Courageously Living the Gospel


We, the Catholic Diocese of St Petersburg, are a joyful community of disciples proclaiming the Good News and inviting all people to encounter the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. The Diocese of St. Petersburg includes all people in the counties of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus.  While many people identify as Catholic, it is also our “mission territory.”

We will live out our purpose by:

Proclaiming: Knowing and sharing the Gospel of Jesus. “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world.” – Matthew 24:14

Inviting: Welcoming and accompanying others as Jesus did. “Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.” – Romans 15:7

Encountering: Growing in relationship to Jesus and one another. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” – James 4:8


GOAL 1: Nativity Catholic Church will enhance Youth Ministry opportunities by July 1, 2020. 

STRATEGY 1: Strengthen the relationship between Nativity Catholic School and Nativity Youth Ministry and Faith Formation programs through collaborative programming throughout the 2019-2020 schoolyear. 

  • Youth Ministry elective for Fall 2019 NCS Middle Schoolers. 
  • Plan and implement 3-year retreat cycle done by Youth Ministry department for NCS Middle School students. 
  • Continue to hold "come and see" Youth Ministry nights for Sunday AM and Wednesday PM Faith Formation students.

STRATEGY 2: Enhance the quality of Youth Ministry programming through CORE Team training, community-building activities (i.e. unique retreats, summer activities, and presence at all Sunday masses) and developing a liturgical ministry presence of teens at all weekend liturgies. 

  • Give CORE team members specific roles and responsibilities within the greater CORE team and Youth Ministry program.
  • Develop and implement plan for CORE team to be present at all weekend liturgies in order to promote and invite teens to youth ministry programming.
  • Conduct quarterly CORE team formation meetings.

STRATEGY 3: Increase intercultural connectedness within Youth Ministry programs by giving a clear mission to each ministry with youth and providing shared experiences for RCIA and RICA. 

  • Increase in presence and collaboration between Life Teen and Vida Joven CORE teams at Youth Ministry events.
  • Increase connectedness between Spanish Faith Formation classes and Youth Ministries.
  • A shared retreat experience in Advent and Lent for RCIA and RICA youth.
  • A shared opening prayer experience for RCIA and RICA for 2019-2020 Pastoral year.

GOAL 2: Nativity Catholic Church will establish or enhance family ministries by Pentecost 2020. 

STRATEGY 1: Offer a family-friendly event to bring families of the Parish together and provide them with a shared experience of prayer and formation for Advent. Awesome Advent 2019 - Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

STRATEGY 2: Offer a family-friendly Lenten Parish Mission for Lent 2020. Lenten Mission with Fr. Leo Patalinghug set for March 29-31, 2020.

STRATEGY 3: Establish a Parish Theme for the year to promote a sense of unity and a common focus for the Parish and School communities. Find Your Why. Why Give? Why Serve? Why Pray?

STRATEGY 4: Combine RCIA/RICA Youth and Adult groups to promote intergenerational faith formation. 

STRATEGY 5: Enhance marriage ministries by implementing a new marriage formation model, providing on-going support for married couples and offering support for parishioners who are divorced.

STRATEGY 6: Enhance our outreach to veterans and their families through Re-Boot. 

GOAL 3: Nativity Catholic Church will equip parishioners as Missionary Disciples who are inspired to invite and accompany others by Pentecost 2020.

STRATEGY1: Encourage and equip parishioners to recall their sacramental vocation and express to others that they are loved and gain confidence in talking about their faith.

  • Create tools for personal reflection availableto parishioners via Flocknote, social media and parish website by May 2020. 
  • Curate diverse resources for faith formation and create an online library available to the parish community by May 2020. 
  • Offer educational sessions on how to use

STRATEGY 2: Equip and form our ministry leaders in recruitment and evangelization tactics throughout the 2020-2021 pastoral year.

  • Formation session and/or guest speaker at Ministry Leader Morning 2020. 
  • Utilize LPMI graduates in the Parish to equip fellow parishioners in evanglization.
  • Provide prayer experiences/faith-sharing opportunities/retreats for Ministry groups. (Beginning with Pastoral Care ministries in 2019-2020 pastoral year).

STRATEGY 3: Hold continuing education sessions for Parish Staff throughout the pastoral year.


Courageously Living the Gospel Highlights:

- Southeast Hillsborough Deanery Project: Building a Food Bank

-Youth Ministry elective offered during Fall 2019 semester at Nativity Catholic School for Middle Schoolers. 

- REBOOT Combat Recovery is a 12-week faith-based trauma healing course designed to help combat veterans and their families recover from the spiritual and moral wounds of war. Since 2011, thousands of REBOOT graduates have seen their hope restored and lives transformed. Began October 2019.

Family-friendly Lenten Parish Mission with Fr. Leo Patalinghug scheduled for March 29-31, 2020.

-Collaborative outreach back-to-school drive for 2019-2020 schoolyear to ensure more needs are being met.

-Continued development of our Migrant Outreach Ministry through collaboration with other Nativity Outreach ministries as well as Metropolitan Ministries to increase our reach.

More highlights to come!


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