Announcements ~ May 8, 2023

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Ordination to the Priesthood
The Diocese of St. Petersburg joyfully announces the upcoming Ordination to the Priesthood of Reverend Mr. Christian A. Galvan.  Deacon Galvan will be ordained by Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, on Saturday, May 20, 2023, 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 19, 2023, 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 Deacon Galvan in prayer, as he joyfully awaits the day of his ordination to the Sacred Priesthood!  Also, please pray for a continued increase in priestly vocations, trusting that the Lord, who is ever faithful, will provide abundantly.

Did You Know?
From the Diocesan Safe Environment Office:  Listen to Your Children
Summer is just around the corner!  When your children are out of school and on different schedules, meeting new people and going to new places, make sure that you talk to them often about their experiences and the people they’ve met. Listen carefully to your children. If possible, observe and get to know the other children and adults who are part of your children’s summertime fun. Above all, communicate your safety concerns to your children. Make sure they know that they can come to you with any concerns they may have about the people they interact with. And if you hear of or observe behaviors that may be inappropriate, make sure to communicate your feelings to people who are in a position to intervene. Communication is key to creating and maintaining a safe environment all year round.

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


Mary Help of Christians Family Festival
All are invited to Mary Help of Christians (6400 E. Chelsea St., Tampa)  to honor our Patroness, Mary Help of Christians! It will be a beautiful celebration consisting of Mass, a Rosary procession, and the Crowning of Mary, followed by Food with Festivities.

For more information, please contact Carolyn at the Center at (813) 626-6191 or visit and/or MHC Family Festival Event Page (

Invitation to join the Secular Franciscans, St. Michael the Archangel Fraternity,  Tampa
Who are Secular Franciscans?
We are men and women – your neighbors, coworkers and friends – who  have chosen to permanently follow the Gospel Life and walk in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi.  We are practicing Catholics.  We are single or married. We are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters.

How do you become a Secular Franciscan?
Visiting a monthly fraternity gathering and meeting of Secular Franciscans is a good first step.


St. Michael the Archangel Fraternity,  Tampa
Meets 2nd Saturday at 10:00 AM, Sacred Heart Parish, Alumni Hall, Sacred Heart North Campus, 3515 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33603.
Contact Lynne Float, Vice Minister at (410) 419-4009,

Overnight Retreat for Adults
Elisheba House presents “​Your Heart’s Desire”, 2023 Eucharistic Healing Retreat.
June 16-17, 2023
​Hampton Inn Odessa Trinity
11780 SR 54, Odessa, FL 33556
(813) 749-6826
* Retreat ticket does not include overnight hotel… must book separately.

Bring your weary hearts and encounter the healing presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
For more information and to register, please visit or click on this link:  REGISTER TODAY! (

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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: