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Family Faith Fest

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 to plan your day and to register for tickets and prizes.

Ordinations to the Priesthood

Deacons Kyle Bell, Lou Turcotte and Tim Williford will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 am at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle! All are invited to attend this joyous occasion.  The ordination will be live video streamed at and broadcast on Spirit FM 90.5.

World Day of Prayer for 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 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”.

2018 marks the 55th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Please click here for a resource kit for World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  It includes a liturgy planning guide, homily notes, general intercessions, prayer service, bulletin announcements and other resources for your parish.

National Catholic Sisters Week

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 is that those who learn more about women religious will be inspired and compelled to engage in self reflection, service and simple acts of kindness.  We also envision an outcome in which more young women consider religious life because they have been exposed to it through a personal relationship.

More information is available by following this link to the NCSW website.

Time for Seekers

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 Time is a sharing in their life of prayer & Community, to “listen with the ear of the heart” for God’s call.  Participants are invited to spend any or all days of Holy Week. Are you interested?

Space is limited. Call or email today & ask to register (352) 588-8320

Annual Altar Server Appreciation Mass

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 link to register and input names.

Memo to Altar Server Directors

2018 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

Come and See Weekend, March 9-11, 2018

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 and See Weekend will be held March 9-11, 2018.  The Diocese will provide transportation and there will be no charge for the retreat.

To RSVP please follow this link

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

John 21 Discernment Group, March 24, 2018

The next meeting of the John 21 Discernment group is Saturday, March 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).  Please note, this date is different than originally published!

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 age and older. Everyone is welcome.

Fr. Chuck Dornquast, Parochial Vicar, leads this discernment group. After mass, those interested gather for breakfast and conversation, followed by a scripture reflection and question and answer session.

Future meeting dates are as follows:
May 12, 2018

Please RSVP to Heidi Varley in the Office of Vocations at (727) 345-3452 or