Advent Discernment Retreat
November 17, 2021

Fr. Chuck, Director of Vocations, is offering an Advent Discernment Retreat on Tuesday, December 21, 2020 from 10am-8pm at Our Lady of the Rosary, in Land O’ Lakes. Men discerning the priesthood, ages 15-35 are invited to attend. There is no cost to you. Retreat will be led by Fr. Samuel Fontana, the Dean of […]

Blue Mass for First Responders May 12
May 4, 2021

What: 4th Annual Blue Mass  When: Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 11:00 AM Where: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 2281 State Road 580, Clearwater Who: Fr. Ted Costello, Chaplain to the Clearwater Police Department and Associate Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish will be the celebrant of the Blue Mass. Additional Info: The Blue […]

Facebook Live with a Future Father – May 10, 2021
April 16, 2021

Deacon Israel “Izzie” Hernandez will share his journey to the priesthood during a Facebook Live on Monday, May 10, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. on the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s Facebook page: Listen to his vocation story and participate in a live Q&A. Event flyer: Rectangle | horizontal | square Deacon Hernandez will be ordained […]

Priesthood Ordination – May 15, 2021
April 15, 2021

Mark your calendars for the Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Israel “Izzie” Hernandez on May 15, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Seating will be limited within the Cathedral, but the ordination will also be live streamed at, on, and on Deacon Israel “Izzie” Antonio […]

World Day of Prayer for Vocations – April 25, 2021
April 13, 2021

World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, April 25, 2021 also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that […]

Bishop Gregory Parkes to Celebrate Mass of Healing for Victims of Abuse
April 13, 2021

Bishop Parkes will celebrate a Mass of Healing for those in need of spiritual healing because of abuse in all forms, including sexual, physical or emotional, and those who wish to pray for victims/survivors of abuse, their family and friends. The community is invited to participate. The Mass will held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 […]

Diaconate Ordination – April 17, 2021
April 12, 2021

On Saturday, April 17, our seminarians Donald “Don” Amodeo and Zachary “Zach” Brasseur will be ordained transitional deacons at 11:00 am in Boca Raton. All are invited to watch the live video stream at or on St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary’s Facebook page. You can also watch the Solemn Vespers on Friday, April […]

Bishop Parkes will Renew our Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
March 25, 2021

All are invited to join virtually for a livestream Mass with Bishop Gregory Parkes as he renews our diocesan consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. from the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Making a consecration is an act of love […]

Bishop Parkes will Consecrate the Diocese of St. Petersburg to St. Joseph
March 24, 2021

Bishop Gregory Parkes will consecrate parishes, schools, ministries and the people of the Diocese of St. Petersburg to St. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ. This will take place at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, in St. Petersburg at 12 noon on Saturday, May 1st, the Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker. […]

Participate in the Chrism Mass via Livestream on March 30
March 18, 2021

As is the custom of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, the Chrism Mass (or the Mass of the Holy Oils) is celebrated on the Tuesday of Holy Week at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. For 2021, that will be Tuesday, March 30th starting at 11:30 a.m. Due to the coronavirus […]

Holy Week Liturgies for the Homebound with Bishop Parkes
March 18, 2021

You are invited to join Bishop Gregory Parkes for Holy Week Liturgies to celebrate the Easter Triduum! To reach our homebound community, the Masses of Holy Week will be livestreamed on our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel as well as broadcast on Spirit FM 90.5.  Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord […]

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life to Be Celebrated February 2, 2021
January 28, 2021

The Catholic Church will hold its annual celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life on February 2, 2021 and in parishes over the weekend of February 6-7. This event is a special time for individual parishes and the greater Church to celebrate the gift of consecrated life and pray for men and women discerning a consecrated […]

Catholic Foundation Giving Challenge Off to a Great Start!
January 22, 2021

The Catholic Foundation 2021 Giving Challenge is off to a great start! Two weeks ago, the Foundation announced that due to the current status of the pandemic and concern for the safety of potential guests, the annual Gala event would not be held in 2021.   Instead, past event sponsors and supporters, as well as […]

