Holy Apostles Church
Holy Apostles Church
Faith. Passion. Community. Worship. These are the cornerstones behind Holy Apostles Church, and we approach each day with these in mind. Founded in 2000, our Church was established on the ideals of giving everyone a chance to learn, grow, and define their own religious identity through worship. Becoming a church member means joining a family who, each day, are devoted to expressing their love of God. In 2019 Holy Apostles Church became a member community of the Independent Old Catholic Church under the protection of The Most Reverend Richard M. White, Bishop of the Diocese Florida.
Embracing our future, honoring our past
Holy Apostles Church has been actively involved with the greater Dunedin community since 2000. Our ongoing outreach has created a tradition of Christian service, a tradition that enables us to honor the past, celebrate the present and provide a legacy for the future.
Meet Our New Pastor!
Holy Apostles Church is pleased to welcome our new pastor. On Sunday October 20, 2019 Fr. Steven M. Harris was elevated to the office of Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Florida of The Independent Old Catholic Church. The Degree of Doctor of Divinity was also conferred by the Agape Seminary. Most Reverend Steve Harris, D.D., D. Min. has served the Pinellas County community for over 35 years as a funeral director and currently is employed at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens as a Funeral Director and Decedent Affairs Coordinator.
Holy Apostles Church - Honoring Our Heritage
OUR FOUNDER - BISHOP BILL NICOLARO
Deacon Bill Nicolaro was recruited by Father Larkin, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1989 with the job of bringing the Holy Spirit to the church. For many years Deacon Bill worked as a full time associate, overseeing CCD, RICA, the Spirit of Light Prayer Group, the Youth Group, as well as offering counseling, Eucharistic services, and many bible studies, and performing weddings and baptisms. It was in the spring of 1996 that Deacon Bill made the decision to follow his life-long calling, and made plans to become ordained in the Catholic Charismatic Church. He wanted to leave his assignments and duties as quietly as possible in the early summer of 1996 to make the transition peaceful. However, with the untimely death of Father Larkin, he did not leave as he had planned but stayed to help the new pastor. This ultimately caused some confusion in the fall when he did leave.
However, a small group of close friends who saw the Lord working in his life, decided to support his new ministry, and on October 5, 1996, he became Father William Nicolaro when he was ordained by Patriarch Andre II and Bishop Jean Marie at a rented church facility.
The mass was followed by a buffet luncheon in the church hall – prepared by and served by members of the new congregation.
The next morning, Sunday – celebration of Father Bill’s first mass at the home of Dennis and Joanne Brown followed by a pot luck luncheon.
Following Father Bill’s ordination, we were a very small congregation of approximately 8 families, who took turns meeting in each other’s homes on Sunday to celebrate Mass. After a few months we were able to rent a meeting room at the Anchor Academy. On September 7, 1997, our Sunday liturgies moved to the Chapel of Abby Parklawn funeral parlor on Belcher Rd. and Solon Dr.
Father Bill was ordained as Bishop Angelo by Patriarch Andre II and Bishop Jean Marie on October 11, 1997 at 7:30 PM at North Bay Community Church on McMullen Booth Road. The service was followed by light refreshments in the church narthex. The next day we celebrated Mass at the Abby Parklawn chapel and then had a celebration brunch at Carol Whelan’s home. In April 1999, we found a small house in Dunedin that could be renovated for a church. The impending purchase of a home at 1605 Pinehurst was given an okay by Pinellas County on May 5th, and the closing on the property took place on May 7, 1999. After many months of hard work by church members, we began holding services at the church late November, 1999, the renovation nearly complete.
The Solemn Blessing & Dedication of Holy Apostles Church was held on Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 7 PM. Many guests attended including an official from the City of Dunedin who helped us get our church permits.
In the Spring of 2006 Bishop Angelo received notification from Patriarch Andre II that he had been elevated to Archbishop.
In the summer of 2013, the Lord called our beloved founder home. His work completed on this earth, he left his legacy of faith and love to his community to carry on.
Holy Apostles Church
Old Catholic Church
We, the faith community of the Holy Apostles Church, Old Catholic Church, will proclaim the Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. We will accomplish this through our profession of faith, while gathering around the table of the Lord’s Word and Sacrament. It is our desire, with the help of the Lord and through our fellowship, to develop a true sense of community, recognizing our One True Head, and adhering to the Great Command to “Love God and one another as ourselves.” Constantly aware of our unity in Christ through our baptism, and our diversity through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we acknowledge that all God’s people are treasures in earthen vessels.
COMMUNITY: We will use all the charisms that God has endowed this community to form one body without division and with equal concern for all (1Corinthians 12). As God’s chosen instruments, we will be gentle and humble with each other, deferring to one another through love.
