New Series Helps Families Disconnect from Digital and Reconnect with Each Other
August 24, 2021

The Diocese of St. Petersburg Office of Communications has launched a new blog and radio series that helps families to become vibrant and healthy by breaking free of technology’s constant pull and digital distraction. The series is called Making Space for Grace and it’s hosted by Teresa Peterson, Executive Director of Communications for the Diocese […]

Scholarships Available for Stewardship Conference in September!
July 12, 2021

The Office of Stewardship and Development is sponsoring three (3) scholarships for the International Catholic Stewardship Conference (ICSC) being held in Orlando, Florida September 12-15, 2021. The scholarship is open to Parish Leaders from all 79 parishes and missions of the Diocese of St. Petersburg who are looking to participate in the conference for the […]

Welcome Back to Mass
May 12, 2021

The general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days for Catholics in the Diocese of St. Petersburg will expire on the Vigil of Pentecost, Saturday, May 22, 2021. To invite and welcome all people who have been away from Mass, the Diocese of St. Petersburg has produced videos and podcasts […]

Welcoming You to Mass
March 3, 2021

The Office of Communications has developed an initiative to welcome people back to Mass. Welcoming You invites each person to encounter the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. A priority for Courageously Living the Gospel is to welcome and accompany others like Jesus.   As Catholics, we are called to reach out to those not […]

Pope Francis Releases Message for 55th World Communications Day
January 25, 2021

In his message for the 55th World Communications Day, Pope Francis says Jesus’ invitation to “Come and see” is the way by which the Christian faith is communicated. “The call to ‘come and see’… is the method for every authentic human communication,” says Pope Francis in his Message for the the 55th World Communications Day. The […]

2020 World Day of Communications
December 18, 2019

“So that you can tell your son and grandson.” Life creates history. This is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the 54th World Day of Social Communications, which will be celebrated on May 24, 2020, the Sunday before Pentecost. The message will be published on January 24, 2020 (memorial of St. Francis of Sales). […]

Beware of Text Message, Email and Social Media Scams
July 26, 2019

It has come to the attention of the Diocese of St. Petersburg that parishioners have been receiving text messages, emails or direct messages asking for gift cards from people pretending to be our priests or sisters or even Bishop Parkes. Our priests, religious and staff do not contact individuals via text message or social media […]

Archive of Communication 2019 Workshops
April 1, 2019

Essentials for Social Media Success Marie Thornsberry & Mary McCoy of Saint Leo University discuss the history and demographics of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and how that impacts usage, how to develop a content strategy and voice for each platform, content engagement ideas and cool tools. Teresa Peterson discusses the new Social Communications Policy for […]

Learn How to Navigate Communications in the Digital Age
March 11, 2019

Catholic communicators are invited to attend the Catholic Media Conference at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel June 18-21, 2019. The theme is Navigating Communications and the sessions are designed to provide a roadmap for our rapidly changing media culture. “How people communicate is changing and in order to fulfill the mission of the Church, we […]

Now Is The Time To Be Courageous
January 8, 2019

You’ve heard about Courageously Living the Gospel, a challenge to more boldly live our faith. This mutually shared vision calls us to proclaim the Good News, welcome and accompany others as Jesus did and grow in relationship with Jesus and others. This requires effective communication! That’s why we’re introducing Courageous Communications  – a resource to […]

Keynote Speaker Announced
November 26, 2018

MonsignorJohn Kennedy will be the 2019 CMC keynote speaker. Monsignor Kennedy is an Irish priest who was appointed by Pope Francis in 2017 to lead the disciplinary section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He has served on the CDF since 2003. His presentation will provide updates on events relevant to the clergy […]

Master Camp Speakers Announced
November 26, 2018

Master Camps are a four-hour, intensive learning opportunity offered at the Catholic Media Conference. These camps will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the Bayfront Hilton in St. Pete, FL. The camps provide participants with the opportunity to dig deeper on a relevant topic and obtain new skills, concepts and perspectives. Here is the […]

Conference in St. Pete to Focus on Navigating Communications
November 26, 2018

These are the best of times and the worst of times. The media landscape is constantly changing but new opportunities await. Social media, the Internet and technology have revolutionized how people interact, communicate, shop and even date.   As journalists, producers, communicators, we are challenged to navigate these turbulent waters and keep our media entities relevant, […]

Avoiding the Snares of Fake News
February 27, 2018

Before you share a story on social media, what impact does the story have on our community and our world? Could you be spreading fake news or as Pope Francis describes it: “false information based on nonexistent or distorted data meant to deceive and manipulate the reader.” Pope Francis warns about the dangers of fake […]