Announcements ~ October 9, 2023

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Ordination to the Diaconate
The Diocese of St. Petersburg is happy to announce that Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes will ordain Paul Benfanti (St. Paul, St. Petersburg), John Gerdes (Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg), Charles Glass (St. Paul, Tampa), Joseph Grimaudo (Our Lady of the Rosary, Land O’ Lakes), Michael Hurst (St. Clement, Plant City), Scott Moore (Our Lady of Lourdes, Dunedin), Shawn Ryan (St. Stephen, Riverview), and William Stephen (St. Paul, Tampato the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg.  All are welcome to attend!

For a group photo of the soon-to-be deacons please click here.

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,”


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

International Festival
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Tampa, invites you to their 14th Annual International Festival on Sunday, October 15, 2023 at the parish grounds at 7001 12th Ave. S., Tampa.  The festival starts at 8:30 AM.  There will be food, music, raffles, dances and lots of vendors.  Free parking.  Contact the parish office for more information, 813-626-2984.  All are welcome!

Flyer at this link:

Festival Internacional
La comunidad parroquial de Blessed Sacrament, Tampa, les invita su 14to Festival Internacional el domingo, 15 de octubre de 2023 en los predios de la iglesia en el 7001 12th Ave. S. , Tampa.  El festival comienza a las 8:30 AM.  Tendremos comida, rifas, bailes y vendedores.  El estacionamiento es gratis.  Para más información, llame a la oficina parroquial al 813-626-2984.  Les esperamos! 

Flyer en español:

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: