40 Days for Life – Get involved to defend life!

This year at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, we will be doing three things during the 40 Days for Life campaign, which runs from September 23rd through November 1st.


Praying at Abortion Center. 40 Days for Life involves pray for an end to abortion, fasting and a 40
Day Vigil in front of a local abortion center. The Vigil will be held in front of All Women’s Health Center located at 2010 E. Fletcher Ave, Tampa. St. Lawrence parishioners will be at the Center for two days: Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd from 7:45am-12:00pm. Due to COVID-19 and safe social distancing regulation, there will be a limited number of parishioners in front of the abortion center to pray. In place
of the sign-up in the piazza, we will reach out to parishioners that have participated in the past to cover
these days and times.


Praying from the Chapel. If you cannot pray with us at the abortion center, you can still help! We are asking if some St. Lawrence parishioners can please pray in the chapel (in the main church building) to intercede for those on the sidewalk and for those considering having an abortion. Suggested time and dates align with those praying in person: Friday, Oct. 2nd and Saturday Oct. 3rd from 7:45am -12pm


Donations for childcare supplies. Throughout the 40 Days for Life, we will be collecting baby diapers and supplies to stock the shelves of Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center’s “Baby Boutique”, which helps babies and their mothers who have chosen life. If you would like to give gift cards, please drop them off at the church office with “Foundations of Life” written on the envelope. Last year, Foundations of Life was so grateful for St. Lawrence’s generosity.

Questions on how to get involved? Contact Linda Scrofani at (813) 597-6531

Respect Life Committee at St. Lawrence



View Bishop Parkes’ Invitation to Participate


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A Journey of Courage and Faith: Two-Year Update From Bishop Gregory Parkes

Shortly after Bishop Gregory Parkes was installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on January 4, 2017, people began to ask about his vision for the Diocese. Bishop Parkes set out to learn from the priests, religious, deacons, employees, and parishioners about their hopes and concerns. Through listening sessions, gatherings and online surveys, Bishop Parkes heard your concerns about the need to expand outreach efforts to the poor and vulnerable, youth and young adults and fallen-away Catholics. Through prayer, discernment and research, the Visioning Team appointed by Bishop Parkes developed a Mutually-Shared Vision, Courageously Living the Gospel, that was announced on June 18, 2018.


In a newly released video, Bishop Gregory Parkes shares a two-year update on Courageously Living the Gospel, focusing on what we have been able to accomplish with God’s grace and guidance and what has been delayed due to COVID-19. 



En un video recientemente publicado, el Obispo Gregory Parkes comparte una actualización de dos años sobre Vivir el Evangelio con valentía, enfocándose en lo que hemos podido lograr con la gracia y la guía de Dios y lo que se ha retrasado debido al COVID-19.





Learn more! Read the full update from the Diocese of St. Petersburg here.

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