Pastoral Bulletin Guidelines


All text submitted for inclusion in the Pastoral Bulletin should be sent in Word format, font Verdana, size 10 to the Pastoral Bulletin coordinator at (with exception of calendar dates and job opportunities; see below) with at least three weeks prior to the requested publication date.  The bulletin is published every Monday and deadline for submitting material is 4:00 pm on the preceding Friday. (When Monday is a holiday it will be published on Tuesday.) Length or content may be revised at discretion of editor.

Visiting Clergy/Speakers
If your parish or other diocesan entity is planning to invite a member of the clergy or of a religious institute, or a lay presenter to assist with sacramental duties or to offer a presentation, the invitee must first receive clearance through the Office of the Chancellor.  Request forms for clearance of such persons can be found below:

Clearance guidelines and form–Clergy – fillable

Clearance guidelines and form–Religious-Fillable

Clearance guidelines and form–Lay Presenters-Fillable

News this Week
Pastoral Center Staff are invited to submit articles for the main body page of the email bulletin. Articles should have a catchy teaser that will link to the office or ministry webpage which will include the full story. The web address for the page on which the article appears should also be included, i.e. Living Eucharist Conference, News from the offices of the Bishop, Vicar General, Chancellor, Tribunal, and Vicar for Religious will receive first priority to meet qualifications of this bulletin as the official diocesan Tribunal communication tool.

Articles will run for 1 week only. To be run again, article must be resubmitted.

Parish Bulletin Announcements
Pastoral Center Staff and Parish Staff may submit announcements. To be considered for inclusion, announcements should be limited to 80 words, submitted as text in a word document, font Verdana, size 10 and at least three weeks prior to the requested publication date. Title of event should be listed at top in bold. Events should be of diocesan wide nature. Announcements will run a maximum of 2 weeks.

Living Eucharist Conference
Join us for the Living Eucharist Conference on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Tampa Bay Convention Center. For more information please call 727-344-1611 or visit

For the Faithful Departed Section
This section will include only death announcements. Obituaries will be limited to priests, religious, deacons and Pastoral Center staff. Announcements will be brief and run for 1 week only.

Right Column Ministries and Offices
Ministries and Offices with regular updates to their webpage will be listed in this section. The web masters of each particular ministry or office will be responsible for maintaining updates to their page.

Any ministry or office that does not have regular updates but would like to be listed on a particular week should send the web address for their page and specify the number of weeks to be posted.

Pastoral Center Staff may submit calendar dates and times by using this form. Contact Maria Mertens ( for questions.

Employment Opportunities
Job openings and descriptions should be submitted to Faith Eschenfelder at

Thank you for helping to make this an effective communication tool for all!