Announcements ~ May 2, 2022

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Ordination to the Priesthood
The Diocese of St. Petersburg joyfully announces the upcoming Ordination to the Priesthood of Reverend Mr. Zachary E. Brasseur and Reverend Mr. Donald J. Amodeo.

Deacons Brasseur and Amodeo will be ordained by Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, on Saturday, May 21, 2022, 11:00 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg.  The Mass is open to the public and can also be viewed via livestream on our diocesan website:

You are also welcome to attend the Vespers Service, on Friday, May 20, 2022, 7:00 p.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. The Vesper Service will also be livestreamed on Christ the King’s website:

Please keep Deacons Brasseur and Amodeo in prayer, as they await the day of their ordination to the Sacred Priesthood!

Foster Families Needed
This May, during National Foster Care Month, please consider providing a loving home for a child who has been separated from his or her parents. Over 20,000 children in Florida have been removed from their parents or guardians, yet only 5,000 families are certified to meet their needs. If you are interested in learning more about foster parenting, please call 1-83-FOSTERFL or visit  If you are interested in immigrant and refugee foster care, please reach out to Bethany Christian Services, Central Florida, at 407-877-4006 or visit their site at The nurturing environment you provide can help vulnerable children heal and thrive.

St. Stephen Gatherings
The Office of the Diaconate plans to begin a new inquiry group in October 2022, and will be hosting St. Stephen Gatherings for those interested in learning more about the Permanent Diaconate. With Deacons and wives in attendance, this will be an evening of information, conversation, and refreshments. If you have someone in your community 
who may have expressed an interest in the Diaconate, please feel free to invite them and their wives (if applicable) , better yet, join them for one of these evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM:

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Cathedral of St. Jude Parish Center, St. Petersburg
  • Thursday, June 23, 2022, St. Joan of Arc Parish Center, Spring Hill
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2022, St. Timothy Parish Center, Lutz

Please contact the Diaconate Office via phone 727-341-6826 or to reserve a spot now.

Did You Know?
Five Steps to Safer Environments
The Diocese of St. Petersburg mandates that all people who work with children and youth in our parishes and schools must undergo child abuse prevention training through our diocesan Safe Environment Program. The training details five steps to prevent child sexual abuse:

  1. Know the warning signs of an inappropriate relationship with a child.
  2. Control access to children by carefully selecting the adults who work with children and youth.
  3. Monitor all programs for the safety of children and youth.
  4. Be aware of and sensitive to what is going on in the lives of children.
  5. Communicate concerns to the appropriate person in authority.

For particular help you may call: Michael Craig, Safe Environment Program Manager at (727) 344-1611, ext. 5377.


Sacred Heart to Host Mission Featuring “Bleacher Brothers,” Fr. Casey Cole, OFM and Fr. Tito Serrano, OFM
Join your fellow parishioners and visitors from around the diocese on Monday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the church for a special mission session featuring 
Fr. Casey Cole, OFM, and Fr. Roberto “Tito” Serrano, OFM, from the successful YouTube channelsBreaking In the Habit” and “Upon Friar Review.

In a bid to emulate the Franciscan missionary model of “meeting people where they are,” Cole and Serrano will set out on a unique pilgrimage to all 30 Major League Baseball markets over an 11-week stretch, visiting both Sacred Heart and Tropicana Field along the way. As avid baseball fans, the self-professed “Bleacher Brothers” developed the idea of spending a summer visiting each of the homes of America’s pastime nearly a decade ago, with the hope of inviting people back to their spiritual “home base.”

Admission for the mission talk is free, and all are welcome! Visit to view their tour announcement video and read more about the friars’ upcoming visit.

Saint Raphael Catholic Church Divorced and Blended Family Ministry
Divorced and Blended Family Picnic
Join us for food, fellowship, and fun in the sun for the whole family at Fort de Soto Park on Sunday, May 22nd after the 11:30 AM Mass.
More details to follow.  Visit our page for more information:

Summer Camp Opportunity… For an Adult!
Our Lady of Good Counsel Camp is looking for a healthcare professional certified in basic first aid and CPR to serve in the camp infirmary this summer.  This is a seasonal paid position with room and board included.

If you love working with children, exude patience and love, display excellent communication skills, possess a wide range of general medical knowledge including mental health, and can be available for at least 3 consecutive weeks this summer, you may be the right fit! This role is perfect for an active or retired RN, EMT, school nurse, or a person with similar experience.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Camp is the Catholic overnight summer camp for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  2022 will be our 75th summer!

Learn more and apply at this link: or call the camp office at 352-270-8831.

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Parish Pilgrimages
If your parish is offering a pilgrimage within the coming months, we invite you to share this information with the Pastoral Bulletin:  This allows readers to view opportunities to participate in an upcoming pilgrimage.  The pilgrimages are posted in the Diocesan website under the Pastoral Bulletin page at this link: