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!)
Summer Lend a Hand ministry effort -
Collecting cereal, breakfast bars and small juice containers for needy children
April 24, 9 a.m. Mass - Confirmation of
Michael Anthony Grams and Maria Ilardi
April 26, 9:30 a.m. - Cancer Support Group
April 28 - Navigator Golf Tournament
May 1, 3 p.m. - Spring Concert
May 8, at Masses - CCW Carnation Sale to benefit Kimberly House
May 10, 6:30 p.m. - Book Club:
The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
May 18, 5 p.m. - Navigator meeting
Saturday: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
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.
Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis
Divine Mercy Sunday, 2016
“Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book” (Jn 20:30). The Gospel is the book of God’s mercy, to be read and reread, because everything that Jesus said and did is an expression of the Father’s mercy. Not everything, however, was written down; the Gospel of mercy remains an open book, in which the signs of Christ’s disciples, which are concrete acts of love and the best witness to mercy, continue to be written. We are all called to become living writers of the Gospel, heralds of the Good News to all men and women today. We do this by practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, which are the hallmarks of the Christian life. By means of these simple yet powerful gestures, even when unseen, we can accompany the needy, bringing God’s tenderness and consolation. Thus continues the work of Jesus on Easter day, when he poured into the hearts of his fearful disciples the Father’s mercy, bringing them the Holy Spirit who forgives sins and brings joy.
At the same time, the story we have just heard presents an evident contrast: on the one hand, there is the fear of the disciples, who gathered behind closed doors; on the other hand, there is the mission of Jesus, who sends them into the world to proclaim the message of forgiveness. This contrast may also be present in us, experienced as an interior struggle between a closed heart and the call of love to open doors closed by sin. It is a call that frees us to go out of ourselves. Christ, who for love entered through doors barred by sin, death and the powers of hell, wants to enter into each one of us to break open the locked doors of our hearts. Jesus, who by his resurrection has overcome the fear and dread which imprison us, wishes to throw open our closed doors and send us out. The path that the Risen Master shows us is a one way street, it goes in only one direction: this means that we must move beyond ourselves to witness to the healing power of love that has conquered us. We see before us a humanity that is often wounded and fearful, a humanity that bears the scars of pain and uncertainty. Before the anguished cry for mercy and peace, Jesus confidently exhorts us: “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you” (Jn 20:21).
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