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DIOCESAN OFFICES

Catholic Days at the Capitol:
Make the Trip and Make a Difference! March 26-27 (returning March 28).
This two-day event provides the opportunity to put into action our faith’s call to political responsibility and allows us to strengthen the presence of our Catholic values in the public square. We will also ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

 

DIOCESAN OFFICES

2018/19 Rice Bowl Mini Grants Recipients
The Office of Life, Justice and Advocacy is pleased to announce the following recipients of the fall 2018/19 Rice Bowl Mini Grants, made possible by 25% of local Rice Bowl contributions retained for local use.  Congratulations to the following parishes and organizations: Catholic Charities-Parish Ministries ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

(Office of Stewardship and Development)

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DIOCESAN OFFICES

A View From The Top with Bishop Gregory Parkes
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, January 25 ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

Focus 11 2019 will be held on Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at St. Lawrence Parish in Higgins Hall.  We invite all religious orders in the Diocese of St. Petersburg to register to attend this event.  Please click here to register.
We are happy to announce that our keynote speaker for this ...

(Office of Vocations)

Our next Holy Hour for Vocations will be on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.

The February Holy Hour is on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Thank you to the Serra Club for continuing to host our monthly Holy Hours for Vocations.

(Office of Vocations)

We have postponed the Vocations Workshop that was scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2019.  The new date is Saturday, February 23, 2019!  The workshop will be at the Bethany Center in Lutz.  The day will begin with mass at 9:00 am in the St. James Chapel, followed by check-in.  The day will conclude at 2:00 pm.

Our theme this ...

(Office of Vocations)

For up to date information on the vision of the diocese, Courageously Living the Gospel, please click here

(Office of Vocations)

On Monday, December 10 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, you are invited to take a break from your hectic schedule and rest in the Lord during an evening of Eucharistic Adoration with Bishop Gregory Parks  This special Advent ADORE event at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle will feature contemporary and traditional Advent ...

(Office of Vocations)

Vocatus is a group of men who feel that the Lord might be calling them to the incredible vocation of the Priesthood!

All young men, juniors in high school and above, are invited to join us at the Pastoral Center (6363 9th Avenue North, St. Petersburg) on Thursday, December 20th from 6:30 pm-7:30pm.  You will ...

(Office of Vocations)

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DIOCESAN OFFICES

Cities for Life/Cities against the Death Penalty
Friday, November 30, 2018
On this date, cities across the world mobilize to renounce the death penalty and work for a more civil form of justice. Join us at the Franciscan Center (3010 N. Perry Ave., Tampa) for an Ecumenical Service beginning ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

 

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DIOCESAN OFFICES

Cities for Life/Cities against the Death Penalty
Friday, November 30, 2018
On this date, cities across the world mobilize to renounce the death penalty and work for a more civil form of justice. Join us at the Franciscan Center (3010 N. Perry Ave., Tampa) for an Ecumenical Service ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

The Office of Vocations is happy to host a Discernment Day for Women.  It will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.

Lunch will be provided and there is no cost to you.  For more information please see this Flyer.  Young ...

(Office of Vocations)

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2018 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 12-14.

The assembly will begin with an address by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the USCCB and also an address by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre.  The body of bishops will then adjourn to an on-site chapel for a full day of spiritual discernment and prayer.  This ...

(Accountability)

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2018 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 12-14.

The assembly will begin with an address by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the USCCB and also an address by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre.  The body of bishops will then adjourn to an on-site chapel for a full day of spiritual discernment and prayer.  This ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

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Office of Vocations
PO Box 40200
St. Petersburg, FL 33743

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Ordination Date:05/16/2009
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Office of Vocations

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

National Vocation Awareness Week is November 4-10, 2018.

The theme for this year is Building a Vocation Culture in Today’s Church.

Here are some resources for parishes to use, more are available online (see link below).

Prayers of the Faithful:
For young people in our community that they may respond generously with open hearts and ...

(Office of Vocations)

The next meeting of the John 21 Discernment group is Saturday, November 24, 2018 beginning with mass at 8:30 am. This group meets at St. Lawrence Parish in Tampa (5225 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614).

John 21 is a discernment group for young men who are reflecting on God’s call in their lives and are considering the ...

(Office of Vocations)

The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 4-10. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.

Pope Francis, in his message for the 2018 World Day of Vocations, emphasized that it ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

Mark your calendar! Join Bishop Parkes to celebrate our 50th Anniversary at the Family Faith Fest at Al Lopez Park in Tampa on October 27, 2018! This FREE event will have live music, fun activities for kids and adults alike, opportunities for worship (Confession, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass) and fellowship! Visit http://www.familyfaithfest.org to plan your day and ...

(Office of Vocations)

Congratulations to our seminarian, Ralph D’Elia, who was ordained a transitional deacon on Thursday, September 27, 2018 in Rome.

Bishop Gregory Parkes, Fr. Carl Melchior, Director of Vocations, Fr. Ken Malley, Pastor, St. Timothy Parish (Ralph’s home parish) were present for the ordination, as well as Ralph’s family and several priests from the Diocese of St. ...

