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Announcements ~ April 22, 2019

 

DIOCESAN OFFICES

6th Annual Spirit FM Catholic Women’s Conference
Florida State Fairgrounds
Join Spirit FM, Fr. Larry Richards, Leah Darrow and Elizabeth Bunbury on Saturday, September 28, 2019 as women from throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg and West Central Florida gather together at the Florida State Fairgrounds to celebrate faith, family, fellowship and to encourage each other to embrace their God-given beauty.

Over the past six years, the Spirit FM Catholic Women’s Conference has become one of the largest Catholic women’s conferences in the Southeast, selling out within weeks! For many family members, parish women’s groups and girlfriends it has become an annual tradition. So gather up your mom, your sisters, your daughters and friends and 1500 other faith-filled women for another incredible year!

To register or become a vendor, please visit myspiritfm.com/womensconference.
Flyer at this link:  https://bit.ly/2PpcPTG.


Women’s Discernment Day Postponed
The Women’s Discernment Day that was scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019 has been postponed.  A new date will be scheduled for the fall.  If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Varley in the Office of Vocations, (727) 345-3452 or hlv@dosp.org.


Renew Your Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Making a consecration is an act of love, and love needs to be constantly renewed. Renewing your consecration means giving yourself again to Jesus in and through the Heart of Mary. Join others from around the Diocese of St. Petersburg on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. to renew your consecration during the Consecration Renewal Mass at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg. To learn more, visit www.dosp.org/heartofmary.

Take Mary Into Your Heart and Home
All are invited to the Diocese of St. Petersburg Marian Congress that will focus on Taking Mary into Our Hearts and Homes. This day of fellowship, inspiration and prayer will be held on May 11, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg. Hear from local, national and international speakers who have been transformed by the Heart of Mary. To learn more, visit www.dosp.org/heartofmary.

Graphics: Mass of Renewal ad; “Take Mary” (square ad) & (horizontal  ad); “Spend time with mom” (horizontal) & (square)


PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Summer Adventure – Good Counsel Camp, our Diocesan youth camp located in Floral City, Florida, is looking for counselors for this summer’s sessions.  Do you enjoy working with children?  Do you enjoy adventure and challenges?  If so, working as a camp counselor may be for you.  We are looking for young men and women who will be at least 17 years of age by this summer.  For an application, contact Father James Johnson at 4301 W. Homosassa Trail, Lecanto, FL  34461, or call (352) 270-8831.

 

PILGRIMAGES AROUND THE DIOCESE
The pilgrimages are posted in the Diocesan website under Pilgrimages–bottom of the homepage under FAQ or by following this  link:    https://www.dosp.org/pastoralbulletin/pilgrimages/.

Announcements ~ April 15, 2019

 

DIOCESAN OFFICES

Have You Heard the Bishop’s Radio Show?
Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events that affect our Church, our community and our country. A new episode can be heard on Friday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. on Spirit FM 90.5. Also, you can subscribe to the bishop’s podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcast app. Search Bishop Gregory Parkes.

(An ad for A View from the Top is available here as a PDF or PNG.)


National TV Program Will Focus on Tampa Bay
Celebrity Chef Father Leo Patalinghug will take his show, Savoring Our Faith, to Tampa Bay. He spends time touring the beautiful Bethany Center, the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s spiritual retreat center. Plus, he prepares a wonderful meal from food grown at a local microgreen farm. Check it out on Friday, April 26th at 5:00 p.m. on EWTN.


DOCAT Workshop
April 27, 2019 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
The Offices of Hispanic Ministry and of Youth and Young Adult Ministry are collaborating to offer a bilingual training on the DOCAT. This resource contains ways to implement the Social Doctrine of the Church for our youth and young adults.  Cost is $10 per person, which includes meals and a free copy of the DOCAT ($18 value).  CORE team members, DREs, Courageously Living the Gospel implementation teams and parish priests are invited to attend.

Link for English/Spanish promotional videos and additional information: http://sepi.us/en/doCat.aspx
Link to register: https://s.dosp.org/DOCATWorkshop2019

Taller del DOCAT
27 de abril, 2019 de 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Las oficinas del Ministerio Hispano y del Ministerio de Pastoral Juvenil ofrecerán un taller de capacitación bilingüe sobre el DOCAT.  Este compendio contiene formas para implementar la doctrina social de la Iglesia con los jóvenes. El costo del taller es $10 por persona que incluye comidas y un ejemplar gratis del DOCAT (valor de $18). Equipos de pastoral juvenil, directores de educación religiosa, comités para implementar la visión de Vivir Valientemente el Evangelio y sacerdotes están invitados al taller.

