Morning Star achievement center building

Capital Campaign Architectural drawings

Morning Star achievement center building

Capital Campaign has begun

Our capital campaign drive has begun!  Look what we are planning!  We are “Creating Our Future”!

Our dreams are large but we know with your help we can see them become a reality! Morning Star is investing $3,000,000 to expand and improve campus facilities.  Our goals include:

  • Providing needed space for our transition program and growing high school enrollment
  • Strengthen campus security
  • Creating space for life skills classrooms
  • Improving our parking and traffic flow during drop-off and pick-up
  • Create a new outside playground area for blacktop games including basketball, hockey, 4 square, etc…

Final rendering drawing for campaign

This rendering shows all the upgrades planned including the creation of the new achievement building and the connecting of the other buildings to create a unified front entrance and office area.  Our existing high school buildings will be transformed into life skills classrooms where our students can learn about what it takes to live in a community or on their own.  We will be able to provide services for students beyond our current level of high school graduation and help them with the process of integrating into society as the hard working individuals that they all are. What an amazing gift this will be when it is completed!  If you are interested in helping our dreams become a reality, please reach out to our school, 727-544-6036 or email our principal, Mrs. Sue Conza.

John Prine, 1946-2020

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Morning Star School lost a friend. Singer-Songwriter John Prine was a friend of Morning Star School over the years and we were blessed to have him visit the faculty, staff and students just a few short months ago. Ms. Vinachi and Mrs. Ochoa-Rowland dedicate their rendition of Angel of Montgomery to all the people who loved John, especially Joe and Jonah Nuzzo. God bless and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. 

Update: Virtual/Online School Extended Through May 28th

The latest news is that schools in Florida are closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.  Students will continue attending virtual school. We miss you so much and are eager to see you in the fall. Be well!

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 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!