(Office of Vocations)

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes effective October 1, 2018 unles otherwise noted:

APPOINTMENTS
Upon presentation by Very Reverend Michael Rock, O. de M., Vicar Provincial of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy:
 Reverend Justin Freeman, O. de M. to Parochial Vicar of ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

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DIOCESAN OFFICES

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS EVENTS
The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4 is approaching fast. Please submit your Blessing of the Animals events to the diocesan Events Calendar at this link. We will direct people looking for pet blessings to check the calendar.

The Office of Communications would ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

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DIOCESAN OFFICES

Office of Vocations
Discernment Day for Young Adult Women
Save the Date!
The Office of Vocations will be hosting a discernment day for young adult women on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg.  The day will begin with Mass at 11:00 ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

Preamble
In order to strengthen the pastoral care of African Catholic communities in the United States, the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church/Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers (PCMRT) from the USCCB assisted the National Association of African Catholics in the United States (NAACUS) in the restructuring of their organization.  ...

(Office of Multicultural Ministry)

God our Father,
we give you thanks and praise
for fathers young and old.

We pray for young fathers,
newly embracing their vocations;
May they find the courage and
perseverance to balance work, family,
and faith in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for our own fathers
who have ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

Pope Francis has ratified the members elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to represent the United States at the upcoming XV Ordinary General Assembly: Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.  The Synod will take place October 3-28.

The delegates are:

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, President of the ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

Studies have shown that a strong faith can help you to enjoy a long, healthy life.  If you have met Monsignor George Cummings, you would be convinced that this is true!

On June 21st, the retired priest gathered with 150 of his closest friends, brother priests and Bishop Gregory Parkes to celebrate his 100th birthday. ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

In his 2018 Message for World Communications Day (May 13, 2018), Pope Francis calls on communications professionals to be “the protectors of news” and to combat the spread of fake news through a “journalism for peace.”

We need a kind of journalism that is less concentrated on “the mad rush for a scoop,” and more on seeking ...

(Parish Communications Guide)

Streaming Lets People Watch, Listen and Learn From Anywhere

The Diocese of St. Petersburg currently partners with LiveStream.com to provide live streaming of various celebrations from the cathedral. We are able to simulcast on Facebook Live through the LiveStream.com service. Spirit FM Radio also provides audio streaming via their website, www.spiritfm905.com.
These video ...

(Parish Communications Guide)

Bishop Parkes, per the recommendation of the Seminarian Admission Board, has accepted four new seminarians who will begin their seminary studies at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami in August.

The new seminarians are as follows:
Paul Ciulei – home parish: Our Lady of Lourdes, Dunedin
Phillip Dvorak – home parish: St. John ...

(Office of Vocations)

This summer, the Diocese of St. Petersburg is introducing the Nazareth House, a new summer residence for seminarians to grow in faith and community while serving others. The house is named after the town where Jesus lived during his youth and young adult years.
“Nazareth is where our Lord grew and was formed for ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

PASTORAL BULLETIN — VOL. 33: NO. 22 ~  June 4, 2018
Announcements for Parish Bulletins

DIOCESAN OFFICES

DISCERNMENT GROUP BEGINS JUNE 13
The Office of Vocations will be offering a new discernment group for men called Vocatus.  The first meeting will be on June 13 at 6:30 pm at St. Paul Catholic Church ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

50 Years of Caring for the Community
On June 17, 2018, the Diocese of St. Petersburg will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its establishment. Bishop Gregory Parkes has chosen the theme of “Gratitude, Joy and Hope” for the Diocese’s golden jubilee. He is asking all Catholics to remember the past with gratitude, celebrate the ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

PASTORAL BULLETIN — VOL. 33: NO. 21 ~  May 29, 2018
Announcements for Parish Bulletins

DIOCESAN OFFICES

DISCERNMENT GROUP BEGINS JUNE 13
The Office of Vocations will be offering a new discernment group for men called Vocatus.  The first meeting will be on June 13 at 6:30 pm at St. Paul Catholic Church ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

Three men. Three different paths. A Seminole, a Gator and a Bull all received the same call to serve God and his people as priests. On May 19, Bishop Gregory Parkes ordained the three to the priesthood before nearly 1,000 people at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. (Link to the video here.) The ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

Congratulations to our newly ordained priests!

Fr. Kyle Bell will begin his first priestly assignment as Parochial Vicar at St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish in Tarpon Springs.

Fr. Lou Turcotte will begin his first priestly assignment as Parochial Vicar at St. Timothy Parish in Lutz.

Fr. Tim Williford will begin his first priestly assignment as ...

(Office of Vocations)

Bishop Gregory Parkes will ordain Deacon Kyle Bell, Deacon Lou Turcotte, and Deacon Tim Williford to the priesthood on Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. All are invited to attend this joyous celebration! If you cannot join us in person, you are invited to ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

On Saturday, April 14, 2018 our seminarians Anthony Astrab and Joshua Hare were ordained transitional deacons for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

Congratulations Deacon Anthony and Deacon Joshua!

(Office of Vocations)

The April 2018 edition of the Cast Your Nets newsletter is now available by clicking here

(Office of Vocations)

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, our seminarians Anthony Astrab and Joshua Hare will be ordained transitional deacons at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Boca Raton! All are invited to participate by watching the live video stream here.

Read the bios for the men below.