Enlace para obtener más información y ver videos promocionales en inglés y español: http://sepi.us/en/doCat.aspx
Enlace para la inscripción: https://s.dosp.org/DOCATWorkshop2019


Women Discernment Day
The Office of Vocations is happy to once again host a Discernment Day for Women.  It will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm at the Pastoral Center (6363 9th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida).

Lunch will be provided and there is no cost to you.  For more information please see flyer at this link.  All women, high school juniors and older, are welcome and invited to attend this opportunity for lunch, conversation and adoration with religious women from around the diocese.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Heidi Varley in the Office of Vocations at (727) 345-3452 or hlv@dosp.org.


The Martyrs of La Florida Missions Receive Grant
The Martyrs of La Florida Missions extend prayers of gratitude for the generous grant from “In God We Trust Foundation” for support of our curriculum project to share stories of faith, evangelization and martyrdom with all Catholic schools in Florida. Visit www.MartyrsOfLaFloridaMissions.org/curriculum-project to learn more.

To find out more about how the foundation of “In God We Trust” is working to put God back into schools and to contribute to the Florida Martyrs curriculum project through the purchase of DMV-approved license plates, visit www.InGodWeTrustFoundation.com/mdlf.


PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Summer Adventure – Good Counsel Camp, our Diocesan youth camp located in Floral City, Florida, is looking for counselors for this summer’s sessions.  Do you enjoy working with children?  Do you enjoy adventure and challenges?  If so, working as a camp counselor may be for you.  We are looking for young men and women who will be at least 17 years of age by this summer.  For an application, contact Father James Johnson at 4301 W. Homosassa Trail, Lecanto, FL  34461, or call (352) 270-8831.


Family Deliverance Growth Retreat
The Family Deliverance Growth Retreat will be held at the Divine Mercy Prayer Center in Plant City, Florida from April 26 – 28 in English. This is a “family-focused” retreat for self-renewal based on the Word of God, Bible-based teachings of the Catholic Church, Holy Mass, Confessions, Praise and Worship Sessions and prayers for Inner and Physical Healing during Eucharistic Adoration. Everyone is welcome. We encourage the whole family to attend. There is no fee. Lunch will be provided. Prior registration is required. For further information, please contact (813) 567- 1226 and www.divinefl.org.

 

PILGRIMAGES AROUND THE DIOCESE
The pilgrimages are posted in the Diocesan website under Pilgrimages–bottom of the homepage under FAQ or by following this link: https://www.dosp.org/pastoralbulletin/pilgrimages/.

Announcements ~ April 8, 2019

 

DIOCESAN OFFICES

Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is most appropriate that Child Abuse Prevention Month is observed during the spring and especially in proximity to the Easter season, a time when we celebrate new life! There is no better time of year to celebrate the protection of our most valuable gift from God—our children and youth. Protecting our young people is a life-giving choice!

For information on how you can help ensure the safety of our young people, please call: Michael Craig, Safe Environment Program Manager at (727) 344-1611, ext. 5377.


The Chrism Mass on April 16 Will be Livestreamed
If you are not able to join us for the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (5815 Fifth Avenue, St. Petersburg), you are invited to view the live video stream available at www.dosp.org or listen to a broadcast of the Chrism Mass on Spirit FM 90.5.

During the Chrism Mass, priests of the Diocese of St. Petersburg will renew their commitment to priestly service and Bishop Gregory Parkes will bless the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens and consecrate the Sacred Chrism. These oils are used in parishes throughout the year for sacramental celebrations.

(A graphic is available for your use here.)


Women Discernment Day
The Office of Vocations is happy to once again host a Discernment Day for Women.  It will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm at the Pastoral Center (6363 9th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida).

Lunch will be provided and there is no cost to you.  For more information please see flyer at this link.  All women, high school juniors and older, are welcome and invited to attend this opportunity for lunch, conversation and adoration with religious women from around the diocese.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Heidi Varley in the Office of Vocations at (727) 345-3452 or hlv@dosp.org.


Your Input is Needed on Communications
Share your thoughts about media and give us constructive feedback on our communication efforts. Take the Diocese of St. Petersburg Communications Survey at this link, www.dosp.org/survey. Deadline has been extended until April 15. Bishop Gregoy Parkes is hoping to hear from you! Thank you!!

