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
Lenten Schedule of Services and Events
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE MASSES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED BY BISHOP PARKES DUE TO COVID-19. WHEN WE RECEIVE NOTICE TO RESUME AS NORMAL THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO BISHOP PARKES MESSAGE REGARDING THIS DECISION.
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.
Message From The Pastor
A month of Thursdays
My sisters and brothers,
In the greeting of Saint Francis: May the Lord give you peace.
It has been a long standing tradition at Saint Anthony Hospital here in the city that on Thursdays shortly after 2pm lights are dimmed and a chime is sounded to bring clam and a sense of awareness for all those who minister in the hospital and for those being cared for. Truly, a call to prayer.
During this time of uncertainty and daily updates about the virus engulfing our nation and world social distancing has become the new norm of life. However, during this time of quiet seclusion as I would like to call it, we are reminded daily of those involved with Healthcare. Those who place themselves in harm’s way ministering to our sisters and brothers in desperate need.
In a spirit of prayerfulness and thankful solidarity Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace will join with our sisters and brothers at First United Methodist Church of Saint Petersburg and ring our church bells together on the Thursdays of April from 2:01 till 2:03pm. I ask our parish family to join Pastor Nelson and his community and me in those bell ringing moments to lift up in prayer all those who are laboring tirelessly on the frontline day and night during this pandemic.
I know that I can count on your support but more importantly for those who may not have anyone to place them before God.
From a humbled heart,
Prayer for Healing
O glorious Saints Cosmas and Damian,
following the path of Jesus our Divine Physician,
you reached out to the sick and suffering
providing cures for their illnesses.
We come to you in need of healing graces.
Hear our prayer, that God may answer our needs.
Turn our suffering into strength,
Turn our anxiety into peace,
Turn our sadness into hope,
Turn our loneliness into faith in God's love,
Turn our illness into good health,
And help us with these special needs.
- 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
Regular Mass Schedule:
Saturday 4:00 PM (Vigil Mass)
Sunday 8 AM and 11:00 AM
Weekday Schedule as of April 14th 7:30am
Holy Days of Obligation schedule - see bulletin
Saturday: 3:00 - 3:45 PM and by appointment
Adoration will be suspended during the interior renovations of the church.
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)
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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