Announcements ~ October 16, 2023

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Evening Prayer with the Conferral of the Saint Jude the Apostle Medals
Sunday, October 29, 2023, 3:00 p.m.
Every year, the St. Jude the Apostle Medal is presented by our Bishop to a lay member from each of our parishes for distinguished and outstanding service. Whether it’s advocating for the life of the unborn, serving as an usher at Mass, or leading a parish ministry, these men and women share the love of Christ in many visible ways. Whatever humble offerings they provide, they exemplify gratefulness to God’s blessings in their service to His people. The prayer service will be livestreamed at  and view the list of award recipients, visit (Note: Photos of the award recipients will be on ourFlickr Page by November 1, 2023.)

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, November 4, 2023, at 1:30 PM, at St. Timothy Parish, 17512 Lakeshore Road, Lutz, FL 33558.

Families are invited to bring a picture of their child or children to be displayed during the mass. For more information or to have a child’s name added to the program, please contact Heidi Varley at (727) 344-1611, ext. 5356 or email:

Flyer at this link:

From the Office of Vocations

St. Andrew’s Dinner
St. Andrew’s Dinner is a casual discernment event for men 16+.  Prayer, dinner, and conversations with Bishop Parkes, Fr. Chuck Dornquast, and other priests.  Young men can join us at St. Catherine, Clearwater, on October 25th at 6:30 pm.

Register at

Come and See

The Come and See event is a great time for young men to visit and experience St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana.  There will be opportunities to meet seminarians, pray, and see the seminary.  Young men 16+ who are interested in going on the Come and See can register at

National Vocation Awareness Week
National Vocation Awareness Week is November 6-10, 2023.   Join us for Mass and Adoration at different locations as we pray for vocations. Monday 11/06 – Our Lady of Grace, Beverly Hills.
Tuesday 11/07 – Christ the King, Tampa.
Wednesday 11/08 – Our Lady of the Rosary, Land O Lakes (Spanish).
Thursday 11/09 – St. Joan of Arc, Springhill.
Friday 11/10 – Cathedral of St. Jude, St. Petersburg (with Bishop Parkes).
For more information click here

You can see all events at

Did You Know?
Always Keep an Up-to-Date Photo of Your Child
Picture this: A good photo could save a child’s life. One of the most important tools for law enforcement in the case of a missing child is an up-to-date (take a new one every six months), good-quality photograph. The photograph should be a recent head-and-shoulders color photograph of the child in which the face is clearly seen. It should be of school-portrait quality, and the background should be plain or solid so it does not distract from the subject. When possible, the photograph should be in a digitized form and available on a compact disk (CD), as opposed to just a hard copy. This minimizes the time necessary to scan, resize, and make color corrections before disseminating it to law enforcement. The photograph should have space for accurate, narrative description useful to identify the child, such as name, nickname, height, weight, sex, age, eye color, identifying marks, glasses, and braces.

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

Source: “The Importance of Photos,”


Magnificat Breakfast
Magnificat of St. Petersburg is excited to welcome all women to our next MAGNIFICAT MEAL-BREAKFAST from 9:30 AM—12:15 PM, on Saturday,  November  18, 2023,  held in the Parish Center at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL  33710.   Please also join us for St. Jude’s parish Mass held in the Cathedral at 8:15 AM.

If you have any questions, please feel free to text Linda 727-415-2693 or Jane 727-452-7404 or email:   or check our website at

Come Meet the Bad Girls of the Bible
Our Lady of Grace District of the St. Petersburg’s Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, presents the Bad Girls of the Bible, presented by Toya Martin. Some you know, some you think you know, and some you may have never heard of before. Saturday, November 4, 2023, St. Patrick Church, 4518 South Manhattan Ave., Tampa, from: 9:15 am — 2:00 pm, Cost $20.00.

For more information contact the OLG at 813-785-0889 or visit

St. Lawrence Catholic School’s Open House – October 27th at 9:00 AM Save the Date & RSVP for St. Lawrence Catholic School’s Open House, 5225 N. Himes Ave., Tampa, on October 27th at 9:00 AM in Higgins Hall. Enjoy light refreshments and an informational morning followed by a student-guided tour.

RSVP by emailing LiliAnne Rodriguez at See you there!

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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: