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Alive and Active in the Body of Christ

Would you like to meet new friends and grow in your faith at the same time? Then this is the retreat for YOU!
This retreat is hosted by Apostles of the Eucharist young adult group. This will be the fourth annual retreat offered to young adults all over the diocese. The basic details are below and you will receive a follow-up email with more details about what to bring for the weekend once you register:

• Location: St. Paul Catholic Church, Tampa. 12708 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33618
• Dates and Times: Friday, July 19, 4:00 p.m. registration, until Saturday, July 20, 8 p.m.
• Speakers: Fr. William Fickel, SSS; Fr. Elixavier “Xavy” Castro; and Patrick Poff

You will be able to enjoy Mass, Adoration, Confession, social time, group discussions, etc. during the retreat, along with three amazing speakers! All meals are included in the cost of $50 for the weekend. Women will sleep in the Family Center and men in the St. Michael building.
If you have any questions, feel free to email Valerie Merimee: or text 813-597-9868
Register today:

Atrevete Retreat

Each year, the Pastoral Juvenile Ministry of the Diocese of St. Petersburg celebrates the Atrevete Retreat in Spanish for young adults. This year’s retreat will be held at the Bethany Center, July 26-28, 2019.  Young adults will have the opportunity to encounter Jesus and to experience the happiness that only He can offer during this three-day retreat. “Atrevete” means “to dare yourself” and it refers to the courage of Jesus in dying on the cross for us.  Young adults will be challenged to Courageously live the Gospel as they “dare to live for Jesus.”

Atrevete flyer in Spanish


World Youth Day 2019: Panama

Have you ever considered participating in a pilgrimage with other young adults and Pope Francis to a World Youth Day?

World Youth Day (WYD) is a gathering of young people from around the world to celebrate the love of Christ for humanity. WYD is a powerful opportunity to gather with over 1 million young people from around the world who share your love of Christ and want to celebrate His mercy and love. You will be part of a huge, faithful, living witness of Christ’s love to other young people.

International World Youth Day typically takes place during the summer, however, to avoid Panama’s rainy season, WYD 2019 will take place January 22nd-27th, 2019.

  • World Youth Day 2019 in Panama will be in January instead of during the summer as is typical for WYD. Why? Since Panama sits very near the equator, the summer is especially hot and is also their rainy season. January is their dry season and also still warm and beautiful. Schools in Panama are also out from Christmas until early March, so it makes it possible for youth in that country to attend WYD while on break.
  • Some details about Panama itself:
    • Panama is 75-85% Catholic.
    • Panama uses the US dollar as their official currency.
    • Spanish is the official language.
    • Electricity is 110v, the same as the US.
    • There are 10 provinces and 5 native reserves in the country.
    • The weather is tropical. Average high/low in January is 88/68 F.
    • Panama hosts the Panama Canal, which brings a lot of income to the country.
    • Tourism accounts for 12.6% of the economy.
    • Panama City is a beautiful, modern city. Many hotels in the city are new within the past 5-10 years.