Blessing of the Animals at Historic Ybor Church

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On Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10 AM Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be hosting the 4th annual Blessing of the Animals.  In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, we host this event where we welcome everyone to bring pets (leashed or in a carrier).  Our Pastor, Father Hector Cruz, will have a short message and bless each pet.  Since our pets are a blessing, we want to return the favor! The event is also to raise the community’s awareness of OLPH.  We encourage all to take a peek inside the church to see one of Ybor City’s jewels while visiting.  There is NO fee or charge for attending the Blessing of the Animals, and parking is also free while it lasts across the street from the church.

 

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Anyone with a well-behaved pet is welcome to bring that pet to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 1711 East 11th Avenue, Tampa, FL  33605 at 10 AM, Saturday, September 30, 2017 for a special blessing in honor of St Francis of Assisi.  Dog treats and kitty treats will be provided to owners, and water dishes will be placed around the property to be available for those pups who get thirsty. Any pet spiders are on their own. 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church is situated on land in Ybor City, standing on the site where the original church, Our Lady of Mercy, was completed in 1891. In 1937, a new Romanesque style church was constructed on the site of the original wooden church, Our Lady of Mercy. The new church was named Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) at that time.

Cuisine Corner: Summer Teas

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Join Karon Cannon of Tea Craze as she shares all about tea. Learn the history, types and health benefits of tea, as well as some of Karon’s new summer blends. Enjoy an iced-tea tasting and tips on brewing the prefect cup of tea in honor of National Iced Tea Month. Registration required.

Broward Equality Connection at Café Vico!

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Please join us for this very special event, when we will honor our incredible Broward County Mayor Marty Kiar with the Ally for Equality award! For years, as State Representative and on the Broward Commission, Marty has been stalwart in his support of the LGBTQ community. Before he steps down this fall, we want to take this opportunity to honor him.

RSVP: http://www.eqfl.org/2016/equalityconnection/broward3

Marco Vico and his team at Café Vico have set aside a private room and terrace just for us, with complimentary gourmet appetizers and half price drinks specials.

We’ll be joined by our local South Florida staff and leadership team for an update on what’s next in the fight for full equality–this is your chance to hear about all the vital work that’s left to be done.

Our Equality Connections are a great way to introduce new people to the work of Equality Florida, and there is no charge for this event, so please bring a guest or three, and let’s pack the place!

BONUS! Plan to stay for dinner, because Cafe VIco will donate 10% of your check to Equality Florida. Reservations recommended; call Cafe Vico at (954) 565-9681 and tell them you’re with the Equality Florida group.

Capitol Steps Vigil for Orlando

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Capitol Steps Vigil for Orlando – A Gathering to Honor Lost Lives

Members of the Tallahassee Community joining forces to provide space for dialogue and to honor lives lost and impacted by the Pulse Tragedy in Orlando, Florida.

Monday, June 13 at 6:30pm
Florida State Capitol Building

Stephen Sondheim among 17 recipients to be honored by President Obama

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Stephen Sondheim is one of 17 individuals being presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” according to a press release by the White House.

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Michael Sam receives Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPY 2014

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Los Angeles, CA – At the 2014 ESPY Awards, Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

He gave a very emotional five-minute speech after accepting the award from presenter Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson, where he emphasize on going after your dreams no matter what people say or think.

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