All items submitted for inclusion in the Pastoral Bulletin should be sent to the Pastoral Bulletin coordinator at email@example.com at least three weeks prior to the requested publication date. The bulletin is published every Monday and deadline for submitting material is 4:00 pm on the preceding Friday. When Monday is a holiday it will be published on Tuesday. The length of the article or its content may be revised at discretion of editor.
During the Summer months, June through August, the bulletin is published every other week. We post the schedule on the website.
Visiting Clergy/Speakers (UPDATE April 2020)
Considering the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have been presented with other options for ministry to the people of God within the Diocese of St. Petersburg. One of those options is the use of the Zoom application to conduct meetings and webinars. Concerning clergy, religious or lay presenters via Zoom or other videoconferencing applications, if they are presenting via video conference to members of our parishes or other diocesan entities, they should be cleared just as if they were presenting in person. A Clearance Request Form should be submitted with all pertinent information, which would allow us to confirm the speakers’ good standing within their diocese/parish/religious institute .
If your parish or other diocesan entity is planning to invite a member of the clergy or of a religious institute, or a lay presenter to assist with sacramental duties or to offer a presentation, the invitee must first receive clearance through the Office of the Chancellor. Request forms for clearance of such persons can be found below:
Information in this section originates from the Office of the Bishop. This includes clergy changes, Bishop Parkes’ diocesan events (Chrism Mass, Memorial Day Mass, etc.) and any other official announcement coming from the Vatican, the USCCB and/or the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Information is this section originates from Pastoral Center staff who submit announcements about their programs, events and ministries. Announcements should be limited to 80 words, submitted as text in a Word document and will run for one week only.
News (UPDATE 10.2019)
As of October 1, 2019, news articles are no longer included in the Pastoral Bulletin. They are now part of the Courageous Faith monthly newsletter, published by the Office of Communications. If you have a news story you would like to share, please send it to Teresa Peterson, Executive Director of Communications: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Bulletin Announcements
Pastoral Center staff and parish staff may submit announcements for inclusion in the Bulletin Announcements section. To be considered, announcements should be limited to 80 words, submitted as text in a word document, font Verdana, size 10 and at least three weeks prior to the requested publication date. Title of event should be listed at top in bold. Events should be of interest to a cross-section of people across the Diocese. Announcements will run a maximum of 2 weeks.
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
All are invited to the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (5815 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg) to join Bishop Gregory Parkes for a Holy Hour as he consecrates the Diocese of St. Petersburg to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
For more information contact the Communications Office at 727-344-1611 or visit https://www.dosp.org/50/events/.
For the Faithful Departed Section
This section of the Pastoral Bulletin will include death announcements. Obituaries will be limited to priests, religious, deacons and Pastoral Center staff. Announcements will be brief and run for one week only.
This list features webpages that are of high interest or high priority. They promote events and employment opportunities at your parish or organization:
- Pilgrimages – If your parish is organizing a pilgrimage, please forward the information to us by email at email@example.com.
- Events Around the Diocese – Pastoral Center and parish staff may submit events for our online calendar. More information and guidelines are available at this link. Contact Maria Mertens (firstname.lastname@example.org) if additional information is needed.
- Employment Opportunities – Job openings and descriptions should be submitted to Valerie Gervais: email@example.com.
Thank you for helping to make this an effective communication tool for all!