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. This special event will be hosted by WTSP Channel 10’s Bobby Lewis.
What: 75th Anniversary Celebration Ministries of Mercy Event
When: Friday, November 20, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Why: Learn how Catholic Charities is providing help and creating hope and opportunity to thousands of people from a variety of faith backgrounds each year.
Super Supporter Opportunity:
To host a watch party with your friends or family and to show your support for this event, we are asking the community to purchase a $75 Party Pack with gift items that show your support for the work of Catholic Charities. To donate, text mercy to 91999 (https://igfn.us/f/1d5p/n). Also, during the event, viewers will have the opportunity to purchase items from our Giving Tree and bid on the chance to spend one night in a Hope Cottage.
During this milestone year, Catholic Charities has been a leader in meeting the extraordinary needs created by this pandemic. In March, Catholic Charities created an emergency shelter for the homeless during the height of the pandemic. Hillsborough Hope provided shelter during the statewide lockdown as well as food, medical care and social services. Catholic Charities has also distributed over $250,000 in COVID relief funds to families in crisis because of the pandemic. For the past 75 years, Catholic Charities has worked in West Central Florida providing strategic alliances, advocacy and a broad array of social services designed to support and preserve families and promote self-sufficiency.
About Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg: Catholic Charities, an accredited non-profit agency for 75 years, is a leader in serving the poor and vulnerable within Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties. Under the auspices of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, it serves around 15,000 individuals each year with services including but not limited to providing food and shelter, immigration and citizenship assistance, respite care and medical screening, and pregnancy and adoption assistance. Learn more at www.ccdosp.org.
About Diocese of St. Petersburg: The Diocese of St. Petersburg is comprised of about 480,000 Catholics, more than 303,000 whom are registered and includes 74 parishes, 5 missions, 46 schools and early childhood centers, a university, and a variety of social service, health care, housing and pastoral ministries located within the five counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus. Mass is celebrated in 11 languages and we are led by our fifth bishop, Most Reverend Gregory Parkes. Learn more at www.dosp.org.