When I first drove onto the campus I noticed how massive the 10 acres were and thought, “this is a huge parish”. There were about 30 cars in the parking lot and seemed to have a bustling campus. I figured there was a school and so much more. I was definitely wrong about the school, but bustling is an understatement.
I met the new Pastor, Rev. Tom Connery when I was invited to do a Parish Mission for his previous parish, St. Peter’s in DeLand, Florida. I heard he moved and wanted to catch up with him and have lunch. When I arrived and was greeted so warmly in the Office, it had a nice warm feel to it.
Fr. Tom took me on a tour of the campus. He mentioned “sometimes it seems like we are an outreach that turned into a parish instead of the opposite.” St. Theresa Catholic Church in Belleview, Florida was built about two years ago and has a lovely homey and warm feel to it.
This parish is truly about ‘serving’. They have a wonderful thrift store named after the Patron Saint. It is filled with everything from books, clothing, furniture, household items, I even saw Motor Cycle helmets for sale! It is definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.
We walked about 100 feet and approached the area where they serve over 160 meals each day, Monday through Friday from 11am – 1pm. People can come and receive a hot meal prepared in a commercial style kitchen environment, staffed by volunteers. #ServingItUp
There is also a covered area with picnic tables for those who come to sit down and enjoy their meals as well as talk and fellowship. A few steps away from this area is an outreach office that counsels people on obtaining assistance for rent, food, jobs, healthcare, shelter and child services. It’s almost a ‘One Stop Shop’ for services.
Like every church, they are in need of more volunteers; fixing minor repairs; installing ceiling fans, power washing walkways, even help with getting rid of those pesky weeds! If you are willing to put in a few hours of work, please contact Marcia Wheatley, Operations Manager; 352.245.2458 or email her at email@example.com
St. Theresa Catholic Church is located at 11528 SE HWY 301, Belleview, Florida 34420. The office phone number is 352.245.2458. Stop by, check them out and tell them to “Keep on Keepin On!” Oh yeah, don’t forget to support them financially as well. www.mystcc.org
St. Theresa’s, great job; keep on Serving It Up for the Lord! He is well pleased!
Diocese of Orlando Florida… has your Parish celebrated the Year of the Eucharist? If not, then now is the time to consider a Eucharistic centered Parish Mission.
EWTN personality , son of NFL Hall of Fame Defensive Back, the late Dick “Night Train” Lane, and internationally renowned Catholic Lay Evangelist Richard Lane has created a parish mission series specifically for the Year of the Eucharist Celebration for the Diocese of Orlando, simply entitled “Stay With Us Lord”.
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This powerful and dynamic four night parish mission series informs, motivates and inspires Catholic’s to not only attend Mass, but to ‘become the mass’.
“If the Eucharist is the Blessed Sacrament, and we receive healing, power and mercy through it;
then we must not only become what we have received, but we must also share that Gift upon leaving Mass. We must become the mass in the world.”
~ Catholic Evangelist Richard Lane
The Holy Spirit has empowered and transformed parishes around the United States and South America, through Richard Lane Ministries.
Both young and the ‘older young’, continue to be inspired and lifted up by messages of Truth, Healing, Mercy, Love and Transformation.
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“Is there Salvation outside of the Church (Roman Catholic)? Yes or No?
While surfing through YouTube the other day, I came across a video entitled “Why I’m no longer a Roman Catholic”. The author of this video (series), states he was raised Roman Catholic. He attended Mass regularly, received the Sacraments and even would challenge those who dared to talk negatively about his Roman Catholic faith. One day he was with some family and they asked him, “do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? Are you saved?” He went on to say how he then said the sinners prayer, and his family rejoiced that he (this Roman Catholic) had finally been ‘saved’.
Upon going home that evening he found himself picking up the Bible and reading for four hours and came to the realization that what he had learned as a Roman Catholic was not lining up with what he was reading. He went to several Priest’s and ask them questions about things in the Bible and they could not answer. He went to his local Roman Catholic Bishop’s office and sat down with the Bishop and had a conversation. He claimed the Bishop was smoking a cigarette in his big office and during the conversation asked the Bishop to show him certain things in the Bible. The Bishop was unable to locate a Bible in his own office, so the Bishop stated, “I don’t know about the Bible, but I do know what the Church teaches and I can tell you that.”
