Fear of God is, in this context, “filial” or chaste fear whereby we revere God and avoid separating ourselves from him—as opposed to “servile” fear, whereby we fear punishment (I/II.67.4; II/II.19.9)
Piety is, principally, revering God with filial affection, paying worship and duty to God, paying due duty to all men on account of their relationship to God, and honoring the saints and not contradicting Scripture. The Latin word pietas denotes the reverence that we give to our father and to our country; since God is the Father of all, the worship of God is also called piety (I/II.68.4; II/II.121.1).
Knowledge is the ability to judge correctly about matters of faith and right action, so as to never wander from the straight path of justice (II/II.9.3).
Fortitude denotes a firmness of mind in doing good and in avoiding evil, particularly when it is difficult or dangerous to do so, and the confidence to overcome all obstacles, even deadly ones, by virtue of the assurance of everlasting life (I/II.61.3; II/II.123.2; II/II.139.1).
Counsel allows a man to be directed by God in matters necessary for his salvation (II/II.52.1).
Understanding is penetrating insight into the very heart of things, especially those higher truths that are necessary for our eternal salvation—in effect, the ability to “see” God (I/I.12.5; I/II.69.2; II/II.8.1–3).
Wisdom is both the knowledge of and judgment about “divine things” and the ability to judge and direct human affairs according to divine truth (I/I.1.6; I/II.69.3; II/II.8.6; II/II.45.1–5).
Reconciliation is available Saturdays 3:15 PM and Thursdays 6:15 PM or by appointment.
Twice a year, during Advent and Lent, Penance Service is available which includes scripture reading, prayer, homily, and examination of conscience followed by private confessions. [Generally 8-10 priests are available for the Sacrament.]
To receive the sacrament of Communion worthily one must be a baptized Catholic in the state of grace and believe what the Church teaches about this sacrament. One conscious of having committed a mortal sin must make a sacramental confession before approaching the sacrament. One must also receive Communion with an upright intention, for example, out of love for Christ or in a desire to grow in grace and in unity with all His Mystical Body. One should not receive Communion simply because others are receiving it. The Church also directs us to abstain from food and drink (except for water and medicine) for at least one hour before Communion.
If one who has sinned gravely has a pressing need to receive the Eucharist and has no opportunity to confess, one should first make an act of perfect contrition, an act which includes in it a promise to confess as soon as possible. One who deliberately received Communion while in a state of mortal sin would commit a grave sin of sacrilege.
“Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Cor. 11.27).
Reception of the Eucharist together signifies unity in faith and union with one another in the family of faith. Catholics and non-Catholic Christians are regrettably separated in many ways. For this reason non-Catholics could not be admitted to Communion in the Catholic Church except in exceptional circumstances. The local Catholic bishop is to pass judgment in each case.
Yes. Jesus Himself stressed that we must receive Communion to come to everlasting life. “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you” (John 6.53).
The divine precept does not indicate how often one should receive Communion. The Church commands the faithful to receive Communion at least once a year, ordinarily during the paschal season. The Church also speaks of the duty to receive Communion when one is in danger of death. But one who loves Christ naturally wishes to deepen his friendship with Him by frequent reception of this sacrament.
Holy Communion is a sacrament in which the faithful receive Jesus as the Bread of life, as spiritual food. The Mass is both a sacrifice and a sacred banquet; Jesus is offered to the Father, and He is received as the nourishing strength of His people. Communion unites us more closely with Jesus Himself, and unites us also with all of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Sometimes Catholics receive Communion under the form of bread alone; sometimes they receive it under the forms of both bread and wine. In either case, one receives the whole Christ.
Choosing godparents is an important step in planning a baptism. Although it would be wonderful to offer this honor to your best friend, if he or she doesn’t share your religious beliefs or does not meet the qualifications set by the Catholic Church, they shouldn’t be your baby’s godparent. It’s vital to choose godparents who are practicing Catholics, since their role is to help your child live a devout Christian life. Generally, at least one godparent must be a confirmed Catholic in good standing and an active member of a parish.
- You will need to make an appointment to see a priest.
- If you are not already a registered parishioner, you will need to do so.
- You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate.
What if I change my mind?
Seeking information about the Catholic faith will not commit or oblige you to become Catholic. We encourage you to learn as much about the faith and take as much time as you need to make this decision. While we love the Catholic faith, and hope that you will also come to love it, we will not pressure anyone to make such an important decision.
How long does it take to become Catholic?
The RCIA preparation usually lasts for several months. Many parishes begin classes in the fall. RCIA candidates for all three sacraments of initiation will typically celebrate the sacraments during the Easter Vigil liturgy on Holy Saturday. The Pastor and Adult Formation Team will work with each person as an individual to determine the time.
If you have been baptized as an infant, but have not celebrated the sacraments of confirmation and holy Communion, the RCIA program would be appropriate for you.
If you are an inactive Catholic, one that has celebrated all the sacraments of initiation, and would like to return to active participation in a parish, speak with a parish staff member at a Catholic Church near you about “Catholics Returning Home.”
If you have not been baptized, the Christian initiation process prepares you to become a Catholic Christian through the sacraments of Christian initiation: baptism, confirmation and holy Communion.
If you have been baptized in another Christian church, the initiation process prepares you to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church by celebrating the sacraments of confirmation and holy Communion.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith, one of the best ways is to contact the office and speak with the pastor.
You can call the office at 813-645-1714 or email the pastor, Fr. John McEvoy
You can also explore the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the official summary of our faith.
The first step in the process is to contact the office. Ask Catholic friends and neighbors about their faith. Go to Mass and talk with other parishioners. Our priests will be happy to talk with you about becoming Catholic. Please remember that Sunday is a very busy time for them however, and it may be best to make an appointment to see our priests during the week.
If you decide that you want to become Catholic, you will participate in a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation, or RCIA as it is sometimes referred to. In RCIA you will learn about the teachings of Jesus as the Catholic Church has handed them on and also have the opportunity to participate in the life of the parish through service and prayer.
In addition to completing the Faith Formation Registration form you will need to bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. If your child was not baptized at St. Anne and making a sacrament you will have to provide a copy of the Baptism Certificate.
Your child will bring home papers each week that include the day’s work, announcements for you that may include assignments for prayers, homework and in higher grades information about service hours. Remember parents are their children’s first teacher and it is important that you stay informed about the work and progress of your child.
Please call the parish office at 813-645-1714 to advise of your child’s absence and the reason. Please provide the child’s full name, class and a telephone number where you may be contacted.