USCCB Statement: http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-139.cfm
Thank you to all who were able to join us as we listened to the recent story of our journey. We shared in the graces and blessings as we discussed the current opportunities and challenges we face as a Next Generation Parish. We also shared the on-going struggle of our facilities. The buildings and equipment need to be updated and renovated, much of the equipment has passed its life expectancy and the grounds need to be maintained. The good news is that through your prayers and sacrifices, as well as the generous support and aid of the Diocese over the past two years, our revenues have increased and our debt and expenses have dramatically decreased. Thanks be to God. But we still have some work to do in tackling the debt of our outstanding mortgage and construction loans. A Finance Team has been formed to assist with formulating a strategic plan. God’s inspiration and vision for our parish was also shared. He wants to make our parish a shrine dedicated to our Mother Mary. The Shrine of St. Mary (Our Lady of the Rosary) is to become a house of prayer and a place of pilgrimage. The vision includes an outdoor Grotto, Rosary Garden and life size Stations of the Cross. It also includes a chapel dedicated to Mary, Queen of the Angels, our parish logo engraved in the entry way floor, images of the Mysteries of the Rosary and adding another Confessional. Thank you to all who were inspired to share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions and provided our team with your feedback. We heard you and we are still listening. Please continue to pray for us and for our parish as we Grow In Faith Together (GIFT).
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Our Next Generation Team worked very closely together to provide the parish with our new Mission Statement:
In unity with the Holy Spirit, our purpose is to foster a love for the liturgy which encourages compassion for people, inspires holiness, and nurtures an intimate relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Helping Hand’s Ministry served 285 families of 934 individuals in our community. We moved 22,111 pounds of food that was donated from Second Harvest Food Bank and we could not have done it without our AMAZING volunteers who worked all day in the Florida heat to serve people in need. You truly were God’s hands yesterday and we thank you!
Fr. Blake Britton was born and raised in the Diocese of Orlando. He is the son of Timothy and Lydia Britton and the oldest of four children. He grew up in St. Cloud, Florida where he attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School until the eighth grade. During that time, he was a parishioner at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church. It was here, in this small mission church designated to serve Puerto Rican immigrants that Fr. Blake first heard his call to the priesthood. “I grew up surrounded by holy people” he remembers. “The men and women of St. Catherine’s inspired me with their piety. After high school, Fr. Blake applied for the seminary at the age of 18 where he earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy as well as a Master’s Degree in Divinity. He summarizes his vocation as a “School of ‘Choseness’”. “All of my years of seminary have been an education in what it means to be chosen, to be one who the Father has called to be the priestly heart of His Son for the world. The first model of this education has been the Blessed Virgin Mary, that woman who most perfectly allowed herself to be chosen; to be the one who bore our salvation in her womb. She is a guiding light of maternal love and protection in my life. Following her example, I have sought to live every second of my life ‘according to His Word’, the singular Word of God who is Jesus Christ. I have often tripped and stumbled along the way, but I have never given up because I know that God is merciful and that He has called me to be His priest so as to share this mercy with the world. I trust in His grace and I am convinced of His love for the Church to whom I hope to surrender my life in selfless service and sacrifice. In the end, I do not deserve to be a priest…I stand before the mystery of my vocation in awe…How can God be so good? But this is my prayer, ‘Please Jesus, grant me to give my life for Your people…may my every breath be for the salvation of souls…I love them so much, the Holy and Beautiful People of God. All for Christ, till the end!”