Anthony Astrab’s bio
Joshua Hare’s ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

World Day of Prayer for Vocations is recognized on Sunday, April 22, 2018.  The message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations is entitled “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”  To read Pope Francis’ message, in its entirety,  in English, please click here and in Spanish please click here

The purpose of the World Day ...

(Office of Vocations)

PASTORAL BULLETIN — VOL. 33: NO. 13 ~  April 2, 2018
Announcements for Parish Bulletins

DIOCESAN OFFICES

Vocations Office
ALTAR SERVER APPRECIATION MASS
On Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. the Office of Vocations will host the annual Altar Server Appreciation Mass at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

PASTORAL BULLETIN — VOL. 33: NO. 12 ~ March 26, 2018
Announcements for Parish Bulletins

DIOCESAN OFFICES

Vocations Office
ALTAR SERVER APPRECIATION MASS
On Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. the Office of Vocations will host the annual Altar Server Appreciation Mass at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

PASTORAL BULLETIN — VOL. 33: NO. 10 ~ March 12, 2018
Announcements for Parish Bulletins

DIOCESAN OFFICES

BISHOP GREGORY PARKES INVITES YOU TO THE CHRISM MASS
Please mark your calendars for this year’s Chrism Mass, to take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

PASTORAL BULLETIN — VOL. 33: NO. 09 ~ March 5, 2018
Announcements for Parish Bulletins

DIOCESAN OFFICES

BISHOP GREGORY PARKES INVITES YOU TO THE CHRISM MASS
Please mark your calendars for this year’s Chrism Mass, to take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

Since 2014 National Catholic Sisters Week has been celebrated from March 8-14. NCSW is a dedicated celebration of Catholic Sisters intended to raise awareness of their vital contributions, both past and present.

National Catholic Sisters Week is intended to broaden awareness of Catholic sisters, whose lives and ministries often remain behind the scenes.  The hope ...

(Office of Vocations)

Are you (or someone you know) seeking  a life of Prayer & Community?  Maybe it’s a call from God.  

The Benedictine Sisters at Holy Name Monastery in St. Leo, FL offer a TIME FOR SEEKERS –single, Catholic, women in good health, ages of 20 – 50 something, considering a call to religious life. This ...

(Office of Vocations)

Gathered in Miami for three days of intense reflection, 300 Catholics, mostly Hispanic, pondered problems and offered solutions to challenges faced by people in their communities. The Diocese of St. Petersburg had 34 delegates representing 20 parishes at the Regional V (fifth) Encuentro, which was the second largest contingency of participants. Bishop Gregory Parkes and ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

Our Annual Altar Server Appreciation Mass will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle at 3:00 pm.  A light reception will follow in the Parish Center.  All are invited to attend.

Below is the memo and RSVP form that has been sent to all parishes, as well as the ...

(Office of Vocations)

Come and See Weekends are held at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami twice a year.  These weekends serve to provide opportunities for male high school juniors and older to get a first-hand experience of seminary life and the opportunity to interact with other young men who are discerning a vocation.

Our next Come ...

(Office of Vocations)

World Day for Consecrated Life will be Celebrated Friday, February 2 in the Universal Church and in Local parishes on the Weekend of Feb. 3-4 

Commenting on the World Day for Consecrated Life, Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark and Chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations states: “For ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

The January 2018 edition of the Cast Your Nets Newsletter is available by clicking here

(Office of Vocations)

Please join us on Saturday, February 3, 2018 for the Annual Vocation Promotion and Awareness Workshop at the Bethany Center in Lutz.  The day will begin with mass at 9:00 am in the St. James Chapel, followed by check-in.  The day will conclude at 2:00 pm.

Our theme this year is “Celebrating 50 Years of Vocations”.  ...

(Office of Vocations)

Focus 11 2019 will be held on Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at St. Lawrence Parish in Higgins Hall.  If you would like to register your religious order to attend Focus 11, please click on the following link

Our Keynote speaker this year will be Sr. Joo Yun Park, a Daughter  of Mary, ...

(Office of Vocations)

The next meeting of the John 21 Discernment group is Saturday, January 13, 2018 beginning with mass at 8:30 am. This group meets at St. Lawrence Parish in Tampa (5225 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614).

John 21 is a discernment group for young men who are reflecting on God’s call in their lives and are considering ...

(Office of Vocations)

(Office of Stewardship and Development)

Download some of our resources to help make APA 2018 a success in YOUR parish!

“Thank you for 2017 Gift” Bulletin Inserts

With pledge form – Word – English | Spanish

No pledge form/prayer only – Word – English | Spanish

Bulletin Inserts 

Kick off/Launch – PDF – English | Spanish
Prayer/Our Diocese ...

(Annual Pastoral Appeal)

Our next Holy Hour for Vocations will be on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.  Fr. Carl Melchior will preside at this Holy Hour.

The February Holy Hour is on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Thank you to the Serra Club for continuing to host our monthly Holy Hours for Vocations.

 

...

(Office of Vocations)

Bios of Visioning Team Members can be Found on These Pages:
(click to view: Last Names A-O   Last Names P-Z)

Sue Brett, Parishioner, Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle

Sue has worked in the legal, medical, airline and insurance professions and over the years, she has volunteered with many non-profit organizations and also taken the time ...

(Visioning the Way)

There are many opportunities to stay connected with your faith through social media channels operated by various ministries of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. We encourage all ministry leaders, clergy, diocesan staff, and parishioners to follow diocesan accounts to stay informed of important and interest happenings across our diocese.

