Announcements ~ April 9, 2018

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PASTORAL BULLETIN — VOL. 33: NO. 14 ~  April 9, 2018

Announcements for Parish Bulletins


Bishop Gregory Parkes will ordain Deacons Kyle Bell, Louis Turcotte and Timothy Williford to the priesthood on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg.

All are invited to attend the ordination and reception immediately following in the Parish Center.For additional information and photos of the three deacons to be ordained, please click here.

The Diocese of St. Petersburg Will Be Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on May 6th
In an effort to lead all people closer to the Heart of Jesus, Bishop Gregory Parkes will consecrate the parishes, schools, charities, ministries and all people who live in the five counties of the Diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All are invited to the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (5815 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg) on May 6 at 3 p.m. for a Holy Hour led by Bishop Parkes to take part in this special celebration during the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

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La Diócesis de St. Petersburg será consagrada al Inmaculado Corazón de María el 6 de mayo
En un esfuerzo por guiar a todo el pueblo más cerca del corazón de Jesús, el obispo Gregory Parkes ha anunciado que consagrará las parroquias, escuelas, organizaciones benéficas, ministerios y todas las personas que viven en los cinco condados de la diócesis al Inmaculado Corazón de María.  Consagrar significa dedicar o reservar para un propósito sagrado.  La vida de María fue reservada para el sólo propósito de servir a Jesús.  Siguiendo su ejemplo, los católicos pueden entregarse completamente a Cristo de forma poderosa y ofrecer sus vidas a él en servicio y amor.

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Pope Francis Grants Indulgence to the Faithful during the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of St. Petersburg
As with many jubilee years, Pope Francis has instructed that a special plenary indulgence be available for the faithful throughout 2018 (January 1, 2018- December 31, 2018)  for the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The faithful who commit to a complete detachment of sin and follow certain steps may receive this indulgence. To learn more visit:

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Bishop Parkes is Developing a Mutually Shared Vision for the Diocese Of St. Petersburg
As a continuation of the listening sessions that Bishop Gregory Parkes conducted in 2017, he is currently working with a team to develop a mutually shared vision for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The team is taking into account feedback that has been received from parishioners, staff, priests and religious, as well as insights from the National Convocation of Catholic Leaders that focused on missionary discipleship and the vision of Pope Francis shared in “The Joy of the Gospel.” The Catholic Leadership Institute is facilitating the process to develop a vision, which is expected to be completed by this summer. To learn more, visit

From the Office of  Life, Justice and Advocacy Ministry

Courage is a group of Catholics who experience same-sex attractions and who are committed to helping one another to live chaste lives marked by prayer, fellowship and mutual support.  Our members are guided by caring priest chaplains who offer reconciliation and direction for the spiritual life.  The confidential meetings take place in our diocese. This support ministry is sponsored by our diocese. Contact: Email For more information about Courage International and view resources please go to



On Monday 30 April at 7pm John Bell of the Iona Community will visit Higgins Hall (St Lawrence Church) in Tampa to present a light-hearted presentation on the hidden humor in holy scriptures.

John Bell is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland, a challenging homilist, a hymn writer and musician in great demand throughout the world. Though he is a frequent visitor to America this is a rare opportunity to hear him in Florida.

Please plan to join Spirit FM and over a 1000 of your closest girlfriends from throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg for a day of faith,
friendship and food. That is right—food!  We have an amazing line-up of speakers to celebrate our 5th anniversary, including acclaimed chef,
Father Leo Patalinghug.  Tickets are on sale now at or call Danielle at 813.289.8040, ext. 231.


The pilgrimages are posted in the Diocesan website under Pilgrimages–bottom of Home page under FAQ or by following this link: