Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Church - Titusville, Florida
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St. Teresa of Avila

7:30 AM, 9:30 AM & 11:30AM

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Welcome to St. Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa's Church has been in existence in Titusville Florida since 1958. We have over 1800 families in our faith-filled community and is located on the Space Coast, directly across from Kennedy Space Center. We have a unique of multi-ethnic and multi-age congregation. This uniqueness has created a vibrant, supportive and involved parish community.

 

Saint Teresa's is an active parish with many different ministries, please visit the ministries page or call 321-268-3441 for more information. Please join us and spread the works of our Lord.

 

Family of the month

December 2019

The Moquin Family

STC Kickoff Youth Group Christmas Party

All 7th - 12th Grade Students are invited to come socialize with old friends and meet new friends.

Date: December 15, 2019

Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Place: Avila Hall

Don't forget to wear your tacky Christmas Sweater

#STCYouthGroup

Advent Giving Project

On the evergreen trees on either side of the doors in the Narthex are tags with sex and ages of children from 3 months to teen years. Please take a tag or two and purchase a toy for the children that come to our Food Pantry. Do NOT wrap the gifts, but attach the tag to it and put it in the wagon by the Chapel. Parents of children who come to our Food Pantry will come and “shop” for a gift for each of their children. Thank you for your generosity in meeting the needs of our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate.

Offertory Enhancement Initiative

Your participation in St Teresa of Avila’s Offertory Enhancement Initiative is important. Please give careful consideration to Father Chris’ request for a reasonable increase in your weekly offering. The response to our Offertory Enhancement Initiative continues to be encouraging. If you have not yet returned your envelope, please do so this weekend. More envelopes are available in the entry to the church.
“May our gifts always come from a generous heart, without the expectation of anything in return, we pray to the Lord”
 

Knight’s Corner

We have begun to plan our efforts to raise charitable funds over the next 9 months. Our Bingo is every Tuesday evening, doors open at 430pm. The early bird games start at 6pm and our generous jackpots continue to be a big draw! Please come and join the fun and support to our fund raising efforts. We are smoke free and serve burgers and hot dogs and grilled items each night before bingo begins. Thank you to all our parishioners who regularly attend and we ask you bring some friends with you as we move forward.
 

How to Prepare for Advent

Avoiding the commercialization of Christmas is a real challenge. For Catholics, the liturgical season of Advent helps us focus on the spiritual preparation for Christmas and on the coming of Our Lord. (Advent comes from the Latin adventus, meaning “coming.”) The catechism stresses the two-fold meaning of this “coming”: “When the church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for His second coming” . Therefore, on one hand, the faithful reflect back on Our Lord’s first coming when He humbled Himself, becoming incarnate and entered our time and space to free us from sin. On the other hand, we recall in the creed that Our Lord will come again to judge the living and the dead and that we must be ready to meet Him.

First, make an Advent wreath. The wreath is a circle, which has no beginning or end: God is eternal, and His love for us is everlasting. The wreath is made of fresh plant material, because Christ came to give us new, everlasting life through His passion, death and resurrection. Three candles are purple, symbolizing penance, preparation and sacrifice; the pink candle symbolizes the same but highlights the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, when we rejoice because our preparation is now halfway finished and Christ will soon come. The light represents Christ, who entered this world to scatter the darkness of evil and show us the way of righteousness. The progression of lighting candles shows our increasing readiness to meet Our Lord.

Second, pray. Hopefully prayer already is part of the daily routine, but if not, make it one. Schedule a regular time for prayer. Also, pray the rosary, individually or as a family. Ponder the various events in the life of Our Lord, and the example of Mary, “the handmaid of the Lord,” who gave of herself to receive the gift of the Savior. For little children, who have a shorter attention span, maybe just pray a decade each night, looking at one mystery; over the four weeks of Advent, all the mysteries will have been prayed.

Third, read sacred Scripture. This liturgical year, the Sunday Gospel passages will be taken primarily from St. Matthew. However, do not just read the Gospel; rather, spend a few minutes reflecting upon it, inserting oneself into the passage, and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak in the quiet of one’s heart.

Fourth, take the time for confession. Do a thorough examination of conscience. If it has been a while since the last confession, find a good examination of conscience, and over the course of the week pray for help from the Holy Spirit

Fifth, teach. For children especially, read to them the stories of St. Francis and the first Christmas crèche, St. Boniface and the first Christmas tree, or St. Nicholas who is Santa Claus.

Finally, give. Give of yourself by doing good works. Good works help heal the hurts caused by sin, including our own. Each day, do a good work — say a prayer for a person, help a neighbor in need or make a sacrifice for a special intention. Whatever the good work, write it in the blank space. At the end of Advent, one will have a beautiful gift for the Lord.

St. Teresa School Christmas Pageant

The St. Teresa School Christmas Pageant will take place in the Church on Thursday, Dec. 19th at 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM. Please join us for this wonderful performance.   

