Announcements ~ September 16, 2019

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Chosen by Him – A Day of Reflection & Discernment for Women
The Office of Vocations will host Chosen by Him – A Day of Reflection & Discernment for Women, on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10 am until 2 pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg.

Hear the vocation stories of the women religious who have courageously served in the Diocese of St. Petersburg!

Please see attached flyer for more information and to RSVP.  (Flyer)

CRS Mini-Grants
The Office of Life, Justice and Advocacy is pleased to announce the beginning of our annual grant process for funding hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in the Diocese.  Ministries from parishes, schools, and other diocesan entities can apply for up to $1,000.00 to assist with programming and advocacy efforts to eradicate hunger.  Twenty-five percent of Diocesan CRS Rice Bowl collections are retained and have been made available for this grant program. Applications are available by contacting the office of Life, Justice & Advocacy: and are due October 21, 2019:

Keeping your Catholic Family Safe from Pornography
Sponsored By: Respect Life, Freedom in Christ, David’s Legacy
Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 – 8:30 PM at Nativity Catholic Church -705 E. Brandon Blvd, Brandon FL,  St. Francis Room of Social Hall.
Deacon Mark, a practicing psychiatrist, will discuss theological, social, family, neurological, and psychiatric aspects of pornography. Come and hear how you can help your family and friends steer clear, or recover, from this plague of our society. Hope and help is available!

Florida Respect Life Conference
You are invited to attend the 33rd Annual Florida Respect Life Conference, “In the Heart of Our Mother” in historic St Augustine. National and State speakers like Star Parker and Vincent Rue, Ph.D. will challenge, inspire, and educate with their expertise and real truth.

Our goal is to claim the leadership of this culture through the power of truth and with thoughtful and nurturing hearts. A Youth Pro-Life Leadership track is available, including a concert by Sean Forrest.  Register at  Hotel discounts expire in early September.

From Spirit FM 90.5
Join the Spirit FM 30-Day Prayer Challenge
Our kids need our prayers! Spirit FM is organizing a 30-Day Prayer Challenge to invite everyone to come together as a community of hope and faith to lift up young people in prayer. From October 1– 30, Spirit FM will provide specific prayer intentions, a Bible verse and a prayer to say over a child in your life. To participate, text “SPIRITFM” to 84576 and you’ll receive the daily prayer intention right on your phone starting October 1 or visit for a PDF of each day’s prayer intention. (Horizontal graphic here. Square graphic here.)

Annual White Mass to be Celebrated on October 26, 2019
The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) “Tampa Bay Guild of St. Philomena” invites all physicians, medical students and other healthcare professionals to the Annual White Mass and Dinner on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Christ the King Parish in Tampa.

The Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Parkes at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Dinner will follow with speaker Dr. Robert Motley, a Family Medicine physician and Clinical Professor in PA  who is active in the CMA. His topic is “Witness In An Age of Conflict”.

Dinner is $58.00 per person. All healthcare provider participants must register to attend by October 16 here.

Questions? Contact Rob at or 727-785-3445.
Download the Event Flyer.


Juvenile Detention Ministry Seminar
Saturday, October 5, 9AM-1PM, Our Lady of Lourdes, Dunedin
Project Angel will be hosting a seminar for potential volunteers of the Juvenile Detention Ministry on becoming a mentor, a prayer support partner, a facility support volunteer, and how to organize and lead a local effort within your Parish.  This seminar will also provide the application and vetting required by the state of Florida to qualify as a volunteer within the Juvenile Justice System.  Includes breakfast and all fees.  RSVP to or 727-403-7260.

Emmaus Retreat for Men – November 1 – 3, 2019
All men are invited to the next Emmaus Retreat designed for men who would like to explore their relationship with Jesus. It is hosted by men who are called to share parts of their own Emmaus Journey.  The weekend consists of a series of talks by speakers who share their very personal life experiences along with their personal relationship with God and with their family. It may prove to be a Journey you may not soon forget.  Come join us for the next step in Your Journey! Location: Franciscan Center, 3010 N Perry Avenue, Tampa; Cost: Double $195 / Single $235, Scholarships are available. Contact: Chuck Warrington  727-224-7055 (Graphic here.)

Hispanic Heritage Month at Saint Leo University: Tres Vidas (Three Lives)
Saint Leo University welcomes all on Monday, September 30, at 7 p.m., to Tres Vidas (Three Lives), a dramatic work about three prominent Latinas. One of the women, Rufina Amaya (1943-2207) of Salvador, became a Catholic lay pastor following a tragic event.

The performance will be at the Saint Leo University Student Community Center, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL, 33574. Admission is free. Contact number: (352) 588-8401.

Saint Leo University Hosting Open House
Saint Leo University will host an Undergraduate Admissions Fall Open House on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL 33574. Students of all ages are welcome to attend with their families and friends, starting at 8 a.m.

Prospective students are welcome to tour the campus, learn about the university’s academic offerings, student life, campus involvement, financial aid, and more. For information and to register, visit

Those who need accommodations or more information may call (352) 588-8283, or email

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