John McQueen: [0:00] Welcome to Anderson‑McQueen’s radio show, Undertakings. I’m John McQueen, president and owner of Anderson‑McQueen Funeral Homes. As always, on this show, we undertake those subjects
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[0:32] Our topic today is “Catholic Funerals: Honoring Life, Celebrating Faith.” Our special guest today is Monsignor Robert Gibbons with St. Paul’s Catholic Church, who will help us in undertaking this worthy subject.
[0:48] Welcome Monsignor Gibbons.
Monsignor Robert Gibbons: [0:50] Thank you, John. It’s very good to be here.
John: [0:52] Great, we appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to join us and to share with our listeners some important aspects within the Catholic faith as it relates to the rite of Christian burials.
[1:05] Before we get started, though, please share with us a little background on Saint Paul’s Catholic Church, which has been a mainstay here in our community forever as well as a little background on yourself. I know you’re a native to the area, too, I believe. Please, share with our listeners.
Monsignor Gibbons: [1:24] Saint Paul’s was founded as its own independent parish in 1929 on the north side of Downtown Saint Petersburg. We’re 18 blocks north of Central Avenue in the neighborhood that’s called Euclid Saint Paul’s.
[1:49] About a year after the church was founded as its own separate parish, it opened a school, Saint Paul’s Catholic School. That school was the first Catholic school in Pinellas County. That school has been a significant factor in the community as well, as the church has been.
[2:10] We are an active, vibrant parish, if I do say so myself. We have benefited a lot from the renaissance of Downtown Saint Petersburg. Our area attracts a lot of young families now. Just a good place to be.
[2:36] Personally I was born and raised in Tampa, and I was ordained a priest in 1981. Most of my priestly ministry has been here in Pinellas County. I started out at Saint Raphael in Saint Petersburg. I also served at Saint Catherine in Largo, Saint John on St Pete Beach. The last 20 years I have been here at Saint Paul’s as pastor.
John: [3:04] Has it been 20 years already?
Monsignor Gibbons: [3:06] 20 years this year.
John: [3:10] I know Saint Paul’s, both the school and the church, have done great things here in our community. I know a lot of that has been under your leadership.
Monsignor Gibbons: [3:17] Thank you very much. I inherited a great tradition there. There’s always been a lot of good people there. (more…)