Announcements ~ October 28, 2019

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Urge Governor DeSantis to stay execution of James Dailey, a veteran with evidence of innocence
James Dailey is scheduled to be executed on November 7th. Dailey, who was sentenced to death for the 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio, has a strong case for innocence. The Catholic bishops of Florida have written to Gov. Ron DeSantis urging him to stay the execution.  If carried out, this will be the 100th execution in Florida since the reinstatement of the death penalty in the 1970s. Please take action now:

Mass of the Angels
Bethany Retreat Center, St. James Chapel, 18150 Bethany Center Drive, Lutz
The Diocesan Office of Life, Justice and Advocacy is hosting a Mass for parents and families who have “lost” a child or children (born or unborn). Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Our celebrant is Fr. John Lipscomb. A gathering with light refreshments will follow. Families are invited to bring a picture of their child to display at the reception. To RSVP’s or to have a child’s name added to the program, please contact Diane Montemurro at 727-344-1611;

New Website for the Diocese of St. Petersburg
The Diocese of St. Petersburg announces the launch of a new website that is easier to navigate, beautifully designed and mission-focused. The new website also incorporates more photos and videos to showcase the beauty and vitality of our Catholic faith. You can find news about our local Church, upcoming events, a directory of parishes, schools, offices and ministries, plus learn more about our Catholic faith. Visit

Mission Driven Foundational Hospitality Workshop
This workshop will bring together two outstanding professionals from St. Joseph’s Hospitals – BayCare Health System to help us discover WHY hospitality is a part of our mission and HOW we can evaluate and implement change to make hospitality a top priority. The event is open to pastors, clergy, staff and lay leaders looking to continue their stewardship journey. Lunch will be provided following the interactive presentations.

Mission Driven Foundational Hospitality will take place on November 5, 2019 at Bethany Center, located at 18150 Bethany Center Dr, Lutz. For more information and to register online click here or call the Office of Stewardship and Development at 727-344-1611.

Join us on November 5th to explore how hospitality brings us closer to living our lives as everyday stewards!

National Vocation Awareness Week
The Office of Vocations invites you to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life during National Vocation Awareness Week, November 3-9, 2019. The theme for this year is Family: the Foundation for Vocations.

Vocation awareness week is an opportunity to promote a culture of vocations across the Diocese. We would like to designate Sunday, November 3, 2019 as Opportunity Sunday where parishioners are encouraged to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the young people in their lives. Resources for parishes and schools are available through Vianney Vocations by following this link. We also would like you to join us for five nights of adoration around the Diocese! Beginning on Monday, November 4th through Friday, November 8th, from 7-8 pm, we will be praying for vocations at five different parishes. For the location closest to you, please see the flyer at this link.  All are welcome and invited to attend.

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Catholic Lawyers Guild’s Annual Red Mass
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
November 20, 2019, at 12:10 p.m.

The Mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Deacons Edward LaRose, Judge of the Second District Court of Appeal, and John Schaefer, Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge (Retired) will assist.  Attorneys will have an opportunity to renew their Oath of Office at the Mass.
Flyer at this link.


Dinner and Dialogue 2019
The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University presents this year’s “Dinner and Dialogue,” an opportunity for members of the Jewish and Catholic communities to grow in their understanding of each other’s faith traditions.  The event will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 6:15 p.m., in Higgins Hall on the campus of St. Lawrence Parish, Tampa.  This year’s topic is entitled, “Jews and Christians: Praying About Each Other.”  For more information and instructions for registration, please click here.

Middle Schoolers Invited to Saint Leo University Campus to Compete in Math Contest
Saint Leo University will host 30 middle schoolers for free in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 8, on Wednesday, November 13. Campus is at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL, 33574. Register first by email with Then report to TECO Hall, Tapia College of Business building, first floor, by 5:45 p.m. Students start work on exam questions at 6 p.m., and have 40 minutes.

Sacred Heart Council of Catholic Women Annual Retreat
Join us for a day of prayer and reflection. Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8:30 to 3 pm. At Sacred Heart North Campus, 3515 North Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33603.
Includes: Light Breakfast • Presentation by Sean FitzSimmons Brown, The Church and Music • Lunch • Rosary • Time for Reflection • Confession • Mass

DEADLINE for Registration: November 8, 2019. The cost is $26.00

Register online at or more information contact us at (813) 586-1595.

Night of Praise and Adoration
All are invited to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4520 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa, for a Night of Praise and Adoration on November 9, 2019.  It is presented by the Freedom to Worship Ministry.  At a night of praise and adoration you can expect live praise and worship, a faith-building teaching or witness, Eucharist Adoration, and prayer ministry. Follow this ministry on Instagram @freedomtoworship, Facebook at Night of Praise and Adoration, or online at

For more information please contact Monica at (813) 368-3866.
Flyer at this link.

St. Raphael Parish Festival
St. Raphael Parish, 1376 Snell Isle Blvd NE, St. Petersburg, invites you to our Parish Festival from November 8 ~ 10, 2019.  Come by for great food, awesome rides, live music, Bingo, games, and so much more at our beautiful waterfront fairground!  Admission is free.  Hours are 12 Noon – 11 pm, Friday and Saturday, and 12 Noon – 7 pm on Sunday.  Tickets for rides, food, beverages and games are available at the event or in advance.  All proceeds benefit St. Raphael Catholic School.
For information, sponsorship opportunities and pre-sale tickets, visit the website at

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