Announcements ~ February 18, 2020

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Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Workshops
Presented by the Multicultural Ministry and Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute offices of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  BICM is an initiative from the USCCB Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church designed to introduce ministry leaders to a basic awareness and proficiency in the area of intercultural competency. The BICM workshops will equip missionary disciples from parishes and diocesan ministries to COURAGEOUSLY LIVE THE GOSPEL when sharing their faith by Proclaiming, Inviting and Encountering Jesus Christ while engaging with people of all ages, national and cultural backgrounds. Cost of $10.00 includes continental breakfast.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652.
Register at:    (Flyer, Social Media)

Saturday, March 28, 2020 – St. Joseph, 3012 Cherry Street, Tampa, FL 33680.
Register at:   (Flyer, Social Media)

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Bishop Gregory Parkes Now Available for Bulletins
Invitation to Worship, the bishop’s Sunday Gospel reflection that airs on Spirit FM 90.5 is now available to be published in your church’s bulletin starting March 1, 2020. Parishes can receive the reflection via email (about 250 words) as a Word document or PDF along with an associated image or graphic. The reflections will be made available in English and Spanish two weeks before the date of your bulletin’s publication.

To learn more about Invitation to Worship and to listen to the broadcast version of the reflection, please follow this link:
To receive these reflections each week, submit the request form at this link: to Lucia Guyer, or call 727-344-1611 with any questions.

Spring 2020 Stewardship Workshop Series – Workshop 2 Announced!
Workshop 2, titled Why Stewardship And Hospitality Are The Keys To Transforming Your Parish, will focus on intentional hospitality and stewardship planning for the growth of our parishes, and how they relate to Discipleship and Evangelization. This event will take place on March 4th at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church in the Parish Hall, located at 2405 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, Florida.
For more information and to register online please follow this link: or call the Office of Stewardship and Development at 727-344-1611.
Join us on March 4th to explore hospitality brings us closer to living our lives as everyday stewards!

Lenten Prayer Opportunity: Receive “Be Courageous Daily Reflections”
Sign up for the Be Courageous Daily Reflection! These reflections examine the Scripture of the day, including a question to think about in relation to your own life and a prayer intention for the day. The reflections feature a variety of writers from around the Diocese of St. Petersburg – religious sisters, priests, deacons, the faithful, a monk from Saint Leo Abbey and Bishop Gregory Parkes. Sign up at: or text REFLECTION to 84576.

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Ash Wednesday is “the day when a smudge on the forehead, for those who understand it, means I’ll try to do better. I’ll do what Lent asks: more prayer, more sacrifice, more almsgiving” – Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, RSM. Share you Ash Wednesday photos with us as we begin Lent! We will be adding these photos to a special online photo album. Email your photos to or publicly post them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #DOSPashtag.  Please note that in order to post any photos of minors, we must have parental/guardian permission.

We are looking for photos that show how you and your parish are journeying through this Lenten season. Possible photos to submit might be from your parish’s mission, Stations of the Cross, fish fry, or other Lenten events. Photos of no-meat meals on Friday are welcome as well! We will be adding these photos to a special online photo album as they are received throughout Lent. Email your photos to or publicly post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #DOSPLent. Please note that in order to post any photos of minors, we must have parental/guardian permission.

We are looking for photos that show how your parish celebrated the Sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday. Possible photos to submit might be from your parish’s Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, from reenacting the Living Stations, photos from the Easter Vigil Mass, or from the Easter Sunday Mass. Email your photos to or publicly post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #DOSPEaster and #DOSPTriduum. Please note that in order to post photos of any minors, we must have parental/guardian permission.


Lenten Parish Mission at Our Lady of Lourdes, Dunedin
750 San Salvador Dr., Dunedin, FL 34698
All are invited to hear Dominick Albano speak about “Finding Happiness, God’s Plan for Your Happy Life.” Join us for two nights on Monday and Tuesday, March 2-3, 2020.  Dominick is passionate about reaching young people, and anyone who doesn’t normally go to “churchy stuff.” Known for his energy and humor, Dominick loves sharing the message of St. John Paul II: “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us.”

