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.
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"
Scholarships are available for children from St. Ignatius to attend Catholic School grades Kn-12.
Applicants must be able to show that they attend Church regularly, and that they have a financial need.
Applicants must submit the scholarship forms to the St. Ignatius Parish Rectory and must go onto the FACTS site to fill out the necessary information to determine financial need.
ALL MATERIAL MUST BE SUBMITTED BY APRIL 1, 2020.
An Important Note Regarding Confessions
In keeping with the Pinellas County regulations demanding that all groups of people must practice social distancing, and in just plain common sense, we will not be using the Reconciliation Rooms for confessions. Instead during set confession periods, the priests will be at three other, safer locations, most likely:
1-In the front hall of the Parish Life Center. People can sit in a chair behind the priest if they want anonymity or sit facing him. The door will be opened and only one person should enter the hall at a time, and then leave immediately after his/her confession--do not stay in hall or chapel. People waiting to go to confession should wait in their cars or under the Hall canopy, keeping social distancing.
2-The Mary statue. People should sit across from the priest. There will also be a chair behind the priest for those who want anonymity. People should stay in their cars or wait by the Rose Gardens near the St. Joseph statue.
3-Underneath the canopy at the entrance to the chapel. There will be three chairs setup--the middle one for the priest, one at the priest's back for anonymity, and one facing the priests. The chairs will be keeping social distancing. People should stay in their cars or wait also by the St. Joseph statue.
This is all very much experimental. Please be flexible if the locations have to change.
Corona Virus Update--All Public Masses Temporarily Suspended
Bishop Parkes has issued a letter suspending all public celebrations of Masses throughout the Diocese. The full letter can be read here.
Briefly, all Masses, Saturday, Sunday and weekday Masses are suspended effective immediately. The faithful of the Diocese as well as all visitors present in the Diocese are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for as long as this suspension is in effect.
All weddings and funeral are to be limited to immediate families.
Baptisms are only to be celebrated in the case of a dire health emergency for the baby, child or adult.
Confirmation, public penance services and social events are postponed.
To read the precise directives sent to the priests click here.
Many people may have questions. You can find frequently asked questions here.
What we are doing at St. Ignatius:
1-Along with the links to various Masses, all three of your priests will be taping their Sunday Masses. On Saturday evening you will be able to find Msgr Joe's Mass, Fr. Kyle's Mass and Fr. Kevin's Mass on links to be placed right here:
2-The Sacrament of Penance, confession, will be available on Saturdays from 3 to 4. Please keep at least a yard of safe distance from the person in front of you.
3-The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration in the chapel Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4pm as long as there are at least two people in the chapel at all times.
4-Because we are told to cancel all public assemblies, the Stations of the Cross will not be prayed together at 9:30 am or 6:00 pm.
5-The priests will be saying private Masses with the intentions set aside for the Mass if we were having it in the Church. You can find the priest schedule here.
6-Wish you could read this week's bulletin? Click here to get to this week and past week's bulletins.
7-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 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.
Message from Bishop Parkes 3/21/2020
Directory of Ministries
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.