St. Brendan's Catholic Church
245 Dory Passage
Clearwater, FL 33767
(727) 443-5485 | Fax: (727) 442-5896
Upcoming events; (Follow us on Twitter (stbrendanCWB) or Facebook for current information!)
Lend a hand Ministry: Food collection:
Most needed items are: rice, canned meats, canned/jar spaghetti sauce, pasta, peanut butter and soup. The food will be distributed through RCS Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, Thorn Ministries and Clearwater Homeless Emergency Project.
July 5, 9:30 a.m. - Cancer support group
July 12, 6:30 p.m. - Book Club “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein
Saturday: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
“FROM FEAR TO FAITH”
PRESENTED BY CATHOLIC SPEAKER, GARY ZIMAK
The faith community of St. Paul Catholic Church, 12708 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, cordially invites you to a summer event that could change your life. Are you tired of worrying? Join Catholic Speaker, Author and Radio Host, Gary Zimak on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to learn about winning the battle to anxiety through the ultimate answer, Jesus Christ! For more information, please contact the Parish Office at (813) 961-3023 or visit www.StPaulChurch.com. All are welcome to attend.
Election & Political Activities Guide Updated for 2016
The FCCB has updated its election and political guidelines for the 2016 elections. Approved by the bishops of Florida, this guide for pastors and parishes is intended to encourage Catholic clergy and laity to facilitate the involvement of their faith communities in appropriate election related activities. The guide is available in two formats - one for easy viewing online and another for printing copies in booklet format. You can access the documents by clicking HERE.
Click below to link to Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation
Amoris Laetitia - The Joy of Love
Welcome to St. Brendan's Catholic Church located in lovely Clearwater, FL.
We hope you find spiritual refreshment and a faith home here in our community. We are a vibrant, active parish focused on growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ and helping others know the love and mercy of our Savior.
New to Clearwater or St. Brendan's? Please pick up a new parishioner registration form at the entrances to the church or from our parish office. We look forward to getting to know you. Community is a gift - relationships create a connection and spiritual nourishment through unity in the Body of Christ. We need your contribution of unique gifts and talents to help us grow and live as disciples of Christ.
Are you a visitor or seasonal resident? We welcome and strongly encourage your participation in every facet of parish life: faith formation, ministries, and social activities. We can benefit from your prayers, talents, and charisms as well.
Explore this website and get to know the thriving community of St. Brendan's. May the peace of Christ be with you, whether this is a visit or relocation to our beaches and parish.
Pope FrancisHomily during Mass for July 25, 2016
Yet we might also wonder: what is the Lord asking us to build today in our lives, and even more importantly, upon what is he calling us to build our lives? In seeking an answer to this question, I would like to suggest three stable foundations upon which we can tirelessly build and rebuild the Christian life.
The first foundation is memory. One grace we can implore is that of being able to remember: to recall what the Lord has done in and for us, and to remind ourselves that, as today’s Gospel says, he has not forgotten us but “remembered” us (Lk 1:72). God has chosen us, loved us, called us and forgiven us. Great things have happened in our personal love story with him, and these must be treasured in our minds and hearts. Yet there is another memory we need to preserve: it is the memory of a people. Peoples, like individuals, have a memory. Your own people’s memory is ancient and precious. Your voices echo those of past sages and saints; your words evoke those who created your alphabet in order to proclaim God’s word; your songs blend the afflictions and the joys of your history. As you ponder these things, you can clearly recognize God’s presence. He has not abandoned you. Even in the face of tremendous adversity, we can say in the words of today’s Gospel that the Lord has visited your people (cf. Lk 1:68). He has remembered your faithfulness to the Gospel, the first-fruits of your faith, and all those who testified, even at the price of their blood, that God’s love is more precious than life itself (cf. Ps 63:4). It is good to recall with gratitude how the Christian faith became your people’s life breath and the heart of their historical memory.
Faith is also hope for your future and a light for life’s journey. Faith is the second foundation I would like to mention. There is always a danger that can dim the light of faith, and that is the temptation to reduce it to something from the past, something important but belonging to another age, as if the faith were a beautiful illuminated book to be kept in a museum. Once it is locked up in the archives of history, faith loses its power to transform, its living beauty, its positive openness to all. Faith, however, is born and reborn from a life-giving encounter with Jesus, from experiencing how his mercy illumines every situation in our lives. We would do well to renew this living encounter with the Lord each day. We would do well to read the word of God and in silent prayer to open our hearts to his love. We would do well to let our encounter with the Lord’s tenderness enkindle joy in our hearts: a joy greater than sadness, a joy that even withstands pain and in turn becomes peace. All of this renews our life, makes us free and open to surprises, ready and available for the Lord and for others.
It can happen too that Jesus calls us to follow him more closely, to give our lives to him and to our brothers and sisters. When he calls – and I say this especially to you young people – do not be afraid; tell him “Yes!” He knows us, he really loves us, and he wants to free our hearts from the burden of fear and pride. By making room for him, we become capable of radiating his love. Thus you will be able to carry on your great history of evangelization. This is something the Church and the world need in these troubled times, which are also a time of mercy.
The third foundation, after memory and faith, is merciful love: on this rock, the rock of the love we receive from God and offer to our neighbour, the life of a disciple of Jesus is based. In the exercise of charity, the Church’s face is rejuvenated and made beautiful. Concrete love is the Christian’s visiting card; any other way of presenting ourselves could be misleading and even unhelpful, for it is by our love for one another that everyone will know that we are his disciples (cf. Jn 13:35). We are called above all to build and rebuild paths of communion, tirelessly creating bridges of unity and working to overcome our divisions. May believers always set an example, cooperating with one another in mutual respect and a spirit of dialogue, knowing that “the only rivalry possible among the Lord’s disciples is to see who can offer the greater love!” (John Paul II, Homily, 27 September 2001: Insegnamenti XXIV/2 , 478).
In today’s first reading, the prophet Isaiah reminds us that the Spirit of the Lord is always with those who carry glad tidings to the poor, who bind up the brokenhearted and console the afflicted (cf. 61:1-2). God dwells in the hearts of those who love him. God dwells wherever there is love, shown especially by courageous and compassionate care for the weak and the poor. How much we need this! We need Christians who do not allow themselves to be overcome by weariness or discouraged by adversity, but instead are available, open and ready to serve. We need men and women of good will, who help their brothers and sisters in need, with actions and not merely words. We need societies of greater justice, where each individual can lead a dignified life and, above all, be fairly remunerated for his or her work.
All the same, we might ask ourselves: how can we become merciful, with all the faults and failings that we see within ourselves and all about us? I would like to appeal to one concrete example, a great herald of divine mercy, one to whom I wished to draw greater attention by making him a Doctor of the Universal Church: Saint Gregory of Narek, word and voice of Armenia. It is hard to find his equal in the ability to plumb the depths of misery lodged in the human heart. Yet he always balanced human weakness with God’s mercy, lifting up a heartfelt and tearful prayer of trust in the Lord who is “giver of gifts, root of goodness… voice of consolation, news of comfort, joyful impulse… unparalleled compassion, inexhaustible mercy… the kiss of salvation” (Book of Lamentations, 3, 1). He was certain that “the light of God’s mercy is never clouded by the shadow of indignation” (ibid., 16, 1). Gregory of Narek is a master of life, for he teaches us that the most important thing is to recognize that we are in need of mercy. Despite our own failings and the injuries done to us, we must not become self-centred but open our hearts in sincerity and trust to the Lord, to “the God who is ever near, loving and good” [ibid., 17, 2), “filled with love for mankind … a fire consuming the chaff of sin (ibid., 16, 2).