“Totally Yours” Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes, Dunedin
“Totally Yours” is a unique experience where you will be submersed in Eucharistic-themed music, art, and exhibits. Don’t miss this complete sensory experience of your Catholic faith come to life. FREE ADMISSION. The festival includes: Vatican-Approved Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit, “Come to Life” Rosary Walk, Artists, Musicians, “A Taste of the Mediterranean” food , Artisan bakery, art for purchase, and silent auction. Sponsored by the JFK Memorial Council Knights of Columbus and the Ladies Auxiliary. For information, email

40 Hours of Exposition at Our Lady of Lourdes, Dunedin
Join us for 40 Hours of Exposition beginning with Mass on Thursday, March 14th, followed by the Exposition. The concluding liturgies begin at 9 am on March 16th and include readings, procession through the “Totally Yours” Festival on the grounds, and Benediction. Memorial candles will be offered for purchase and will be lit in honor of loved ones. Names will be included on the 40 Hours banner.
Contact Lisa at (727) 733-3606 or to sign up.

Dazzling Deceptions – an Afternoon of Illusions
Sacred Heart Parish
7809 46th Way N., Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Sunday March 8th at 1:30 pm  Proceeds go to Sacred Heart Church, Pinellas Park, Mission Ministry.
Ticket cost $15.00.  Call (727) 541-4447 or visit for more information.

Women’s Retreat:  Her Name is Judith
February 22, 2020
Saint Justin Martyr Parish, 10851 Ridge Rd., Seminole, FL 33778
The 9th Annual Parish Women’s Retreat is set for Saturday, February 22nd in the Parish Fellowship Hall from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The event is open to all women and their women friends. The theme of the event “Her Name is Judith, Instrument of the Lord”.

The facilitator and speaker of the retreat is Dr. Charmaine Carter, RCIA Director, for the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg and a leader of retreats in the area since 2019. Dr. Carter practiced medicine in St. Petersburg as a primary care physician until her retirement in 2019. She has a Master’s degree in Theology and certificates of Bible Study and Liturgy.

You can register on the parish Facebook page or by calling Bob Metz at 727-397-3312 or by the following link:
Flyer at this link:

Emmaus Women’s Retreat
Sponsored by Espiritu Santo & St. Catherine of Siena
February 28 – March 1, 2020
Are you ready for a walk of Spiritual Renewal!  Then Emmaus is for you.  A weekend retreat program for women seeking to grow in their relationship with Christ, regardless of their present level of faith and practice. The purpose of the weekend is to give women an opportunity to reflect upon themselves and their relationship with God and their community away from everyday stressors. Held at Franscian Center in Tampa.  $195 double (pp) $240 single occupancy. Hurry space is limited!
For information, please contact Shirl Mederlet, 727-831-1451 or
For application go to

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Grace Winter Concert Series 2020 and 100th anniversary
“OPERA for ALL!” presented by the St. Petersburg Opera Company
Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm
The 10th annual Winter Concert Series at Saint Mary, Our Lady of Grace parish concludes with favorite singers from the St. Petersburg Opera Company, under the direction of Maestro Mark Sforzini.   “Opera for All” features beloved pieces from classic operas, and will be a masterful conclusion to the 10th annual concert series.
This one-hour concert is FREE and open to all.  In addition, a free tour of the church will be offered at the conclusion of the concert, in celebration of the Centennial Year of this historic parish.
A free-will offering will be taken to defray costs.  The church is located at 515 4th Street South in St. Pete, FL 33701.  For more information, please call 727-896-2191 ext. 208 or go to

The pilgrimages are posted in the Diocesan website under the Pastoral Bulletin page at this link.