Knights of Columbus Christmas Tree Sale

All glory to Jesus! Christmas is soon upon us and the Knights of Columbus will be bringing in freshly cut Christmas trees and wreaths for your holiday home decoration! As always, the trees will be sold under the big tent on the school and church lot, 7 days a week, from 9am to 9 pm, beginning November 30 until they are all sold out.

The trees are kept in water from the moment we get them until you take yours home, to keep them fresh and green throughout the holiday season!

Santa is scheduled to visit the tree lot on December 14th with the opportunity for pictures and deliver his 10% discount on all trees while he is visiting! All proceeds go to support the local charities!

Come one, come all to get the freshest and finest cut Christmas trees available in Brevard County!

Merry Christmas from all the Knights!

The trees are beautiful this year but they are going fast!

Pope Francis Intentions

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December
 
Each year, the Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. You are invited to answer the Holy Father's request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month.
 

Universal

The Future of the Very Young
That every country take the measures necessary to prioritize the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering.

Christmas Mass and Confession Schedule

Christmas Masses

Tuesday December 24, Christmas Eve

4:00 PM Children’s Christmas Mass

6:00 PM Mass (Cantor)

12:00 Midnight Mass (Traditional Choir)

Christmas Day Masses

Wednesday, December 25

There is NO 07:30am Mass

9:30 AM (Cantor)

11:30 AM (Contemporary Choir)

New Year’s Day Mass Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 at 7 PM

Wednesday, January 1, 2020. - 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM

Confessions:

Daily: Mon. – Fri.: 7:45 – 8:15 AM Saturdays: 3:45 – 4:45 PM

First Fridays: 3:30 – 4:30 PM

No Confessions on December 24th or 25th

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe on Me, 0 God

 

Breathe on me, breath of God, Fill me with the life anew, That I may love the things you love, And do what you would do.

 

Breathe on me, breath of God, Until my heart is pure, Until with you I have one will, To live and to endure.

 

Breathe on me, breath of God, My soul with grace refine, Until this earthly part of me Glows with your fire divine.

 

Breathe on me, breath of God, So I shall never die, But live with you the perfect life In your eternity.

  • Dec 19, 2019
    10:00 am - 3:45 pm

    We will have an all day Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday from 10am to 6:00pm in the Chapel. Please come and not leave our Lord in the Eucharist unattended during this time. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the main church entrance.

    There will be the Spanish Holy Hour and Exposition from 6 – 7:15 PM with week and all are invited.

    If anyone would like to sign up for an hour, please call or email @:Peggy Ricardo 321-269-4489— Peggyricardo77@gmail.com

  • Dec 26, 2019
    10:00 am - 3:45 pm

    We will have an all day Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday from 10am to 6:00pm in the Chapel. Please come and not leave our Lord in the Eucharist unattended during this time. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the main church entrance.

    There will be the Spanish Holy Hour and Exposition from 6 – 7:15 PM with week and all are invited.

    If anyone would like to sign up for an hour, please call or email @:Peggy Ricardo 321-269-4489— Peggyricardo77@gmail.com

  • Dec 16, 2019
    6:30 p.m.

    Father Chris’ Theological Session will be held on December 16th at 6:30pm in the church.

    The topic : “The Mystery of Mary”.

    If you attended last month , you know how informative and spiritual these messages can be. Bring a friend. All are wel- come.

    These discussions have been interesting and educational. If you yearn for more information than the Sunday sermons, mostly geared towards the gospel, then this is an excellent chance to learn more about our religion. If you have not attended in the past, this would be a wonderful New Year's resolution to attend. You will come away with new ideas and ways to understand to understand many spiritual concepts. Bring a friend.

  • Dec 25, 2019
    9:30 am and 11:30 am

    Come thirty minutes prior to Mass and enjoy Christmas Carols.

Gift Shop

Gift shop hours are before & after each weekend Masses and weekday from 9:00-4:00PM (except Tuesday and the month of July).

 

Buyer's Bargain Shop

Monday thru Saturday

10 AM – 2 PM

400-412 Main St.

Titusville, FL 32796

Family of the Month

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203 Ojibway Avenue

Titusville, Florida

(321) 268-3441

We are west of Village Inn on US1, which is South of Garden Street and North of Hwy 50.

MASS TIMES
Saturday - 8:30am and 5:00pm
Sunday - 7:30am, 9:30am and 11:30am
Weekdays - 7:00am and 8:30am

 

  • Cor Jesu Food Pantry

    Dec 15, 2019, Dec 22, 2019
    Cor Jesu is in need of cranberries, yams, spa- ghetti sauce and pasta, as well as $10 gift cards from grocery stores for Christmas baskets. They plan to feed 60 families.
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  • Father Chris's Birthday

    Dec 19, 2019, Dec 19, 2020

    Come by and wish Father Chris Happy Birthday on the 19th of December!!!

  • Cor Jesu Food Pantry

    Dec 15, 2019, Dec 22, 2019
    Cor Jesu is in need of cranberries, yams, spa- ghetti sauce and pasta, as well as $10 gift cards from grocery stores for Christmas baskets. They plan to feed 60 families.
     ... Read more