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! You can choose to receive the reflections via email or text starting on Wednesday, March 13. Sign up to be courageous, visit www.dosp.org/reflection. Flyer at this link: https://bit.ly/2ExOWEJ.
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.
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/.
Catholic Days at the Capitol Deadline approaching!
Make the Trip and Make a Difference! March 26-27 (returning March 28).
This two-day event provides the opportunity to put into action our faith’s call to political responsibility and allows us to strengthen the presence of our Catholic values in the public square. Legislative briefing, office visits with elected officials, Red Mass and more. Visit https://www.dosp.org/life/upcoming-events/ or contact Sabrina at firstname.lastname@example.org; 727-344-1611. Deadline is March 12, 2019.
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” www.melanniesvobodasnd.org.
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 www.adomdevelopment.org/statewidestewardshipday.
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: www.dosp.org/heartofmary/. This event is held in cooperation with the International Consecrated Marian Society.
Graphic at this link: https://bit.ly/2H1ajle.
PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Father Dwight Longenecker Parish Mission
Join us for a Parish Mission, featuring Father Dwight Longenecker. This three-night mission is at 7 PM on Monday, March 11 through Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Topics covered will include Father’s Conversion Story, The Attack of the ‘isms’, and what to do about the Attack of the ‘isms’. For additional information contact the parish office of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church at 727-868-5276. The church is located at 8014 S.R. 52, Hudson, Florida, 34667.
40 Hours of Exposition at Our Lady of Lourdes
750 San Salvador Dr., Dunedin
Join us for 40 Hours of Exposition beginning with Mass on Thursday, March 14, 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 email to sign up.
Totally Yours Festival 2019: “The Eucharist”
Saturday, March 16, 11 am – 5 pm, Parish Grounds, 750 San Salvador Dr., 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 more information, please email Lynn1013@cs.com.
Immaculée Ilibagiza, Rwandan Genocide Survivor and NY Times Best Selling Author to Speak in St. Petersburg
Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg 33710
You are invited by Magnificat St. Petersburg to join us on March 8-9, 2019 as we host Immaculée Ilibagiza, international Catholic speaker and author of “Left to Tell” and “Our Lady of Kibeho”. Immaculée will share her incredible testimony. Come learn about the Marian apparitions of Kibeho and Our Lady’s Rosary of the 7 Sorrows. There will be light refreshments and book signings. This retreat requires registration at www.immaculee.com. Please get your tickets early! For additional information, please see flyer at this link.
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 www.freedom2worship.net.
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: https://bit.ly/2DsFNwH. Cost is $50. Sponsorships are available. Text MERCY to 91999 or visit https://bit.ly/2FxvcDh.
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 https://bit.ly/2Bnx7rc.
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: https://bit.ly/2U2KzrH, 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.
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 email@example.com.
PILGRIMAGES AROUND THE DIOCESE
The pilgrimages are posted in the Diocesan website under Pilgrimages–bottom of the homepage under FAQ or by following this link: https://www.dosp.org/pastoralbulletin/pilgrimages/.