Help needed in challenging “FAST” Alinsky-style community organization in the Diocese of St. Petersburg

The Sun Beam Times is warning Catholics in the Diocese of St. Petersburg (in particular Pinellas county) about an Alinsky-styled community organization known as FAST.  This community organization is an affiliate of DART.  You can find FAST on our list of “socialist community organizations” by clicking HERE.

The Sun Beam Times website belongs to Dr. David McKalip.  He is a Catholic who is challenging FAST in his parish.  I personally spoke with Dr. McKalip last week.  He needs the help of faithful Catholics in the Tampa Bay area.  Click on his posts below to learn about the situation, see more posts and get his contact information:

Below is the list of twelve Catholic parishes involved with FAST per information from Sun Beam Times:

  1. Blessed Trinity Catholic Church
  2. Espiritu Santo Catholic
  3. Holy Cross Catholic
  4. Holy Family Catholic
  5. Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
  6. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
  7. St. Brendan Catholic
  8. St. Cecelia Catholic
  9. St. Joseph Catholic Church
  10. St. Matthew Catholic Church
  11. St. Michael Catholic Church
  12. Transfiguration Catholic Church

The Sun Beam Times website was brought to my attention by Jo Joyce at Fidelity ’til Parousia,, who works on defending the Church from Alinsky organizations.  Their website has alot of great and important information about the errors of this type of organizing.  Please check it out.

Additionally, Jo Joyce contacted me about the Sun Beam Times because she knew I grew up in the Diocese of St. Petersburg and still have family there.  As it turns out, the parish of my childhood;  Our Lady of Lourdes, appears to be involved in FAST.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

2 responses to “Help needed in challenging “FAST” Alinsky-style community organization in the Diocese of St. Petersburg

  1. Susan Gasperson

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

  2. Peter, thanks so much for spreading the word and for Jo Joyce’s help too. You can read more about this work at the links in your article. Here is how people can help:
    1. Subscribe to the by entering your email address in the box at the blog. You will receive updates on this matter.
    2. Post comments on FAST articles at so the Bishop can see that many are concerned and others can see they can also have hte courage to stand up.
    3. Come to one or both of the Catechism Study I will be hosting on Social Justice and Moral Behavior in my office on 5/12 and 5/26 in St. Pete. See details in the post linked above “My protest against FAST”.
    4. Contact me a dmckalip to get invovled and to RSVP for the Catechism study.
    5. Talk to your priests and Pastor. ASk them why they do or don’t contribute to FAST. ASk them to make the contribution from your parish voluntary instead of a mandatory taking from the offertory. Ask them to consider an open discussion among the entire parish of involvement with FAST . I would be happy to attend.
    6. Contact the Bishop and let him know what you think.



    David McKalip, M.D., Neurological Surgeon
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