2021 Annual Report
April 5, 2022

Each year, the Diocese of St. Petersburg is blessed with gifts of time, talent and treasure from our faith family across the five counties that make up our diocese. As Bishop Parkes explains in his introductory note, “The generosity that you have shown through your support of our ministry and services here in the Diocese […]

Why Support Shared Ministries and Services?
January 29, 2022

Throughout Fall 2022, the Office of Stewardship and Development reached out to those who have historically supported diocesan ministries, programs and outreach to make sure they were aware of the upcoming change from Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA) to the new Catholic Ministry Appeal. That communication process revealed thousands of families and households willing to share […]

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 […]

Teens Prepare for Consecration to St. Joseph
March 9, 2021

In recognition of Pope Francis declaring 2021 as the Year of St. Joseph, teens from St. Jerome Parish in Largo are preparing for consecration to St. Joseph. But just as St. Joseph was part of the Holy Family, this consecration is also focused on the family, with parents and children reading, praying, and discussing together. […]

Altar Server Appreciation Mass – March 21, 2021
February 16, 2021

The Youth Altar Server Appreciation Mass will be on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 3:00pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. While we realize many parishes have not been having altar servers on a regular basis since last year, we still wanted to recognize those that have been serving over the years and […]

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, […]

Being A Good Samaritan
August 4, 2020

“This is one of my favorite weeks of the year.”  That’s what one of the students, Mikayla Croissant, said after experiencing a week long local mission trip that 20 students from St. Timothy Youth Ministry attend in June 2020.  We joined other students from all over the Diocese in a program called the Good Samaritan […]

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 […]

Youth Courageously Stand Up for Life
February 5, 2020

When Liv, a freshman at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, attended the National March for Life in Washington D.C. last year, she saw something that she will never forget.  “At the March, people were showing images of babies after a failed abortion and that really opened my eyes,” said Liv. “It showed me what world […]

Chosen by Him – A Day of Reflection & Discernment for Women
September 20, 2019

The Office of Vocations will host Chosen by Him – A Day of Reflection & Discernment for Women on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10am until 2pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. Hear the stories of the women religious who have courageously served in the Diocese of St. Petersburg! […]

Christus Vivit and Young Hearts that are Witnesses of Justice and Peace
August 1, 2019

  As a parish youth minister for more than a decade, I know well the innate desire for justice and the natural ability to create change that is inherent within many youth and young adults. They know injustice when they see it and want to say or do something about it. In his recent Post-Synodal […]

Creating on the Margins Art Contest Is Accepting Submissions
March 6, 2019

Each year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a Creating on the Margins contest to help schools and parishes engage youth in learning about the root causes of poverty and the Church’s response. The theme of this year’s contest, “A Time to Heal Racism,” invites Catholic youth in grades 7-12 to respond to racism […]

Good Samaritan Project
January 15, 2019

  Summer of Service – Over 300 Catholic Teens Make a Difference More than 300 teens representing 19 schools and parishes in Tampa Bay chose to spend part of their summer vacation serving others as part of the Good Samaritan Project organized by the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office. The students volunteered June […]

Local Pilgrims to See the Pope in Panama for World Youth Day
January 11, 2019

Youth and young adults from the Tampa Bay area are about to experience a life-changing event: World Youth Day in Panama, January 22-27. This encounter with the pope, Jesus and thousands of other Catholics is a time of deep and spiritual renewal. More than 200,000 participants from 155 countries are expected at this year’s World […]

National Conference in Tampa Fires Up Youth Ministers
December 11, 2018

Thousands of people from across the United States who work with young people gathered for the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM) from December 6 – 8 at the Tampa Convention Center.  The conference was planned in part by the Diocese of St. Petersburg Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, headed by Ryan […]

World Youth Day Cross Now on Historic Tour of U.S.
August 24, 2018

August 23, 2018 WASHINGTON—To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first and only World Youth Day (WYD) in the United States (in Denver, Colorado, in August 1993), the official World Youth Day Cross and Marian Icon will make a five-city tour across the United States in August 2018. From August 19 to 27, the WYD […]

Recap of World Youth Day in Panama, January 22nd-27th, 2019
August 20, 2018

World Youth Day (WYD) is a gathering of young people from around the world to celebrate the love of Christ for humanity. WYD is a powerful opportunity to gather with over 1 million young people from around the world who share your love of Christ and want to celebrate His mercy and love. You will […]

U.S. Bishop Delegates Approved for Upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment
July 30, 2018

Pope Francis has ratified the members elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to represent the United States at the upcoming XV Ordinary General Assembly: Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.  The Synod will take place October 3-28. The delegates are: Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, President of the United […]

Good Samaritan Teens are Making a Difference During Summer Break
July 10, 2018

Teens from around Tampa Bay are choosing to spend part of their summer vacation serving others as part of the Good Samaritan Project organized by the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, Office of Youth Ministry. “The Good Samaritan Project is a way for me to strengthen my faith in God and to serve others and […]

Teens Make a Difference During Week One of the Good Samaritan Project
July 2, 2018

Teens from around Tampa Bay have chosen to spend part of their summer vacation serving others as part of the Good Samaritan Project (GSP), a week-long service retreat located in our diocese. During GSP, middle and high school teens from around the Diocese work, pray, and have fun together for the betterment of the community and […]

Save the Date for the 46th Annual March for Life January 17-20, 2019
January 16, 2018

The March for Life Rally will take place at noon at 12th St. on the National Mall, in between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm. Please use the Metro to arrive at the rally site. Recommend locations: […]