Hurricane Dorian Updates

Please watch local news for updates about Hurricane Dorian. We will post the latest updates affecting our Diocese on this blog post. Our Diocesan radio station Spirit FM 90.5 will broadcast those updates as well. Should the radio station go off the air, please stay tuned to your television at WFLA Channel 8 for updates. Find helpful tips and resources for hurricane preparation here.

Regarding Mass attendance:
All parishioners are urged to use good judgment when planning to travel to and from Mass. In the event that roadways are not clear and weather conditions are unsafe to travel, the faithful are reminded that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass does not apply when there is grave difficulty in fulfilling this obligation (see Code of Canon Law, Canon 1248 §2)

Let us pray for everyone in the storm’s path. St. Medard, patron saint for protection against bad storms, pray for us!

Prayers for Protection During Hurricane Season


Updates: 

Updated 9/3/2019 7:14 p.m.

Based on the latest forecast, Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg will remain open on Wednesday, September 4. Please keep those who are in the path of the storm in your prayers.

Updated 9/3/2019 7:07 a.m.

Prince of Peace Parish, Sun City Center, will be closed on Tuesday, September 3rd. Morning Mass and all parish activities on this day have also been canceled.  Check the parish website for additional information.

Updated 9/2/19 6:00 p.m.

Based on the latest forecast, Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg will be open and resume regular operations on Tuesday, September 3, following the Labor Day holiday. However, in some isolated cases, individual Catholic schools and Early Childhood Centers will be closed. Parents should follow their child’s school communications for more information.

We will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Dorian and make changes, if necessary. Please keep those in the path of the storm in your prayers.

Updated 9/1/19 7:51 p.m.

Based on the latest forecast, Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg intend to be open and resume regular operations on Tuesday, September 3, following the Labor Day holiday. However, in some isolated cases, individual Catholic schools and Early Childhood Centers will be closed. Parents should follow their child’s school communications for more information.

We will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Dorian and make changes, if necessary. Our next update will come on Monday, September 2 at 6:00 pm. Please keep those in the path of the storm in your prayers.


Updated 8/30/19 8:30 p.m.

Saint Leo University
The following locations will not hold classes from Sunday, September 1, through Wednesday, September 4:

  • University Campus, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL; and
  • East Pasco Education Center at University Campus and at the New Port Richey, Spring Hill, and Brooksville locations of Pasco-Hernando State College.

These locations will not hold classes from Sunday, September 1, through Tuesday, September 3:

Students, faculty, and staff should check the Saint Leo University website at https://www.saintleo.edu for updates, especially concerning classes on Thursday.


Gannon University – Ruskin Campus

Gannon’s Ruskin Campus will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31, through Tuesday, Sept. 3, as a precaution for Hurricane Dorian.