One hallmark of Franciscan spirituality is to extend welcome to all. On behalf of the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular, we extend this heartfelt invitation:
No matter what your present or past status in the Catholic Church
No matter what your current family or marital situation
No matter what your past of present religious affiliation
No matter what your personal history,
age, background, race, or color,
you are invited, welcomed, accepted and loved here at
Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace.
In the words of Saint Francis of Assisi,
"May the Lord give you peace."
The Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular and Parish Staff
We offer low gluten Hosts, please visit the sacristy before mass. It is a privilege to provide this for consecration.
The History of Our Parish
Today we’re looking at St Pete’s two Saint Mary’s, St Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, and “Little St Mary’s,” the public restroom at the foot of the St Pete Pier. They look similar because they were designed by the same architect, Henry S. Taylor, who also designed the Vinoy. They are both octagonal and have Byzantine and Romanesque Revival style features. Legend has it that the church stiffed Taylor on his fee and he built the comfort station as some sort of revenge. Not true. The little building was built first, commissioned by the city council in 1927. Construction on the church began in 1929. The little building was a chance for Taylor to experiment with the octagonal form before starting the larger project. #walkinghasadvantages
Parish Anniversary Mass
Our Legacy of Grace
November 1920 + November 2020
Our parish’s 100th anniversary is fast approaching. Please make plans to attend the 11am Mass on November 22nd and join in the celebration of 100 years of our Legacy of Grace.
Due to social distancing there will be no reception after Mass. It is with great hope that we will be able to celebrate our anniversary socially at another time.
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Services and Events
WE HAVE RESUMED WEEKEND MASSES. OUR DAILY MASSES HAVE ALSO RESUMED WITH A NEW TIME AT 7:30AM. PLEASE JOIN US FOR LITURGY.
AT THIS TIME OUR PARISH CENTER IS NOT OPEN FOR MEETINGS OR GROUP GATHERINGS. THE OFFICE IS OPEN TO ASSIST WITH MASS REQUESTS AND REGISTRATIONS. WE ASK THAT YOU USE THE 4th STREET ENTRANCE AND WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN COMING INTO THE OFFICE.
Saint Mary Parking Map
Parking is available until further notice (during Mass and during Winter Concerts) on the grassy lot just SOUTH of the church. Please drive around to 6th Ave South and enter by the driveway. Park at your own risk and walk carefully on the grassy surface. If you are wearing heels, we recommend you have someone drop you off on the pavement as walking on grass in heels can be dangerous. Additional parking in lots nearby can be seen on the parking map, above.
Regular Mass Schedule:
Saturday 4:00 PM (Vigil Mass)
Sunday 8 AM and 11:00 AM
Weekday Schedule 7:30am
Holy Days of Obligation schedule - see bulletin
Confessions: Saturday: 3:00 - 3:45 PM and by appointment
Please Note: Those wishing to celebrate the communal sacraments (Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and Matrimony), but who do not regularly worship with our parish community, must first meet with one of the friars or staff. In keeping with Church law, in some situations, they may encounter a delay or postponement of the sacrament.
2020 Holy Days of Obligation
Wednesday, January 1, 2020, Mary Mother of God
Sunday, May 24, 2020 Ascension of the Lord (Ascension Thursday is transferred to Sunday in Florida)
Saturday, August 15, 2020, Assumption of Mary - NOT a day of obligation in 2020
Sunday, November 1, 2020, All Saints
Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Immaculate Conception
Friday, December 25, 2020, Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Message from Our Pastor
Protocols for Returning to Mass During a Time of COVID-19
As we continue to worship together during this time when Covid-19 cases are still a concern in our State, we are under obligation to follow the following procedures here at Saint Mary, Our Lady of Grace:
+ Those who may be fearful of gathering in large groups at this time or find themselves at greater risk due to health conditions, the Dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass remains in effect until further notice by our Bishop.
+ Please use ONLY the parking lot/ramp to enter the church. For the protection of all, the hospitality ministers will ask you for a temperature check upon entering the ramp door using a non-touch forehead thermometer.
+ The City of Saint Petersburg has required all who gather inside an enclosed space to wear masks or face coverings. Please bring your own mask, as we cannot provide sanitized masks here at this time.
+ In order to maintain social distancing, you will see some pews closed for seating . You are asked to please respect this arrangement. Couples or families from the same house may sit together.
+ We cannot make use of worship aids or hymnals at this time. You may use your smartphone to see part of the responses for today’s mass. Please type in www.stmaryolg into your browser, and once you are on our webpage, click the MASS tab.
+ You are asked to keep a 6- foot physical distance while in the Communion line. Please remove your face coverings before receiving Holy Communion, and replace them after you receive.
+ As you approach the altar during the Communion procession, please place your sacrificial offering in the collection box, found in the center aisle. See our webpage and bulletin to give online or via text message as an easy alternative.
+ For the safety of our priests and Eucharistic Ministers, as well as the entire assembly, Holy Communion is to be received in the hand rather than on the tongue.
+ ALL EXITS MAY BE USED to depart from the church. You are kindly asked NOT to gather inside the church after Mass to socialize, so that our cleaning crew will have the time needed to sanitize the church for the next liturgy.
Grateful for your cooperation,
- Father Damian Amantia, T.O.R., Pastor
- Father Laurence Uhlman, T.O.R., Parochial Vicar
- Rev. Mr. Michael Menchen, Deacon
- Wendy Luck, Business & Physical Plant Director
- Antoinette Magnani, Parish Ministry Assistant
- Claudia McIvor, Director of Faith Formation
- Michelle Rego, Director of Liturgy & Music
- Jim Kochen, Sacristan
- Calvin Adams, Custodial Care
- Alice Coston, Wedding Coordinator
Monday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Friday: Closed, also Closed on weekends, Holy Days of Obligations & some holidays
WeShare On-Line Giving
Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace has made Online Giving available for our weekly offerings, as well as other parish collections. Donating is simple, safe, and secure and takes less than five minutes. We encourage you to use this tool to secure your donations coming to the parish.
You’ll be able to give to any of our collections and view complete financial records at any time. Set up a one-time or recurring donation by following these three easy steps:
1. Click on the Online Giving link.
2. Select the collection you wish to donate to and click to make a donation.
3. Enter your payment information.
That’s it. You can return at any time to edit your donation or to view your financial records. Below you will find the contact information for Weshare in the event you need assistance. Thank you in advance for your giving.
- WeShare Donor Customer Service Phone Number: 800-950-9952 (press #3 and then press #2)
- WeShare Customer Service Email: [email protected]
- WeShare Donor FAQ: WeShare Donor Support
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Courageously Living the Gospel
In a newly released video, Bishop Gregory Parkes shares a two-year update on Courageously Living the Gospel, the mutually-shared vision of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He highlights what we have been able to accomplish with God’s grace and guidance and what has been delayed due to COVID-19.
To view this video, visit youtube.com/dioceseofstpete