Encounter Holy Hour
September 8, 2021

Encounter is a prayer event put on by the Offices of Vocations & Youth and Young Adult Ministries. We gather to pray for vocations in front of the Blessed Sacrament and with praise and worship. All are invited to this night of prayer. We hope to see you there. We begin at 7:00pm. For future […]

Newly Inspired Missionary Disciples
July 28, 2021

Two University of South Florida students, Elizabeth Cottle and Amelia Becerra, spent five weeks of their summer in Saint Paul’s Outreach (SPO) Leader Internship program in Minnesota. The Leader Internship program is a one-month immersion experience to equip students for lifelong mission on campus and beyond. After the program, participants are ready and equipped to […]

Hope in the Lord
February 3, 2021

The theme for the 2021 Annual Pastoral Appeal is “Hope in the Lord”, inspired by Isaiah 40:31 – “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Through hope, we find strength, […]

Welcome Weekend with the Catholic Student Union at USF – August 22 and 23, 2020
August 19, 2020

The Catholic Student Union at the University of South Florida invites you to join them for their annual Welcome Home Weekend events. On Saturday, the 22nd of August, following the 5:00 p.m. vigil mass there will be a socially distant meet and greet for all students, parents, and alumni along with complimentary refreshments, lawn games, music, […]

Parishes Find Creative Ways to Fulfill Mission
July 23, 2020

In 2019, parishes in the Diocese of St. Petersburg took the Disciple Maker Index survey and utilized the information they received to develop pastoral plans in union with the diocesan vision, Courageously Living the Gospel. Recently, I checked back with two of the parishes to see how they are doing today. I was not surprised […]

St. Joan of Arc Teens Grow Closer than Ever during Pandemic
June 16, 2020

While the world has been practicing social distancing over the past several months, students at St. Joan of Arc high school youth group have been growing closer than ever. This is partly due to the creativity and adaptability of youth minister Nancy Lovelock who has taken to social media and virtual meetings to keep the […]

USF Catholic Campus Ministry Goes Virtual
April 23, 2020

It’s possible that the Catholic Student Union at USF has never been more grateful for technology. When the coronavirus pandemic began to affect the U.S., face-to-face ministry was no longer an option. The CSU had to go virtual, shifting the entirety of their ministry to an online format. As with all that God has his […]

In the Midst of a Pandemic, Local Churches Learn to Livestream
April 23, 2020

When asked if she had ever livestreamed before, Mary Chapman, Director of Faith Formation at St. Theresa in Spring Hill, answered with a humble and direct “no.” In recent weeks, churches everywhere have had to learn how to livestream Masses, prayers, and other events. Although she had no previous experience, Mary and her colleague, Bruce […]

Responding to God’s Extraordinary Call
April 23, 2020

“Just give it a year.” These are the words that Israel “Izzie” Hernandez clearly heard the Lord speak to him during Eucharistic Adoration the summer after he graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. “Before I started thinking about priesthood, all I wanted was to find a good […]

Drive-thru Confession Offers Mercy and Peace to Parishioners
April 23, 2020

If Barb Caleca closes her eyes during the Prince of Peace livestreamed Mass and hears the familiar voices of the priests and cantor, she says she can almost imagine being present in the church, in the same pew where she and her husband have sat every week for the last six years. Though grateful for the […]

New Young Adult Ministry in St. Petersburg Mixes Faith and Friendship
February 5, 2020

A new group in St. Petersburg is providing opportunities for local young adults to stay connected to the Church and each other. In the past few months, they have hosted an All Saint’s Day bonfire, an Advent Young Adult Mission, Meals After Mass, and other monthly events where young people gather in fellowship and prayer. […]

USF St. Pete Has a New Catholic Presence
February 5, 2020

College Freshman Eric Bright has only been Catholic about a month but he’s already showing others what it means to have courageous faith. He is currently serving as president of the newly established Catholic Bulls Club at USF’s St. Pete Campus. USF in Tampa has had a Catholic Campus Ministry for over 50 years and […]

Churches Honor Men & Women Who Serve and Protect with a Blue Mass
September 9, 2019

The BLUE Mass is an Ecumenical and Interfaith event to honor the men and women serving the Tampa Bay region as federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel and emergency responders, including Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, Sheriff Deputies, Police Officers, Troopers, Special Agents, Security Professionals and 9-1-1 Operators. Family members, friends, and all supporters are […]

Catholic Bulls Are Invited to Welcome Home Weekend!
August 12, 2019

The Catholic Student Union at the University of South Florida is having a Welcome Home Weekend for students, parents, alumni, and friends of the CSU. The fun and faith-filled celebration will kick-off the start of a new school. See the list of activities below: Saturday, August 24, 5:00 p.m. – Vigil Mass followed by a relaxing […]

Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle Taps into the Power of Prayer
July 30, 2019

What started as a Lenten devotional opportunity has become a daily practice at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. The Cathedral now offers Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and it has brought new blessings and graces upon the parish community. The bold leap of faith to introduce […]

Congratulations to our 2019 Valedictorians and Salutatorians
June 3, 2019

Congratulations to the valedictorians and salutatorians for the 2018/2019 school year from the seven Catholic high schools in our diocese! Note: The first year that Cristo Rey High School will have a class of seniors is 2020. Academy of the Holy Names Valedictorian Salutatorian Lauren Dingle Sydney Lowman Salutatorian Katherine Taulbee   Bishop McLaughlin Catholic […]

