Pax Christi newsletter

Pax Christi Tampa Bay E-mail Newsletter


  1. New Celebrate Outreach Tiny Homes video
  2. Laundry Love: Soap and Pizza
  3. Trinity Lutheran Food Pantry benefit
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale: A literary response
  5. National Day of Interfaith Prayer to End the Death Penalty
  6. Local merchants and Celebrate Outreach at NOVA Event Space
  7. Jean Donovan memorial service
  8. North Pinellas Solar Co-op
  9. Why Gridlock Rules Washington with David Jolly and Patrick Murphy
  10. Democracy 101: A Civic Action Primer
  11. Still No Room in the Inn Christmas caroling at homeless residences
  12. A Pilgrimage into Nonviolence
  13. Rally to Ban Fracking and Offshore Drilling
  14. The Solar Shepherd
  15. Homeless Memorial Service, meal and backpack distribution
  16. Peacemaker New Year Celebration
  17. Celebrate Outreach Drag Queen Bingo returns


This Pax Christi newsletter contains activities that are hands-on and activities that focus on policy. For example, concerning the environment: there are events that concern installing solar power, and a rally for bans on fracking and offshore drilling.

In addition, there is a combination of special holiday events—meals, homeless Christmas caroling, a peace New Year’s celebration, a homeless memorial service—and the ongoing day-to-day work of political action, religious practices, direct service, speakers and education.

     Enjoy this variety of actions designed to make this a better world.

Pax Christi Tampa Bay


: Resist Trump Tuesdays,
Indivisible Tampa’s ongoing dissent against Trump administration policies, is every Tuesday from 10:00 -11:30 AM at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa (map).  For more information (FMI):

WEEKLY SARASOTA DEMONSTRATION: Activists from Veterans for Peace and Manasota Pax Christi, among other groups, will demonstrate for peace through justice from 4:00-5:00 PM every Tuesday in downtown Sarasota along Bayfront Drive/N. Tamiami Trail near its intersection with Gulfstream Drive (map).  The demonstration is south of Unconditional Surrender, the “kissing statue.”  FMI: Russ at

PEACE FIRST DECEMBER SITE: Beginning Wednesday, November 29, and on every Wednesday during December, Peace First will gather at the intersection of 66th St and 22nd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg (click for map) from 4:30-5:30 PM. Royal Pets pet supply and a CVS drug store are on two of the corners.  Peace First will have signs opposing war toys and other topics of peace and justice, but participants can bring their own.  As always, participants gather afterward at a nearby restaurant for a meal. For more information (FMI):

FRIDAY NIGHT PICNIC ON THE PLAYGROUND IN ST. PETEThe Friday Night Picnic is a potluck picnic for hungry people, most of whom are low income or experiencing homelessness.  The picnic continues to need potluck food, beverages, picnic supplies, and volunteers. The picnic, which serves over 100 people a week, is at 6:00 PM every Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 719 Arlington Avenue N. at Mirror Lake Drive in downtown St. Petersburg.  FMI: or (973) 768-3256.

WEEKLY BREAKFAST: Loaves and Fishes is the breakfast held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday mornings. Volunteers serve a hot breakfast to over 150 people. The breakfast is held on the third floor of Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 4th Avenue North in St. Petersburg.

The breakfast runs from 7:30-10:30 AM, and volunteers can participate with some or all of the breakfast.   Please contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 to help.


Ctrl + click to play the four-minute overview of Celebrate Outreach’s Tiny Homes for Veterans program.

  1. SOAP AND PIZZA: Laundry Love Projects are regular opportunities to help financially struggling people do their laundry. There are now over two hundred projects nationwide.

    Locally, Laundry Love is sponsored by the Missio Dei and takes place the last Monday of every month.  In November the local Laundry Love meets from 6:30-8:00 PMon Monday, November 27 at the coin laundry at 365 8th St S, St Petersburg, Florida (map).  Organizers provide soap, coins and pizza for those washing their clothes.

Each Laundry Love costs around $200.  FMI on how you or your group can support and participate, contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088 or

  1. DRAG QUEEN BINGO: A Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser to benefit Trinity Lutheran’s Food Pantry will be Monday, November 27 at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Petersburg. Dinner seating begins at 6:00 PM; bingo begins at 7:15. Call (727) 851-9386 to reserve your seats now.
  1. RESPOND: A LITERARY SPEAKOUT: Recent events have highlighted the hostile climate girls and women tolerate, even at the highest levels of government and industry. This sexism was powerfully depicted in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.

    Join KEEP ST. PETE LIT and the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area for Respond: A Literary Speakout, an evening of literary appreciation and feminism. Invited writers will present their essays, poems, and other writings that have been inspired by The Handmaids Tale. The Speakout will be Thursday, November 30 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Soft Water Studios, 515 22nd St. S. in St. Petersburg, FL 33712

    Handmaid uniforms will be on hand to borrow — or bring your own red cape and white bonnet. This event is a fundraiser for the League and Keep St. Pete Lit. Seating is
    limited. Purchase your ticket now. $10 advance purchase; $15 at the door.
    Facebook event page:

  1. ENDING EXECUTIONS AND FORGIVING KILLERS: On November 30 cities across the world mobilize to renounce the death penalty and work for a more civil form of justice as part of World Day of Cities for Life/Cities against the Death Penalty. Congregations light their worship space as a sign of solidarity on the evening of November 30. The local observance, an interfaith service of prayer to end the death penalty, will be at 7:00 PM at St. Cecelia Church, 820 Jasmine Way, Clearwater, FL 33756.