The YouTube gentleman who is now ‘saved’ has now become and expert (I say this tongue & cheek) on what is wrong with the Roman Catholic Church, he no longer belongs to. This entire dialog prompted me to think of how ignorant many of us (Roman Catholic’s) can be in and of our faith and how we do not know it as we should. St. Jerome stated (you know we Catholic’s are QUICK to quote the Saints) “Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ”. I say again, many of us are ignorant of our faith, because we stop learning at some point in this journey here on Earth. Thus the imposed question I asked on Facebook;
“I have a question to my Catholic brothers and sisters; Can Salvation be found outside of the Catholic Church? Yes or No”.
It was not meant to be a trick question, nor my intention to degrade or demean anyones knowledge and most importantly not to attempt to superimpose my knowledge upon others. Just a simple question to perhaps spark a “conversation” and not argument.
To my surprise the answers really were not skewed to one side or another. I would think perhaps about 60% – 65% of the professed Roman Catholic’s got the answer correct. There were two Roman Catholic Priests who commented, one from the United States and the other from Nigeria. Both whom I highly respect, said unequivocally the correct answer….YES.
Here is the scriptural back up as well as Tradition from the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church; (mind you this posting/blog is only meant as an informative dialogue and although could go into much deeper into this complicated subject, we are keeping it short & simple)
First; scriptural references;
Romans 10: 9-10: “for, if you confess* with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.i
10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.”
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord… and believe in your heart then you are saved. Paul states this clearly in his letter to the Romans. Have you done so?
John 3:17-21: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn* the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.”
In John’s Gospel he tells us, God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it/us, but to save us. Yet how often do we tear others down and demean others, especially those who do not share the same faith, views as us, or even look like or speak like us. Ponder that for a minute.
Ephesians 2:8-9:8“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; 9 it is not from works, so no one may boast.”
Salvation is a GIFT from God… what are we/you doing with this GREAT Gift? Healing or hurting; loving or hating; building or tearing down?
847 This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:
Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience – those too may achieve eternal salvation.
848 “Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men.
851 Missionary motivation. It is from God’s love for all men that the Church in every age receives both the obligation and the vigor of her missionary dynamism, “for the love of Christ urges us on.”343 Indeed, God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”;344 that is, God wills the salvation of everyone through the knowledge of the truth. Salvation is found in the truth. Those who obey the prompting of the Spirit of truth are already on the way of salvation. But the Church, to whom this truth has been entrusted, must go out to meet their desire, so as to bring them the truth. Because she believes in God’s universal plan of salvation, the Church must be missionary.
856 The missionary task implies a respectful dialogue with those who do not yet accept the Gospel.359 Believers can profit from this dialogue by learning to appreciate better “those elements of truth and grace which are found among peoples, and which are, as it were, a secret presence of God.”360 They proclaim the Good News to those who do not know it, in order to consolidate, complete, and raise up the truth and the goodness that God has distributed among men and nations, and to purify them from error and evil “for the glory of God, the confusion of the demon, and the happiness of man.
This my brothers and sisters is the essence of evangelization. We are called to share,
converse and teach. We are called to “respectful dialogue” and not respond in arrogant condemnation to others who might not share the same thought process or faith tradition. If God calls us to be a “missionary people” then we are called to continued learning, as well as sharing and distributing the Good News of Salvation… and that Good News is summed up right here;
Christ has died, Christ has risen and guess what ya’ll…. He is coming back again. Until that ‘Great gettin’ up mornin’’ comes, our job is to be a missionary to that Love, Grace and Salvation… leading others to He who IS the Way, the Truth AND the Life.
Keep on keepin’ on and may the road rise to meet you!
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“You saved my life brother! Your words were so on time and what I needed to hear in my life. Thank you!”
~ Michael P., Palm Coast, Florida
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“Mr. Lane, your mission helped me in the most important time of my life, when I have been struggling. I learned that I am worthy of God’s Grace, through His Mercy; I am beautiful because I was created in the Image of God! Thank you so much Mr. Lane for encouraging me.”
~ L.P. Junior in High School, Palm Coast, Florida
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“Mr. Lane, you made such a significant impact in the life of our child. She is such a different, better, vibrant and loving child, since we all attended your Mission. Thank you so much and please come back!”