SERVICE: We will strive to heal the broken hearted, comfort the sorrowful, and minister to all who have been neglected. We will search for the lost sheep and guide them back to the fold, (“I am the Good Shepherd, I know my sheep and my sheep know me in the same way that the Father knows me and I know the Father. For these sheep I will give my life”. John 10:14-15) while proclaiming the kingdom through our faith and love.
HOSPITALITY: We will open our hearts and our doors to offer Christian fellowship with God’s people, especially the poor of Yahweh – those who are truly seeking the Lord, the lowly, the outcasts, and the unchurched who are being crushed under the weight of their cross.
FAITH: We acknowledge One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, and One God and Father of us all (Ephesians 4:5). We are committed to stand firm, praying in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:14 & 18). We will be content knowing that the Lord, Our Savior, is with us, that He lives in us and that He is the only way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the Word of God and that all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
We pray that the Great and Mighty King, Christ Jesus Our Lord, will guide His Church as we remain His humble servants, always proclaiming to the world the Glory of God the Father and that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD! (Philippians 2:11)
The Most Reverend Richard M. White, Bishop of the Diocese of Florida
Independent Old Catholic Church
A Brief History of the Independent Old Catholic Church
The Old Catholic churches are independent catholic, orthodox, and apostolic churches that trace their individual histories back to the Early Church and directly to the apostles themselves.
Old Catholics have their origins in the Roman Catholic Church of the Netherlands beginning in the seventh century. The Diocese of Utrecht became an Archiepiscopal See (under jurisdiction of a bishop) in 1145 when Pope Eugene III and the Holy Roman Emperor Conrad III gave it the right to elect its successors to the See. This meant that the Archbishop of Utrecht was free to consecrate bishops without permission or approval from the Bishop of Rome (the Pope).
Following the First Vatican Council in 1870, considerable dissent grew among Catholics, especially in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, over the newly-proclaimed dogma of papal infallibility. These dissenters could not accept the proposition that the Bishop of Rome was infallible. As a result, many formed independent communities that came to be known as Old Catholics because they sought to adhere to the beliefs and practices of the Early Church of the post-Apostolic era. The Old Catholic communities appealed to the Archbishop of Utrecht who consecrated the first bishops for these communities. Eventually, under the leadership of the Church of Holland, these Old Catholic communities joined together to form the Utrecht Union of Churches.
The Old Catholic Church in the United States has evolved from a centralized administration to a local and regional model of administration with self-governing dioceses. In 1908, Gerard Gul, Archbishop of Utrecht (who traces his apostolic succession back to St. Peter in the See of Rome), consecrated Arnold Harris Matthew as Old Catholic Bishop of Great Britain. Through his efforts the Old Catholic Church spread to United States and Canada.
In 1991, Bishop Maurice D. McCormick (who traces his apostolic succession back to Archbishop Arnold Harris Matthew) organized the Independent Old Catholic Church (IOCC). Today, the IOCC has clergy (deacons, priests and bishops) in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Cuba and Africa. The IOCC continues to grow and serve the Lord. It is presently led by Archbishop George H.W. LeMesurier of Ottawa, Canada.
The IOCC Statement of Beliefs
1. We believe that Jesus is the Christ and our personal Savior.
2. We believe in the Holy Trinity.
3. We believe in the inerrancy and divine inspiration of Holy Scripture.
4. We believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
5. We believe in the three historic creeds of the Church: The Nicene, Apostles’ and Athanasia Creeds.
6. We appreciate the wisdom and guidance of the doctrines of the seven Ecumenical Councils.
7. We appreciate the wisdom and guidance of the Early Church Fathers.
8. We believe in the seven Sacraments of the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Anointing of the Sick, Reconciliation, Matrimony and Holy Orders.
9. We believe that the Bread and Wine become the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
10. We believe that receiving the Eucharist is open to all Christian believers.
11. We believe that all Holy Orders are open to both men and women, married or single.
12. We believe celibacy of those in Holy Orders is a personal decision.
13. We hold valid Apostolic Succession.
14. We believe in the sanctity of marriage, however we believe that Jesus is merciful and those who have been divorced and/or remarried are offered the sacraments of the Church.
15. We believe that contraception is a personal decision.
16. We believe that abortion and euthanasia is the taking of human life.
Holy Apostles Church Dedication
November 10, 2019
Come Worship with Us!
Mass Sunday: 10:00 am
First Sunday of the Month please bring non-perishable food items to donate to Dunedin Cares.
Bible Study: New schedule to be announced soon.
“There is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism and One God and Father of us all, Who is over all and through all and in all.” Eph. 4:5
"The secret to happiness is J O Y.
Holy Apostles Church
1605 Pinehurst Rd, Dunedin, FL 34698, USA