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Survey & Listening Sessions with Bishop Parkes

As he settles into his new position as fifth Bishop of St. Petersburg, Bishop Parkes would like to hear the input and opinions of the faithful.

He will be holding nine listening sessions across the Diocese over the next several months to hear the answers to the following three questions.

  1. What are we doing well as a diocese?
  2. What things could we improve upon as a diocese?
  3. What things in ministry should we be focusing on as a local Church?

See the dates and locations for the listening sessions below. If you are unable to attend one of the nine listening sessions, Bishop Parkes would still like your feedback. Please answer the questions via a bilingual, anonymous, online survey (link below). All responses will be read and considered.


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February 27, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
St. Stephen Parish
5049 Bell Shoals Road
Valrico, FL 33596

February 28, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
St. Lawrence Parish
5225 N. Himes Ave
Tampa, FL 33614

March 6, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Espiritu Santo Parish
2405 Philippe Pkwy
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

March 14, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
St. Scholastica Parish
4301 W. Homosassa Trail
Lecanto, FL 34461

March 20, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
St. Mark the Evangelist Parish
9724 Cross Creek Blvd
Tampa, FL 33647

March 24, 2017 – IN SPANISH
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
St. Clement Parish
1104 N. Alexander Street
Plant City, FL 33563

March 27, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
St. Michael the Archangel Parish
8014 State Road 52
Hudson, FL 34667

March 28, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish
5030 Mariner Blvd.
Spring Hill, FL 34609

April 17, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg Catholic High School
6333 9th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

The Catholic Identity of Saint Leo University

Did you know that Saint Leo University is the oldest Catholic university in Florida and is the fourth largest Catholic university in the United States?

Founded in 1889, Saint Leo University is a leading Catholic teaching institution that enrolls almost 15,000 students across our traditional Florida campus, more than 40 education center and office locations, and online degree programs.

Learn more about the history of Saint Leo University in the video below.

St. Patrick’s Feast Day Dispensation

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday (March 17, 2017) during the Lenten Season, Bishop Gregory Parkes is granting to the faithful of the Diocese of St. Petersburg a dispensation from abstaining from meat on that Friday alone. The faithful are encouraged to choose another day in the same week or as soon as possible to abstain from meat to assist in their spiritual Lenten journey.

2017 Lenten Season

During Lent, we are encouraged to raise up the needs of the world in prayer, to sacrifice or fast by giving up food or material wants, and to offer our time, talent, and treasure as good stewards of the gifts God has given us.

See how our parishes and schools are journeying through this Lenten season in the “2017 Lent around the Diocese” photo album (see last year’s album here). Learn more about submitting your photos to the album. See how to submit your photos to the album.

Send in Your Lenten Photos

We are looking for photos that show how you and your parish are journeying through the Lenten season. Possible photos to submit might be from your parish’s mission, Stations of the Cross, fish fry, or other Lenten events. Photos of no-meat meals on Friday are welcome as well!

We will be adding these photos to the special “2017 Lent around the Diocese” photo albums on the DOSP Flickr and Facebook.

By sending us these photos you are giving us permission to publish them in print and online materials, so be sure to have permission from all people in the photograph/s.

Please note that if the photo has a minor in it, the parent/guardian will need to sign the official DOSP Model Release form in order for us to post that photo. The form can be filled out electronically and emailed back, filled out and scanned and emailed back, or printed and mailed to the address below.

Diocese of St. Petersburg
ATTN: Office of Communications
PO Box 40200
St. Petersburg, FL 33743

If you have any high-resolution photos that you would like to submit, please email them to

Marriage Enrichment Workshop on March 18

Married couples of all ages are invited to attend a one-day workshop entitled Married and in Love Most of the Time. The workshop will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 at the Bishop Larkin Pastoral Center in St. Petersburg. The cost is $35 per couple and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all program materials. Please pre-register by filling out this registration form and sending it in by March 15. Questions? Contact Deb Alexander at or 727-341-6847.

ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Support Refugees and Protect DACA Youth

President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to issue Executive Orders that could that could have devastating impacts on refugee resettlement in the United States and harm Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) youth. According to drafts we have seen, the Executive Order would:

  • Halt the entire refugee admissions program for 120 days to determine additional security vetting procedures;
  • Cut the number of refugees admitted in FY 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000;
  • Suspend resettlement of refugees from Syria;
  • Possibly suspend the issuance of visas to individuals from countries of concern, including nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen;
  • End the DACA program.

The U.S. refugee resettlement program is a life-saving program for the most vulnerable of the world’s refugees. Welcoming people fleeing violence and conflict in various regions of the world is part of our identity as Catholics. We seek to protect the vulnerable and recognize the human dignity of all. Moreover, when the United States through its resettlement program shares responsibility with refugee host countries, it helps the refugees, supports the countries, and helps to enhance peace, security, and stability to sensitive regions in the world. Today, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, the need for the U.S. to show leadership in welcoming refugees and provide freedom from persecution is more urgent than ever.

Refugees who come through the program go through a rigorous, extensive vetting process. If issued, this reported Executive Order would virtually halt the arrival of refugees for at least 120 days, including those who have already gone through up to two years of vetting. Standing up for refugees and for the life-saving resettlement program is consistent with our values as Americans and as Catholics.

There are more than 750,000 young people who have received and benefitted from DACA. They are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes. As Catholics, we support DACA youth as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of our children. We have long supported DACA youth and their families. These young people entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home.

Please email President Trump and Congress now and urge them to stand up for refugees and to protect DACA youth. Send an email now.

ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Support the BRIDGE Act to Support Our Immigrant Brothers and Sisters

Urge Congress to support the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act. It is a bipartisan effort to provide temporary relief from deportation and to sustain employment eligibility for immigrant youth through the DACA (Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. Urge Congress to support this legislation here.

ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Support No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

On January 3, 2017, H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This important pro-life legislation will place in permanent law a consistent federal policy restricting the funding and promotion of abortion.

Since 1976 federal restrictions on abortion funding has enjoyed bi-partisan support and has been embodied in the Hyde Amendment and other policies governing funding. However, there are inconsistencies in its application, and most of these policies including the Hyde Amendment must be renewed every year. H.R. 7 will correct these inadequacies.

On January 20, 2017, Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB Committee for Pro-Life Activities, released a statement urging lawmakers to support this legislation. He reminded legislators that “the American people oppose taxpayer-funding of abortion and want that opposition reflected in our law once and for all.” According to a new Marist Poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, more than six in 10 Americans (61 percent) oppose the use of tax dollars to fund abortions in the United States.

Please act today and urge your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 7. The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared a message for you to send here.