Announcements ~ August 13, 2018

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2018 Candidate Questionnaire Project: What’s a Catholic voter to do?
Catholic faithful are urged to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest. To help parishioners become informed on where candidates stand on key issues, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has polled those running for U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature. To see how candidates appearing on the August 28 Primary Election ballots responded to the questionnaire, visit

Proyecto del Cuestionario de los Candidatos 2018: ¿Qué debe hacer el votante católico?
Los fieles católicos son urgidos a escoger sus líderes políticos basados en sus principios, no en la afiliación partidista o interés personal. La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de la Florida, para asistir a los feligreses que quieren conocer la posición de candidatos políticos sobre temas claves, ha encuestado aquellos postulándose para el congreso y la legislatura estatal. Para ver como los candidatos, que aparecerán en la papeleta de la Elección Primaria de agosto 28 respondieron al cuestionario, visite

You Are Invited to a Listening Session on Racism
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM
St. Lawrence Parish, Higgins Hall
5525 N. Himes Ave. Tampa, 33614

Following the tragic and horrific events of Charlottesville, Virginia one year ago, the Bishops of the United States formed a committee to focus on addressing the sin of racism and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions. A new diocesan Racial Justice Committee will address the issue of racism through a series of events, beginning with a listening session designed to offer the faithful an opportunity to share how racism has impacted our lives, our parishes, and the Church. Bishop Parkes and the committee members will be present. Contact Sabrina Burton Schultz, Director of Life, Justice and Advocacy Ministry with questions or to RSVP:; 727-344-1611, ext. 5325.

Save the Date for the Marriage Anniversary Gala – November 10, 2018
The Marriage Anniversary Gala, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) and the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, will be held on November 10, 2018, at Higgins Hall in Tampa in partnership with Spirit FM 90.5. Tickets will go on sale in August.  This celebration will include dinner, dancing, silent auction and more!  WWME is dedicated to strengthening marriages and families through Marriage Enrichments and the WWME Weekends.  Proceeds will go to Spirit FM and WWME.

Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for an Unprecedented Free Family Event: Family Faith Fest on Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 AM – 6 PM
Jeremy Camp, one of today’s biggest and most popular contemporary Christian artists, will headline the Family Faith Fest at Tampa’s Al Lopez Park.  Other performers include nationally known artists Colton Dixon, Sarah Hart, Ivan Diaz and ValLimar Jansen. People of all ages will enjoy the street performers, face painters, carnival games, DJ, gift & food vendors, Health Village, Ministry Village and Faith Village. Bishop Parkes will celebrate Mass at 4 PM.

There will be plenty of free parking and a shuttle bus for convenience.

This is a free event, open to all. Register for free tickets at BayCare is a presenting sponsor.

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Bulletin Announcements for September 9, 2018 Relaunch of Courageously Living the Gospel

New Vision for the Diocese of St. Petersburg is Introduced
Bishop Gregory Parkes has announced a new Mutually Shared Vision that is the result of listening sessions conducted during 2017. The three-year plan will impact the community in the five counties of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and includes new initiatives for evangelization and outreach, such as the development of 8-10 new affordable housing properties, a new Catholic school and a renewed emphasis on meeting the needs of youth and young adults. Visit to learn more.

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The Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Avenue N, St. Petersburg, is excited to invite you to our first-ever ADORE, an evening of Eucharistic Adoration and prayer accompanied by contemporary praise and worship music which will take place on Monday, August 27 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm!  We will be lead in praise and worship by Ms. Francesca Ani, an up-and-coming talent in the Contemporary Christian Music scene.
Please contact the parish office for more information, Phone: 727-347-9702.
Because we believe that everyone in the Diocese is a part of our community, we want everyone to encounter Christ in this new, exciting, and holy event!

Is God calling you to a deeper prayer life?
Mary Queen of Carmel Community is seeking those whom God is calling to deepen their prayer life, while living in the secular world.  We follow the traditions of Saints Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Therese of Lisieux.  We are offering an introductory course in Discalced Carmelite Spirituality starting September 23, 2018 at Espiritu Santo Parish in Safety Harbor.  For more information, please call Karen at (727) 328-4632.

Healing of the Family Tree Mass
Fr. Michael Barry, SS.CC., will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dunedin on Friday, September 28th at 7pm leading a powerful evening of prayer and healing. Born and raised in Cork, Ireland, Father Barry graduated from Catholic University of America and was ordained June 14, 1964. This charismatic priest is best known for his healing ministries, especially through Retreats, Healing Masses, the Healing of the Family Tree, and Spiritual Direction. He feels a special call to the inner healing of the person.

SVdP CARES is looking for volunteers who care!
The St. Vincent de Paul Community Thrift Store is looking for ways to help fill in the gaps for staffing.  Fun atmosphere, creative touches and a sense of purpose are what we are offering!  Visit our website at for more information and to sign up or call 727-328-2730. Hours are Monday to Friday 10 AM-6 PM, and Saturday 10 AM-4 PM at 180 34th Street North in St. Petersburg.  Stop by and say hello!

A Day of Healing, Freedom and Purpose in the Holy Spirit
On Saturday, August 25th the Marian Servants of Divine Providence® will host Deacon Larry and Andi Oney of Hope and Purpose Ministries from 9 AM to 4 PM at the House of Prayer (711 South Bayview Ave, Clw, FL 33759).  Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Cost is $35.  To register online visit or for more information
call 727-797-7412.

The Franciscan Center Presents
Courageously Living the Gospel with Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes
Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, September 18, 12 -1:30 pm

Bishop Parkes will present on the new vision of The Diocese of St Petersburg. Bishop Parkes developed a Mutually-Shared Vision – Courageously Living the Gospel – that represents the many voices of the faithful who contributed with their input and prayers. With clarity, purpose and renewed hope, Courageously Living the Gospel is a source of inspiration and direction as we each strive daily to be Disciples of Jesus Christ. Registration is required. Limited seating. Please register by Sept 13th. Fee: $25 (includes lunch).

To register call the Center at (813) 229-2695 or go directly online to this link.

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