Category Archives: News

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. What are we doing well as… Read More

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,… Read More

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… Read More

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. Pope Francis’ 2017 Lenten message USCCB Lenten Resources Parish Lenten/Easter Guidelines – English / Spanish See… Read More

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… Read More

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,… Read More

Prayer Vigil for Migrants and Refugees

Bishop Gregory Parkes led a Prayer Vigil for Migrants and Refugees on February 1, 2017, at Nativity Parish in Brandon. The prayer vigil was held to show support for our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters who live, work, and make their homes in our community.   Bilingual Event Flyer / Prayers and Resources for Parishes and… Read More

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… Read More