Also, we incorporate unique diocesan hashtags ...

(Office of Communications)

The November edition of the Cast Your Nets newsletter is now available here

If you would like to receive the newsletter via email, please contact Heidi Varley at hlv@dosp.org to be added to the distribution list.

(Office of Vocations)

John 21 is a discernment group for young men who are reflecting on God’s call in their lives and are considering the possibility of priesthood or religious life.   Just as the disciples gained clarity of their call while eating breakfast with the Lord, so too will we. The group is open to anyone high school ...

(Office of Vocations)

The 2017 Seminarian Vocation Poster has been distributed to all parishes and schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  Each school received 10 posters and each parish received 5 posters.  The poster is double sided with English on one side and Spanish on the other.

Vocation Poster 2017

If you need more posters, or did not ...

(Office of Vocations)

National Vocation Awareness Week is November 5-11, 2017.

The theme for this year is Building a Vocation Culture in Today’s Church.

Here are some resources for parishes to use, more are available online (see link below).

Bulletin Blurbs

Prayers of the Faithful

Homily Notes

There are resources available online through Vianney Vocations.  Click here for resources.

Catechetical ...

(Office of Vocations)

To prepare for next year’s international Synod on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment,” the Holy Father wants online feedback from all youth and young adults, ages 16 to 29, from around the world, regardless of how active they are in the practice of the faith.

Youth and young adults, ages 16 to 29, ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. NVAW began in 1976 when ...

(Office of Vocations)

During the annual seminarian convocation, new pictures were taken of all our seminarians, as well as a group photograph.

We have printed pictures available for you to order for your parish.  Or, if  you prefer, pictures can be sent to you electronically.  There is no cost to you for the printed pictures.

To order printed ...

(Office of Vocations)

The 2017 Special Collection for Seminarians will take place in all parishes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg over the weekend Of October 7/8.  This effort is being spearheaded by the Vocations and Stewardship and Development Offices, and they have prepared the following communication pieces for parishes to use in this effort:

A suggested timeline ...

(Office of Stewardship and Development)

September 6, 2017 – Plans are underway for special collection for our seminarians, which will take place in all parishes and missions of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on October 7 and 8.  Seminarians, staff working with our seminarians, and recently ordained priests will be presenting at Masses at approximately half of our parishes.  We will also ...

(Office of Stewardship and Development)

Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, is pleased to announce the following clergy changes and reorganization of the diocesan Office of Vocations, effective August 15, 2017:

APPOINTMENTS:

Rev. Carl J. Melchior, as Priest Secretary for Bishop Parkes, while continuing as diocesan Director of Vocations and all other assignments.

Rev. Justin Paskert, as ...

(Pastoral Bulletin)

INVITE for WOMEN 50 SOMETHING

Tucked away in the lovely rolling hills of St. Leo, Florida, you will find the Benedictine Sisters of Florida. We are consecrated religious women and are hosting a very special event for Women 50 Something.  Please see flyer attached here

If you are free to consider a religious vocation, be ...

(Office of Vocations)

Congratulations to Reverend Elixavier “Xavy” Castro who was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gregory Parks on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Fr. Castro will begin his first priestly assignment for the Diocese of St. Petersburg as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Land O’Lakes, Florida.

Please continue to keep Fr. Xavy ...

(Office of Vocations)

(St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Gulfport)

Please note: Schedules are subject to change. Please visit the parish website or call the parish office to verify time and day. To update your parish’s listing, please email hlv@dosp.org. If you do not see your parish listed in this section, please look at the North Pinellas County section.

Blessed Sacrament, ...

(Office of Vocations)

(Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs)

Please note: Schedules are subject to change. Please visit the parish website or call the parish office to verify time and day. To update your parish’s listing, please email hlv@dosp.org. If you do not see your parish listed in this section, please look at the South Pinellas County section.

...

(Office of Vocations)

(Tampa, Temple Terrace, New Tampa)

Please note: Schedules are subject to change. Please visit the parish website or call the parish office to verify time and day. To update your parish’s listing, please email hlv@dosp.org. If you do not see your parish listed in this section, please look at the East & South Hillsborough County section.

Christ the ...

(Office of Vocations)

Brandon, Plant City, Riverview, Ruskin, Seffner and Valrico

Please note: Schedules are subject to change. Please visit the parish website or call the parish office to verify time and day. To update your parish’s listing, please email hlv@dosp.org. If you do not see your parish listed in this section, please look at the West Hillsborough County ...

(Office of Vocations)

Here are opportunities for Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament listed by location within our diocese. The Lord looks forward to spending time with you!

Citrus County

Hernando County

Hillsborough County (South and East –  Brandon, Plant City, Riverview, Ruskin, Seffner, Valrico)

Hillsborough County (West – Tampa, Temple Terrace, New Tampa)

Pasco County

Pinellas County (North – Clearwater, Dunedin, ...

(Office of Vocations)

This year we celebrate World Day of Prayer for Vocations on May 7, 2017.  The theme for this year is Led by the Spirit for Mission.

The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publically fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his ...

(Office of Vocations)

As you are planning your calendars for 2017/2018, please note the following dates for some of our upcoming events sponsored by the Office of Vocations.

