Announcements ~ September 4, 2018

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Diocese of St. Petersburg Documents 50th Anniversary Impact

Note to Bulletin Editors: Over the next few months, please share what you can with your parishioners about the amazing things we have been able toaccomplish together as one Diocese over the past 50 years. While some of the impact cannot be quantified, we have created bulletin graphics that provide an overview of some of the ways we have had a positive impact on life in West Central Florida and Tampa Bay over the past 50 years. Full report can be read here.

Every day, the Diocese of St. Petersburg ventures outside church walls to serve people in need, regardless of their religious affiliation. In fact, 75% of people served by Catholic Charities are not Catholic. Many parishes in our diocese have outreach programs, such as the St. Vincent de Paul Society, that serve the poor, hurting and suffering and many also support community-based programs. Twelve parishes currently have “twinning” relationships with churches in third world countries, such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba, to provide financial and human support. Through our charitable efforts, we have positively impacted the lives of many families and individuals.

50th Anniversary Impact Graphics
Housing for AIDS – HIV
Help for the Homeless
Catholic Education
Direct Aid
Affordable Housing
Senior Housing
San Jose Mission
Refugee Assistance
Migrant Ministry
Local Priests
Foundations of Life Ministry

From the Office of Communications – FAMILY FAITH FEST

The Office of Communications has provided announcements and videos that we are hoping parishes can include in bulletins and show on screens each weekend from September 15 – October 21.  A suggested schedule can be found at this link along with the announcements and links to the videos.

As a reminder, Bishop Gregory Parkes invites everyone to the Family Faith Fest, the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Saturday, October 27 from 10 am to 6 pm at Al Lopez Park in Tampa. Visit for more information.

For NEW versions of Family Faith Fest bulletin ads, visit:

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 online and are due October 22, 2018:

Listening Session on Racism with Bishop Parkes:
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM at St. Lawrence Parish, Higgins Hall (5525 N. Himes Ave. Tampa, 33614)
Following the tragic and horrific events of Charlottesville, Virginia, one year ago, the Bishops of the United States formed a committee to focus on addressing the sin of racism and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions. A new diocesan Racial Justice Committee will address the issue of racism through a series of events, beginning with a Listening Session designed to offer the faithful an opportunity to share how racism has impacted our lives, our parishes and the Church. Bishop Gregory Parkes will be present along with Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, Chair of the US Bishops Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Contact Sabrina Burton Schultz, Director of Life, Justice and Advocacy Ministry with questions or to RSVP:; 727-344-1611, ext. 5325.

Beyond Fear, Beyond Anger: Healing Racial Division in the Church and Society.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
9:30 to 12 noon, Christ the King Parish (821 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa, Mary Martha Center). Confront the issue of racism, how is it manifest in our Church and in society today, and how Catholic Christians are called to respond. Workshop is free but pre-registration is required. Register by Monday, September 10th at


Bulletin Announcements for September 9, 2018 Relaunch of Courageously Living the Gospel

New Vision for the Diocese of St. Petersburg is Introduced
Bishop Gregory Parkes has announced a new Mutually Shared Vision that is the result of listening sessions conducted during 2017. The three-year plan will impact the community in the five counties of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and includes new initiatives for evangelization and outreach, such as the development of 8-10 new affordable housing properties, a new Catholic school and a renewed emphasis on meeting the needs of youth and young adults. Visit to learn more.

Bulletin editors can visit this page for communication resources and bulletin ads.


Women’s Conference – The Latin Mass Explained
Remember going to the Latin Mass when you were young?  Maybe you have never been.  We invite all women to celebrate and pray with the Catholic women of the St. Petersburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Saturday, 9/22 at Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church.  Join us in celebration of the Latin Mass, lunch and speaker Fr. Palka for the Latin Mass Explained.  For additional information, contact Gail Merrill at (813) 983-1602 or

Run For Babies Adoption Fund 5K Run/Walk
November 3, 2018 – Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland
Help us make the First Annual Run for Babies a success! Proceeds benefits Catholic Charities Adoption Services helping mothers not ready or able to parent and parents completing their family through adoption. Register, Sponsor or Donate at – click on Events. See You There!  For more information call 863-670-6627

The Cornerstone Catholic Scripture Study
You are invited to join The Cornerstone Catholic Scripture Study to study the Book of Revelation. This is a Catholic Scripture Study open to men and women and meets on Wednesday mornings beginning September 19th from 9:30AM until 11:30AM at the DuBois Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Dunedin. For more information visit our website at or call Mary at 727-791-3240.

Is God calling you to a deeper prayer life?
Mary Queen of Carmel Community is seeking those whom God is calling to deepen their prayer life, while living in the secular world.  We follow the traditions of Saints Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Therese of Lisieux.  We are offering an introductory course in Discalced Carmelite Spirituality starting September 23, 2018 at Espiritu Santo Parish in Safety Harbor.  For more information, please call Karen at (727) 328-4632.

Healing of the Family Tree Mass
Fr. Michael Barry, SS.CC., will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dunedin on Friday, September 28th at 7pm leading a powerful evening of prayer and healing. Born and raised in Cork, Ireland, Father Barry graduated from Catholic University of America and was ordained June 14, 1964. This charismatic priest is best known for his healing ministries, especially through Retreats, Healing Masses, the Healing of the Family Tree, and Spiritual Direction. He feels a special call to the inner healing of the person.

The Franciscan Center Presents
Courageously Living the Gospel with Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes
Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, September 18, 12 -1:30 pm

Bishop Parkes will present on the new vision of The Diocese of St Petersburg. Bishop Parkes developed a Mutually-Shared Vision – Courageously Living the Gospel – that represents the many voices of the faithful who contributed with their input and prayers. With clarity, purpose and renewed hope, Courageously Living the Gospel is a source of inspiration and direction as we each strive daily to be Disciples of Jesus Christ. Registration is required. Limited seating. Please register by Sept 13th. Fee: $25 (includes lunch).

To register call the Center at (813) 229-2695 or go directly online to this link.


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