(Graphic for your use, one and two.)


Spring Retreat Day, “Living Hope in our Troubled yet Beautiful World.”
Saturday, April 27th
Mass at 9 AM; Retreat from 10 am to  2 pm
St. Mary Parish, Tampa
Guest Speaker is acclaimed author, Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND (www.melanniesvobodasnd.org). The retreat will use scripture, music, short videos, stories, sharing, and humor to lead us deeper into the Mystery of God, the ultimate source of all hope. Cost is $15.00 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Register at https://www.dosp.org/life/upcoming-events/ or contact Sabrina at sab@dosp.org, 727-344-1611.


All Are Invited to Renew Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on May 11 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle
Also, a Marian Congress will be held on May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. that will include witness talks, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Rosary. This event will help participants to learn about the role of Mary in the Church, why she is a gift from Jesus and why she is our refuge in time of danger. Plus, all will be inspired to take Mary in our hearts and homes. To learn more, visit www.dosp.org/heartofmary.

Promotional materials can be found here: https://www.dosp.org/heartofmary/promotional-tools/.


The Martyrs of La Florida Missions Receive Grant
The Martyrs of La Florida Missions extend prayers of gratitude for the generous grant from “In God We Trust Foundation” for support of our curriculum project to share stories of faith, evangelization and martyrdom with all Catholic schools in Florida. Visit www.MartyrsOfLaFloridaMissions.org/curriculum-project to learn more.

To find out more about how the foundation of “In God We Trust” is working to put God back into schools and to contribute to the Florida Martyrs curriculum project through the purchase of DMV-approved license plates, visit www.InGodWeTrustFoundation.com/mdlf.


PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Daystar’s With These Hands Breakfast
Join us for Daystar Life Center’s With These Hands Breakfast on Wednesday, April 24, from 7:30  to 9 a.m. at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 54th Avenue S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.

Dr. Roy Kaplan will receive the With These Hands award and Sister Marita Flynn will receive the Franciscan Heart Award.

For reservations ($20), www.daystarlife.com, mail check to Daystar, 226 6th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, or call Maureen Camphire at 727-823-5495.


COME AND SEE
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Is God calling you to join a community of Catholic men and women dedicated to guiding God’s people to healing, freedom and purpose in Christ? You are invited to join us for Charismatic praise and worship, a presentation on the Marian Servants, the rosary, fellowship and refreshments.

Flyer at this link:  https://bit.ly/2U81pth

Marian Servants at Our Lady of Divine Providence House of Prayer
711 S. Bayview Avenue, Clearwater, Florida 33759
Phone:  727-797-7212 or Email:   info@divineprovidence.org
www.divineprovidence.org.


Family Deliverance Growth Retreat
The Family Deliverance Growth Retreat will be held at the Divine Mercy Prayer Center in Plant City, Florida from April 26 – 28 in English. This is a “family-focused” retreat for self-renewal based on the Word of God, Bible-based teachings of the Catholic Church, Holy Mass, Confessions, Praise and Worship Sessions and prayers for Inner and Physical Healing during Eucharistic Adoration. Everyone is welcome. We encourage the whole family to attend. There is no fee. Lunch will be provided. Prior registration is required. For further information, please contact (813) 567- 1226 and www.divinefl.org.

 

PILGRIMAGES AROUND THE DIOCESE
The pilgrimages are posted in the Diocesan website under Pilgrimages–bottom of the homepage under FAQ or by following this link: https://www.dosp.org/pastoralbulletin/pilgrimages/.

Announcements ~ April 1, 2019

 

DIOCESAN OFFICES

Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is most appropriate that Child Abuse Prevention Month is observed during the spring and especially in proximity to the Easter season, a time when we celebrate new life! There is no better time of year to celebrate the protection of our most valuable gift from God—our children and youth. Protecting our young people is a life-giving choice!

For information on how you can help ensure the safety of our young people, please call: Michael Craig, Safe Environment Program Manager at (727) 344-1611, ext. 5377.


The Chrism Mass on April 16 Will be Livestreamed
If you are not able to join us for the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (5815 Fifth Avenue, St. Petersburg), you are invited to view the live video stream available at www.dosp.org or listen to a broadcast of the Chrism Mass on Spirit FM 90.5.

During the Chrism Mass, priests of the Diocese of St. Petersburg will renew their commitment to priestly service and Bishop Gregory Parkes will bless the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of Catechumens and consecrate the Sacred Chrism. These oils are used in parishes throughout the year for sacramental celebrations.