A Weekend of Healing and Hope with Immaculée Ilibagiza
March 4, 2019

All are invited to attend the “A Weekend of Healing and Hope with Immaculé Ilibagiza” retreat on Friday, March 8 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The retreat is being hosted by the Magnificat St. Petersburg Florida Chapter. Tickets and itinerary information are available through […]

Six Decades after the Cuban Revolution, A New Sign of Faith
January 28, 2019

On Saturday, January 26, the first Catholic Church in Cuba to be built in 60 years was dedicated. St. Lawrence Parish in Tampa helped make it all possible. In 2010, St. Lawrence initiated a fundraising campaign for the church with parishioners and Cubans from throughout Tampa and the country contributing. They raised $95,000, most of […]

Bishop Parkes Blesses Newly Expanded Christ the King Parish
January 22, 2019

After nine months of construction, the expanded Christ the King Catholic Church reopened its doors the weekend of January 19 & 20. The parish of over 3,500 families had been using a parish hall as their place of worship since construction began last spring, the day after Easter. (Photo above courtesy of Christ the King […]

Winter Concert Series begins at Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace Parish
January 7, 2019

Now in its ninth season, the 2019 WINTER CONCERT SERIES at Saint Mary, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Saint Petersburg will begin on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm. The opening concert will feature the Lumina Voce Youth Choirs, a Tampa-based ensemble with an offering of music for the post-Christmas and winter […]

New Year, New Training Opportunities for Parish Leaders
January 3, 2019

It has been nearly six months since Bishop Gregory Parkes announced the mutually-shared vision of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Courageously Living the Gospel. Parish, schools and diocesan leaders have been learning about the priorities and goals of the vision and prayerfully discerning how they can contribute to the vision, renew their faith and boldly […]

“Pray for USF Students” Campaign Garners Thousands of Prayers
January 3, 2019

Father Justin Paskert is often seen on the campus of USF sitting on a bench waiting to hear confessions and offer God’s healing Sacrament of Reconciliation. When “business” is slow, he passes the time by praying for the students who are strolling the campus. This idea of praying for random students led him to spearhead […]

Reaching Out to Our Community this Christmas Season
December 21, 2018

As we await the birth of our Lord and Savior on Christmas Day, we strive to remember the true meaning of the season. As there are many people in our community who will be going without Christmas gifts or even basic everyday necessities, many of our parish and school communities have taken to heart those words […]

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 […]

O Come Let Us ADORE Him!
December 3, 2018

On Monday, December 10 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, you are invited to take a break from your hectic schedule and rest in the Lord during an evening of Eucharistic Adoration with Bishop Gregory Parkes. This special Advent ADORE event at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle will feature contemporary and traditional Advent […]

Parishes Start Aligning with Vision and PIE
November 16, 2018

More than 400 priests, deacons, religious sisters and ministry leaders attended five training sessions facilitated by Catholic Leadership Institute during September and October. They learned about Courageously Living the Gospel and how each person is needed to make the Vision a reality. They also learned about PIE, the acronym for the Vision’s three priorities: Proclaiming – knowing and sharing […]

Parishes Explore Building a Food Bank in Southeast Hillsborough
November 16, 2018

Parishes in the southeast part of Hillsborough County are seeking to expand food distribution to families who are in great need. This is one example of how they are Courageously Living the Gospel. “This is the dream for our deanery-wide Catholic Impact Initiative, that we can make a difference in the lives of people in […]

The Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle Announces First-Ever ADORE Event
August 13, 2018

On Monday, August 27 from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm all are invited to the Cathedral of St. Jude for ADORE, an evening of Eucharistic Adoration and prayer accompanied by contemporary praise and worship music. “ADORE is a time of adoration, prayer, praise, and worship intended not only for our parish community but for all people within […]

Congratulations to our 2018 Valedictorians and Salutatorians
June 4, 2018

Congratulations to the valedictorians and salutatorians for the 2017/2018 school year from the seven Catholic high schools in our diocese! Note: The first year that Cristo Rey High School will have a class of seniors is 2020. Academy of the Holy Names Valedictorian Salutatorian Emma Gibbs Heston Evelyn Nicole Martinez   Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High […]

Three Catholic Schools Recognized as Top Workplaces in Tampa Bay
April 9, 2018

Three of our Catholic schools made the Tampa Bay Times’ Top 100 Workplaces in Tampa Bay list. Guardian Angels Catholic School was the top employer in the small category. (minimum of 50 local employees). On the list of the top 50 small employers, Clearwater Central Catholic High School was number 42 and St. Cecelia Interparochial […]

Back to School
August 14, 2017

  August 9 was the first day of the 2017-2018 school year in our Catholic schools and Centers. See how some of our schools and centers celebrated the first day and week back at school in the photos below. If you have back to school photos that you would like to be included in the […]

Ash Wednesday 2017 in Our Schools and Centers
March 3, 2017

March 1 was Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. See how some of our Catholic schools and centers spent Ash Wednesday. If you have photos from Ash Wednesday at your school that you would like to be included in the photo album, please email them to socialmedia@dosp.org. We also encourage you to send in […]

2017 Catholic Schools Week
February 7, 2017

Catholic Schools Week 2017 was January 29 through February 4. See how our Catholic Schools and Centers celebrated in the photos below. If you have photos from your school that you would like to be added to the album, please email them to socialmedia@dosp.org. Photos will be added as they are received. Please note that in order […]