consider remaining home. Parishioners who are not comfortable with returning to Church at this time out of fear of contracting the virus should remain home. As long as the dispensation is in place, Msgr Pellegrino and Fr. Bell will continue to post taped Masses. However, parishioners should realize that a taped Mass is not the same as attending a live Mass and receiving communion.
15-Regarding confessions, since we still cannot safely use the reconciliation rooms, one priest will be available for confession outdoors at a very strict time of 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm. In case of rain, the priest will be hearing confessions in the chapel. The priest must be in the Church at 3:45 to assess the need for an overflow Mass. There will not be confessions in the evening after the 6:30 pm Mass.
Daily Masses Resumed Monday May 11
Daily Masses resumed Monday, May 11th. We are following our regular schedule of 7:00 am and 9:00 am Monday through Friday and 9:00 am on Saturday.
The following procedures must be followed:
1-Parishioners should sanitize their hands on entering and leaving the church.
2-Parishioners are encouraged to wear masks, particularly on the communion line.
3-Household need to sit at least six feet from other households.
4-Parishioners should sit in every other pew.
5-The presentation of the gits at the offertory is suspended.
6-There will be no sign of peace. Nor will there be communion from the chalice.
7-When coming to communion, parishioners need to be six feet apart from the next person in line--two of the large tiles on our sanctuary floor would be an adequate distance.
8-Parishioners are encouraged to receive communion in the hand. Those who insist on receiving in the tongue need to be the last people on the communion line.
9-Parishioners should not congregate either before or after Mass.
10-The missalettes will not be available. Those who have them may bring their own missals.
11-The Wednesday Novena of the Miraculous Medal will be suspended.
We will continue to tape the Sunday Masses, posting them around 4:15 pm on Saturdays.