(A graphic is available for your use here.)


Have You Heard the Bishop’s Podcast?
Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events that affect our Church, our community and our country. A new episode on Holy Week and Easter can be heard on Friday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m. on Spirit FM 90.5. Also, you can subscribe to the bishop’s podcast on iTunes. Search A View from the Top.

(An ad for A View from the Top is available here as a PDF or PNG.)


Your Input is Needed on Communications
Share your thoughts about media and give us constructive feedback on our communication efforts. Take the Diocese of St. Petersburg Communications Survey at this link, www.dosp.org/survey. Deadline has been extended until April 15. Bishop Gregoy Parkes is hoping to hear from you! Thank you!!

(Graphic for your use, one and two.)


Spring Retreat Day, “Living Hope in our Troubled yet Beautiful World.”
Saturday, April 27th
Mass at 9 AM; Retreat from 10 am to  2 pm
St. Mary Parish, Tampa
Guest Speaker is acclaimed author, Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND (www.melanniesvobodasnd.org). The retreat will use scripture, music, short videos, stories, sharing, and humor to lead us deeper into the Mystery of God, the ultimate source of all hope. Cost is $15.00 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Register at https://www.dosp.org/life/upcoming-events/ or contact Sabrina at sab@dosp.org, 727-344-1611.


All Are Invited to the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s First Annual Marian Congress
In an effort to lead all people closer to the Heart of Jesus, a Marian Congress will be held on Saturday, May 11 that will include witness talks, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and Mass with Renewal of Consecration.

The theme “Take Mary Into Our Hearts and Homes” was chosen because Mary’s love and maternal care can transform our lives and bless our families.

Location: Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (5815 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg)
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mass of Renewal Begins at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, visit www.dosp.org/heartofmary/. This event is held in cooperation with the International Consecrated Marian Society.

(Half page ad PDF or JPEG, Quarter page ad PDF or JPEG.)


From the Office of Marriage and Family Life
Please consider adding the flyer at this link to your bulletin during the season of Lent.

 

 

 

 

PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Daystar’s With These Hands Breakfast
Join us for Daystar Life Center’s With These Hands Breakfast on Wednesday, April 24, from 7:30  to 9 a.m. at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 54th Avenue S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.

Dr. Roy Kaplan will receive the With These Hands award and Sister Marita Flynn will receive the Franciscan Heart Award.

For reservations ($20), www.daystarlife.com, mail check to Daystar, 226 6th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, or call Maureen Camphire at 727-823-5495.


COME AND SEE
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Is God calling you to join a community of Catholic men and women dedicated to guiding God’s people to healing, freedom and purpose in Christ? You are invited to join us for Charismatic praise and worship, a presentation on the Marian Servants, the rosary, fellowship and refreshments.

Flyer at this link:  https://bit.ly/2U81pth

Marian Servants at Our Lady of Divine Providence House of Prayer
711 S. Bayview Avenue, Clearwater, Florida 33759
Phone:  727-797-7212 or Email:   info@divineprovidence.org
www.divineprovidence.org

 

PILGRIMAGES AROUND THE DIOCESE
The pilgrimages are posted in the Diocesan website under Pilgrimages–bottom of the homepage under FAQ or by following this link: https://www.dosp.org/pastoralbulletin/pilgrimages/.

Clergy Changes ~ March 25, 2019

 
Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes:
 
APPOINTMENT
Upon presentation by Very Reverend Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Minister Provincial of the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular, Reverend Laurence Uhlman, T.O.R . to Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Parish, St. Petersburg, effective March 22, 2019.
 
RELIEVING
Upon notification by Very Reverend Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Minister Provincial of the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular, Reverend James Morman, T.O.R. from Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Parish, St. Petersburg, effective April 1, 2019.  Father Morman has been reassigned to a parish in the Diocese of Toledo.

Obituaries ~ March 25, 2019

 

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers:

Sr. Helen Lange, O.S.B.
Sr. Helen Lange O.S.B., 105, of St. Leo, FL, passed away Monday, March 18, 2019 in Dade City. She was born September 28, 1913 in Olfen, TX to Joseph & Helena Matthiesen Lange. She came to this area in 1930 to enter the community of the Benedictine Sisters of FL. She was a retired Teacher and Principal.
She is survived by numerous family members and close friends.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Holy Name Monastery.
Complete obituary at this link.

