Nurturing the Domestic Church During COVID-19
April 23, 2020

Susana Caruso has been a parishioner at Our Lady of the Rosary in Land O’ Lakes for 11 years. Since she and her family are unable to physically go to church because of the pandemic, she has embraced the call to nurture the domestic church. What is the domestic church? In a 1995 homily, Pope […]

Ministry with Families – Leadership Formation
March 27, 2020

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE! Ministry with Families Leadership Formation Ministry with Families 101, presented in English and Spanish by the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers will be offered for all whose ministry efforts impact families.  Registration will open in March/April 2020.  The event will […]

Diocesan Marriage Preparation in March Cancelled
March 18, 2020

Pre-Cana (March 21) and Journey to Matrimony (March 27 and 28), held at Bethany Center in Lutz, have been cancelled.  All registered couples for these sessions will be contacted by the Office of Marriage and Family Life with information as to how to proceed.  Clergy will receive information and recommendations for preparing couples for marriage […]

National Marriage Week – February 7-14, 2020
January 17, 2020

This February 7-14, 2020, we will celebrate National Marriage Week! This annual observance is a great prompt for everyone to reflect on the gift marriage is to our Church and our country, as well as an opportunity for couples to build up their own marriages. This year our theme is:  Stories from the Domestic Church.  […]

New Family Ministry at St. Stephen is a Success
July 31, 2019

“Grown in Love, Strengthened by Faith and Protected by the Loving Hands of Jesus Christ” is how St. Stephen Parish in Riverview is describing their new Family Ministry that started as a response to the diocesan vision, Courageously Living the Gospel. Anthony & Cindy Basilicato, parents of two young children, are leading the initiative and have […]

Local Parish & School Host Neighborhood Block Party for Missionary Outreach
July 30, 2019

In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis refers to a parish as a “center of constant missionary outreach.” St. Patrick Parish & School in Largo demonstrated one way to do missionary outreach by co-sponsoring a block party with the City of Largo on Saturday, July 20th to celebrate the reopening of Trotter Road. The […]

National NFP Awareness Week – JULY 21 – JULY 27, 2019 Love, Naturally!
July 17, 2019

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign.  The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.  The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the […]

Creating and Maintaining Balance in Your Marriage
July 15, 2019

This reflection was written by Kathleen Billings for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Click here to download a PDF of this article. As a family, one of our favorite summer activities is swimming in our pool. Having an inground pool within a few steps of our backdoor has been a sweet blessing. We splash, […]

Join the SCC Conversation
March 25, 2019

The North American Forum for Small Christian Communities (NAFSCC) invites you to share the Good News of your Small Christian Community with others throughout the world at  This space is also a great place to ask questions regarding SCC development.  Dioceses, parishes, individuals and organizations can become members of NAFSCC, too.  See registration form […]

Attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend this year!
March 25, 2019

2019: April 12-14 – Franciscan Center, Tampa May 31- June 2 – Franciscan Center, Tampa September 20-22 – Hampton Inn, Oldsmar November 22-24 – Franciscan Center, Tampa. Apply online at: or 

Married Couples Renew their Sacramental Love
February 15, 2019

Over 280 couples from 57 parishes in the Diocese of St. Petersburg celebrated milestone anniversaries by renewing their vows and receiving a special blessing on Feb. 10 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. Paul and Janet Friederich of St. Patrick Parish in Largo have attended the Marriage Jubilee Mass 11 […]

Bishop Gregory Parkes Designates March 3 as Safe Haven Sunday
February 8, 2019

  Seeks to Educate Community About the Harmful Effects of Pornography On Sunday, March 3, parishes in the Diocese of St. Petersburg will set aside time to address the pervasive problem of pornography and its devastating effects on marriages and families. The goal is to make each home a safe haven from pornography. “Pornography is […]

Celebrate National Marriage Week – February 7-14, 2019
January 24, 2019

This February 7-14, 2019, we will celebrate National Marriage Week! This annual observance is a great opportunity to reflect on the gift marriage is to our Church and our country. We also hope it will encourage conversation on how strong marriages promote and sustain strong societies by curtailing poverty and benefiting children. Here’s how you […]

New Program Helps Families at Espiritu Santo Parish
December 11, 2018

Espiritu Santo Parish in Safety Harbor has started offering Family Counseling as part of their effort to align with the diocesan vision of Courageously Living the Gospel. This counseling is intended to provide spiritual and emotional healing for families experiencing difficulties within family and marital relationships, including the trauma of divorce. The parish is also […]

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Celebrates Golden Anniversary
July 30, 2018

Local Worldwide Marriage Encounter leaders are planning a Marriage Anniversary Gala to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the Diocese of St. Petersburg and the founding of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement. The gala will be held at Higgins Hall in Tampa on November 10, 2018, in partnership with Spirit FM. The theme of their […]

Church Celebrates Gift of Married Love and Transmission of Life
July 16, 2018

July 25, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, a papal encyclical written by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1968 that provides beautiful and clear teaching about God’s plan for married love and the transmission of life. In Humanae Vitae, Blessed Pope Paul VI reflects upon how God designed the nature of married love. […]