Friday-Sunday, November 10-12, 2017, St. John Vianney College Seminary
Vocation Awareness Weekend

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 8am-2:00 pm, Bethany Center
Annual Vocation Promotion Workshop

Tuesday-Wednesday, February 20-21, 2018, Higgins ...

(Office of Vocations)

On Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00 am Bishop Gregory Parkes will ordain Elixavier “Xavy” Castro to the Priesthood.

The ordination will take place at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (5815 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg) and is open to the public.

Following the ordination there will be a reception in the Parish ...

(Office of Vocations)

Congratulations to our seminarians, Lou Turcotte, Tim Williford and Kyle Bell, who were ordained transitional deacons on April 1, 2017 by Bishop Parkes.

God willing, these three men will be ordained priests for the diocese on May 19, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.

(Office of Vocations)

Loving Father, I know you love me
and have great plans for me. Help me
to walk in your love every day. Show
me and all your people your way
and help us to listen to you.

I pray for all those
you are calling to be priests,
deacons, ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

Held at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami twice a year, these weekends serve to provide opportunities for male high school juniors and older to get a first-hand experience of seminary life and the opportunity to interact with other young men who are discerning a vocation.

The Diocese will provide transportation and there is ...

(Office of Vocations)

Our annual Focus 11 Vocations Rally for 6th graders will be on February 15-16, 2017 at St. Lawrence Parish, Higgins Hall.  Focus 11 is open to all 6th graders in the diocese whether you attend a Catholic School, public school or are homeschooled.  Forms are available for an excused absence if your child wants to ...

(Office of Vocations)

Information for our annual Altar Server Appreciation Mass will be going out later this month to all Pastors and Altar Server Directors.  The mass will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3:00pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.  A light reception will follow in the Parish Center.  All are invited to ...

(Office of Vocations)

Animae Via is a discernment group for young men high school age and older, who are reflecting on God’s call in their lives and are considering the possibility of priesthood or religious life.

Our next meeting is on March 15, 2017 at Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (5815 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg) and ...

(Office of Vocations)

The Office of Vocations would like to invite all who are interested in promoting vocation awareness to a special workshop on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 8:00 am until 1:15 pm at the Bethany Center in Lutz.

The Church, Mother of Vocations is the theme for this years workshop.  Our Keynote speaker will be Rev. Msgr. ...

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The December Edition of the Cast Your Nets newsletter is now published and ready to view by clicking here

If you would like to be included on the email list for the newsletter please let Heidi Varley, Assistant Director, know by emailing her at hlv@dosp.org

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Download some of our resources to help make APA 2017 a success in YOUR parish!

“GO FOR THE GOAL” Bulletin Inserts (NEW as of 9/5/17!)

With pledge form – Word – English | Spanish

No pledge form/prayer only – Word – English | Spanish

Bulletin Inserts (NEW inserts just added as of 7/17/17!)

Kick off/Launch ...

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God, the source of
creation and love,
You invite each of
us to serve you through the life
which is your gift.
May your grace
encourage men and women to heights
of holiness through service to the church
as priests, sisters, brothers, and lay ministers.
Make ...

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National Vocation Awareness Week November 6-12, 2016
We are the Children of God
The Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time on the heels of the Feast of All Saints and All Souls marks a moment when Jesus illustrates the limits of our imagination.  Jesus proclaims our relationship with God and its possibilities goes beyond our ...

(Office of Vocations)

Teams of Our Lady an international small group movement, approved by the Holy See, which brings together those called to priestly and marital vocations in an atmosphere of encouragement and spiritual growth. The movement consists of teams each of which are made up of a priest spiritual counselor and five to seven married couples, who ...

(Office of Marriage and Family Life)

We would like to welcome six new men studying as seminarians for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

All six men began their studies at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami in early August after attending the annual seminarian convocation.  The convocation gave them the opportunity to meet their brother seminarians over the course of ...

(Office of Vocations)

The diocesan special collection for our seminarians, “Help Us Continue Forming Men of Mercy,” took place in all parishes and missions of the Diocese of St. Petersburg this past May.   Early results are in, and we are pleased to announce the special collection was a huge success with almost $500,000 raised through the generosity of parishioners in our 81 ...

(Office of Vocations)

The diocesan special collection for our seminarians, “Help Us Continue Forming Men of Mercy,” took place in all parishes and missions of the Diocese of St. Petersburg this past May.   Early results are in, and we are pleased to announce the special collection was a huge success with almost $500,000 raised through the generosity of parishioners in our 81 ...

(Office of Stewardship and Development)

On Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11:00 am, Bishop Robert Lynch ordained five men to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.

From left to right: Fr. Jonathan Stephanz; Fr. Felipe Gonzalez; Bishop Lynch; Fr. Alex Padilla; Fr. Brad Reed and Fr. Kevin Yarnell.

The newly ordained priests began their first assignments ...

(Office of Vocations)

Plans are underway for special collection for our seminarians, which will take place in all parishes and missions of the Diocese of St. Petersburg in May 2016.  The theme for the collection is “Help Us Continue Forming Men of Mercy,” which ties into the Extraordinary Year of Mercy and overall theme of our diocesan vocations promotions for this ...

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be held on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publically fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that ...

