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. […]

National Vocation Awareness Week – November 1-7, 2020
October 16, 2020

In recognition of National Vocation Awareness Week, the Office of Vocations will host Encounter, A Night of Prayer for Vocations on Wednesday, November 4, from 6-8pm at St. Timothy Parish in Lutz. The evening will include mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Praise & Worship. Please see flyer below for more information. For Vocation Awareness Week resources, please […]

Caring for our Common Home Webinar – October 22, 2020
October 15, 2020

The Office of Life, Justice and Advocacy is hosting a webinar called “Caring for Our Common Home” on Thursday, October 22, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. via ZOOM. Click here to register. This 45-minute presentation will answer three urgent questions: what is integral ecology? Why is it important to the Diocese of St. […]

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 […]

Winning the Battle Webinar – November 10, 2020
September 22, 2020

Winning the Battle is a free, one-hour, live Webinar designed to help pastors, youth ministers, and parents find victory over pornography for teens and young adults.  It is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, at Noon.  Helping families protect themselves from the evils of pornography is one of our missions in the diocese, which is why […]

Catechetical Sunday – September 20, 2020
September 20, 2020

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 20, 2020. The 2020 theme is I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you. Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on […]

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 […]

Spring 2020 Workshop POSTPONED
March 18, 2020

In compliance with guidelines for public meetings and events, we are postponing the final Spring 2020 workshop until further notice. When we are able to reschedule, we will notify all those on our Stewardship formation e-lists. God bless and peace be with you, The Office of Stewardship & Development Staff

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 […]

Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Workshops – POSTPONED
March 17, 2020

To safeguard the well-being of our parishioners, students and employees and to support public health officials as they work to contain the novel coronavirus, the two BICM workshops scheduled for March 24th and March 28th, 2020 at Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Joseph, Tampa parishes have been postponed until new dates are determined. […]

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

3rd Annual Hispanic Men’s Conference – CANCELLED
March 13, 2020

Because of our fervent respect for human life, we have a sacred responsibility to respect the mission of our diocese to safeguard the well-being of our parishioners, students and employees and to support public health officials as they work to contain the novel coronavirus. Therefore, the conference to be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 […]

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 […]

Science and Faith Discussion with Saint Leo University – January 22, 2020
January 10, 2020

Saint Leo University will host a new “Theology Roundtable” discussion at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, on the topic of Christian faith and science. The one-hour, online interactive discussion will be led by Dr. Marc Pugliese and instructor Thomas Poynor. Together, they will address questions such as whether faith and science conflict. […]

Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar – February 6, 2020
January 9, 2020

Human trafficking is modern day slavery and it is happening in Pasco County. Engage with local experts from anti-trafficking organizations, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and the New Port Richey Police Department to learn how human trafficking is being combatted in Pasco County. All are invited to attend this FREE seminar and learn more about how […]

Restorative Justice Workshop – February 8, 2020
January 8, 2020

All are invited to attend a workshop to learn about Restorative Justice on February 8, 2020, at St. Jerome Catholic Church (10895 Hamlin Blvd. Largo, FL 33774). Catholic social teaching leads us to encourage models of restorative justice that seek to address crime in terms of the harm done to victims and communities, not simply […]

National Migration Week: January 5 through January 11, 2020
January 8, 2020

For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The theme for National Migration Week 2020, “Promoting a Church and a World […]

Courage/Encourage Day of Recollection – February 15, 2020
December 10, 2019

Sponsored byDiocese of St. Petersburg and Diocese of Orlando Courage/EnCourageDay of Recollection in Tampa Bay Area February 15, 2020 A day of spiritual renewal for those who experience same-sex attraction; parents and family members are welcome to attend. Take some time for yourself to deepen your relationship with Christ through prayer, fellowship and formation. Click […]

Celebraciones en honor a la Virgen de Guadalupe – Diciembre 2019
December 3, 2019

La Iglesia en las Américas celebra la Fiesta de la Bienaventurada Virgen María de Guadalupe, Patrona de las Américas, el 12 de diciembre de 2019. La historia del origen de la milagrosa imagen de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe es muy conocida.  Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin era un campesino pobre, callado y humilde.  Cuando la Santísima Virgen […]

Simbang Gabi Advent Masses – December 15 -23, 2019
November 26, 2019

All are invited to participate in the Philippine tradition of Simbang Gabi (Filipino for Night Mass), a series of 9 Novena Masses of Advent in honor of the Virgin Mary. The nine Masses represent the 9-month stay of Jesus in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary leading up to His birth on Christmas. The […]

Holy Hour for Vocations – December 18, 2019
November 22, 2019

Our next Holy Hour for Vocations will be on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Director of Vocations, will preside. The January Holy Hour is on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Thank you to the Serra Club for continuing to host our monthly Holy […]

Advent Discernment Retreat – December 21, 2019
November 13, 2019

How does one become a Father? Unmarried men of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, between the ages of 15-35, are invited to a one day retreat hosted by the Office of Vocations. The Advent Discernment Retreat is for any man seeking to grow in his identity before the Father and discernment of God’s call. The […]