Announcements ~ October 1, 2018

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Civil Dialogue
The Office of Life, Justice, and Advocacy has scheduled civil dialogues on racism as part of a larger initiative supporting the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and their upcoming pastoral letter. A civil dialogue is a moderated discussion that involves sharing personal experiences and Catholic Social Teachings.

Dialogues are taking place at the Franciscan Center, St. Paul Parish, St. Petersburg; Nativity Parish, and St. Patrick Parish, Tampa. Registration is required:

One Saturday, Two Workshops
Saturday, November 3, at Christ the King in Tampa.
Register for one workshop or both. Lunch is optional.
CRS Parish Ambassador Come & See Workshop: 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Hear firsthand experiences of the work of CRS and find out how you can engage your parish in global solidarity as a CRS Parish Ambassador.

Parish Life, Justice & Advocacy Ministry Workshop: 12 – 2:30 PM
Join us to discuss best practices, collaboration, resources, and what draws these ministries together.

Mass of the Angels
The annual Mass of the Angels for children (born or unborn) who have gone to be with the Lord. will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 11:00 AM in the St. James Chapel at Bethany Center (18150 Bethany Center Drive, Lutz). Families are invited to bring a picture of their lost child/ren to be displayed at the reception following Mass. For RSVP’s, information, or to have a child’s name added to the program, please contact Diane at 727-344-1611 *5308;

Misa de los Ángeles
La Misa de los Ángeles en memoria de niños y niñas (nacidos o no nacidos) que han ido a morar con el Señor será el sábado 13 de octubre, 2018 a las 11:00 am en la Capilla de St. James en el Bethany Center.  Invitamos a los familiares a que traigan una foto de su infante para compartirla en la recepción después de la Misa.  Para reservaciones (RSVP), más información o para añadir el nombre de su infante al programa, llame a Diane al 727-344-1611 *5308;

CRS Rice Bowl Mini Grants
The Office of Life, Justice and Advocacy is currently accepting applications for CRS Rice Bowl Mini Grants that fund hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in the Diocese. Ministries from parishes, schools, and other diocesan entities can apply for up to $1,000 to assist with programming and advocacy efforts to eradicate hunger. Twenty-five percent of annual Diocesan CRS Rice Bowl collections are retained and have been made available for this grant program. Applications are due October 22, 2018.

Misa Hispana Diocesana
El Obispo Gregory Parkes les invita a la Misa Hispana Diocesana en honor a nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá, Patrona de Colombia.  La misa se celebrará el 13 de octubre de 2018 a la 10 AM en la Catedral de St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg.

Auspiciada por la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano, Diócesis de St. Petersburg, 727-344-1611.
Afiche en este /Poster at this enlace/link.

Diocesan Hispanic Mass
Bishop Gregory Parkes invites you to the Diocesan Hispanic Mass.  This year it will be In Honor of Our Lady Of The Rosary of Chiquinquirá, Patroness of Colombia.  The Mass will be on October 13, 2018 at 10 AM at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.

Sponsored by the Office of Hispanic Ministry, Diocese of St. Petersburg.

Catholic Lawyers Guild’s Annual Red Mass
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
October 26, 2018, at 12:10 p.m.

The Mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Deacon Edward LaRose, Chief Judge of the Second District Court of Appeal, will give the homily.  Attorneys will have an opportunity to renew their Oath of Office at the Mass.  Please join us!

St. Pio Relics to Visit the Diocese of St. Petersburg
Friday, November 2, 2018
The tour of the relics of St. Pio, a modern-day saint who is beloved around the world, will be at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle for one day, Friday, November 2, All Souls’ Day. Six relics of the saint have been brought from Italy to the United States for the first time. All are invited to come and venerate the official relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina and to participate in the celebration of Mass with Bishop Gregory Parkes at the Cathedral of Saint Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg. Public Veneration will be from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Mass with Bishop Gregory Parkes will be at 6:30 PM. For information about the public veneration, please call (727) 347-9702.

Promotional materials are available on our website or via the links below.

  • Full Page Bulletin Insert/Flyer (PDFJPG)
  • Square Social Media Graphic (PNGJPG)

Contest deadline extended to October 1! The Diocese of St. Petersburg celebrates its 50th Anniversary during 2018. Teens have an opportunity to learn about the history of their local Church through a video contest that answers the question: “Why I love the Church.” The best videos will be featured on the diocesan website and played at the Family Faith Fest on October 27, 2018. Shalom World Television Channel, the commercial free, high definition, Catholic family TV channel, is the official sponsor of the video contest. Their website for programs is

Find full contest details and rules at Full Page Flyer | Social Media Graphic


Faith & Ale
Men are invited to join others across the diocese for food, drink and fellowship at Faith & Ale! This month’s speaker is Titus O’Neil, Professional Wrestler & Former NFL player. Join us Thursday, October 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Christ the King’s Mary Martha Center (717 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa). Cost is $15 with advance registration at or $20 at the door. For more information, contact Mike Callahan 813.404.5073.

Open Forum
Friday, October 5, 7-8 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes, Dunedin in the Conmy Center
“If One Member Suffers…” Fr. Gary and Fr. Victor invite you to an Open Forum to share any hurt, questions, or concerns in light of the abuse in the Catholic Church that has been revealed. This will be an opportunity to come together to freely discuss the recently revealed scandals as we all seek healing for ourselves and the Church. Please join us. Everyone is encouraged to visit the Diocesan website (at on the abuse issue before the Open Forum to make the discussion more meaningful and fruitful.

Johnnette Benkovic Williams and Thomas K. Sullivan Parish Mission
Join us for a Parish Mission, featuring Johnnette Benkovic Williams and Thomas K. Sullivan, authors of “The Rosary, Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare”. This three-night mission is at 7:00 PM Monday, October 22, through Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Topics covered will include Spiritual Warfare, The History of the Rosary, Praying the Rosary for Powerful Results, and so much more! 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.

Recognize Your Loved Ones during Mental Illness Awareness Week
As part of National Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 7 – 13), Benedict Haven (Catholic Charities-run home for men with severe mental illness) is extending an opportunity to you to commemorate your loved ones who are suffering or suffered from mental illness by purchasing an engraved brick to be placed in the Benedict Haven brick path. Each brick costs $50. To learn more call (727) 893-1313 x104 or email To purchase your brick text HAVEN to 91999 or visit

The SVdP CARES Community Thrift Store is in need of volunteers!

The store at 180 34th Street N. in St. Petersburg is in need of volunteers to help with processing donations on Mondays and Tuesdays, hanging clothes, sorting donations and a few able bodied people to assist with pick ups and deliveries!  The store hours are Mon-Fri 10-6PM and Saturday 10-4PM.  For more information see our website at Or call 727-328-2730.


The pilgrimages are posted in the Diocesan website under Pilgrimages–bottom of the homepage under FAQ or by following this link: