Monday, February 2, 2015

Florida Divine Mercy Tour features Fr. Michael Gaitley

Florida Divine Mercy Tour 2015:

Jan 26, 2015
Mary Help of Christians
Tampa FL
About 220 souls came out for the first stop of the Florida Divine Mercy Tour. Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC gave an inspiring talk on St. Maximilian Kolbe and his desire to save every soul, as quickly as possible, through consecration to Jesus through Mary. 

Mark Fanders, Fr. Steve Ryan, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Kay and Tom Conroy, Julie and Kate Musselman

Jan 27, 2015
SS Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church
Bradenton, FL
Bonnie LaVigne and the great Knights of Columbus team at Ss Peter and Paul in Bradenton hosted approx 360 people on the second stop of the Divine Mercy Florida Tour.

Fr. Gaitley gave a talk on his personal conversion story- from surfer/volleyball player in Southern California, to college decision of UCLA vs Steubenville,  to discerning the call to the priesthood. Fr. Gaitley inspired all with the message of Divine Mercy, highlighting the miracle he received from the healing of his Father's cancer and his father's conversion to the faith.

Fr. Gaitley with KOC grand knight Mark Gallagher, Julie Musselman and Bonnie LaVigne

Jan 28, 2015
St. Patrick Catholic Church
Largo FL
On a chilly night, the Florida Divine Mercy Tour had the third stop at St. Patrick's in Largo. Fr. Michael Gaitley celebrated mass with the school children at 8 am and then gave a talk on St. Maximilian Kolbe and Fr. Gaitley's own conversion story at 7pm to the adults of the parish. Fr. Dominic Corona, Sr. Kathleen Luger and Claire Obordo hosted about 235 souls. Special thanks to the ladies who provided coffee and hot chocolate in the parish hall after the talk!

Janet, Claire Obordo, Marybeth Finster, Fr. Gaitley, Kate and Julie Musselman, Fr. Dominic Corona, Sr. Kathleen, Mark Fanders

Jan 29, 2105
St. Raphael Catholic Church & School
St. Petersburg FL

School Children made Welcome Sign for Fr. Gaitley to celebrate 50th anniversary of School
Fr Gaitley speaks to the 4th-8th graders at St Raphael School about Divine Mercy

Julie Musselman, Fr. Kevin Mackin, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Marybeth Finster

Jan 29, 2015
St. Stephen Catholic Church
Valrico FL
Almost 500 souls packed St. Stephen's Catholic Church Thursday night to hear Fr. Michael Gaitley share the message of Divine Mercy. 

Patty Zumpano, and Divine Mercy team volunteers with Fr. Gaitley and Julie Musselman

Jan ​30​, 2015

Cathedral of St Jude  
St. Petersburg FL
Cathedral Rector, Fr. Joseph Waters opened the night by introducing Fr. Michael Gaitley. Fr John Blum, Fr Tony and Fr. Archambault joined Fr. Waters in attendance. The recently redone Cathedral was a beautiful spot for about 330 souls to gather to hear the beautiful message of God's love for the most broken, weak and sinful souls.  Marybeth Finster and a team of Volunteers from St. Raphael's hosted the evening.

Jan 31, 2015
Our Lady of Lourdes Dunedin FL  
The week culminated in a half day retreat at Our Lady of Lourdes. Confessions began at 8 am with penitents in long lines to confess their sins. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Michael Gaitley and Fr. Gary Dowsey, pastor at 9 am. Fr. Gaitley gave his first talk about Vatican II and the enrichment of faith at 10 am. In that talk he discussed the life of Pope St. John Paul II and his message to the world of Divine Mercy. After a short break, a second talk was given by Fr. Gaitley. Over 540 souls joined in this day of recollection and prayer. Olivia Hoegstrom and team did a fantastic job hosting the event. Eric Hoegstrom provided music for the mass in a prayerful and reverent way.

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