Newspaper article at this link.


Mrs. Vivian “Jeri” Toth
The Chancellor’s Office has received word of the passing of former Pastoral Center employee, Vivian “Jeri” Toth, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Jeri worked with the ISA Department from November 1999 through July 2011.  Funeral services were held on March 23, 2019  at the Chapel, Cathedral of St. Jude.

Obituary at this link.


Mrs. Teresa Abaneke

Word reach the Chancellor’s office of the passing of Mrs. Teresa Abaneke, sister of Rev. Aloysius Abaneke, Chaplain at Bay Pines VA Hospital.  Father Abaneke is currently in Nigeria for her funeral.


May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Announcements ~ March 25, 2019

 

DIOCESAN OFFICES

Have You Heard the Bishop’s Podcast?
Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events that affect our Church, our community and our country. A new episode on Holy Week and Easter can be heard on Friday, April 12 at 11:30 a.m. on Spirit FM 90.5. Also, you can subscribe to the bishop’s podcast on iTunes. Search A View from the Top.

(An ad for A View from the Top is available here as a PDF or PNG.)


All Are Invited to the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s First Annual Marian Congress
In an effort to lead all people closer to the Heart of Jesus, a Marian Congress will be held on Saturday, May 11 that will include witness talks, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and Mass with Renewal of Consecration.

The theme “Take Mary Into Our Hearts and Homes” was chosen because Mary’s love and maternal care can transform our lives and bless our families.
Location: Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (5815 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg)
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mass of Renewal Begins at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, visit:  www.dosp.org/heartofmary/. This event is held in cooperation with the International Consecrated Marian Society.   Graphic at this link:  https://bit.ly/2THWpqh.


From the Office of Marriage and Family Life
Please consider adding the flyer at this link to your bulletin during the season of Lent.

 

 

 

 

PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS

New College Scholarships Introduced for Catholic High School Students
Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is introducing substantial tuition scholarships for students from Florida Catholic high schools. The $14,000 Catholic Promise Scholarship is renewable for four years. Admitted students will study at the main campus, about 35 miles north of Tampa. Students must be Florida residents. A special Open House that incorporates Mass is planned for Sunday, April 7, for applicants, families, and counselors. More details are available by calling (352) 588-8253.


Save the Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019, Walk/Run For Life 2019 Tampa Bay
Ben T. Davis Beach
7740 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway
Keep the March for Life momentum going and take part in this annual pro-life event that benefits the Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center and other ministries that support women in crisis pregnancies and women and families who have been harmed by an abortion. Participants can choose between 1 mile, 2 miles or 5K route.

Email: foundationsoflife@ccdosp.org  or Register Online at: FoundationsofLife.org.


Rejoice & Remember
September 28, 2019 from 10:00 am to Noon
Rejoice & Remember is an interfaith prayer service for recipients of organ transplants and in memory of organ donors. The service will be held September 28, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Hudson, Florida. If you would like to place a memorial in their program of a loved one who was an organ donor or for further information, contact Deacon Gene Beil at deacon@saintmichaelchurch.org.

 

PILGRIMAGES AROUND THE DIOCESE
The pilgrimages are posted in the Diocesan website under Pilgrimages–bottom of the homepage under FAQ or by following this link: https://www.dosp.org/pastoralbulletin/pilgrimages/.

Obituary ~ March 18, 2019

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers:

Reverend Emeric Slezak, OFM
We were informed of the death of Reverend Emeric Szlezak, O.F.M., 101, a retired priest of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, Holy Name Province, on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Father Szlezak was a resident of St. Anthony Friary, St. Petersburg at the time of his death. He is survived by his brother, Emery Szlezak and by his Franciscan confreres.

All funeral services will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 515 Fourth Street S., St. Petersburg and are as follows:

— Wake Service will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. Priests wishing to concelebrate are asked to bring an alb and white stole.
— Burial will immediately follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 5233 1181h Avenue N., Clearwater.

Please keep Father Szlezak’s brother, Emery and the entire Franciscan community in your kind thoughts and prayers.

Click here for complete obituary.


May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed
by the Mercy of God, rest in peace!

Clergy Change ~ March 18, 2019


Most Reverend Gregory Parkes,
Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy change, effective March 15, 2019:

APPOINTMENT
Upon presentation by Very Reverend Thomas R. Bheemareddy, O.C.D., Provincial Superior of the Discalced Carmelite Order, Telangana, India, Reverend Vijaya B. Polamarasetty, O.C.D. to Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Pinellas Park.   Father Polamarasetty formerly served in the Diocese of St. Petersburg and returns to our diocese after a brief assignment in California.

