St Paul Catholic Church & Preschool: Our Parish

Costa Rican butterflies
Too bad I wasn’t a mariposista when I lived in Costa Rica in the 80s. Could have seen all these beauties

Father Austin Mullen became our second pastor in June 1973. In September 1979, the Parish Center was completed and dedicated. "To become a Christ-Centered Family" was established as our goal and mission statement in April 1982. In April 1982, the present rectory was finalized. St. Paul Parish was instrumental in the formation and development of neighboring St. Timothy Parish, which was formed in 1985.

A major milestone was reached in 1990 when the first mass was held in the new church, with seating for over 1,100 parishioners. St. Paul's continued to grow in stature and numbers throughout the early 1990's. In March 1995, we dedicated our new Family Center. In 1996, we said goodbye to Father Austin, our pastor for 23 years and welcomed Monsignor John F. Neff as our new pastor.

During his time, construction and renovation of the Parish Center began in May 1997 and was completed in January of 1998. Several of our parishioners were ordained as Permanent Deacons at St. Jude Cathedral on June 28, 1997. In August of 1998, a new upgraded computer system was installed and the beginning of stpaulchurch.com domain and a new website. Monsignor Neff retired as pastor of St. Paul on June 30, 2002.

Take a stroll through the "Path of Peace" that starts out by the statue of St. Francis or by our butterfly garden in the back. You may want to have a tree planted in memory of a loved one and have their name placed on the "Tree of Life" memorial plaque located in the narthex of the church. We have also been afforded the opportunity to add additional candle stands and a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the church. We have added niches to prominently place our refurbished statues in the chapel, and thanks to an Eagle Scout project, we have added a rosary path and a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the outdoor Stations of the Cross, as well as a flower garden maintained by our Portuguese community. The Family Center, which is used for many of the events that take place in our parish throughout the year, has had many beautiful statues and artwork added that further enhances our life at St. Paul's.

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In the year 2011-2012, our sanctuary went through a makeover creating a tranquil and very symbolic worship space.

On January 1, 2014 of this year Father William J. Swengros was appointed pastor of our parish family; His Installation Mass took place on February 15. Father Bill began his priestly ministry here and he now brings his energy and eagerness back to our beloved parish.

On March 4, 2014 our first big community event took place at the St. Paul Family Center- a Multicultural Pre-Lenten Gathering that celebrated our rich, varied heritage and the faith that brings us together. We invite you to take a look at our upcoming calendar events and join the ongoing celebration!

Join in the ongoing celebration of faith!

In September 1963, twelve families gathered at Carrollwood College to celebrate the first mass of the newly formed parish of St. Paul. Our parish began as a St. Lawrence Church mission. The early years required meeting at Carrollwood College, then at Carrollwood Civic Center. In September 1966, Father John F. Lima, M.M. as the first parish priest. For his efforts in 1969 we were able to begin the construction of our first church on the corner of Dale Mabry Avenue and Stall Street. The consecration was made in June 1970.

In June 1973, Father Austin Mullen was appointed as our second pastor. The Parish Center was completed and dedicated in September 1979. In April 1982 it was established as our goal and our mission "To be a Family Centered on Christ". The current rectory was completed in April 1982. The parish of St. Paul was instrumental in the formation and development of the neighboring parish of St. Timothy which was established in 1985.

In 1990 a milestone was reached important with the celebration of the first mass in the new church, with seats for more than 1,100 parishioners. Throughout the early 1990s, St. Paul continued to grow in status and membership. Our new Family Center was dedicated in March 1995. In 1996 we said goodbye to Father Austin, our pastor for 23 years, and welcomed Bishop John F. Neff as our new pastor.

Take a walk along the "Camino de Paz" that begins with the statue of San Francisco or the butterfly garden in the back. You may wish to have a tree planted in memory of a loved one and put your name on the memorial plaque of the "Tree of Life" which is located in the church lobby. We have also had the opportunity to buy more candle stands and a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the church. We have added niches to put into view chapels that have been restored, and thanks to an Eagle Scout project we have built a rosary path and a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the place of the Stations of the Cruz as well as a flower garden that is cared for by the Portuguese community. At the Family Center, which is used for many of the events that take place in our parish during the year, many beautiful statues and works of art have been placed that enhance our life in St. Paul.

p> St. Paul became the abode of the Sanctuary of the Holy Child and of the prayer space located at the side of the church, built and maintained by the Philippine community.

Our sanctuary was retouched in 2011-2012 creating a quiet space and symbolic of worship.

On January 1, 2014, Father William J. Swengros was appointed pastor of our parish; his installation Mass was celebrated on February 15. Father Bill began his priestly ministry here and now he returns and brings his energy and enthusiasm to our beloved parish.

All these and many more are signs of our growth. We thank our parishioners for being such an important part of our family and we invite others to visit us in St. Paul and experience the spirit of St. Paul directly.

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