Announcements July 30, 2018

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Safe Environment Program
Know Your Children’s School
Parents and guardians have the primary responsibility for protecting their children from
all potential harm. When choosing a nursery, daycare center or school, parents should
inspect the building and grounds to make sure there are no areas where children play or
work that is “off limits” to parents. Such facilities should have a policy that welcomes
parents to visit the center or school without prior appointment.
For particular help you may call: Michael Craig, Safe Environment Program Manager at (727) 344-1611, ext. 5377.


Bishop Gregory Parkes Receives National Award for Tweeting
Bishop Parkes (@BishopParkes) actively tweets and posts about his daily activities, some of which show a more personal side.
He recently received the award of Best Twitter Account by a Diocesan Bishop by the Catholic Press Association.

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Diocese of St. Petersburg Facebook Receives National Award
The Diocese of St. Petersburg Facebook account was recognized by the Catholic Press Association, garnering second place for Best Diocesan Facebook Account. The judges described the Facebook posts as engaging with a wide variety of posts that reflect the mission of the Diocese. Daily posts include prayers, saint and pope quotes, inspiring news, event information as well as photos and videos that showcase the people, parishes and schools of our Diocese.

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Social Media Safety
Please note that Facebook impersonations are on the increase. There are even people on Facebook and Instagram impersonating Bishop Parkes. Before you accept any friend request or respond to an instant message from an individual, you should take the following steps:
  1. Verify the username is the correct name associated with the individual. This can be verified by
    1. Contacting the individual directly and asking them.
    2. Contacting the organization (i.e. parish, school, diocese) and verifying social media usernames.
    3. Checking the organization’s website for authentic social media channels.
  2. Read here for more social media safety tips:
  3. To learn about the official social media accounts for Bishop Parkes, click here:
  4. If you become aware that someone is impersonating another person report it to the social media organization.

An Invitation from the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute (LPMI)
The LPMI program, in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church; equips Catholics with knowledge and skills to carry out ministry competently,collaboratively, and professionally. Through an integrated process of education and ongoing faith formation, we provide an opportunity for Catholics across the Diocese to grow spiritually, intellectually, and pastorally. The 2018-2019 “Year of Discernment” classes begin September 8, 2018.

For more information: visit; email:; or call 727-344-1611.

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.

Mass for the Medical Profession to be Celebrated on August 11, 2018
The Annual White Mass & Dinner for physicians, medical students and other healthcare professionals will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018, starting at 4 p.m. at the Bethany Center in Lutz. Bishop Gregory Parkes will preside at the Mass and the dinner speaker will be Dr. Michael Parker. Event sponsored by Tampa Bay Guild of St. Philomena. Cost for dinner is $50 per person. For questions, contact Rob at 727-785-3445 or

Registration at this link.  Please register by July 29.

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.

For NEW versions of Family Faith Fest bulletin ads, visit:


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 call for more information 727/797-7412.


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

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Night of Prayer for Nicaragua, Venezuela and the Americas – August 3, 2018
The Men of St. Joseph invite you to spend time with Jesus in Overnight Adoration every first Friday night from 10:00 PM until 8:00 AM.  The Hispanic community will lead prayers for peace in Nicaragua, Venezuela and the Américas. Sacred Heart Parish, 7809 46th Way North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781Noche de Oración por Nicaragua, Venezuela y las Américas – Agosto 3, 2018

El grupo Hombres de San José te invitan a orar ante la presencia del Santísimo Sacramento, el primer viernes de cada mes de 10:00pm a 8:00am.  Únete a la comunidad hispana de 10:00 PM a 12:00 AM este viernes 3 de agosto, cuando se dedicarán oraciones por la paz en Nicaragua, Venezuela y las Américas. Parroquia Sacred Heart, 7809 46th Way North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781.