Foster Families Needed
This May, during National Foster Care Month, please consider providing a loving home for a child who has been separated from his or her parents. Over 20,000 children in Florida have been removed from their parents or guardians, yet only 5,000 families are certified to meet their needs. If you are interested in learning more about foster parenting, please call 1-83-FOSTERFL or visit MyFloridaMyFamily.com.
If you are interested in immigrant and refugee foster care, please reach out to Bethany Christian Services, Central Florida https://tinyurl.com/2p935svx; (407) 877-4006. The nurturing environment you provide can help vulnerable children heal and thrive.
2021 APA Annual Report
More than 22,000 generous donors provided more than $9 million in support of more than 50 diocesan ministries and services through the 2021 Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA). Their donations support larger ministry and outreach throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg. All are invited to visit dosp.org/2021-annual-report to view the online version of the 2021 APA Annual Report, download a printable version, see impact numbers, see short ministry videos and learn more about how the Diocese of St. Petersburg is Courageously Living the Gospel thanks to our donors. To request a print version of the report, please email your request to email@example.com.
PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Vatican Exhibit of Sacred Relics to Visit Florida in May
An extraordinary exhibit of relics of the saints will be touring the dioceses of Florida for the month of May. Locally, the relics will be display at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, on Sunday, May 8, 2022, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Father Carlos Martins, a Vatican-appointed expert on relics, will be here with a Vatican collection of over 160 relics, some as old as 2,000 years. Among the treasures will be relics of the Apostles, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Joseph, St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux, and others. You are encouraged to bring your articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends/family members, which you will be able to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession. Please spread the word!
For a complete list of relics on display and a full schedule of the Florida display sites, please visit www.TreasuresOfTheChurch.com.
PILGRIMAGES AROUND THE DIOCESE
If your parish is offering a pilgrimage within the coming months, we invite you to share this information with the Pastoral Bulletin: firstname.lastname@example.org. This allows readers to view opportunities to participate in an upcoming pilgrimage. The pilgrimages are posted in the Diocesan website under the Pastoral Bulletin page at this link: https://www.dosp.org/pastoralbulletin/pilgrimages/.