Speakers will include Allison Ferber Miller, Senior Assistant Public Defender Sixth Judicial Circuit , and Deacon Andy and Kate Grosmaire, authors of Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer. Books will be available for purchase; more information is at   The event is sponsored by the Diocese of St. Petersburg Office of Life Ministry

535 Dr MLK Jr. St. N.
St Petersburg, FL
  1. LOCAL MERCHANTS AND CELEBRATE OUTREACH AT NOVA: NOVA Holiday Shopping Event is a shop-local extravaganza: 35 local boutiques and small businesses under one roof for one night only! Celebrate Outreach, the homeless aid and advocacy coalition, will be there with a display of their Tiny Homes for Vets project and raffle tickets to support their work. Join CO at the NOVA Event Space, 535 Dr MLK Jr. St. N. in St Petersburg, FL on Thursday, Nov. 30th from 6:00-9:00 PM. Hosted by Lori Townsend.
    For more details, including a list of participants:
  1. JEAN DONOVAN MEMORIAL SERVICE: On December 2, 1980, four Catholic missionaries from the United States working in El Salvador were raped and murdered by five members of the El Salvador National Guard. Mayknoll nuns Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, Ursuline Dorothy Kazel and lay missionary Jean Donovan (L-R) were killed because the El Salvador military dictatorship feared their work with the poor.

At 6:00 PM on Saturday, December 6, a candlelight memorial prayer service will be held at Jean Donovan’s grave at Sarasota Memorial Park.   The service is sponsored by Manasota Chapter of Pax Christi USA. For further information on the service, contact Russ Banner at For more information on the four martyrs, click here.and here


  1. North Pinellas County Solar Co-op Info Session: With the help of Solar United Neighbors of Florida, northern Pinellas County neighbors have formed the North Pinellas County Solar Co-op to build a community of local solar supporters. Join the Co-op on Monday, December 4 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Safety Harbor Library, 101 2nd Street North, Safety Harbor, Florida 34695 to learn about simplifying solar energy and discounts through bulk purchasing power.
    RSVP here:
    Facebook event page:
  2. WHY GRIDLOCK RULES WASHINGTON: Join former Congressmen and one-time U.S. Senate rivals David Jolly (R-Belleair Bluffs) and Patrick Murphy (D-Jupiter) for their “Why Gridlock Rules Washington” Town Hall Tour on Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00 PM for a live television town hall at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg University Student Center, 200 6th Avenue S. in Saint Petersburg FL 33701. Jolly and Murphy will discuss the inside reasons Washington, D. C. is in chaos and dysfunction. The December 5th one-hour event will be broadcast live on Bay News 9 in Tampa Bay and News 13 in Orlando.

    Attendees are asked to arrive at the ballroom on the 2nd floor of the University Student Center by 6:45 PM. Parking is available on floors 2-5 of the USFSP parking garage located at 250 5th Avenue South.

    Registration is free, but required:

  3. DEMOCRACY 101: A spirit of activism not seen since at least 2008 is sweeping across the United States. Motivated by the 2016 election campaign and its outcome, people on both sides of the political aisle are energized to become active in the political process.

    This fall, the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College and the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area are presenting free public workshops where attendees will learn the basics of local government structure, policy-making, civic engagement, and how to make a difference in the political world..

    Democracy 101: A Civic Action Primer will be Wednesday, December 6 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the St. Petersburg College (SPC) – Midtown Campus, Room 141,
    1300 22nd St S, St Petersburg FL 33712

Attendance is free, but seating is limited; registration is required; RSVP:
Facebook event page:

  1. “STILL NO ROOM” CAROLING AT HOMELESS SHELTERS: The 28th annual “Still No Room in the Inn” carol sing with and for people experiencing homelessness will begin at 6:30 PM on Friday, December 8th.  Carolers will gather at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 100 Mirror Lake Drive in St. Petersburg (map).

Carolers will walk through downtown St. Petersburg, stopping to sing at shelters and other sites.  They will end at 9:00 PM with cookies and hot chocolate next to the manger scene near the corner of 2nd Avenue and Bayshore Drive NE (map.)  Rides back to cars parked at the Unitarian Universalist Church will be provided.

The caroling is sponsored by Celebrate Outreach, a grassroots faith-based organization working to end homelessness in St. Petersburg (  They also sponsor the Friday night picnic, the Saturday breakfast, and the Tiny Homes for Veterans program.

Facebook event page:

  1. A PILGRIMAGE INTO NONVIOLENCE: Marie Dennis and Rose Marie Berger will lead “A Pilgrimage into Nonviolence,” an Advent Retreat from December 8-10 that explores the Catholic Church’s pilgrimage toward nonviolence and peace.  Building on the experiences and stories of those who gather, the retreat will encourage lively dialogue between the participants’ stories and Pope Francis’ words in his message “Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace.” Retreatants will also discuss the international roundtable process occurring over the next year to lay the groundwork for a possible encyclical that recenters nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church.

