A number of Jesuits visited the still remote and pioneer region bringing the presence of the Church (infrequently but always welcome) to the Catholic community, celebrating Mass, administering sacraments, preaching, visiting the sick and bringing Christ closer to the lives of the often scattered Catholic families.A small – about a dozen families – but a staunch band in Sarasota, was determined to build its church! Augustine, brought the Jesuits to Tampa to assume responsibility for St.Louis Parish (now Sacred Heart) and its large mission area in South Florida.The lots fronted on Adelia at the corner of the thoroughfare now known as Fruitville Road.Construction began the next year with Until the nineteen-twenties the Catholics in the area numbered 13 or 14 families.Outside the Church they are just another Episcopalian.
But, I can't deal with what's going on with my church and the ordination of the Gay Episcopal Bishop. I support the right for gays to be together.....a "civil ceremony" for union if they wish.....I cannot accept that the union between two people of the same sex is part of what I believe as a Christian.
Coming to the Mission Church was an especially lengthy and arduous trip for many families because of difficulties in travel.
The exterior was not completed for two years because of the lack of funds and it was not until 1919 that the interior could receive attention.
Years later he would write to Mother Lurana, Foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement: "The moment my eyes rested upon the word 'Atonement' it seemed to stand out from that sacred page with a distinctness all its own and it flashed upon me, as I believe from Heaven, that the Community God was preparing was to be called the Society of the Atonement".
Divided into syllables the word read: "at-one-ment".