Updated School Closure Information

This memo amends the earlier versions, by extending the closure of Catholic Schools and Centers (and enacting virtual/online school) through April 15, 2020. Be safe and well everyone! Thank you


COURAGEOUSLY Living the Gospel 

OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OFFICE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS & CENTERS Pastoral Center PO Box 40200 St. Petersburg, FL, 33743-0200 * PH: 7273475539 Fax: 7273416848 

Dear Catholic School Parents and Guardians, 

March 18, 2020 

Im writing to you once again to communicate changes to our plans for our Catholic school students. 

In keeping with the directives and guidelines from our government and public health authorities, Bishop Gregory Parkes has directed that all Catholic Schools and Early Childhood centers will be closed to students until April 15,2020. The schedule of days follows: 

  • March 1820 Virtual/Online school days
  • March 23-27 No school; we will be using the days off from Easter vacation to give our teachers and students a mental and physical break. 
  • March 30 April 15, Virtual/Online school days; however, on Good Friday, April 10 there is no school. 

Currently, there is no guidance beyond April 15. We will communicate changes as soon as possible

As a parent with two children in our Catholic schools, I understand the familial and life challenges this entire situation has produced while realizing that many families have concerns much greater than mine. I have been amazed at the creativity and cando attitude that I’ve seen from our teachers and administrators and witnessed incredible acts of kindness and understanding from parents and others. I encourage each of us to look out for one another in our communities and beyond. We are the Church and our actions during this time will define us as Christians. During this very unique Lent, we are called to walk with one another through the desert. 

As always, please be assured of my prayers and those of my many colleagues in our Catholic schools. 

Sincerely in Christ, 

Christopher L. Pastura 

Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Centers 


Letter from Superintendent Pastura Regarding Covid-19

Please click on link below to view a pdf copy of the letter. Thank you and stay well!
2020-03-16 parent letter covid19


March 16, 2020


Dear Catholic School Parents and Guardians, 


The health and safety of our families is our top priority. We are continuing to follow the guidance from the CDC and public health organizations as we make decisions about how best to move forward with regard to the coronavirus (Covid-19). After prayerful consideration, Bishop Gregory Parkes has directed that all Catholic school and Early Childhood center buildings will be closed to students from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. The schedule of days follows: 

  • March 16 – No school for students. 
  • March 17 – Local, school-level meetings as planned by your administrator. No school for students. 
  • March 18-20 – Virtual/Online school days. 
  • March 23-27 – No school for students; we will be using the days off from Easter vacation to give our teachers and students a mental and physical break. 
  • March 30 and after- Normal school or virtual/online days, based on future guidance. This has not been decided as of the writing of this document. 
  • April 10 – Good Friday; no school for students. 
  • April 13-17 – These are no longer days off. They will be normal school or virtual/online days. 

We ask for your patience and assistance during this unprecedented situation. We understand the difficulty these actions will have for many families, particularly changes in the school calendar. We will be speaking to our administrators about working with families who already made plans the week after Easter. Let’s continue to pray for one another and remember that while we are separated by quarantines, self-isolation and social distancing, Pope Francis reminds us that, united in Christ we are never alone. 

Sincerely in Christ, 


Christopher L. Pastura 

Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Centers 


The Spirit FM 90.5 Interview

Thank you to Elle Spada at Spirit FM for taking the time to speak with Principal Conza and Jennifer Brooks regarding Morning Star.  Take a listen!  It starts about 14 minutes in –


WFLA Channel 8 Visits Morning Star

Click on the image below to play the video and read all about Morning Star!

When You Shop, Amazon Smile Gives

Did you know that you can select Morning Star Catholic School, Pinellas Park, as your charity on AmazonSmile??!!

Then, just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ every time you shop and Amazon will make a donation to MSSPP based on the things you buy.

Prime Days are July 15-16th.  You will be getting yourself a great deal and giving to Morning Star at the same time!  Thank you!

Lunch for May!

May Lunch Order Form

May 2019 Lunch Menu

Special Mass and Blessing with Bishop Parkes

You are cordially invited to join Morning Star Catholic School at a special Mass, blessing and reception with Bishop Gregory L. Parkes.

Mass begins at 8:15 am at Sacred Heart Church, Pinellas Park.

Bishop Parkes will bless Morning Star’s newly built sensory room after Mass. Reception with light refreshments immediately following in the OTHERS Hall on the Morning Star campus at 4661 80th Avenue North, Pinellas Park, Florida.

RSVP TO ELIZABETH WALLEY AT (727) 544-6036 OR elizabeth.walley@morningstarschool.org BY NOVEMBER 26, 2018.

Kendra Scott Gives Back to Morning Star

We at Morning Star are thrilled to be a part of Kendra Gives Back!

On Saturday, September 8th from 12noon – 3pm, you can enjoy sips and sweets all while shopping for jewelry and gifts at Kendra Scott at Hyde Park Village in Tampa.  The best news is that 20% of the proceeds from sales during that time will go to Morning Star. Please share with friends and family!


From the website:


Designer, CEO & Philanthropist

Kendra Scott is a loving mom, a driven entrepreneur, and a passionate designer who believes the truest form of success is giving back in a meaningful way.

As a creative mind with a love of natural gemstones, Kendra designed her first collection of jewelry in 2002. The foundation of Kendra’s success has been her infectious energy and entrepreneurial spirit, which took her from a $500 project in the spare bedroom of her home to a billion dollar fashion brand loved globally. Known for her unique use of color and quality materials, Kendra has created collections of timeless pieces that have won over loyal fans, media and celebrities alike.

Since she began her company, Kendra has lived by three core values: Family, Fashion and Philanthropy. She created a brand and culture that authentically values giving back and making a positive difference in the community. The Kendra Scott company maintains a focus on its customers and the causes close to their hearts, abiding by the mantra “What Matters to You, Matters to Us.”

Double-Down on Give Day Tampa Bay 2018



Please support Morning Star during this time of online giving and your donation will be matched by Guardian Trust.

Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to www.giveday.org anytime between April 17th-May 1st.
  2. Select your donation level, enter your credit card info on this secured site and VOILA! You are supporting Morning Star! (Donations made before May 1st will post to the donor board on May 1st.)

Our friends at Guardian Trust will be matching donation up to a total of $10,000!! THANK YOU GUARDIAN TRUST!!

The Mad Science program was so successful this year that we are doubling-down. Proceeds raised during Give Day Tampa Bay 2018 will go towards bringing Mad Science workshops to our school in 2018-2019. Mad Science offers a turn-key, enrichment curriculum that makes science fun for our students. The program sparks imaginative learning through a hands-on, interactive, and inquiry-based approach to science. The workshops, presented by highly-trained Mad Scientists, align with STEM fundamental and Florida State Standards.