Pax Christi newsletter


As we reported in the last e-mail newsletter, the Saturday Morning Breakfast and the Missio Dei Sunday Dinner supported by Celebrate Outreach are no longer in their previous locations.  However, the serving of homeless and precariously housed people continues.  Here is information on how you can help during this transition period:

SATURDAY BREAKFAST: The breakfast continues at 8:30 AM every Saturday morning.  To donate food or labor, or for more details about the breakfast, call Alanna Koehler at (954) 227-2068.

MISSIO DEI DINNER: The service for this largely homeless church begins at 5:30 PM every Sunday; the dinner begins at 6:30.  For information on how you can help prepare or serve the meal, contact G. W. Rolle at (727) 424-1088.

To donate money to the meals, contact Irene Pavese at (727) 452-2369 or or send donations to Celebrate Outreach at 100 Mirror Lake Dr. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 or donate at the website,   Also, if you have ideas, or know people or organizations who can help with a new location, please contact:

Reggie Craig, Celebrate Outreach President or
Sam Picard,  Missio Dei Pastor 

Below is information on a Mother’s Day rally to end family separation and child imprisonment, information on a Florida execution scheduled for May 23rd, the May location for Peace First, and more.

Pax Christi Tampa Bay


Sunday, May 12   5:00-6:00 PM
South Straub Park
198 Bayshore Dr. NE.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Join mothers and others at a Mother’s Day rally to demand the immediate closure of the for-profit child detention center in Homestead, Florida, where over 2,200 children ages 13-17 are being detained in the nation’s biggest child prison. Closure of Homestead is even more critical as hurricane season approaches June 1, 2019. The rally will also demand the transparent reunification of families separated at the border.  It will include a silent vigil, a march along the St. Petersburg waterfront with signs, and folkloric dancers.

Please wear white in honor of the women suffragettes and other pioneers of women’s rights who used the color as a symbol of their struggle for justice.  Organizers will provide signs, but participants can bring their own signs that show support for all immigrant families who have been ripped apart.

This non-partisan, family-friendly event is one of over a dozen nationwide rallies in Homestead, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere organized by the Alliance for Family Reunification, and Military Families For Families.  It is co-sponsored by Immigrant Justice Now and MomsRising.

For more information on the St. Petersburg rally, go to the event’s Facebook page here, or contact Sarah at (727) 439-0147 or For more information on immigration and the national Mother’s Day Rally to End Family Separation and Child Detention, go to For information about why Homestead child prison should be shut down, click here.


Newly-elected Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a death warrant for Robert Long, aka Bobby Joe Long, for the 1984 killing of Michelle Simms. The execution is scheduled for Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 PM.  Information about Long and his eight confirmed victims is here

1. Please contact Gov. Ron DeSantis and urge him not to sign Death Warrants and order an unbiased, thorough, and complete investigation of Florida’s costly, wasteful, racially biased, and mistake-ridden death penalty program.

Phone: 850-488-7146 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm ET)
Direct Email:
or Email the Governor


  1. Demonstrations on Thursday, May 23:
    – 5:00-6:00 PM at Ulmerton Road and 49th Street N. in mid-Pinellas County  (map)

– 5:30 PM  St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 S Beneva Rd., Sarasota (map).

A summary of the problems with the death penalty is at

From Mark Elliott, Executive Director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (

When you call or write, please be sure to give your name and where you live. If you are not a Floridian, provide a connection (i.e., visit Florida, have friends/family there, want to move there someday, etc.). The staffer answering phones will be very nice and courteous. They won’t question or challenge you. They simply record the issues that people are calling for and make a tally to give to the Governor.

Pinellas anti-death penalty demonstration: Pax Christi Tampa Bay, Peace First, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and other death penalty opponents will gather from 5:00-6:00 PM on Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 PM at an anti-death penalty demonstration at the intersection of Ulmerton Road and 49th Street N. in mid-Pinellas County  (map).  Park in the lot behind Checkers and the bank on the northwest corner of the intersection.  Signs and banners will be provided, or you can bring your own. Since execution dates often change, please check the media for updates and changes.  The demonstration occurs during the execution; if the execution is re-scheduled, the demonstration will be rescheduled. FMI:   or (727) 492-1590.

Manasota demonstration against the death penaltyA witness against the death penalty and prayer vigil will take place on Thursday, May 23.  The witness begins at 5:30 PM with a silent protest with signs on the front lawn of St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 S. Beneva Road (map).  The prayer service follows in the church at 6:00 PM.  Sponsored by Pax Christi USA-Manasota Chapter.  FMI:


DEMONSTRATION AT SENATOR MARCO RUBIO’S TAMPA OFFICE: Indivisible and other local activist groups gather outside Marco Rubio’s office in the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Court House, 801 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa, FL 33602 (map).  The protest is every Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 AM.  Bring signs, or organizers can provide them.  The demonstration is currently focusing on Homestead child prison and family separation.  There is parking around the courthouse and the meters take credit cards.  For more information (FMI):

PEACE FIRST: On every Wednesday in May, Peace First will demonstrate at the corner of 34th Street and 22nd Avenue N. in St. Petersburg (map).  There are a CVS, Winn Dixie/bank, Starbucks, car dealership, and lots of traffic at this intersection.


Peace First will have signs concerning immigration, gun safety, and other issues, but participants can bring their own.  For May, many of the demonstrators will focus on child prison at Homestead and family separation.  Participants gather afterward at a nearby restaurant for a meal. FMI contact Sarah at

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.

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