Announcements ~ September 18, 2023

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NEW VIDEO: Bishop Gregory Parkes Invites You to Participate in 40 Days for Life.

The 40 Days for Life Campaign, September 27-November 5, 2023, aims to end abortion through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and peaceful prayer vigils in front of abortion businesses. Bishop Parkes explains why this campaign is so important and offers a prayer for the success of this important effort.

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An Invitation from the Office of the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute

Ask yourself: Could God be calling me to be a Lay Ecclesial Minister in His Church? For anyone interested in attending the LPMI Year of Discernment, the registration form and program information can be found on the LPMI web site at: or call the LPMI office at (727) 344-1611.  New classes begin October 14, 2023.

Bishop Gregory Parkes Provides $100,000 to Catholic Charities for Hurricane Relief
On September 6, 2023, Bishop Gregory Parkes presented Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg with a donation of $100,000 to help with local needs for those impacted by Hurricane Idalia. This was made possible by donations to the Diocese of St. Petersburg Disaster Relief Fund. “There are those in our Diocese who have been affected greatly, especially in Citrus County. As a result, there are many of the faithful, as well as those who are not Catholic, that live up there who are in need,” said Bishop Parkes during the check presentation ceremony at the Pastoral Center.

Office of Communications

Help Us Reach 1,000
Gulf Coast Catholic is now on Instagram! Will you help us reach our goal of 1,000 followers? You will have access to more videos and bonus content, such as this Friday’s Instagram Takeover by Caleb Malec, a seminarian from St. Stephen Parish in Riverview.  Get to know Caleb and see what he will be sharing on Friday, September 15th.

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Office of Marriage and Family Life Ministry

Together in Holiness Conference
The Diocese of St. Petersburg is partnering with the St. John Paul II Foundation to sponsor a special event for married couples. “Together in Holiness,” a marriage conference that inspires spouses and empowers parents, will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, in St. Petersburg. This conference includes dynamic presentations, childcare, Mass, Adoration, Confession, and more! Couples are encouraged to save the date now to participate! To learn more, contact

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Office of Life, Justice and Advocacy Ministry 

Save Lives through the Power of Prayer
The 40 Days for Life campaign aims to end abortion through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day prayer vigil in front of abortion businesses. Will you sign up to pray for one day or multiple days? The Diocese of St. Petersburg will have prayer vigils at three different locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Our goal is to save lives and to have a large, peaceful/prayerful presence outside of these three abortion facilities. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please visit or contact Jill Ricardo, our diocesan 40 Days for Life Coordinator at

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Are They Pro-Life? Contraceptives, IVF, & Surrogacy
In Honor of October being Respect Life Month, the St. Lawrence Catholic Church’s Respect Life Ministry presents a talk by Catholic, Pro-Life OB/GYN Dr. Carlos Lamoutte on the topics of Contraceptives, IVF, & Surrogacy. All are invited to attend this free event on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 6:30 PM in Higgins Hall. Please RSVP at the provided link, by scanning the QR code, or calling (813) 875-4040 if you plan to attend.

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Save the Date:  Parish Mission on the Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales
Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, 2510 E. Hanna Ave., Tampa, invites you to join them from November 11 through November 16, 2023 for their parish mission.
Guest speakers:  Canon Matthew Talarico, ICKSP and Canon Aaron Huberfeld, ICKSP.

More details to follow.

Martinmas Celebration
The Fraternal Society of St. John the Apostle of Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, Tampa, invites you for a men’s apostolate event on November 9, 2023 at 6:00 PM at the parish (2510 E. Hanna Ave. , Tampa).

An evening of male fellowship, spiritual edification, and intellectual discussion.  Food will be provided.

For more information, or to register, please visit: or scan the QR code in the top corner of this flyer (

Saint Leo University’s Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies Celebrating 25 Years, Presenting Eternal Light Award
Saint Leo University’s Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies will host its 25th anniversary and present the 19th Eternal Light Award to Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, 6-9 p.m., October 26, 2023 at the Shanna and Bryan Glazer Jewish Community Center, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606.

Chairs for the 25th anniversary celebration are Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg and Joseph Probasco; honorary chairs are Maureen Cohn and Gail Whiting.

Individual tickets are $75 and student tickets are $35. Table sponsorships are available.  RSVP by October 12.  Tickets may be purchased at

For more information or special accommodations, contact

Community invited to Saint Leo University Fall Faculty Recitals

Saint Leo University music faculty will present a program of music written by living composers, including two faculty members, Alex Ehredt and Mauricio Rodriguez. One of the compositions also features the poetry of Dr. Anne Barngrover, associate professor of English and director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program. Concerts will be held:

5 p.m., Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Selby Auditorium, Lewis Hall, 33701 County Road 52, St. Leo, FL 33574

7 p.m., Tuesday, September 26th
Holy Name Monastery Chapel, 12138 Wichers Road, St Leo, FL 33574

For more information or special accommodations, contact Dr. Cynthia Selph at or (352) 588-7294.

Eucharistic Healing Retreat
In June, Elisheba House sponsored a Eucharistic Healing Retreat for adults, which sold out quickly.  Due to the event’s popularity, a second retreat is being offered from October 20-21, 2023, at the Hampton Inn, in Trinity.  Flyer advertising the event can be found at this link:, and those interested may register by going to  If you have questions, please contact Ivonne Hernandez, at (813) 335-2163 or


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: