Announcements ~ November 21, 2022

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Take Five with Bishop Gregory Parkes
Bishop Parkes will be hosting a new video segment called Take Five: Conversations on Faith and Life, premiering on Tuesday, November 29th. The segments are about five minutes in length and are designed to easily fit into people’s busy schedules. New video segments can be seen each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on the bishop’s
Facebook and Instagram accounts (@BishopParkes), the diocesan YouTube channel (@DioStPete) and our diocesan website.

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Thanksgiving Message from Bishop Gregory Parkes
Bishop Parkes has written a special Thanksgiving message to recall the many blessings from this past year.

To read the message in English, click here:
To read the message in Spanish, click here:

Women Needed for Prison Ministry!
For I… was in prison and you visited me.” (Mt 25:36)

The Diocese of St. Petersburg’s ministry to incarcerated women in the Hillsborough County Jail is in dire need of volunteers. Our jails often are the warehouses of the poor and neglected in our society, but we as the Church cannot neglect those most in need. If you are a woman (lay or religious) who has a heart to serve, please consider this rewarding ministry.  We visit the women in Hillsborough County Jail on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:30 PM and only ask for a commitment of one or two Sundays per month.  At the present time, we have sadly had to suspend our weekly services until more good women step forward and volunteer to help.

If you are interested in serving those in need, or want to know more about this ministry of charity, please contact Deacon David Lesieur by email:  or phone: (813) 255-7417.  Or you may contact Deacon Jim Grevenites, Diocese of St. Petersburg Office of Prison Ministry, by email at or phone: (727) 344-1611, ext. 5349.

(The retreat below will be in Spanish only:  Advent Reflection with Fr. Francisco Hernandez, Ed. D., Parochial Vicar of Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Tampa.  Saturday, December 3, from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, New Port Richey.)

Reflexión de Adviento
La Asamblea Hispana Diocesana te invita a una Reflexión de Adviento con el P. Francisco Hernández, Ed. D., vicario parroquial de la parroquia Most Holy Redeemer.  Este evento tendrá lugar el sábado, 3 de diciembre de 2022 de 8:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m. en la parroquia Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652El costo de $20.00 (cash o cheque) incluye desayuno continental y almuerzo.  La inscripción cierra el lunes, 28 de noviembrePara obtener más información, llama a Mercedes Cedeño al 727-344-1611 ext. 5471.

Siga este enlace para la Inscripción (

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Advent Men Discernment Retreat
The Office of Vocations is hosting a retreat experience for young men! The seminarians and priests will be offering two tracks:  an overnight retreat for those ages 18 and up, and a day retreat for those ages 16 and 17.

For more information follow the links below:

Did You Know? Internet Filter Software Is No Substitute for Parental Monitoring
There is a lot of material on the Internet that is inappropriate for children. Parents can use  filtering software to protect children from that material, but filters do not guarantee that children will not be exposed; a filter will never be a substitute for parents’ presence.
Monitor your child’s online behavior. Keep your family computer in a highly visible, common area, like the family room or the kitchen.  Ask your children to show you what sites they go to, and be open and willing to discuss the inappropriate material they might come across.

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


DCCW St. Maria Goretti Scholarship
St. Maria Goretti Scholarship is available to all active Catholic 12th Grade High School young women entering College or Vocational Training.
1st Scholarship prize $1000.00
2nd Scholarship $500.00
3rd Scholarship $500.00
Visit to obtain Scholarship application and details. (Under Events follow the link to St Maria Goretti Scholarship Forms and Information.)

Deadline for submission is March 1, 2023.

Sponsored by the St Petersburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.
The St. Petersburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women acts through its members to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in Spirituality, Leadership and Service. SPDCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and Society in the modern world.

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Living Joy:  How to Life a Joyful Life
St. Jerome Parish invites you to come and listen to well-known speaker, Chris Stefanick, on Wednesday, December 7th from 7:00 to – 9:00 PM, at the church (10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo). We would like to invite all around the Diocese to join us for this special event to reignite their spirituality during the season of Advent leading up to the joy of Christmas!

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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: