Announcements ~ September 21, 2020

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A View From the Top
In this edition of A View from the Top, Bishop Parkes talks about diocesan disaster relief assistance, the blessing of catechists in the church, Catholic cemeteries and respect for the body, and good study bibles and habits of study.  To listen to the podcast, visit this link:

Protecting Our Families Against PornographyWinning the Battle is a free, one-hour, live webinar designed to help pastors, youth ministers, and parents find victory over pornography for teens and young adults.  It is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10th, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.  Helping families protect themselves from the evils of pornography is one of our diocesan missions, which is why we conduct Safe Haven Sunday here each year.  The Religious Alliance Against Pornography, with members from the Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, several Protestant Churches, and representatives from the Jewish and Muslim communities, is offering this Webinar as a means to provide solutions to overcoming the threat posed by pornography to families and marriages.  Please share information on this webinar to parishioners, so that they can also participate.  For details and to register, visit

Vocations Office
Priesthood Appreciation Sunday
The Serra Club of St. Petersburg calls on all Catholics to join them in affirming and thanking our priests for their faithful service to the Church and the people of God on Priesthood Appreciation Sunday, September 27, 2020.

Elections Resources for Faithful Citizenship
In keeping with its mission, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops aims to educate and inform Catholics and provide resources to assist the faithful with their responsibility to participate in political life. To help inform voters before casting their ballots, several resources are available at, including an Election and Political Activities Guide, responses to the Candidate Questionnaire Project, and the Presidential Candidate Comparison on issues of importance to Catholics.

How to Prepare for Election Season
Giving public witness to the values of Jesus Christ requires our active participation in the political process. As Americans, we have a serious moral obligation to vote. To help Catholics prepare for election season, Bishop Gregory Parkes has created a one minute video on Faithful Citizenship and is providing a variety of resources to help Catholics in their civic duty. Visit for more information.

Misa Hispana Diocesana
La Comisión Hispana anuncia la Misa Hispana Diocesana anual en honor a Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, patrona de Cuba. La misa será presidida por monseñor Gregory L. Parkes el sábado 10 de octubre, 2020, a las 10:00 a.m. en la Catedral de St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Ave. North, St. Petersburg. Debido a las limitaciones de espacio resultantes de la actual pandemia COVID-19, las personas interesadas en asistir a la misa tendrán que inscribirse visitando el siguiente enlace: por orden de llegada. Todos están invitados a participar en la misa a través de la transmisión en vivo por nuestro sitio web diocesano:  Para obtener más información, por favor comunicarse con Mercedes Cedeño al 727-344-1611 ext. 5471.

Diocesan Hispanic Mass
The Hispanic Commission announces the annual Diocesan Hispanic Mass in honor of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, patroness of Cuba. The Mass will be presided by Bishop Gregory L. Parkes on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Ave. North, St. Petersburg. Due to spacing limitations resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic, persons interested in attending the Mass will need to register at on a first-come-first-serve basis. All are invited to participate in the Mass via livestream on our diocesan website at For more information please contact Mercedes Cedeño at 727-344-1611 ext. 5471.

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Office of Life, Justice & Advocacy
CRS Rice Bowl 2020 Reminder
We thank all who participated in Rice Bowl this past Lent. Your donations are needed so much at this difficult time. Please send any remaining Rice Bowl 2020 donations directly to CRS and include the name of your parish and diocese.  Our diocese will receive 25% of all funds sent from our parishes and schools.

Options for giving:
By phone:   1-877-435-7277
By mail:     Catholic Relief Services
CRS Rice Bowl
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, Maryland 21297-0303