We are the staff family that serves the
community of St. Cecelia.
We are here to serve you, and journey with you in discipleship. Please feel free to call us at 727-447-3494.
Meet our amazing clergy.
Fr. Robert Schneider
It is with great joy that I take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as pastor of St. Cecelia. My hope is that we will continue to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to our community, as we grow in God's grace together.
Fr. Carlos Rojas
Father Carlos Rojas was born in Boston, Massachusetts, raised in Puerto Rico, and at age 15, migrated with his family to Tampa. Father Rojas was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of St. Petersburg on May 20, 2006.
It is easy to see the energy and enthusiasm for the Holy Spirit in this vibrant parish! In the days ahead, I welcome getting to know you all and sharing the love of Our Lord as a parish family. May our faith be renewed and strengthened as we worship together, and let us also pray for one another.
Please call on me any time if you have questions or would like to say "Hello" in person.
He is a certified Spiritual and Retreat Director from the Institute of Priestly Formation from Creighton University. He considers himself a Marian Diocesan Priest with the mission of raising children into Christ Jesus in partnership with Mary, in the spirit of St. Joseph, chaste spouse of Mary. We are blessed to have Fr. Carlos as part of our parish family!
Fr. Theo Weria, ALCP
I send my greetings and love.
I join you as we continue the journey of faith in our call to love God and our neighbor. May Christ lead and direct us by the light of His Gospel.
I was born on the slopes of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, E Africa. I am the ninth of 11 children in my family. After my high school and advanced high school, I joined the religious community- The Apostolic Life Community of Priests. After two years in the community, I studied at Spiritan Missionary College for Philosophy and St. Charles Lwanga Seminary College for Theology. I was then ordained in 1998, and served in Tanzania three years, then here in the Diocese of St. Petersburg in several parishes. Always, my joy is to serve people by doing my job as a priest. The greatest joys for me as priest is when I fulfill my call to pray and service.
Deacon John Ustick
As a Deacon, I am trying to emulate the servant attitude of the seven men described by Saint Luke in the 6th Chapter of the Book of Acts. These men were chosen by the Apostoles to serve the community. To be called to a life of service as those first Deacons is a great blessing and to be called to serve the wonderful people of St. Cecelia’s is a double blessing.
I am impressed by the faith of the people of St. Cecelia. I am very blessed to be part of the family of this beautiful Parish. I realize almost every time I serve that I still have so much more to learn. I promise you that I will pray everyday for my family here at St. Cecelia. Please don’t hesitate to call me, my phone number is (727) 480-7998. God Bless, Deacon John
Deacon Wil Huertas
The Lord has been good and His love never fails, and I am so thankful to Him for this journey. As a deacon, my intent is to use these gifts to reach many in our parish community. The work of a deacon is one area of service in church that is really blessed, because it involves serving, and I look forward to taking on this new role of service to God.
As I start this chapter of assisting our community in a different way, I pray for the wisdom and knowledge to execute my new responsibility according to the purpose of God. With the love of our Lord, I am humbled to share with you the utmost wishes for the goodness of the Lord to be with you always. Please let me know how I can serve you by contacting me in the parish office at 727-447-3494.
Deacon John Schaefer
As prior long term (over 30 years) parishioners of St Cecelia parish, my wife Joyce and I are excited to be back. I first became interested in the Diaconate after observing Deacons during Masses at St. Cecelia. I listened to their homilies and heard of their ministries. This drew me to discern whether the Lord was calling me and my family to Diaconal service.
Since becoming ordained a permanent Deacon in October 2017 I have been assigned to Blessed Trinity in St Petersburg and involved with the usual parish ministries, and also healing masses and jail and handicapped ministries. Both Joyce and I attended the Spiritual Direction school at the House of Prayer in Clearwater. Being retired now for two years it is easier to carve out the time to serve where needed. We look forward to working with Fr. Bob, the clergy and staff at St. Cecelia, and with the members of our community, to meet the needs of the parish and the needs of whoever God leads us to.
Meet our front office folks.
It is a great blessing to have served in this ministry since 1995. We invite you to register and participate in some of the ministries: Holy Eucharist, Readers, Acolytes, Music (choir).
Welcome to St. Cecelia! We invite you to contact us with questions and if you need any information. Having been part of our parish since 1993, I am blessed to serve this wonderful community.
I look forward to assisting you with information regarding Baptisms, Marriage, Quincinera or Anniversaries.
Please call me at (727) 449-2839.
It is my privilege to serve our parish in many ways; maintaining our database, social media and website, creating our weekly bulletin, coordinating weddings, recruiting and scheduling volunteers, facilitating groups and events, providing sacramental certificates and more.
Please call me at 727-447-3494 ext. 111.
Posting / Offertory
I am a life-long St. Cecelia parishioner, and feel very much at home here.
Being a part of the St. Cecelia family has been a blessing in my life.
I enjoy my work and even more so, belonging to a very special faith community.
Ana and her family have been parishioners of St. Cecelia for many years. She is active in our V Encuentro ministry and Hispanic Community as well.
Call me at 727-447-3494 ext. 128.
P/T Admin. Assistant
Blessed to serve St. Cecelia Catholic Church in many creative ways, I have had the pleasure to apply my artistic talents to a variety of parish projects. My current focus is parish communications. I write for our myParish mobile app and design graphics that promote the annual pastoral appeal, parish goals, and upcoming events. These appear on our posters, in the bulletin and sometimes on social media. It is such a thrill to breathe life into many of the eye-catching advertisements and artwork that the parishioner’s enjoy when they visit. Very active in the local arts community, I joyfully apply the gift that God gave me for the benefit of the parish family, encouraging others to do the same: “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us… If it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement… if it is to lead, do so diligently...” Romans 6: 6-8.
Meet our Parish Manager
Deacon Wil Huertas
Welcome to Saint Cecelia Catholic Church! As your parish manager, my mission is to serve the parish and communities by managing and facilitating all the needs of the church.
We are so blessed to have members of staff, clergy, and volunteers giving their hearts every day to serve in their ministries throughout the year. We cannot forget how wonderful it is to be Catholic, especially when attending Mass and being part of our sacramental life commitment with our family and friends to our Lord Jesus.
Here at Saint Cecelia, we replaced the word “Job” with “Ministry”
a long time ago. Our love to serve in our ministries begins with hospitality and a smile.
If you are interested in being a part of our stewardship ministry
(treasure, time and talent) as a volunteer, come and visit
or call us at the parish office at 727-447-3494.
Once again, welcome to our parish.
Meet the people who help us worship.
Director of Music Ministry & Organist
I am blessed and especially thrilled to be back home to St. Cecelia Church as Director of Music Ministry, coordinating and leading the music for Masses and other special liturgies.
I am the coordinator of the members of the Music Ministry and all aspects of the parish music including vocal ensembles, Chancel Choir, cantors, and instrumentalists.
I am the principal musician for most parish liturgies including Weddings, Funerals, Quinceañeras, First Communion, penance services and other liturgical celebrations. St. Cecelia’s Ministry of Music is always striving to invite and welcome more members to our musical family. If you are interested in joining any of our ensembles, or have qustions, please contact me at (727) 447-3494.
Director of Pastoral Ministry and Sacristan
St. Cecelia Church has been my parish home for 30 years. My children have all grown up in this parish, and I am blessed to call this beautiful church home.
As Director of Pastoral Ministry, I oversee our homebound ministry, monthly healing Mass and funerals. I am also the Sacristan Coordinator in charge of training volunteer sacristans, church extraordinary ministers and altar servers. I purchase supplies for Mass and help keep our beautiful church and sacristy organized and clean.
I am always looking for volunteers. “Many hands make light work,” as the saying goes, so please contact me and we can discuss what ministry would be a good fit for you. Thank you and have a blessed day!
Contact me in the office at 727-447-3494 ext. 123.
I realized long ago that the mass is the most important celebration that I will ever be able to musically participate in on planet Earth! Back in 2006 I had my “Matthew 21:29 experience”. A large Hispanic community was burgeoning at another parish but they had no Spanish mass. However, one was in the planning phase. I was asked if I could start a choir. I said no, but God later changed my mind. The rest is history.
I believe we should follow the example of the Virgin Mary. "Behold the handmaid of the Lord!" Sigan el ejemplo de La Virgen Maria. "He aquí la sierva del Señor!"
SPANISH CHOIR DIRECTOR
I have been a periodic visitor to St. Cecelia since 1998. I am fortunate to have helped form Hispanic choirs at parishes including Holy Cross, Sacred Heart in Pinellas Park, Transfiguration, and St. Joseph in St. Petersburg.
Meet the people who teach our youth.
Director of Faith Formation
It brings me such joy to serve not only the children but all of the families of St. Cecelia as the Director of Faith Formation.
I love to learn and continually grow in my faith. My goal is to educate the children of the parish to help them develop a lifelong love of Christ and passion for learning more about their faith. Equally important is a thriving community of adults growing in their faith as well.
For information about Elementary Religious Education classes (registering your child or volunteering your time to serve as a catechist),
First Communion preparation, or more information on how you or your family can continue to grow in your faith.
Contact me in the parish office at 727-447-3494 ext. 121.
I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to serve all the youth and their parents here at St. Cecelias.
After serving with National Evangelization Teams (NET) for 9 months, I found comfort and peace at St. Cecelia’s. I became a parishioner and began helping with Life Teen and EDGE. Since then, I was the Assistant Youth Minister and now the Youth Minister.
I have a passion for teaching the faith through personal encounters with Christ. Working wiht 6th-12th graders, helping them learn more about Christ and His church can be a challenge but it is one I find so rewarding.
One of my favorite parts of this ministry is being able to be there when a teen has that encounter with Christ and begins falling more in love with Him and the Church.
Contact me in the parish office at 727-447-3494 ext. 124.
Déjeme saber si necesitas ayuda. Gracias.
Meet the people who take care of our church and parishioners.
Facilities and Maintenance Manager
As your Facilities and Maintenance Manager, it is honor to serve God and His people.
Assistant MaintenaNce Manager
St. Cecelia has been my home since my birth in 1967. I was baptized, received my first communion and was confirmed here. In 1989 I married my wife Kelli here and since 2012 have been happily employed here.
In such a great location, it’s my hope that when people come here they truly feel at ease. Thank you all for the privilege to serve this community.
We have a daughter, Ashli. This has been her home since 1999. As a family we have been blessed by serving in many ministries here and it has been amazing to watch this parish grow over the years. My hope is that all that visit here can feel like they are part of this family as well. God bless!
Gloria is in charge of caring for our church, buildings and rectory, and makes sure they are kept neat and clean for parishioners and priests.
Pastoral care at Morton Plant Hospital and office assistant
When at Morton Plant, I assist patients and their loved ones with pastoral care needs, such as anointing, prayer and blessings. During this pandemic, I am assisting staff and clergy in the parish office.
Brenda helps in many ways, with cooking, housekeeping and maintenance to help take care of our priests,. She also helps keep our church and campus clean and safe for all visitors.