Announcements ~ October 15, 2018

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Parish Group Volunteers Needed
The Family Faith Fest Committee is searching for parishes willing to volunteer as an organized group in these key areas:

  • Eucharistic Exposition and Rosary – groups of 5-8 dedicated parishioners needed every ½ hour to participate in Exposition and the Rosary in the appointed areas in Faith Village.
  • Midway Carnival Games – groups of 12 parishioners to work in pairs and “Man the Midway” in Kids Kingdom by offering tips, rules, setup and just general fun.

If your parish is interested in committing to one or more of these group volunteer options, please contact Meegan Wright at on or before Monday, October 22nd.

2018 Candidate Questionnaire Project: An Informed Voter is a Responsible Voter
The U.S. bishops remind us, “In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” To help parishioners become informed on where candidates stand on key issues, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has surveyed those running for U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature. To see how candidates appearing on the November 6 General Election ballots responded to the questionnaire, visit (Graphic here.)

Proyecto del Cuestionario de los Candidatos 2018: Un votante informado es un votante responsable
Los obispos estadounidenses nos recuerdan que: “En la Tradición católica, ser ciudadanos responsables es una virtud y la participación en la vida política es una obligación moral.” La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de la Florida, para asistir a los feligreses que quieren conocer la posición de candidatos políticos sobre temas claves, ha encuestado aquellos postulándose para el congreso y la legislatura estatal. Para ver como los candidatos, que aparecerán en la papeleta de la Elección General de noviembre 6, respondieron al cuestionario, visite (Graphic here.)

Remembering the Faithful Departed
November is the Month of All Souls, when we remember and pray for our dearly departed. We would like to remember your loved ones who have died during the last year in an online photo album. Please send a photo of this special person with his or her name and a remembrance of six words or less to The album will be accessible on the diocesan website at and on the Diocesan Facebook page ( Photos will be added to the album as they are received throughout November.

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 St. Paul Parish, St. Petersburg–October 16; Nativity Parish, Brandon–October 30; and St. Patrick Parish, Tampa–November 3. Registration is required:

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)

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.

First Diocesan African Mass
We are pleased to announce the celebration of the first Diocesan African Mass on November 4, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  Come and experience the celebration of the Catholic liturgy in African ethnic languages and cultures.  For more information, please contact Celina Okpaleke at 941-730-9765.  Flyer at this link.


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.

Day of Healing with Sr. McKenna
You are invited by The Marian Servants of Our Lady Of Divine Providence House of Prayer® to join us on Saturday, November 17th from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. as we host Sister Briege McKenna O.S.C. for her “Day Of Healing” talk.   Please come and help welcome Sister Briege in what will be a spirit and joy filled day.  A Vigil Mass to be celebrated.  The talk will take place at the House of Prayer at 711 South Bayview Avenue, Clearwater, Florida, 33759. Seating is limited so please register at today.  The cost is $40 per person and is non-refundable.  Bring your lunch. Drinks will be provided.  Registration deadline is November 15, 2018.  Please email to for questions or call (727) 797-7412.

“Setting Captives Free” – Personal Reflections on Ignatian Discernment of Spirits by Fr. Tim Gallagher
You are invited by the Marian Servants of Our Lady of Divine Providence House of Prayer® to join us on Wednesday, December 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as we host Father Timothy Gallagher O.M.V. for his seminar sharing his new book “Setting Captives Free” – Personal Reflections on Ignatian Discernment of Spirits.  EWTN will be doing a live filming on this day, at the House of Prayer, 711 South Bayview Avenue, Clearwater, FL 33759.  Seating is limited to 50 so please register promptly to  The cost is $30 per person.  Bring your lunch and drinks will be provided.   Please email for questions or call (727) 797-7412.

Middle Schoolers Invited to Saint Leo University Campus to Compete in Math Contest
Saint Leo University is sponsoring up to 30 middle schoolers who would like to come to campus to participate for free in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 8, scheduled for Tuesday, November 13. Students and their parents need to arrive at 5:45 p.m. on the test evening and can come straight to Selby Auditorium in Lewis Hall.

Parking is available in surface lots. The test starts at 6 p.m., and students have 40 minutes to work the problems. A preview is here: Families must register in advance by emailing Dr. Kevin Murphy at with AMC 8 in the subject line; or parents may call and leave Dr. Murphy a message at (352) 588-7192.

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