Announcements ~ March 12, 2018

PASTORAL BULLETIN — VOL. 33: NO. 10 ~ March 12, 2018 Announcements for Parish Bulletins DIOCESAN OFFICES BISHOP GREGORY PARKES INVITES YOU TO THE CHRISM MASS Please mark your calendars for this year’s Chrism Mass, to take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 …

Announcements – March 5, 2018

PASTORAL BULLETIN — VOL. 33: NO. 09 ~ March 5, 2018 Announcements for Parish Bulletins DIOCESAN OFFICES BISHOP GREGORY PARKES INVITES YOU TO THE CHRISM MASS Please mark your calendars for this year’s Chrism Mass, to take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. …

Obituaries ~ February 5, 2018

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Reverend Colman McGarril, T.O.R. Father McGarril, T.O.R., 91, a priest of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, in Hollidaysburg, …

Christmas Blessings! ~ Pastoral Center Offices

For centuries, prophets had foretold the coming of the messiah and the people of Israel heard the message. We are here today because we know the events in the life of Jesus -His birth, baptism by John, teachings, miracles, suffering, death and resurrection. As disciples, may we join the shepherds who went “glorifying and praising …

Obituary ~ December 4, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Mrs. Joan Farrell We recently learned of the death of Mrs. Joan Farrell, 94, sister of Monsignor George  Cummings, on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Mrs. Farrell was predeceased by her husband, Robert Farrell. She is survived by her two sons, Greg …

Obituaries ~ November 6, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: — Reverend Robert G. Young, O.F.M. — Reverend Michael McDonnell, O.F.M. Please click here for Memo from the Chancellor’s Office with their information. Rev. Robert G. Young (Update November 13, 2017. The Funeral arrangements were not included in the obituary …

Obituaries ~ October 30, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers:   — Rev. Roderic Petrie, OFM   — Rev. Jean-Pierre Mulinbi, cousin of Father Emery Longanga,  Parochial Administrator of Holy Cross Parish, St. Petersburg   May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, …

Disaster Relief Fund ~ Update, October 30, 2017

The Diocese of St. Petersburg Makes Financial Contribution to Assist Victims of Recent Hurricanes   “Say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.’” – Psalms 91:2 The images of flooded homes and devastation during the 2017 hurricane season have touched the hearts of many who have been praying and …

Obituary ~ October 23, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Reverend Joseph A. Pastick Rev. Joseph A. Pastick, 94, passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Southern Pines Healthcare Center, New Port Richey.  Father Pastick served in our diocese for 16 years after his retirement from the Archdiocese of …

Obituaries ~ September 25, 2017

  Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: — Reverend John P. Lynch, M. Afr. (click here for information) — Ms. Geri Lynn  Morgan, sister of Rev. Thomas T. Morgan,  Pastor of St. Jerome Parish, Largo. (click here for information) May their souls and the souls of all …

Obituaries ~ September 18, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Monsignor Patrick Caverly We were informed that Monsignor Patrick Caverly, brother of Monsignor Bernard Caverly, Pastor Emeritus of St. Raphael Parish, St. Petersburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Thursday afternoon, September 14, 2017.  He was a priest of …

Hurricane Irma Updates

Announcements  The following announcements, presented by the Diocese of St. Petersburg,  are in relation to Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in Florida on September 10, 2017.  Updates (9/14/17-4pm) An early assessment of the 81 parishes and missions and 48 schools and early learning centers shows that only a few buildings sustained minor damage. Most parishes …

Obituaries ~ August 28, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Mr. Christopher Parkes It is with sadness that we report the passing of Mr. Christopher J. Parkes, 55, brother of Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, on Friday evening, August 25, 2017, after suffering from complications due to a …

Clergy Changes; Reorganization Vocations Office

Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, is pleased to announce the following clergy changes and reorganization of the diocesan Office of Vocations, effective August 15, 2017: APPOINTMENTS: Rev. Carl J. Melchior, as Priest Secretary for Bishop Parkes, while continuing as diocesan Director of Vocations and all other assignments. Rev. Justin Paskert, as …

Back to School

  August 9 was the first day of the 2017-2018 school year in our Catholic schools and Centers. See how some of our schools and centers celebrated the first day and week back at school in the photos below. If you have back to school photos that you would like to be included in the …

Obituaries ~ July 5, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Rev. Msgr. Janusz Burzawa We were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Monsignor Janusz Burzawa, Administrator of Mercy of God Polish Mission since 1998.  Additional biographical and funeral information can be accessed by clicking on the link below. Announcement (pdf) …

Clergy Changes ~ May 8, 2017 (Updated)

Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2017, unless otherwise indicated: RETIREMENT STATUS Rev. John D’Antonio, from Pastor of Holy Cross, St. Petersburg, granted retirement status. Rev. Michael Lydon, from Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, New Port Richey, granted retirement status. Upon notification by Very …

Obituaries ~ June 19, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Reverend Arthur M. Villemaire Father Arthur M. Villemaire, 91, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, on Saturday, June 10, 2017, while under Hospice care in Sun City Center. (Click here for the obituary.) Oglor D. (Dionne) Lemoi Mrs. …

