Category Archives: News

New Priest for Our Diocese

Bishop Parkes ordained Reverend Elixavier “Xavy” Castro to the priesthood on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Praise be to God! Photos (more will be posted in the coming week, so please continue to check back). If your parish would like free digital copies of any of the photos, please contact… Read More

2017 Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Thursday, May 25, is the 40th day after Easter, when the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – when Jesus ascended bodily into heaven in the sight of the apostles. Since the year 2000 in our diocese and the province of Florida, this holy day of obligation is transferred to the… Read More

2017 Ordination to the Priesthood

Bishop Parkes will ordain Deacon Elixavier “Xavy” Castro to the priesthood at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. All are invited to attend. The ordination will be live video streamed and broadcast on Spirit FM 90.5 (listen online at ). 

Pope Francis Gives TED Talk

Pope Francis recently gave a TED Talk, urging people to make real connections with each other. “Good intentions and conventional formulas, so often used to appease our conscience, are not enough,” Pope Francis said. “Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the other is not a statistic or a number. The other has… Read More

2017 Chrism Mass

The Chrism Mass was held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. The Mass of Chrism usually takes place on Holy Thursday, but since the Diocese of St. Petersburg is so large and the priests and other people have to travel so far, it is held on Tuesday in… Read More

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

Saint Leo University Makes Difference With Bottle Caps

More Than 12,000 Pounds Recycled to Purchase Wheelchairs for Children Giving back to the community is a central part of life at Saint Leo University, and a recent project not only helped others, but also protected the environment. Students, faculty, staff, and community organizations and businesses collected bottle caps for Caps of Love, a Florida-based… 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