"Being part of a Catholic school means I'm part of a family."
- Cassie, Espiritu Santo Catholic School
Our Lady of Lourdes Beat the Priest 5K set new records with a new revitalized focus on honoring the memory of former student, Tyler Gray. Tyler Gray passed away after a battle with leukemia, but now thanks to this race, his memory will last for years to come. “Tyler’s parents, Phil and Athena, have been active longtime parishioners of OLL, and they always helped out with our school, where Tyler and his brother called home. It’s very moving for us to be able to honor their son’s memory through this effort,” shares Father Gary Dowsey, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and School.
The 10th Annual Catholic Foundation Celebration continues to see support from our Diocese for our Catholic Schools. With 500 people in attendance, this year’s Celebration did not disappoint. “I continue to be amazed at the generosity of people from around the Diocese in supporting our unique programs for tuition assistance through the Catholic Foundation,” shares Jon Jones, Executive Director.
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"What does a Catholic education mean to me?" That is the question posed to the roughly 600 eighth graders across the Diocese as part of the Catholic Foundation Essay Competition sponsored by Saint Leo University. After years in our Catholic schools, it is truly astonishing to see how Catholic school education impacts the lives of these students. This year's winner, Miss Caroline Jones, is no different. As one who has only been in Catholic school for her middle school years, she has grown significantly in her faith as a result of her experiences at St. Lawrence Catholic School. Being at a public school, she never really talked about her faith with her friends and she truly didn't know what it meant to be Catholic. When she transitioned to Catholic school in 6th grade, though, that all changed. We are proud of her accomplishments and excited to award her a $10,000 scholarship to attend the Catholic high school of her choice within our Diocese.
Miss Jones had the opportunity to share her essay with those attending the upcoming Catholic Foundation Celebration on February 6. We are excited to share that message with you here as well.
Most Reverend Robert Lynch and the Catholic Foundation are pleased to announce this year's Catholic Education Leadership Award recipient, Mr. Tony Coleman. This prestigious award is given to recognize and honor an individual, couple or group who has been consistently devoted to advancing the cause of Catholic education within the Diocese of St. Petersburg as demonstrated by exemplary financial and spiritual support at one or more of our Catholic schools. Mr. Coleman's impact has been most significant at St. Anthony Catholic School, San Antonio, but also has offered his help to support Sacred Heart Early Childhood Center at Sacred Heart Church, St. Joseph. He not only supports each of these schools financially, but has also given numerous hours to support them in a leadership role on their advisory boards, and for their various activities.
IRA Charitable Rollovers - NOW PERMANENT!! Take Advantage Today
President Obama just signed into law legislation that makes the IRA Qualified Charitable Deduction (QCD) permanent. That means you can help not-for-profits around the country, including right here in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. You can choose to benefit your parish, one of our Catholic schools, APA, the Foundation, Catholic Charities or Spirit FM. Click on the picture below to learn more!
To help promote this at our local parishes, we provided these simple resources fo r you to learn how to take advantage of this opportunity. Parishes or schools, feel free to use this information in your own publications.
- Summary of how to proceed with an IRA Charitable Rollover
- Sample bulletin insert or email info regarding the IRA Charitable Rollover
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us online or call us at 727.374.0220.