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Newly Ordained Priests

Congratulations to Fr. Anthony Astrab, Fr. Ralph D’Elia and Fr. Joshua Hare who were ordained priests by Bishop Gregory Parkes on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.

Fr. Astrab’s first priestly assignment will be at Nativity Parish in Brandon as Parochial Vicar.

Fr. Hare’s first priestly assignment will be at St. Paul Parish in St. Petersburg as Parochial Vicar.

Fr. D’Elia will return to Rome for further studies after spending the summer in his home parish of St. Timothy in Lutz.

May God continue to bless these men in their ministries!

Bishop’s Annual BBQ

Please consider joining Bishop Parkes and the seminarians for the Diocese of St. Petersburg on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Bethany Center for the Annual Bishop’s BBQ.

Are you interested in learning more about a vocation to the priesthood?  You are invited to join us for food, fun, fellowship and faith.

For more information or to register to attend, please click the following link or call the Office of Vocations at (727) 345-3452.

We hope to see you there!

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

World Day of Prayer for Vocations is recognized on Sunday, May 12, 2019.  The message for the 2019 World Day of Prayer for Vocations is entitled “The Courage to Take a Risk for God’s Promise”  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 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 is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life.  While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission “ad gentes”.

2019 marks the 56th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Please click here for resources for World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Ordinations to the Priesthood

Please join us on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle as Bishop Gregory Parkes ordains Anthony Astrab, Ralph D’Elia and Joshua Hare to the Sacred Order of Priesthood.

All are welcome and invited to attend.  If you cannot attend in person, the ordination will be live streamed here and also broadcast on Spirit FM (90.5).

Please keep Deacons Anthony, Ralph and Joshua in your prayers!

 

 

Transitional Deacon Ordinations

On Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11:00 am, Connor Penn and Drew Woodke will be ordained transitional deacons for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  The ordination will take place at 11:00 am in Boca Raton!  All are invited to participate by watching the live video stream here.

Please keep Connor and Drew in your prayers!

Women’s Discernment Day Postponed

The Women’s Discernment Day that was scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019 has been postponed.

We hope to reschedule the date this fall in October or November.  More information will be forthcoming.

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Varley in the Office of Vocations at (727) 345-3452 or email.

Annual Altar Server Appreciation Mass

Our Annual Altar Server Appreciation Mass will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2019 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 link to register and input names.

Altar Server Director Memo

RSVP Form

Click here to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Varley, Assistant Director, Office of Vocations at (727) 345-3452 or via email

Focus 11 2019

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 year is Sr. Joo Yun Park, a Daughter of Mary, Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters).  She has been professed for 6 years and joyfully made perpetual vows this past August.  She is originally from Long Island, NY and has degrees in Biology and Nursing.  She has enjoyed ministering to the children of New Jersey, New York and now Tampa, Florida.  She has taught children from 2nd grade to high school.  Currently she teaches middle school Theology at Villa Madonna School and leads several clubs.  Her greatest joy is to see the young people respond in faith.

For any questions regarding Focus 11 please contact Heidi Varley, Assistant Director, in the Office of Vocations at (727) 345-3452 or via email

Holy Hour for Vocations

Our next Holy Hour for Vocations will be on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.

The May Holy Hour is on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

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

Annual Vocations Workshop (Date Has Changed!)

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 year is Courageous Vocations: Awakening Greatness in Others (Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13).  Our Keynote Speaker is Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Parochial Vicar at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa.

There is no cost for the workshop and a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To RSVP for the workshop please click here , if you have any questions, conact Heidi Varley, Assistant Director, in the Office of Vocations (727) 345-3452 or email.