Seminole children's choir performs in Vatican City: Thirty young people from second to 12th grades from the Diocese of St. Petersburg joined more than 5,000 youth from around the world to participate in the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores in Rome and Vatican City last month. Fifteen children from the Children's Choir of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seminole joined 15 from the Choristers of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in San Antonio to travel with their choir directors and family to this event. The singers sang in various churches in Rome and Vatican City. The conclusion was singing during the World Peace Day Papal Mass, celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 1.
St. Pete couple collects donations for Free Clinic: St. Petersburg residents Lee and Rose Patterson collected 1,563 rolls of toilet paper, 554 bars of soap, paper towels, tooth brushes and other toiletries to donate to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. The donations are given to people in need through We Help Services, an emergency assistance program at the Free Clinic. The donations were collected through the couple's annual holiday breakfast in December.
Florida Orchestra collects for Toys for Tots: The Florida Orchestra Musicians Association hosted a Toys for Tots drive and collected almost 600 toys in just over two weeks. Donations were given by musicians, staff and board members of the orchestra, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, St. Clement's Episcopal Church and audience members at the Mahaffey Theater, the Straz Center and Ruth Eckerd Hall. This is the first year the musicians have hosted a toy drive, and they hope to make it an annual event.