Announcements ~ March 18, 2019

 

DIOCESAN OFFICES

Have You Heard the Bishop’s Podcast?
Join Bishop Gregory Parks for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events that affect our Church, our community and our country. A new episode can be heard on Friday, March 29 at 11:30 a.m. on Spirit FM 90.5. Also, you can subscribe to the bishop’s podcast on iTunes. Search A View from the Top.

(An ad for A View from the Top is available here as a PDF or PNG.)


Receive Encouragement Each Day
You are invited to sign up to receive daily Scripture reflections on Courageously Living the Gospel that will provide suggestions and prayers for more boldly living your faith. Reflection writers include local Catholic leaders such as Bishop Gregory Parkes. You can choose to receive the reflections via email or text.  Sign up to be courageous, visit www.dosp.org/reflection.  Flyer at this link:   https://bit.ly/2ExOWEJ.


All Are Invited to the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s First Annual Marian Congress
In an effort to lead all people closer to the Heart of Jesus, a Marian Congress will be held on Saturday, May 11 that will include witness talks, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and Mass with Renewal of Consecration.

The theme “Take Mary Into Our Hearts and Homes” was chosen because Mary’s love and maternal care can transform our lives and bless our families.

Location: Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (5815 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg)
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mass of Renewal Begins at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, visit:  www.dosp.org/heartofmary/. This event is held in cooperation with the International Consecrated Marian Society.

Graphic at this link:  https://bit.ly/2H1ajle.

PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Catholic Charities 5th Annual Ministries of Mercy Fundraiser
Join Catholic Charities and Bishop Parkes at the iconic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City for an 11:30 AM lunch on Wednesday, April 3rd to see how Catholic Charities uses your investments to Courageously Live the Gospel in serving those most in need. Enjoy a wonderful lunch and hear from Catholic Charities clients. The keynoter will Fr. Leo Patalinghug, celebrity Chef and host of EWTN’s Savoring Our Faith cooking show. Learn more about Fr. Leo at this link:  https://bit.ly/2DsFNwH.   Cost is $50. Sponsorships are available. Text MERCY to 91999 or visit https://bit.ly/2FxvcDh.


Catholic Charities Free Medical Clinics Fundraiser: Birdies for Charity
Health care is costly and confusing. Sadly, many of our brothers and sisters in Christ don’t receive any! That’s where YOU and come in. We provide life-saving basic healthcare to those who fall through the cracks. YOU can help us by participating in Birdies for Charity! Guess the total number of birdies made by all the golfers at the March 21-24, 2019 Valspar Championship (1,212 in 2018) and donate as little as 1 cent per birdie OR make a flat donation (min. $10). Text BIRDIES to 91999 or visit https://bit.ly/2Bnx7rc.


Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist
March 31 ~ April 2, 2019
St. Jerome Parish, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo
Please join us for this special event at the Holy Family Chapel.  We will have Masses, reflections, time for quiet prayer, rosary, penance services (April 1st). Please visit this link: https://bit.ly/2U2KzrH, for a flyer and the schedule for the 3 days of Solemn Eucharistic Exposition.

Contact the parish office for any questions, 727-595-4610.


Save the Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019, Walk/Run For Life 2019 Tampa Bay
Keep the March for Life momentum going and take part in this annual pro-life event that benefits the Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center and other ministries that support women in crisis pregnancies and women and families who have been harmed by an abortion. Participants can choose between 1 mile, 2 miles or 5K route.

Saturday – April 13, 2019
Ben T. Davis Beach
7740 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway
Email: foundationsoflife@ccdosp.org  or Register Online at: FoundationsofLife.org.


Rejoice & Remember
September 28, 2019 from 10:00 am to Noon
Rejoice & Remember is an interfaith prayer service for recipients of organ transplants and in memory of organ donors. The service will be held September 28, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Hudson, Florida. If you would like to place a memorial in their program of a loved one who was an organ donor or for further information, contact Deacon Gene Beil at deacon@saintmichaelchurch.org.

 

PILGRIMAGES AROUND THE DIOCESE
The pilgrimages are posted in the Diocesan website under Pilgrimages–bottom of the homepage under FAQ or by following this link: https://www.dosp.org/pastoralbulletin/pilgrimages/.