Region offers Easter festivities

Easter events are scheduled across the region this week, offering ways for families to have affordable fun, and opportunities for spiritual reflection and celebration. There are also a number of Passover events scheduled, which are included in an accompanying story. Many churches offer Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday services, which is March 29 this year, as well as Good Friday … [Read more...]

Bay Hope Church plans big expansion

When Van Dyke Church began in 1985, it met in the cafeteria at Claywell Elementary School in Northdale, and the church was named for its planned future location, on Van Dyke Road in Lutz. It never did build on Van Dyke Road, though, because the land was taken through eminent domain for the Veterans Expressway project, said Matthew Hartsfield, the church’s pastor. Instead, the church was … [Read more...]

Finding hope, in the heart of darkness

Immaculee Ilibagiza boards an airplane nearly every week to travel to a speaking engagement, where she shares her message of hope and forgiveness. That’s the primary theme of her book, “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.” Ilibagiza grew up in a small village of Rwanda and had been attending the National University of Rwanda to study electrical and mechanical … [Read more...]

New Catholic school opens in Lutz

Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School had its first day of classes in its new home on Aug. 17. The school is operating in a new structure on the campus of St. Timothy Catholic Church, at 17524 Lakeshore Road in Lutz. Most Holy Redeemer, which was founded in 1954, took on its new name last year, but didn’t move to its new campus until this academic year. The school, for children in … [Read more...]

Giving youths a healthy place to hang out

It’s a Saturday morning and the sound of a basketball hitting the court reverberates throughout the gym in the Saint John Paul II Youth Center. Sneakers squeak, as players race back and forth down the court in a pickup game during the center’s open gym. Located on the campus of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Lutz, the center officially opened on the Feast Day of Saint Timothy in late … [Read more...]

Holy Week ushers in celebrations

Churches across Pasco and Hillsborough counties are gearing up for a wide array of Holy Week events and Easter celebrations. Some churches will do re-enactments of the Last Supper and Good Friday, while others will include egg hunts, pancake breakfasts, barbecue meals and other festivities. Whatever they’re doing, churches are ready to greet regulars and visitors alike, as they … [Read more...]

Watoto choir shares story of Africa’s vulnerable children

The Watoto Children’s Choir is kicking off its four-month United States tour with appearances in Florida, including local stops. The choir’s tour, entitled “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation,” seeks to raise awareness about the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa. The performances — which are free and open to the public — include original African music, dance routines … [Read more...]