Announcements ~ July 20, 2020

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A View From the Top
In this episode of A View From the Top, Bishop Gregory Parkes reflects on his brother, Father Stephen Parkes, being named Bishop of the Diocese of Savannah. Bishop also speaks on the economic impact of the COVID pandemic on churches and government assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as the need for the Rosary, prayer and the Holy Spirit during this time. Click here to listen.

Ordinations to the Priesthood
The Diocese of St. Petersburg joyfully announces the upcoming Priesthood Ordination Mass on Saturday, August 15, 2020, 11:00 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg. Candidates for ordination are:
Reverend Mr. Joshua Anthony Bertrand
Reverend Mr. Connor David Penn
Reverend Mr. Mark Andrew Woodke
The candidates will be ordained by Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg.

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to spacing limitations resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Ordination Mass will be a ticketed event. Only priests and guests of the ordinandi will attend the Ordination Mass in person.  However, all are invited to view the Mass via livestream on our diocesan website:

If you are available to attend the Vespers Service, on Friday, August 14, 2020, 7:00 p.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, all are welcome, as social distancing permits.  Tickets for the Vespers Service are not required, however we ask that you use a face covering if you plan on attending in person.  The Vesper Service will also be live streamed on Christ the King Parish’s website:

Healing Those Harmed by Clergy Sexual Abuse
The Diocese of St. Petersburg has committed significant resources to help those who were harmed by clergy sexual abuse to recover from their unfortunate experiences. We hope our efforts will help, but we realize that only the grace of God can provide the complete healing that victims need.

In the midst of this sorrowful story, lessons have been learned and taken deeply to heart. Ineffective policies of the past have been changed and are regularly reviewed and updated. New insights and policies can now offer protection to all our people.

For particular help or to discuss questions you might have, please contact  Michael Craig, Safe Environment Program Manager at (727) 344-1611, ext. 5377.

Office of Life, Justice & Advocacy
Why Do They March? Answering the Questions that Divide Us So That Understanding and Love Can Unite Us
Join us for an online discussion on Monday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m.  Get real answers to challenging questions from a panel of Tampa Bay area Catholics who welcome you to join them in dialogue and hope.
Panelists include: Fr. John Tapp, Pastor of Nativity Catholic Church, Deacon John Carter, Cathedral of St. Jude, Charmaine Carter, M.D, Director of Adult Faith Formation at the Cathedral of St. Jude, Dale Brown, Director of the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute and Emmanuel Gozo, teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Tampa. Learn more and register at this link. Flyer for the event available at this link.

St. Peter Claver Catholic School Makes the Black History Walking Tour of Tampa
A recently released “Black Walking Tour” of the city of Tampa was recorded by Charles Fred Hearns, of Fred Hearns Tours, LLC. Our own St. Peter Claver Catholic School was also featured in the 36-minute video. To join the “video tour,” please click here.