(Office of Vocations)

The 2016 Special Collection for Seminarians will take place in all parishes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg over the weekends of May 7/8 and 14/15.  The theme for the collection is “Help Us Continue Forming Men of Mercy,” which ties into the Extraordinary Year of Mercy and overall theme of vocations promotions for this year.

...

(Office of Stewardship and Development)

Information for our annual Altar Server Appreciation Mass will be going out this week to all Pastors and Altar Server Directors.  The mass will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 3:00pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.  A light reception will follow in the Parish Center.  All are invited to attend.

...

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Check out the latest edition of the Cast Your Nets newsletter here!

Please remember to email Heidi Varley at hlv@dosp.org in the Office of Vocations if you would like to be added to the email list for the newsletter, as it will not be mailed out in the future. It will continue to be posted on ...

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Please mark your calendars for the next Spiritual Motherhood for Priests event on February 20, 2016. It will beheld at Epiphany of Our Lord in Tampa. The event begins with morning Mass at 9am followed by Eucharistic adoration, confession and two talks by our speakers Fr. Edwin Palka and Fr. Paul Peccchie.  $10 covers the ...

(Office of Vocations)

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Hear of Los Angeles are hosting a Come and See Weekend on February 19-21, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

Please see the informational flyer Come and See Flyer 2015-16 for details and contact information.

The Carmelite Sisters community staffs St. Theresa’s Elementary School in Coral Gables and Archbishop Coleman ...

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VOCATION AWARENESS WORKSHOP
The Office of Vocations would like to invite all who are interested in promoting vocation awareness to a special workshop, Creating a Culture of Vocations By Living a Life of Joy and Fulfillment.

Location:    Bethany Center, 18150 Bethany Center Dr., Lutz, FL 33558
Date:            Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 8:00a.m. ...

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9/27/16 — New GO FOR THE GOAL bulletin inserts available NOW!

Please note: these are large Word documents with images/photos laid into the design.  They are meant to be downloaded and updated with parish information prior to print.  When you click the link, you should choose to “Save As” a Word file on your computer before making ...

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The Office of Vocations would like to invite all who are interested in promoting vocation awareness to a special workshop on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 8:00 am until 1:30 pm at the Bethany Center in Lutz.

Creating a Culture of Vocations By Living a Life of Joy and Fulfillment is the theme for this ...

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Advent is a time of preparation.  Are you preparing for the mission in life that God has already entrusted to you? Are you even aware what that mission might be? Maybe God is calling you to serve him as a priest?  The 11th Annual Advent Discernment Retreat will be held at St. Timothy Parish in ...

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Black Friday, Thanksgiving Madness Sales, Cyber Monday – it all points to a huge amount of money spent with a materialistic shopping focus.  #GivingTuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, works to combat materialism and get people nationwide to do something for the greater good.

#GivingTuesday 2015 kicks off the season of giving on December 1st.  ...

(Office of Vocations)

Jesus, our good shepherd, bless all our parishes with numerous priests, deacons, men and women in religious life, consecrated laity and missionaries, according to the needs of the entire world, which you love and wish to save.

Assist our pastors and all who live a consecrated life.  Guide the steps of those who have responded ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

Black Friday, Thanksgiving Madness Sales, Cyber Monday – it all points to a huge amount of money spent with a materialistic shopping focus. #GivingTuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, works to combat materialism and get people nationwide to do something for the greater good.

#GivingTuesday 2015 kicks off the season of giving on December 1st. The ...

(Office of Stewardship and Development)

Black Friday, Thanksgiving Madness Sales, Cyber Monday – it all points to a huge amount of money spent with a materialistic shopping focus. #GivingTuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, works to combat materialism and get people nationwide to do something for the greater good.

#GivingTuesday 2015 kicks off the season of giving on December 1st. The ...

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The new seminarian pictures are in for the 2015/2016 year.

Please fill out and return this Seminarian Picture Order Form

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Varley, Administrative Assistant at (727) 345-3452 or via hlv@dosp.org

 

(Office of Vocations)

We are happy to announce that we have accepted four new seminarians for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. These four men entered St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami earlier this month as Pre-Theologians.

The seminarians pictured (left to right) are Donald Amodeo (Holy Family Parish); Zachary Brasseur (St. Paul Parish, St. Petersburg); Peter Gonzalez ...

(Office of Vocations)

 

Deacon Kevin Yarnell was born in Pennsylvania and, while in the 4th grade, moved to Florida where he attended a Methodist Church and actively participated in their youth program. Following high school Kevin attended Florida Southern College where he earned his BS in Physics and Mathematics. He later received his master’s degree from Shenandoah ...

(Office of Vocations)

The Office of Stewardship and Development is responsible for providing the
leadership,
coordination,
management
& supervision
for development efforts for the Diocese of St. Petersburg into an annual plan synchronized with the overall strategic plan of the Diocese in order to help individuals, families and communities understand and contextualize planned, ...

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Remember, there is no VACATION from your VOCATION, or from praying for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Thank you to Liz Hauer for submitting this photograph of your current display promoting vocations at St. Stephen Parish in Valrico!

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by DOSP Communications Office

    

 

 

 

 

 

Reverend Ryan Boyle, Reverend Curtis Carro, Reverend Steven “Chuck” Dornquast, Reverend William “Bill” Santhouse, and Reverend Anthony Ustick were ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert N. Lynch on Saturday, May 16 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. This is the largest ordination class in our diocese ...

