The Office of Communications has created this page for parishes in the Diocese of St. Petersburg to find free and shareable content that helps to evangelize, inspire, and unite our community. Parishes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg have our approval to share any of the materials listed below on their website, social media, bulletin, and other parish communication channels. If you have questions about any materials found on this page, please contact Keishla Espinal at email@example.com. (Please note: Local photos of your parish and parishioners typically obtain the most engagement on a parish social media account and other parish communication channels. However, this content can also support your efforts.)
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Month of the Seven Sorrows of Mary
September is traditionally dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. The Sorrows are the prophecy of Simeon, the flight into Egypt, the loss of the Holy Child in Jerusalem for three days, meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary, standing at the foot of the Cross, Jesus being taken from the Cross, and the burial of Christ. May we remember Mary’s devotion despite the difficulties of life and strive to follow God’s will with steadfast faith.
Diocesan Hispanic Mass will be Celebrated on Saturday, October 7th
Join Bishop Gregory Parkes and the Hispanic community from parishes across the Diocese of St. Petersburg for the annual Diocesan Hispanic Mass. This joy-filled celebration will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. The Mass begins at 11 a.m., and there will also be a Rosary at 10 a.m. and a Procession of Flags at 10:30 a.m. This Mass is dedicated to Our Lady of the Pillar, Patroness of Spain and of all Hispanic peoples. During this Mass, our diverse community unites to worship God together and to honor the many cultures that contribute to our Catholic faith in West Central Florida.
Gulf Coast Catholic is now on Instagram
The official news website and magazine for Catholics in West Central Florida is now available on Instagram. Follow @GulfCoastCatholic on Instagram to see the latest on what’s happening in our community, and what people are talking about. We cover your faith, your life, and your stories. Click here to visit our Instagram.
Help for Hawaii
Bishop Gregory Parkes recently donated $100,000 to the Diocese of Honolulu for Maui’s wildfire relief efforts. This was made possible by our diocesan Disaster Relief Fund. To all who have given, THANK YOU for making a difference! #CourageouslyLiving
August 26-September 10
A New, Free Magazine for Catholics in the Diocese of St. Petersburg
The NEW Gulf Coast Catholic Magazine will be arriving in your mailbox by September 15, 2023. The mission of the magazine is to lead people closer to Jesus and His Church so we can Courageously Live the Gospel. The magazine is an attractive resource with interesting articles that are designed to appeal to readers of various demographics. Gulf Coast Catholic serves Tampa Bay, the Suncoast, and the Nature Coast. The magazine will be mailed four times a year into the homes of people who are registered at a local parish (more than 100,000 households). We hope you enjoy your free magazine, courtesy of Bishop Gregory Parkes, our parishes, schools, advertisers, supporters, and the Catholic Ministry Appeal.
September 5 | St. Teresa of Calcutta
St. Teresa of Calcutta, also known as Mother Teresa, was canonized in 2016 by Pope Francis. Like St. Teresa, may we see Christ in all people, especially the poor and outcast, and serve Him throughout the day. “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us! 🙏🏼
September 10 | World Day for Grandparents and Elderly
Pope Francis has determined the theme of World Day for Grandparents and Elderly for 2023 is “His mercy is from age to age” (Lk 1:50). A plenary indulgence may be received by those who attend Mass, receive Holy Communion, and receive the sacrament of reconciliation within a week surrounding this day. May we keep our grandparents and elderly in our prayers today.
September 11 | Prayer on the Anniversary of 9/11
Today we pray for those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, their loved ones, and continued peace and justice in our world.
September 12 | Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary has many titles, among which are God-bearer, Queen of Peace, and Blessed Mother. Mary points us to God and reminds us to allow God to work His will in us. May we draw close to Mary this day allow her to lead us closer to her Son. Mary, Mother of God, pray for us! 🙏🏼
September 13 | St. John Chrysostom
St. John Chrysostom is a Doctor of the Church and patron Saint of preachers. He was an eloquent preacher and earned the title “Chrysostom” or “golden-mouthed” because of it. Like St. John Chrysostom, may we see Christ in all people and not be fearful in spreading the Gospel to those around us. St. John Chrysostom, pray for us! 🙏🏼
September 23 | St. Pio of Pietrelcina
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, also known as Padre Pio, was canonized by Pope St. John Paul II in 2002. Padre Pio abandoned himself to God’s will as he cared for the sick and suffering as well as himself suffered from the stigmata- the wounds of Christ. Like him, may we be able to suffer well and carry our burdens with faithful love. St. Pio, pray for us! 🙏🏼
September 24 | Priesthood Sunday
September 24 is Priesthood Sunday, we give thanks for our priests and pray that God continues to bless the Church with dedicated and faith-filled priests. ✝️
Prayer for Priests and Future Priests 🙏🏼
“Eternal Father, we lift up to You all the priests of the world. Sanctify them. Heal and guide them. Mold them into the likeness and holiness of Your Son, Jesus, the Eternal High Priest. May their lives be pleasing to You in Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.”
#CourageouslyLiving #CourageousVocations #PriesthoodSunday
September 25 | Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin
Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin are the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and patrons of marriages. They were canonized by Pope Francis in 2015. Despite numerous health issues and the deaths of several of their young children, they remained faithful to God’s will and nurturing guides of the faith. May we too guide those around us to Christ and remain steadfast in our faith. Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us! 🙏🏼
September 29 | Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael
Today we celebrate the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. St. Michael is known for being the protector, St. Gabriel for being the messenger, and St. Raphael for being a healer and guide. May we call upon the Archangels for protection from sin and temptation, guidance in our faith, and the zeal to spread God’s message to others. Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, pray for us! 🙏🏼
Catholic Ministry Appeal
Click here to find materials that have been designed to assist parishes in promoting, educating and spreading the word about the 2023 Catholic Ministry Appeal. Throughout the year, more resources will be added, updated and shared with parishes.
For graphics, promotional text and logos about the new Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, click here.
National Eucharistic Revival
Click here to find photos, graphics and logos to promote the National Eucharistic Revival, an initiative of the bishops of the United States to renew our devotion and belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Click here to find announcements, graphics and information from our diocesan ministries and our parishes, schools and diocesan entities.