National Marriage Week – February 7-14, 2021
January 15, 2021

National Marriage Week 2021The observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 14) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. The theme for 2021 is “To Have, To Hold, To Honor.”The USCCB Secretariat on Laity, Marriage, Family […]

Event Change Brings Exciting Challenge
January 5, 2021

As we embark on a new year, the Catholic Foundation is making changes to a traditional, well-loved annual event. In past years, the Catholic Foundation held its Gala in February as the signature event for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, bringing together 600+ supporters from across our five counties. Taking into account the current status of […]

January is Poverty Awareness Month
January 4, 2021

For the last five decades, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the U.S. Bishop’s anti-poverty program, has empowered communities to tackle the many dimensions and complexities of poverty in the United States. As we begin a new year and Poverty Awareness Month, we invite you to participate in this vitally important work, especially as […]

RCIA Institute for Parish Teams – January 29, 2022
December 1, 2020

The diocesan offices of Worship and Evangelization/Formation/Youth & Family Life, along with the Diocesan RCIA Committee, will be hosting the next installment of the Diocesan RCIA Institute on Saturday, January 29, 2022.  Due to the Covid-19 protocols, this will be a virtual workshop via ZOOM.  The Diocesan RCIA Institute is designed for RCIA Teams (i.e., […]

Organ Recital of Diocesan Music Directors – November 22, 2020
November 3, 2020

Heavenly Music Some of the finest organists from the Diocese of St. Petersburg will pull out all the stops to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King and inaugurate the largest church organ in the area. The newly renovated pipe organ at Christ the King Catholic Church in Tampa will be showcased in a first-of-its-kind […]

Catholic Charities Celebrates 75 Years of Providing Hope & Opportunity with Virtual Extravaganza – November 20, 2020
October 27, 2020

In keeping with the times, Catholic Charities will gather virtually to celebrate its special 75th anniversary. All are invited to tune in to Facebook Live for uplifting stories of overcoming adversity, profiles in courage and musical entertainment. All are also invited to pledge their support for the mission of Catholic Charities through financial giving opportunities. […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month – October 2020
October 16, 2020

“Violence against women, inside or outside the home, is never justified. Violence in any form-physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal is sinful; often, it is a crime as well.” USCCB, When I Call for Help, 2002. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year, the sad reality of domestic violence is particularly evident due to the pandemic. […]

Abundance Holy Hour & Discernment Group – October 28, 2020
October 9, 2020

You are invited to join Bishop Gregory Parkes, Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Director of Vocations and the Serra Club of St. Petersburg, in praying for an abundance of vocations in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. On October 28, you can attend via live stream or in person. If you wish to join us in praying for […]

White Mass – October 24, 2020
October 6, 2020

The Annual White Mass for physicians, medical students and other healthcare professionals in our diocese.will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.  Bishop Gregory Parkes will preside at the beautiful “ Chapel of the Holy Cross” located on the campus of Jesuit High School (4701 N. Himes Ave ) in Tampa. We ask that attendees please […]

3RE: a virtual marriage encounter – October 27, 2020
October 1, 2020

The journey begins online – Tuesday, October 27, 20207 Evening Sessions over 3 Weeks restore — communicationrekindle — romancerenew — commitment Apply at Questions? Contact Bob and Sheila Baker – or 407-647-4289.Discover more about worldwide marriage encounter at

Zoom Chat With Seminarians – October 5, 2020
September 30, 2020

Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Director of Vocations, would like to invite you to our virtual discernment group, Zoom Chat with Seminarians. This discernment opportunity is open to all young men high school age and above. The first session for the fall is on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm.  Fr. Chuck will be the host and […]

Saint Leo University’s ‘Courageous Conversations’ to Examine Social Justice Issues – in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
September 16, 2020

