Announcements ~ October 12, 2020

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A View from the Top
On this edition of A View from the Top, Bishop Parkes talks about 40 Days for Life and the upcoming election. Also discussed is the recent arson at a local parish, Bishop Parkes’ reflection on his brother being ordained Bishop of Savannah, and the use of social media in the church.

To listen to the podcast, follow this link:

Bishop Gregory Parkes Evangelizes through Media
Did you know that Bishop Gregory Parkes is on YouTube, he has a radio show, and he records a Sunday Gospel reflection each week? This is one way he shares the hope of Christ with thousands of people each week. You can hear uplifting information about our Catholic community and also learn more about what our faith teaches on relevant topics. Take some time to connect more with your faith by connecting with Bishop Parkes. Visit to connect!

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Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations & Discernment Group
You are invited to join Bishop Gregory Parkes, Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Director of Vocations and the Serra Club of St. Petersburg, in praying for an abundance of vocations in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. On October 28, you can attend via live stream or in person. If you wish to join us in praying for vocations at the Cathedral of St. Jude, we ask that you practice the same guidelines which have been followed for daily Masses.

Please note the new start time for the Holy Hour is 6:30 PM.

Following the Holy Hour, discerners are invited to join Bishop Parkes and Fr. Chuck in the Cathedral Hall for pizza and refreshments and to kick off our new discernment group. If you would like to attend the discernment group please RSVP to Heidi Varley at

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Spirit Service Week
This month, Spirit FM gives you five opportunities to respond to His call. Join us for Spirit Service Week, October 26th through 30th.  Stop by to drop-off non-perishable foods items and hygiene products for the needy in St. Pete, Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, and Land O Lakes, you’ll have the chance to respond to our community’s greatest needs. All are 4-6pm. Drop by to see your friends from Spirit FM and get some Spirit Swag! 

For more information contact Spirit FM at 813-289-8040 or visit

Bulletin Editors:  Feel free to include the specific date and city that is closest to your parish if you’d like.  For your convenience, please follow the link below to various sized bulletin graphics for the different locations: Spirit Service Week Graphics.
Oct 26th – St. Jude Cathedral – Saint Petersburg
Oct 27th – Grace Lutheran – Tampa
Oct 28th – Nativity Catholic Church – Brandon
Oct 29th – St. Michael’s Catholic Church – Clearwater
Oct 30th – Our Lady of the Rosary – Land O’ Lakes

Join us in Praying the Election Novena for Our Nation
Bearing in mind our nation’s challenges and the need for wise, moral, civic leadership, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is inviting all to pray a virtual Election Novena. For nine consecutive days, Monday, October 26th through Tuesday, November 3rd, participants will be encouraged to pray one Our FatherHail Mary, and Glory Be for the day’s intention. A closing prayer for elected leaders will be offered on day 10, Wednesday, November 4th. On the USCCB website, find the daily intentions, sign up to receive the novena daily by email, and download graphics for each day’s intention for use on social media. Novena Promotional graphic at this link.

Bishop Parkes to Celebrate All Souls Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery
Bishop Gregory Parkes will celebrate Mass for the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls) on Monday, November 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Catholic Cemetery (11801 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33764). All are invited to attend.
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Equipping Parents for an Ongoing Conversation About Internet Pornography
Webinar opportunity sponsored by St. Paul Parish, Tampa.
Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 07:00 PM
Join us to hear from Ryan Foley, Vice President of Business Development for Covenant Eyes. Ryan has spent the last eight years educating and supporting Dioceses, Parishes, and Catholic Schools in addressing the harms of pornography. Education efforts include CleanHeart.Online and Strive 21, a free 21-day detox course for men.  Register at this link:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Lead the Way on Hunger: A webinar on global and local hunger and our response
The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the risk of a severe crisis in areas where many already do not have enough nutritious food. Learn how Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and local parishes support those experiencing hunger and find out how you can help. Join us November 9, 7-8 PM on Zoom, with Holly Cantuba and Vivi Iglesias, both of CRS, and representatives from local parishes. Register at

Monthly Conversations about Race
Join us for monthly conversations about race. Our first event will be held on Wednesday, October 28th, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM on Zoom. The topic for the night will be Racism is a Life Issue and our speaker will be Monsignor Michael Carruthers, Parochial Administrator, Resurrection Parish, Riverview. Small group discussion will be included.  Register at

Caring for our Common Home: Webinar
October 22, 2020; 7:00 -7:45 pm
In 2015, Pope Francis shared with the world his encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home,” calling for a bold response to defend the sanctity of the Earth. Today it is even more important that we address integral ecology, the sacred bond between man and nature, and its impact to the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Join us for this unique opportunity to learn about and address the dire need to protect Florida’s environment. Register at

Annual White Mass
The annual White Mass will be held on Saturday October 24, 2020 for physicians, medical students and other healthcare professionals in our diocese. Vigil 4:00 pm Mass will be presided over by Bishop Gregory Parkes at the beautiful Chapel of the Holy Cross located on the campus of Jesuit High School ( 4701 N. Himes Ave) in Tampa. We ask that attendees please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines at Mass. There will not be a dinner following Mass this year. Dr. Rob Hamill, guild president of Catholic Medical Association’s (CMA), Tampa Bay Guild of St. Philomena, is organizing this event.
Registration is not required but you can RSVP to and please email with any questions.

3RE: A Virtual Marriage Encounter
The journey begins online – Tuesday, October 27, 2020

7 Evening sessions over 3 weeks.
REstore — communication
REkindle — romance
REnew — commitment

Apply at Questions? Contact Bob and Sheila Baker – or 407-647-4289.
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Interactive seminar on Catholicism and the 2020 election
Two professors from Saint Leo University will present an interactive, online webinar on the upcoming election and considerations for Catholic voters. Dr. Steve Okey of the Theology faculty and political scientist, Frank Orlando, will host this talk, scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. It is free to participate. To register and receive the computer link, simply email and use the words “Election webinar” in the subject line.