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(Office of Vocations)

Gracious God,
With grateful hearts we welcome the presence
of Jesus, our Good Shepherd.
We accept the mission of Jesus
to bring good news to the world
by our baptismal commitment to gospel living.
Bless us with discerning hearts.
May we have the courage to give our lives
(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

The diocesan celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life will continue at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle on October 31, 2015.  Principal celebrant will be Bishop Robert N. Lynch.  This joyous liturgy will be followed by a luncheon for all the religious in the diocese.  This year’s Jubilarians will also be celebrated in ...

(Office of Vocations)

God, Our Father,
Thank you for your son, Jesus, our Good Shepherd,
who leads us to fullness of life.
By our baptism, we are called by name to continue the mission of Jesus.
Give us the grace to listen with an open heart
to the voice of Jesus and to ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

Prayer Requests
Employees of the Pastoral Center meet at 9:00 A.M. every day for prayer. We pray for the intentions submitted to our website.

Send in Your Prayer Request
List of Prayers

Common Catholic Prayers (USCCB)
Basic Prayers of the Church (many languages available)
Prayers from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic ...

(Diocese of St. Petersburg)

Some men are called to lay down their lives for the Church in the ordained ministry by the Sacrament of Holy Orders. These men stand in the person of Christ and serve their bride, the Church by preaching, teaching, and celebrating the Sacraments.

 

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

(Office of Human Resources)

 

Religious Orders of Men

Religious Orders of Women

(Office of Vicar for Religious)

Cast Your Nets: Newsletter from the Office of Vocations, Diocese of St. Petersburg

Seeds of Hope: Magazine written and produced by the seminarians at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary

St. John Vianney College Seminary Magazine: Magazine from the seminarians at St. John Vianney College Seminary

(Office of Vocations)

World Day of Prayer for Vocations is recognized on Sunday, April 22, 2018.  The message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations is entitled “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”  To read Pope Francis’ message, in its entirety,  in English, please click here and in Spanish please click here

The purpose of the World Day ...

(Office of Vocations)

The Office of Vocations and the Serra Club of St. Petersburg host a monthly holy hour for vocations at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. The holy hour is on the 4th Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from 7:00pm-8:00 pm.  All are welcome and invited to attend.
Upcoming dates are as follows:
...

(Office of Vocations)

Below are resources to help you organize and establish a Parish Vocation Enrichment Team at your parish.

Instructional Guide (PVET)

Parish Vocation Enrichment Team (PVET) Guidelines

On this page you will find resources to help you in vocations awareness and promotion in your parish.

Seminarian Information 2018/2019

Updated Seminarian Bios will be published soon.  If you need information, ...

(Office of Vocations)

If you need vocations resources for your religious education classes, please contact the Office of Vocations.  We have prayers cards in English and Spanish, for children and adults, as well as other resources.

Focus 11 is held in February each year for two days.  This is an excellent opportunity for all 6th graders in the ...

(Office of Vocations)

Seminarian Information 2018/2019

Updated seminarian bios will be published soon.  If you need information, please contact the Office of Vocations.

Vocations Poster 2018

Focus 11 2019

(Office of Vocations)

On the page you will find resources for vocation awareness and promotion in your parish. You will also find information on upcoming vocation events.

The Annual Altar Server Appreciation Mass will be on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.  A light reception will follow the mass in ...

(Office of Vocations)

The Family Seedbed of Vocations

“The family that is open to transcendent values, that serves its brothers and sisters with joy, that fulfills its duties with generous fidelity, and is aware of its daily sharing in the mystery of the glorious Cross of Christ, becomes the primary and most excellent seed-bed of vocations to a ...

(Office of Vocations)

Every other month the Office of Vocations publishes a newsletter. This newsletter includes updates on upcoming vocation events, articles from the seminarians, and other vocation news for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
Cast Your Nets, September 2018 Edition
Cast Your Nets, March 2018 Edition
Cast Your Nets, January 2018 Edition
Cast ...

(Office of Vocations)

Priest and Seminarian Prayer Calendar, April 2019

Priest and Seminarian Prayer Calendar, March 2019

Priest and Seminarian Prayer Calendar, February 2019

Priest and Seminarian Prayer Calendar, January 2019

Priest and Seminarian Prayer Calendar, December 2018

Priest and Seminarian Prayer Calendar, November 2018

Priest and Seminarian Prayer Calendar, October 2018

Priest and Seminarian Prayer Calendar, September ...

(Office of Vocations)

On this page, we have included a list of religious orders of women who presently serve in the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  You may wish to contact them directly to get more specific information.

If you wish to receive A Guide to Religious Ministries for Catholic Men and Women, a comprehensive guide of all religious ...

(Office of Vocations)

On this page we have included a list of religious orders of men who presently serve in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. You may wish to contact them directly to get more specific information.

If you wish to receive A Guide to Religious Ministries for Catholic Men and Women, a comprehensive guide of all religious orders in ...

(Office of Vocations)

Seminary Life

St. John Vianney College Seminary
St. John Vianney College Seminary is a fully accredited four year college which offers Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Theology.  Its primary mission is to form and prepare men who are studying for the priesthood on the undergraduate level through a comprehensive program of academic, spiritual, communal, ...

(Office of Vocations)

31 Frequently Asked Questions by those Considering the Priesthood or Religious Life
(One for each day of the month!)
1. What does a call from God sound like?
There are many different ways God calls people. You don’t have to wait for a lightning bolt or a supernatural vision. Most often the ...

(Office of Vocations)

What are the steps to priesthood?
Step One: Internal Discernment
This part may involve many years. Some people think about priesthood for a long time ~ even from youth. Some, after discovering the call, act on it right away. Others discover this call only later in life (for some, much later). A good ...

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Office of Vocations

 6363 9th Avenue North

 St. Petersburg, Florida 33710

 Phone: (727) 345-3452

 Fax: (727) 374-0208

Staff

 

 Fr. Carl Melchior, Director of Vocations

 Email: spvocation@dosp.org

 Heidi Varley, Assistant Director for the Office of Vocations

 Email: hlv@dosp.org

 

 

(Office of Vocations)

Purpose
To foster vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life in order to be able to have sufficient priests and religious to serve our diocese and the needs of God’s people.

Responsibilities and Functions

The Office of Vocations has four principal responsibilities:

Promotion of Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life (accomplished through ...

(Office of Vocations)

Links:

New Advent
USCCB
Franciscan Center
Vocations Office

Other Continuing Formation Links:

STEP
University of Dayton
Felician College
CDU
Fordham University
Pontifical College Josephinum
St. James of Jerusalem School of Theology
St. Joseph College Online

(Office of the Diaconate)

Parishes & Missions
Alpha List (searchable list)

Deaneries,  July 2018

Parishes and Missions (pdf) as of Feb 2019

Eastern Catholic Churches

Province (Dioceses of Florida)

Episcopal Regions

Churches not in union with Rome 1-2019 (pdf) January 2019
Masses & Eucharistic Adoration
Eucharist Adoration (by location)

Masses in other Languages and Eastern Rite

Masses for the ...

(Office of the Chancellor)

New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/
USCCB: http://usccb.org
Vocations Office: http://www.spvocation.org
STEP: http://step.nd.edu/
Franciscan Center: http://franciscancentertampa.org/
University of Dayton: https://www.udayton.edu/
Felician College: http://www.felician.edu/
CDU: http://www.cdu.edu/

(Office of the Diaconate)

Reprinted from “Called to Serve” Journal published by the Office of Vocations, Diocese of St. Petersburg

Praying and Worship:
Make a commitment in your own daily prayer for an increase of vocations to our diocese. Prayer, works, sufferings and joys also can be offered to God for vocations.

Education and Resources:
Compile a ...

(Catholic Committee for Boy Scouts)

Click on the links below for information about various vocations within the Catholic Church, and on religious orders and congregations, particularly those with a historic connection or ministry to Black Catholics and communities.

DOSP Office of Vocations website

Black Bishops of the United States

Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary 

Handmaids of ...

(Office of Black Catholic Ministry)

4/18/15
4-18-2015 BCA Meeting Agenda
4-18-2015 BCA Meeting Notes

1/31/15
1-31-2015 BCA Meeting Agenda
1-31-2015 BCA Meeting Notes

10/25/2014 (Florida Conference of Offices for Black Catholic Ministry)
10-25-2014 Meeting Minutes

10/18/2014
10-18-14 BCA Meeting Notes
10-18-14 BCC Meeting Agenda

7/19/2014
07-19-14 BCA Meeting Notes
07-19-14 BCC Meeting ...

(Office of Black Catholic Ministry)

Communication
Education
Special Events
Vocations

(Office of Black Catholic Ministry)

Ryan M. Phelan,  Associate Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry                 rmp@dosp.org or call: 727-344-1611, ext. 5328

Ryan was born and raised in a suburb outside of New York City and at the age of fifteen, he began working at a nearby Catholic retreat center. During college, he was involved in the Newman Center and after ...

(Office of Young Adult Ministry)

Main Office

Rev. Elixavier Castro
Chaplain, Diocese of St. Petersburg Catholic Scouting
Our Lady Of The Rosary
Post Office Box 1229
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639
Phone:  813-949-4565

Phil Raymond
Diocesan Chair
Phone: 813-482-5117
Email

Deacon Edward Anctil
Assistant Diocesan Chaplain
Phone: (813) 626-7588
...

(Catholic Committee for Boy Scouts)

FAQ

 

Below are the most frequently asked questions concerning the Annual Pastoral Appeal. If you have a question, but do not find it below, please call the APA Office at 727-344-1611, ext. 5311, or email your question to jms@dosp.org.

Can I make a pledge or gift online?
What is the Annual Pastoral Appeal?
...

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Through the Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA), the People of God in the Diocese of St. Petersburg support over 50 ministries, programs and services to thousands across our 5 county area.  In 2017, donors contributed almost $10 million to support the total $15 million diocesan ministry and outreach budget.  Click here to access our 2017 Annual Report ...

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg was established on June 17, 1968, with territory taken from the Diocese of St. Augustine and the Diocese of Miami. It is a suffragan see of the Province of Miami along with the Dioceses of St. Augustine, Orlando, Pensacola-Tallahassee, and Venice. Situated on Florida’s west coast, along the ...

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