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Annual Pastoral Appeal 2021

One Gift Can Impact Thousands

We have more than 50 pastoral ministries and services dedicated to strengthening the lives of the 303,000 Catholics living within our five-county area. Through our active participation in our parish and larger Church ministries and outreach, we bring hope to those seeking the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. Gifts to the Annual Pastoral Appeal can truly impact thousands. Together, we support:

Diocese Wide Communications

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DIOCESE WIDE COMMUNICATIONS

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our ministries, programs and services are stretching boundaries and reaching out in new ways to bring ministry to life in the Diocese of St. Petersburg? Here is another one of the many ways we are making an impact throughout our five-counties thanks to generous gifts to our Annual Pastoral Appeal.

One good thing that has emerged from the Covid pandemic: We are reaching an incredible amount of households that previously had little to no contact with the Church such as the homebound, sick and workers who’s schedules made it very hard to come to Mass.

Visit: vimeo.com/510215561  to view a video of this important ministry to our newest connected and re-connected members of the Church.

Producing and airing uplifting, informational and relevant video and radio messages as well as social media posts reaching 150,000+ people with:

  • 232,028engaged Facebook users
  • 56,000 viewers for the Easter Mass on April 12, aired on Channel 13
  • 54,000people visited the Coronavirus webpage (March-August 2020)
  • 100,000people visited the DOSP website homepage (March-August 2020)
  • Spirit FM weekly listeners (March-August 2020) topped 81,000 on average
  • 38,000YouTube views (March-August 2020)

2021 Initiatives and Projects in Process:

  • Working with media to cover newsworthy church events and happenings from the Teddy Bear Mass and collection organized by Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Seminole (gaining coverage from Bay News 9, Channel 10 and Fox 13) to Ash Wednesday 2021 (interviews and coverage from WFTS, WTSP, WFLA, Bay News 9, and Tampa Bay Times) Yielding 100,000 impressions and views.
  • The virtual Communication Roundtables offer sharing, fellowship and support for those focused on parish, school and ministry communication within our diocese. The January Roundtable focused on what was learned in 2020 that will help us in 2021. Participants included 25 individuals from 15 of our parishes and schools.
  • Creation of a new series on Spirit FM 90.5 and on your favorite podcast app that provides inspiration and insights for living our Catholic faith. Proclaim, Invite and Encounter is a daily reflection and commentary on Courageously Living the Gospel in our homes, parishes, communities and wherever God may lead us. Visit dosp.org/bishop/podcast to listen and subscribe.
  • Updated and relevant online resources  including the January 2021 collaboration with the Office of Worship to create Guidelines for Visual Display Systems that foster active participation during Mass and promote the proper dignity of the liturgy.
  • Media Evangelization Guide to give practical suggestions for sharing the Light of Christ with others.

 

 

 

 

 

Catholic Schools

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

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our ministries, programs and services are stretching boundaries and reaching out in new ways to bring ministry to life in the Diocese of St. Petersburg? Here is another one of the many ways we are making an impact throughout our five-counties thanks to generous gifts to our Annual Pastoral Appeal.

Visit: vimeo.com/510220231 to view a video of this important ministry to our children, the future of the Church.

  • since late May, the Covid-19 Task Force on Catholic Education has served as a central hub of information and resources for our 46 Catholic schools and centers of the Diocese
  • through FEMA, 22,000 face masks were secured, and arrangements were made for a mobile testing van to provide free testing for all school employees
  • our Catholic schools stand ready to transition 11,800+ studentsin our four diocesan Catholic high schools, early childhood centers, Catholic schools and two special-needs education centers to hybrid or virtual learning systems as    needed to maintain the safety of students, family, faculty and staff

 

 

 

Catholic Charities

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CATHOLIC CHARITIES

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our ministries, programs and services are stretching boundaries and reaching out in new ways to bring ministry to life in the Diocese of St. Petersburg? Here is another one of the many ways we are making an impact throughout our five-counties thanks to generous gifts to our Annual Pastoral Appeal.
Over the past six months, Catholic Charities not only provided $125,000 in COVID-19 relief funds, they have also converted apartments to affordable homes and served almost 10,000 meals to 210 clients through Hillsborough HOPE.