Saint Leo University will present a six-part series, Courageous Conversations, examining social justice issues. This free, virtual discussion will look at topics included in Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, from different perspectives across multiple disciplines. The first session will focus on race and racism and is set for 7 […]

Participate in “40 Days for Life”
September 15, 2020

The World’s Largest Grassroots Movement to End Abortion From September 23-November 1, 2020, participants of all ages will join hundreds of communities across America and Canada for 40 Days for Life, an international peaceful and prayerful movement to end the injustice of abortion. The 40-day time frame is drawn from examples throughout Biblical history where God […]

Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations – September 23, 2020
September 14, 2020

You are invited to join Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Director of Vocations and the Serra Club of St. Petersburg, in praying for an abundance of vocations in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. On September 23, you can attend via live stream or in person. If you wish to join us in praying for vocations at the […]

Friends of the Seminary Virtual Event – October 23, 2020
September 10, 2020

St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary is hosting a special virtual Friends of the Seminary (FOS) to benefit the seminary. This special virtual event will include several elements. Beginning with a live link to Mass from St. Vincent Chapel, with the homilist this year being former Rector, Bishop David L. Toups of the Diocese of […]

Misa Hispana Diocesana – October 10, 2020
September 9, 2020

La Misa Hispana Diocesana anual se celebró el sábado 10 de octubre, 2020, a las 10:00 a.m. en la Catedral de St. Jude the Apostle, en honor a Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre, patrona de Cuba. Debido a la pandemia, no hubo la procesión de banderas pero pero sí se rezó el rosario […]

Day of Prayer to End Racism and Violence – Wednesday, September 9, 2020
September 3, 2020

In support of the recommendations made by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and the diocesan Black Catholic Ministry, Bishop Parkes is asking all to pray for an end to racism and violence in our communities and country on Wednesday, September 9, the Memorial of St. Peter Claver, the […]

Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations – August 26, 2020
August 24, 2020

You are invited to join Fr. Ralph D’Elia, Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, in praying for an abundance of vocations in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. On August 26, you can attend via live stream or in person. If you wish to join us in praying for vocations at the […]

Episcopal Ordination and Installation of Bishop-elect David Toups as Sixth Bishop of Beaumont, Texas – August 21, 2020
August 19, 2020

Aug. 21 will mark a special day for the Diocese of Beaumont and the community of Southeast Texas. On that day, Bishop-elect David Toups will be ordained and installed as the sixth bishop of Beaumont at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica at 2 p.m. Bishop-elect Toups will be ordained by his eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of […]

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, […]

Ministry with Families 101 (English) – Multiple Dates in Fall 2020
August 11, 2020

Online Leadership Formation for all whose ministry efforts impact Families!Presented by Steve & Kathy Beirne (NACFLM) in collaboration with the Diocese of St. Petersburg Office for Marriage and Family Life.Tuesdays – September 15, 22, 29, and October 6, 13, 206:30-8:30 p.m., $40.00 per individual/couple via Zoom.Space is limited!  Register before September 11! Ministry with Families […]

Ordinations to the Priesthood – August 15, 2020
July 29, 2020

Click here to view the livestream of the ordination today, August 15th, at 11:00 a.m. The Diocese of St. Petersburg joyfully announces the upcoming Ordinations to the Priesthood of Reverend Mr. Joshua Anthony Bertrand, Reverend Mr. Connor David Penn and Reverend Mr. Mark Andrew Woodke. Learn more about the soon-to-be priests below! The candidates will […]

Facebook Live with Future Fathers – August 8, 2020
July 28, 2020

Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm on Deacon Joshua Bertrand, Deacon Connor Penn and Deacon Drew Woodke will share their journey to the priesthood during this Facebook Live.  Listen to their vocation stories and participate in a live Q&A. The three deacons will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, August 15, 2020. […]

National NFP Awareness Week – July 19 – July 25, 2020
July 13, 2020

National NFP Awareness Week – JULY 19 – JULY 25, 2020 “Celebrate and reverence God’s vision of human sexuality.” Live the truth and beauty of God’s plan for married love! Natural Family Planning – It’s about love. It’s about life. It’s about freedom. It’s about gift. Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational […]

Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations, July 22, 2020
July 1, 2020

You are invited to join Deacon Joshua Bertrand and the Serra Club in praying for an abundance of vocations in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. On Wednesday, July 22nd, at 7:00 pm, you can attend via live stream or in person. If you wish to join us in praying for vocations at the Cathedral of […]

Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations, June 24, 2020
June 11, 2020

You are invited to join Deacon Izzie Hernandez, Father Chuck and the Serra Club in praying for an abundance of vocations in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. On June 24th you can attend via live stream or in person. If you wish to join us in praying for vocations at the Cathedral of St. Jude, […]

Zoom Chat With Seminarians – May & June Dates
May 6, 2020

Zoom Chat With Seminarians and Fr. Chuck will continue in May and June! Please see the flyer below for dates and other information. Each group will meet once a month, on Mondays at 7:00 pm. Please remember to RSVP to Fr. Chuck at

Ministry of Mercy Online Retreat – Saturday, April 25, 2020
April 21, 2020

All are invited to attend Rediscovering Fortitude: Courage for Uncertain Times, a Ministry of Mercy online retreat on Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. The retreat will be led by Dr. Mary Carter, a pastoral theologian and dedicated teacher. Registration is free and a secure Zoom link will be sent to […]

Transitional Diaconate Ordination
April 20, 2020

Our seminarian Israel “Izzie” Hernandez will be ordained a deacon on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 11:00 am. The ordination will be live streamed. Izzie has been a seminarian for our diocese since 2014 when he entered St. John Vianney College Seminary. He graduated from the college seminary in 2016 and is now in 3rd […]

Abundance Holy Hour for Vocations via Live Stream!
April 16, 2020

The Lord works by means of Abundance. He promises life in abundance to His followers and provides work in Abundance for them. Please join Fr. Chuck Dornquast, the Director of Vocations, on Wednesday April 22 at 7pm via live stream as he celebrates a Holy Hour for Vocations from the Cathedral of St. Jude the […]

Altar Server Mass CANCELLED
March 16, 2020

Please see the memo below from Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Director of Vocations, regarding the cancellation of the Altar Server Appreciation Mass scheduled for March 29, 2020. Please see the Memo from Fr. Chuck Dornquast, here

Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Workshop – March 28, 2020
February 21, 2020

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon St. Joseph Catholic Church 3012 W. Cherry Street, Tampa, FL 33607 Presented by the Multicultural Ministry and Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute offices of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  BICM is an initiative from the USCCB Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church designed to introduce ministry […]

Living as Catholics in Challenging Times – February 15, 2020
February 6, 2020

Feeling confused or troubled by events in the news and in the culture? Dr. Ralph Martin of Renewal Ministries will address these issues and help us keep our bearings in the midst of these challenges. Learn how to abide more continually with Jesus and bear fruit for the kingdom. Join us on Saturday, February 15, […]

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.  […]

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – January 18-25, 2020
January 14, 2020

This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from January 18-25, 2020.  This year the theme is “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness”. Each year, representatives from various Christian communities gather to pray together “that all may be one” (John 17:21). As we gather once again to pray for Christian unity, may our actions and prayers […]

9 Days for Life Novena – January 21 – January 29, 2020
January 14, 2020

9 Days for Life is a multi-faceted novena for the respect and protection of human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information. Sign up to receive the novena by email, text message, or an app at Additional resources to observe the Day of Prayer for […]

Reproductive Grief Care Training – February 18, 2020
January 13, 2020

Reproductive Grief Care Training for Clergy and Pregnancy Center Staff/Volunteers: Two separate trainings will be offered on Tuesday February 18 2020. All clergy and pregnancy center staff/volunteers in the Diocese of St. Petersburg are invited to a Reproductive Grief Care Training from 9 am until noon at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish. Learn how […]