For information about  Marie Dennis or  Rose Marie Berger, click on each woman’s name.

The retreat will be at the Rush Center in Midfield, Alabama. The cost is $60 for days only; $65 for nights. It is sponsored by Mary’s House Catholic Worker in Birmingham, Alabama.  FMI and to register, contact Shelley Douglass at (205) 780-2020 or

  1. RALLY TO BAN FRACKING AND OFFSHORE DRILLING: For the second year in a row, a bipartisan coalition of legislators is working together to introduce bills that will make Florida the fourth state to ban fracking (SB 462 and HB 237). Additionally, legislation supporting extending the moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf has been introduced in the state legislature (HR 319 and SR 550). But bills like these can’t pass without support from leaders in the Legislature like House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

    Florida legislators, especially Speaker Corcoran, must see public demand for protecting the health and livelihoods of Floridians by banning fracking and offshore drilling Tallahassee. Protect Paradise: A Rally to Ban Fracking and Offshore Drilling will be Saturday, December 9 from 10:30-11:30am at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water St, Tampa, Florida 33602. Hosted by Floridians Against Fracking, Tampa Bay Waterkeeper, Food & Water Watch – Florida, Oceana Florida, Environment Florida, Tampa Bay Sierra Club, Florida Suncoast Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, the rally will demand that Speaker Corocran and all our legislators must represent Floridians NOT polluters.

  2. THE SOLAR SHEPHERD: Alan Brand, the “Solar Shepherd,” was such a hit at the recent League of Women Voter’s Sustainability Summit in St. Pete, that the League has invited him back. Enjoy Brand’s approachable take on the intricacies of solar on Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 – 3:30 PM at Cage Brewing, 2001 1st Ave S, St Pete FL 33712

  1. HOMELESS MEMORIAL: National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Services take place each year on or near December 21st, the longest night of the year. Locally, the people who died while experiencing homelessness in Pinellas County will be remembered at the National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service on Sunday, December 17. The service will begin at 5:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 5th St. N. in St. Petersburg. This will be the only commemoration of the deaths of many being remembered.

The service will be led by local clergy and leaders in the homeless community. A meal for all will follow the service, followed by the distribution of backpacks containing personal care products.  To contribute food or personal care products, or to volunteer for the meal, call Reggie at (727) 327-2191.

  1. CHRISTMAS DINNER: Celebrate Outreach’s annual Christmas Dinner will be 3:00-6:00 PM on Monday, December 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 5th St. N. in St. Petersburg. The meal, which serves over 150 people, needs food, money, and volunteers to cook and serve. To help, contact G. W. Rolle at or (727) 424-1088.
  2. PEACEMAKERS’ ALERNATIVE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: Join peacemakers from all over the southeast and beyond at the annual Alternative New Year’s Gathering at Crooked River State Park, St. Marys, Georgia on the Atlantic coast just north of the Florida/Georgia border. The gathering will begin on the evening of Friday, December 29 and end on the morning of Sunday, January 31, 2017.  St. Mary’s is home to the Kings Bay Trident submarine base.  Although the Cold War is supposedly over, Kings Bay is the home port for Trident submarines that carry Trident II nuclear missiles.

    Activities at the Alternative New Year gathering will include a New Year’s Eve vigil at the gates of the King’s Bay base; discussion of peace and justice issues; common meals; a chance to meet, socialize and strategize with peacemakers; and more.  The grounds of the park are wooded and cottages look out over the salt marsh estuary of the Crooked River.

    Each furnished cottage at Crooked River features a fully equipped kitchen and bedrooms with two queen size beds, linens, some towels, a living room, and furnished kitchens with stove, refrigerator, pots and pans, and some utensils.

    COST:  The cost of a space at a cottage is approx. $40 for the 2-night stay per person, depending on how many stay in a cottage.  Please make arrangements to pay your cottage holder your share of the cost prior to or upon arrival.

Lists of cottages and contact people for reservations are below.  Participants should bring food for two potluck dinners, two breakfasts and a lunch.

Contact one of these people to reserve a space:

Haven Whiteside, FCPJ – Cottage #1 (2 bedrooms), 813-833-0685

John X. Linnehan, FCPJ – Cottage #3 (2 bedrooms), 904-504-1004

Nancy O’Byrne, PCFL – Cottage #4 (3 bedrooms), 904-422-3618

Anne Richter, PCFL – Cottage #5 (2 bedrooms)  , 727-796-6539

Crooked River website is at

FMI: Contact Nancy O’Byrne at, 904-461-9216




The second Drag Queen Bingo Fundraiser for Celebrate Outreach’s Saturday Morning Breakfast will be Wednesday, January 17th, 2018.  Drag Queen Bingo at at Hamburger Mary’s, 2901 Tyrone Blvd. N. in St Petersburg, puts the fun in fundraiser. Mark your calendars, and call (727) 851-9386 to reserve your seats now; the last event was a sellout.


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