Announcements ~ March 11, 2019

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Have You Heard the Bishop’s Podcast?
Join Bishop Gregory Parks for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events that affect our Church, our community and our country. A new episode can be heard on Friday, March 29 at 11:30 a.m. on Spirit FM 90.5. Also, you can subscribe to the bishop’s podcast on iTunes. Search A View from the Top.

(An ad for A View from the Top is available here as a PDF or PNG.)

Receive Encouragement Each Day
You are invited to sign up to receive daily Scripture reflections on Courageously Living the Gospel that will provide suggestions and prayers for more boldly living your faith. Reflection writers include local Catholic leaders such as Bishop Gregory Parkes. You can choose to receive the reflections via email or text.  Sign up to be courageous, visit  Flyer at this link:

Courage Retreat
A Day of Recollection will be offered by the Courage and Encourage Apostolates of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on April 6, 2019.  Courage supports men and women who experience same sex attraction and strive to live chastely in accord with the beautiful teaching of the Catholic Church about the goodness and inherent meaning of human sexuality. Encourage offers spiritual support to family members of those effected by same sex attraction.

For more information contact; 813-570-1163.
Register at:

Legislative Advocacy Workshop and Catholic Relief Services Retreat Day
Saturday, March 23, 2019.
Bethany Center, 18150 Bethany Center Dr., Lutz
Legislative Advocacy Workshop, 9 am-11 am. Full Day Retreat, 9 am – 3pm.
Morning: Briefing on State and International issues and opportunities to work on practical skills in legislative advocacy. Register for Legislative Advocacy only or stay on all day. Afternoon: Learn more about being a Parish Ambassador to champion the work and mission of Catholic Relief Services. Full day registration includes lunch. Visit this link for more information:  https://www.dosp/org/life/upcoming-events/.

Spring Retreat Day: Living Hope in our Troubled yet Beautiful World
Saturday, April 27, 2019
St. Mary Parish, 15520 North Boulevard, Tampa.
This retreat explores the nature of hope and its relation to faith and love and suggests some practical ways we can nourish hope and courage in our daily lives. Presenter: Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND, a Sister of Notre Dame of Chardon. Blog “Sunflower Seeds”

Mass at 9 am. Sign in beginning at 9:30 am. Retreat 10 am-2 pm.
Register at or contact Sabrina:; 727-344-1611.

Office of Stewardship and Development
Statewide Stewardship Day
The Office of Stewardship and Development is pleased to announce our second Statewide Stewardship Day, “Engaging the Family through the Four Pillars of Stewardship,” will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Hilton Miami Downtown. At this incredible day of formation, the seven dioceses of Florida will join together to explore how we can implement stewardship through PRAYER, FORMATION, HOSPITALITY and SERVICE.

The registration fee of $35 includes two keynote speakers, 12 nationally recognized presenters (in both English and Spanish!), continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, please visit

SAVE the DATE for the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s First Annual Marian Eucharistic Congress on Saturday, May 11, 2019
Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (5815 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg)
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mass of Renewal Begins at 4:00 p.m.
In an effort to lead all people closer to the Heart of Jesus, a Marian Eucharistic Congress will be held on Saturday, May 11 that will include witness talks, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and Mass with Prayer of Consecration. This will be an opportunity for our Diocese and for all individuals to renew their consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

For more information, visit: This event is held in cooperation with the International Consecrated Marian Society.

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Night of Praise and Adoration on March 23rd at 7pm.
All are invited to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tampa for a Night of Praise and Adoration presented by the Freedom to Worship Ministry.  You will experience praise and worship, word of encouragement, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and an opportunity for prayer ministry. Follow this ministry on Instagram @freedomtoworship, Facebook at Freedom To Worship, or online at

For more information please contact Monica at (813) 368-3866.

Catholic Charities 5th Annual Ministries of Mercy Fundraiser
Join Catholic Charities and Bishop Parkes at the iconic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City for an 11:30 AM lunch on Wednesday, April 3rd to see how Catholic Charities uses your investments to Courageously Live the Gospel in serving those most in need. Enjoy a wonderful lunch and hear from Catholic Charities clients. The keynoter will Fr. Leo Patalinghug, celebrity Chef and host of EWTN’s Savoring Our Faith cooking show. Learn more about Fr. Leo at this link:   Cost is $50. Sponsorships are available. Text MERCY to 91999 or visit

Catholic Charities Free Medical Clinics Fundraiser: Birdies for Charity
Health care is costly and confusing. Sadly, many of our brothers and sisters in Christ don’t receive any! That’s where YOU and come in. We provide life-saving basic healthcare to those who fall through the cracks. YOU can help us by participating in Birdies for Charity! Guess the total number of birdies made by all the golfers at the March 21-24, 2019 Valspar Championship (1,212 in 2018) and donate as little as 1 cent per birdie OR make a flat donation (min. $10). Text BIRDIES to 91999 or visit

Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist
March 31 ~ April 2, 2019
St. Jerome Parish, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo
Please join us for this special event at the Holy Family Chapel.  We will have Masses, reflections, time for quiet prayer, rosary, penance services (April 1st). Please visit this link:, for a flyer and the schedule for the 3 days of Solemn Eucharistic Exposition.

Contact the parish office for any questions, 727-595-4610.

Save the Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019, Walk/Run For Life 2019 Tampa Bay
Keep the March for Life momentum going and take part in this annual pro-life event that benefits the Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center and other ministries that support women in crisis pregnancies and women and families who have been harmed by an abortion. Participants can choose between 1 mile, 2 miles or 5K route.

Saturday – April 13, 2019
Ben T. Davis Beach
7740 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway
Email:  or Register Online at:

Rejoice & Remember
September 28, 2019 from 10:00 am to Noon
Rejoice & Remember is an interfaith prayer service for recipients of organ transplants and in memory of organ donors. The service will be held September 28, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Hudson, Florida. If you would like to place a memorial in their program of a loved one who was an organ donor or for further information, contact Deacon Gene Beil at

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