Visit vimeo.com/511363251 to view a video of this important ministry to our most vulnerable and unfortunate fellow citizens.

For 75 years Catholic Charities has built alliances to offer social services that support and preserve families and promote self-sufficiency and social justice. Recent impact includes:

  • distributed $301,000 in Covid19 assistance for 305 clients
  • distributed $89,000 in assistance for utilities to 226 clients
  • served 9,000+ meals at Pinellas Hope
  • Provided affordable housing for 12 families at Bethany Family Apartments Pasco County
  • Provided 18 new affordable housing units at St. Benedict in Citrus County
  • hosted a Halloween celebration for the residents of San Jose Mission, providing 250 treat bags to the children who live there
  • facilitated 7 adoptions

 

 

 

 

Vocations

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VOCATIONS

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Our ministries, programs and services are stretching boundaries and reaching out in new ways to bring ministry to life in the Diocese of St. Petersburg? Here is another one of the many ways we are making an impact throughout our five-counties thanks to  generous gifts to our Annual Pastoral Appeal. The Office of Vocations has adapted and created new discernment activities and transformed old programs to new virtual events. This fall, we celebrated our seven new seminarians and three new priests.

Visit  vimeo.com/510344272 to view a video of this important ministry to our young men and women discerning a religious vocation.

  • 3 men Ordained August 2020
  • 7 new seminarians this year
  • 15 men now in formation at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary and St. John Vianney College Seminary

Ongoing Initiatives:

  • Tools of Discernment – this 4 part series which started in November 2020 focuses on a special topic. To date, the series has served 22 participants in expanding their knowledge of fostering vocations within their parishes

       2021 Projects and Initiatives in Progress:

  • planning virtual Focus 11 retreat this spring for approximately 500 Catholic school 6th graders
  • presentations at all Masses at 10 parishes throughout 2021 to encourage and promote vocation discernment
  • worked with St. Stephen in Riverview to plan and execute a St. Andrew Dinner with Bishop Parkes. 5 parishes and 6 priests worked together to offer this ongoing discernment and formation opportunity for 18 young men considering their vocation to the priesthood.

       2020 Completed Programs and Projects:

  • implemented successful virtual discernment opportunities such as Zoom Chat With Seminarians, Facebook Live with Future Fathers (10,300+ people reached) and monthly live stream Virtual Abundance Holy Hours for Vocations (1,000+ views)
  • presentations at all Masses at 5 parishes in fall 2020 to encourage and promote vocation discernment
  • the Advent Men’s Retreat was held in December at Bethany Center with 18 lay attendees, 14 seminarians, 1 deacon and 2 priests representing 12 parishes and 6 deaneries.

 

 

 

 

Campus Ministry-USF

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Our ministries, programs and services are stretching boundaries and reaching out in new ways to bring ministry to life in the Diocese of St. Petersburg? Here is another one of the many ways we are making an impact throughout our five-counties thanks to generous gifts to our Annual Pastoral Appeal.

Campus Ministry-USF

  • Held 3 in person freshman welcomes during the summer
  • Catholic Bulls Nights peaked at 75 participants
  • 12 small bible study groups actively meeting during the week, virtually and in-person
  • Celebrated Father Joshua Bertrand’s 1st Mass (Father Bertrand, a former Catholic Student Union president, was Ordained this past fall)
  • Held 1st annual new student retreat for freshman and transfers for 11 participants
  • 50 students have been formed as intentional disciples to be read to welcome and evangelize on campus
  • 2nd annual Welcome Home Weekend for approximately 100 students, families, alumni and parishioners