Monday, April 15, 2013
The 2013 Spring Jubilee at St. Stephen Catholic School has run its course. Left are the memories. Share your photos of compelling moments here.
The 12th annual Spring Jubilee at St. Stephen Catholic School in Riverview has runs its course and now it's time to take stock of the moments that will live on — until next year. Share your photo with the upload link above. Share your thoughts in the comment box below. To revisit what took place this year, visit our related coverage.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The 12th annual Spring Jubilee finishes its four-day run today, April 14, on the grounds of St. Stephen Catholic School in Riverview.
Plan ahead for the 2013 St. Spring Jubilee at St. Stephen Catholic School with this collection of photographs, shot Saturday, April 13, at the festival in Riverview.
Going to the 2013 Spring Jubilee at St. Stephen Catholic School in Riverview? Plan ahead with this collection of photographs or click through for a remembrance of what you saw and did on the fesitval grounds in Riverview. ______________ Share as well your photos of the 2013 St. Stephen Spring Jubilee, using the "upload" button above. Post your reviews in the comment box below. ______________
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The 12th annual Spring Jubilee is set to run April 11 to 14 on the grounds of St. Stephen Catholic School in Riverview.
The 12th annual Spring Jubilee opens today, April 11, at the St. Stephen Catholic School in Riverivew, at 10424 St. Stephen Circle, west of Bell Shoals Road and FishHawk Boulevard. St. Stephen, Edge and Life Teen variety shows are included in the first-day lineup of performers. Also at the Spring Jubilee: carnival rides, food, activities and free entertainment. As noted by the Spring Jubilee Web site, it's time to "experience a blast from the past carnival that offers a vintage feel with all the current community flair."\ Here's some key things to keep in mind: ______________ What's your favorite ride? The Zipper? The Orbiter? The giant carousel, lit at night? Let us know in the comment box below. And review the charts below for news you…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Catholics throughout the area tuned in today as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named pope.
Nellie Negron couldn't contain her tears as she watched the televised announcement of the naming of the new pope. "I'm just sitting here crying," said Negron, a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Valrico. "I can't believe it. It's a very emotional moment." Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected pope earlier today, taking the name Francis I, the first pope to choose the name "Francis." For Negron, the election of the first Latin American pope is especially significant. She was born in Puerto Rico and spent a lot of time working in Argentina. "I really love that country," she said. "The people are so wonderful." With 39 percent of the world's Catholics living in Latin America, many in …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Newsome High School graduate Dan Wood is expected to sing on Hollywood Round Part I of the popular television show starting at 8 p.m. on Fox Television.
Fellow graduates from Newsome High School, co-workers at Circles Bar & Grill in Apollo Beach and friends from St. Stephen Catholic Church in Valrico will all be tuned in to tonight's American Idol television show to see hometown boy Dan Wood fulfill his dream of performing on the popular television show. But none are more excited about tonight's season premiere than Wood's own mother, Cindy. "This is unbelievable," said Cindy Wood, who accompanied her 22-year-old son to Hollywood for the taping of tonight's show. "I've been on this ride with him for a long time. He’s come a long way." Ironically, Circles Bar & Grill's "singing server" never showed much interest in singing as a youngster, said his mom. "He never really sang as a child," she…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Parishioners at St. Stephen Catholic Church are wondering why someone would destroy a display of crosses intended to bring awareness to lives sacrificed in abortion.
It took volunteers with St. Stephen Catholic Church's Respect Life Ministry hours to set up wooden crosses on the church property to remember the lives lost since the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. But it took vandals only moments to destroy the display. Some time during the late-night hours of Jan. 29-30, vandals demolished the display of white crosses in front of the church in Valrico, at 5049 Bell Shoals Road, either breaking the crosses or tossing them into a nearby retention pond on the church propery. Ministry leader Jeanne Lewis said the volunteers, who have been displaying the crosses annually, were surprised by the level of destruction. She said she feels it's not only a …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The director of maintenance for St. Stephen Catholic Church died New Year's Day following a long battle with brain cancer.
Friends and family members will gather at St. Stephen Catholic Church today to bid farewell to parishioner and church maintenance director Patrick W. Albert. Albert died Jan. 1 at the age of 51 following a long battle with brain cancer. A Celebration of Life funeral Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at St. Stephen Church, 5049 Bell Shoals Rd., Valrico. Albert and his family moved to Bloomingdale after his home in New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. However, before heading to Florida, Albert assisted in the hurricane relief efforts in his hometown. He was born in New Orleans June 16, 1961, graduated from St. Paul's Catholic High School in Covington, La., and received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The church's youth center in Valrico will open its doors tonight to anyone student who wants to mourn or simply talk about the death of Bloomingdale High School student Zachary McCarthy.
Teens wishing to mourn, pray or simply talk about their feelings regarding the sudden death of Bloomingdale High School student Zachary McCarthy are welcome to visit the ROC Center at St. Stephen Catholic Church today from 5 to 9 p.m. The ROC, a youth center, is located on the church grounds at 5049 Bell Shoals Rd., Valrico. McCarthy was killed Jan. 2 following a crash on Natures Way and Golf Meadow Boulevard in Bloomingdale East. "Teens have been gathering throughout the day at different places in the community. We are simply opening our spiritual home to give them a safe place to talk and mourn," said the Rev. Bill Swengros, pastor at St. Stephen Catholic Church. Swengros said there will be a grief counselor and pyschologist on hand to …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
"But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'"
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- D'Ann White
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
As a professional photographer and parishioner of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Valrico, Rick Tauceda is often called on to photograph church events. This time was no exception. He received a phone call from Gretchen Robens, the communications director for the church, asking him if he'd be willing to photograph a young family for the cover of the church's quarterly magazine. "The objective was to have them represent the Holy Family in a nativity setting," said Tauceda. "I agreed, and the following night the Riethmiller family was knocking at my door." Bradley and Joelle Riethmiller of Riverview are the parents of four young children. Joelle Riethmiller showed up with all four kids, Abby, Emma, Ian and baby Ave, carrying scarves, shepherd …