Mercedarian Father Daniel Bowen, Associate Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Pinellas Park, prays on his rosary beads as he walks the grounds before Mass on Memorial Day, May 30. | Photo: © 2016 Ed Foster Jr.
Deacon Peter Andre, Father Ralph Argentino, Father Daniel Bowen, Father Timothy Sherwood and Lector, Alex Garcia process to the altar as the Mass begins on Memorial Day. | Photo: © 2016 Ed Foster Jr.
This family found shade beneath the canopy of one of the huge oak trees near the outdoor altar. | Photo: © 2016 Ed Foster Jr.
In his homily, Father Ralph Argentino provided a concise history of Memorial Day. He told the nearly 400 people who assembled for Mass around the outdoor altar, “we can make a difference on Memorial Day and we have by coming here today.” He shared the short reading, “It is the Soldier” by Charles M. Province and at the conclusion of his homily, Taps were sounded. | Photo: © 2016 Ed Foster Jr.
Riley Michaels, 19, plays taps at the conclusion of Father Ralph Argentino’s homily. Michaels is a student at St. Petersburg College who played in the Seminole High School Marching Band while he was in high school. | Photo: © 2016 Ed Foster Jr.
Natural and man-made canopies provide shade for those taking part in Mass on Memorial Day. | Photo: © 2016 Ed Foster Jr.
Father Ralph Argentino celebrates Mass on Memorial Day along with concelebrants Father Tim Sherwood and Father Daniel Bowen and assisted by Deacon Peter Andre. | Photo: © 2016 Ed Foster Jr.
Betsy Marrero kneels at the grave of Father Tom Tobin as her 11-year-old son, Ian, looks on. She knew Father Tobin from the time that he served at Sacred Heart Parish in Pinellas Park. “I loved his enthusiasm. He was always happy and he had a beautiful heart and soul.” | Photo: © 2016 Ed Foster Jr.