South Tampa News
Sacred Heart support group helps relatives of inmates
Sacred Heart Catholic Church will begin a new confidential support ministry, open to all faiths, for people who have family members in jail. Dismas Ministry meetings will be at 2 p.m. the last Sunday of the month at the church’s San Damiano Center, at Florida and Madison avenues. The first meeting for the group is April 28, which is named after one of the men executed with Jesus on Calvary. (According to the Gospel of Luke, he asked Jesus, “Remember me when you enter your kingdom.”) The Rev. Sean O’Brien, one of the priests at the church, will oversee the ministry. O'Brien said in an email: “I believe that this ministry is important because in my work at the church and at the jail I have encountered many people who have loved ones who are incarcerated and have no outlet where they can express what they are going through — emotionally, personally and spiritually.”He added, “Many people live with a sense of shame and feel very isolated and alone. Hopefully, this ministry will serve as a source of support and healing and allow them to connect with other people who are confronted by many of the same challenges.” For information, contact O’Brien at (813) 229-1595, ext. 203, or firstname.lastname@example.org.