Monday, October 3, 2011
The ministries of St. Stephen Catholic Church gathered to recruit volunteers and share their ministries with the community.
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Monday, October 3, 2011
It was Charlie McGowan's first time participating in the annual St. Stephen Catholic Church Ministry Fair, and he was anxious to tell people about the ministry he began a year ago. "It's a great event," said McGowan, founder of Kay's Ministry, which shares food, clothing and the Word of God with the homeless in Tampa. Up until now, McGowan has had only a handful of volunteers helping him pass out sandwiches and share the Gospel every Sunday. He said he participated in the ministry fair Sept. 24-25 in the hopes of recruiting others interested in helping. "I think it went very well," he said. "Hopefully, I got some new volunteers from it." Most of the Valrico church's more than 100 ministries had tables set up at the ministry fair, which …
Friday, September 30, 2011
First Lt. Ivan Lechowich was killed when a roadside bomb exploded during a routine clearance mission.
She would normally be making plans to christen their week-old daughter. Instead, Jennifer Lechowich of Bloomingdale is making plans to bury her husband. Army 1st Lt. Ivan Lechowich, 27, was killed in Afghanistan at 7:15 a.m. Sept. 28 when an improvised explosive device exploded during a route clearance operation. Two other soldiers were killed as well and a fourth was severely wounded. According to the Department of Defense, the soldiers were killed in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Lechowich had become a first-time father just a week ago. Natalie Marie …
Friday, July 1, 2011
Church members have been visiting the impoverished town of Calobre, Panama, twice a year since January 2009.
Spending two days in the scorching sun cleaning out and polishing cars was a labor of love for members of the Blessed Trinity Mission. The mission members from St. Stephen Catholic Church in Valrico, with the help of Car Wash on the Greens owners Carole and Al Kleinotas, raised $3,400. They will use those funds to purchase handmade crucifixes created by Panamanian artisans to adorn the chapels of Santisima Trinidad (Holy Trinity) in Calobre, Panama, as part of their mission trip to the country July 20. “On our last trip to Panama in January, we asked Father Narciso (the Rev. Narciso Rodriguez, who heads the parish in Panama) what he’d like us to do for the parish,” said mission leader Tina Mytych. “He said he’d like crucifixes for the …