Announcements ~ March 8, 2021

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Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for the Chrism Mass Livestream or Radio Broadcast on March 30th at 11:30 a.m.|
During the Chrism Mass, Bishop Parkes will consecrate the Sacred Chrism Oil that will be used during thousands of Baptisms and Confirmations throughout the coming year in local parishes. The bishop will also bless the Oil of Catechumens that is reserved for adults preparing to be baptized and the Oil of the Sick, that is reserved for those who are seriously ill. Priests also renew their commitment to priestly service. The Chrism Mass from the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle will be livestreamed at, and as well via radio broadcast on Spirit FM 90.5.
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Holy Week Liturgies with Bishop Gregory Parkes
You are invited to join Bishop Parkes for Holy Week Liturgies to celebrate the Easter Triduum! To reach our homebound community, the Masses of Holy Week will be livestreamed at,, and as well as via radio broadcast on Spirit FM 90.5.
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Listen to Bishop Gregory Parkes via Podcast
On Proclaim, Invite and Encounter, Bishop Parkes reflects on what we should do when we encounter the needy on the streets.
Click on the following link to listen to it:

Catholic Campus Ministry ~ USF Catholic Bulls New Talk Show Episode
On a new episode of Catholic Bulls Late Night, a spin at the Lenten Wheel of Penance. Plus, learn about our Holy Buddy, St. Polycarp.  Also, Father Justin Paskert shares a prayer he wrote to overcome COVID desolation. In addition to the physical threats of the worldwide pandemic, there are spiritual threats, attacks on the spiritual life, known as spiritual desolation. Click on this link: to view.

GIVING MADE EASY! Payroll Deduction for APA Contributions
For all employees earning wages that are paid through the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s Paylocity payroll system, there is a very convenient and easy new option for making a personal donation to the Annual Pastoral Appeal: PAYROLL DEDUCTION!
Employees can make a one-time gift or automatic recurring gifts for each pay cycle in a timeframe chosen.
To initiate the process, download the form at this link:  Once completed, return directly to your bookkeeper or the person that processes your payroll.
Thank you for your consideration of this easy new giving option!

Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is most appropriate that Child Abuse Prevention Month is held during the Easter season. There is no better season than Easter to celebrate the protection of our most valuable gift from God—our children. For 
information on how you can become more informed and involved in keeping our children safe, please call: Michael Craig, Safe Environment Program Manager at (727) 344-1611, ext. 5377.

Altar Server Appreciation Mass
The Youth Altar Server Appreciation Mass will be on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg. While we realize many parishes have not been using altar servers on a regular basis since last year, we still wanted to recognize those that have been serving over the years and since in person masses have resumed.

Due to COVID restrictions, altar servers will not gather and process in and there will not be a reception following the Mass. Seating will be first come first served, with no reserved seating. Altar servers are asked to sit with their families. We ask parish representatives to please complete the RSVP form that was previously sent as soon as possible, as seating will be limited. For detailed information, please follow this link:

If you have any questions, please call Heidi Varley at (727) 345-3452 or email