Obituary ~ May 22, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Reverend Robert Goodwin We recently learned of the death of Father Robert Goodwin, on his 90th birthday, May 15, 2017.  Father Goodwin was a priest of the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire for nearly 60 years, where he served in parishes and …

Obituaries ~ May 1, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Mrs. Betty Hearne Mrs. Hearne, sister of Father Michael O’Neill, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Seffner, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 24, 2017 in Ireland. All services were held in Mrs. Hearne’s home parish in County Tipperary, …

Obituaries ~ April 17, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Monsignor Francis X. Barrett Monsignor Barrett, 91, a retired priest of the Diocese of Allentown, passed away in the Lord on Friday, April 7, 2017, following nearly 62 years of priestly ministry.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War …

Ash Wednesday 2017 in Our Schools and Centers

March 1 was Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. See how some of our Catholic schools and centers spent Ash Wednesday. If you have photos from Ash Wednesday at your school that you would like to be included in the photo album, please email them to socialmedia@dosp.org. We also encourage you to send in …

Obituary ~ February 27, 2017

Mr. Eulogio Sevilla Tupa Word has reached the Chancellor’s Office that Mr. Eulogio Tupa, father of Reverend Allan Tupa, Pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Tampa, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017 in the Philippines following a long battle with cancer.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Loreta, and two sons, in addition …

Clergy Changes ~ February 21, 2017

Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective February 26, 2017: Appointment Upon presentation by Very Reverend Paul Frechette, S.M., Provincial Superior, Reverend Hector Cruz, S.M.,  as Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Tampa. Relieve Reverend Roland Lajoie, S.M. as Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Tampa. Reverend …

2017 Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week 2017 was January 29 through February 4. See how our Catholic Schools and Centers celebrated in the photos below. If you have photos from your school that you would like to be added to the album, please email them to socialmedia@dosp.org. Photos will be added as they are received. Please note that in order …

Obituary ~ February 6, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Reverend Cletus Watson, TOR Fr. Cletus M.S. Watson, T.O.R., 78, of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died early Saturday, January 28, 2017 at UPMC Altoona after a brief illness. He …

Obituaries ~ January 23, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Sister Margaret Killilea, SSJ Sr. Margaret Killilea, formerly known as Sister Marie Assumpta, was born in County Galway, Ireland, on August 6, 1931 and died on January 16, 2017. Sister ministered primarily as a teacher throughout the state of Florida …

January 17, 2017 ~ Obituaries

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Rev. Msgr. Mercurio Fregapane Monsignor Fregapane passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. Monsignor Fregapane was a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA. Since his retirement in 2002, he assisted at many parishes …

Memorial Mass – Rev. Elmer McDonald

For the Faithful Departed Memorial Mass ~ Reverend Elmer McDonald St. John Vianney Parish 445 82nd Ave., St. Pete Beach St. John Vianney Parish will be celebrating a Memorial Mass in honor of Fr. Elmer McDonald who was such an important part of their parish and school family for many years.  Funeral services were held …

Obituary ~ January 3, 2017

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Mr. Michael Kosiba Mr. Michael Kosiba, 66, former diocesan chair of the Committee on Catholic Scouting, passed away in the Lord on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, while at Tampa General Hospital.  Mike and his wife, Judy were parishioners of Christ …

Obituary ~ December 19, 2016

  Mr. Ronald J. Pacana Mr. Ronald J. Pacana, 65, husband of Mrs. Kim Pacana, Secretary at the Tribunal Office, passed away on December 6, 2016.   Mr. Pacana is survived by wife, Kim; children, Nicole (Ron), Heather (Steve), Eric (Katie); three grandchildren; loving siblings. Funeral Mass was celebrated on December 16 at Light of Christ …

Obituary ~ December 5, 2016

Reverend Elmer McDonald (1924 – 2016) We recently learned of the passing of Reverend Elmer McDonald, 92, a retired priest of the Diocese of Rochester, on Sunday, December 4, 2016.  Father McDonald spent most of his retirement years in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, providing assistance to St. John Vianney Parish, St. Pete Beach and serving as …

Obituaries ~ November 14, 2016

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Mary Ellen Hansma Mrs. Hansma, retired from St. Lawrence Catholic School, Tampa, passed away November 4, 2016 at Melech Hospice House in Tampa.   A lifelong educator, Mrs. Hansma and family moved to Tampa in 1969, where she began a 35 …

Obituaries ~ November 7, 2016

Reverend Brian J. Miller, T.O.R. Father Miller, 91,  of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died November 6, 2016 at St. Francis Friary – Mt. Assisi, Loretto, Pennsylvania after an illness.  He was born March 4, 1925 in Braddock, PA. In 1992, Fr. Brian transitioned into …

Obituaries ~ October 24, 2016

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Reverend Michael J. Morris, Ch., Lt. Colonel, USAF, retired Word has reached the Chancellor’s Office that Father Michael Morris, age 54, passed away Sunday , October 23, 2016 after a long battle with cancer in Rockwal, Texas, where his brother …

Obituaries ~ October 17, 2016

Mrs. Carolyn Lanier We received word that Mrs. Carolyn Lanier, mother of Father Fred McGuire (deceased), passed away peacefully October 14, at a nursing home in Cincinnati, OH. Her funeral is Tuesday, October 18, at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Trenton, OH where the family has worshiped for many years. Condolences to Carolyn’s …