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 …

22 Students from Espiritu Santo Catholic School Qualify for Duke TIP

Congratulations to the 22 seventh grade students whose excellent performance on the Iowa Assessments has qualified them for the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). For two years in a row, over 40% of Espiritu’s students in grade seven have qualified for this nationally-recognized program. When students are given the opportunity to learn in an …

Obituaries ~ September 26, 2016

Rosalind Hoffman, mother of Debbie Sosnicki, Office Manager,  Our Lady of Fatima Parish Mrs. Hoffman passed away on September 23, 2016.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 30th.  Visitation is from 11:00 AM – to 12:45 PM in the Chapel at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, and the funeral Mass is at 1:00 …

Clergy Changes ~ August 22, 2016

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes: Appointment Rev. Francisco Hernandez, Diocese of Caguas, Puerto Rico, as Parochial Vicar, Incarnation Parish, Tampa, effective August 1, 2016. Relieve Reverend Joseph H. Chong, S.D.B. as Parochial Vicar of Mary, Help of Christians Parish, Tampa, effective July 5, 2016.  Father Chong …

Deacons Update

The Diaconate Office informed the following changes: Deacon Matthew and Joyce Skulicz granted Inactive/Retired status effective June 1, 2016. Deacon Bill and Joann Gorman, from St. Brendan, Clearwater, assigned to the Office of the Diaconate, effective July 1, 2016. Deacon David and Sandy Lesieur reassignment from Corpus Christi, Temple Terrace, to St. Mary, Tampa, effective …

Clergy Changes ~ July 11, 2016

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes: RELIEVE AND OTHER CHANGES Rev. Victor Amorose, from Parochial Vicar of Nativity, Brandon, and assigned to the Pastoral Center, effective July 1, 2016.  Father Amorose will be studying in Rome. Rev. Jairo L. Atehortua, C.M., from Parochial Vicar of Incarnation Parish, Tampa, …

Prayers for the Orlando Victims

USCCB President Reacts to “Unspeakable Violence” in Orlando A statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops  WASHINGTON – Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all those …

Obituaries ~ June 13, 2016

Mrs. Linda Holtfreter We received word of the recent passing of Mrs. Linda Holtfreter, 69, sister of Father David Engbarth, a retired priest of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, residing and assisting in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. A Memorial Mass for Mrs. Holtfreter was held today, June 13, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, …

Clergy Changes ~ May 31, 2016

  Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes: APPOINTMENT Parochial Vicar Rev. Msgr. Michael G. Carruthers [Archdiocese of Miami] as Parochial Vicar of St. Cecelia, Clearwater, effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Stephan Brown, S.V.D. as Parochial Vicar of St. Paul, Tampa, effective August 1, 2016. Upon presentation by …

Obituary ~ April 25, 2016

  Brian J. Sweeney, Calvary Cemetery Mr. Sweeney, 73, bookkeeper at Calvary, passed April 21, 2016. He is survived by children, Tim and Maureen Nelson of St. Pete Beach, Christopher Sweeney of Archdale, NC, and Marc and Kathleen Hoefler of Beavercreek, OH, and other relatives. Funeral Services –Visitation on April 25, at Brett Funeral Home, …

Obituary ~ April 18, 2016

Deacon Winston McDonald Word reached the Office of the Diaconate that Deacon Winston McDonald, from St. Justin Martyr Parish in Seminole, passed away last night, April 17, 2016. The Funeral Services are as follows: Wake Service: Sunday, April 24th, 2016 from 2 pm – 7 pm, Vigil Service at 6:30 pm at Serenity Gardens, 13401 …

Clergy Changes ~ April 11, 2016 (Updated)

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2016, unless otherwise indicated: RETIREMENT Rev. Msgr. Avelino Garcia, from Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Beverly Hills, granted retirement status. Rev. Gregory Andrews, from Pastoral Center [assisting parishes], granted retirement status. Rev. Ralph Argentino, from Director, Catholic …

Obituary ~ March 28, 2016

Rev. Angelus Migliore, T.O.R. Pastor Emeritus, St. Patrick Parish, Tampa Word has reached the Chancellor’s Officce that Rev. Angelus Migliore, T.O.R., Pastor Emeritus of St. Patrick Parish, Tampa, has passed away very peacefully today, Monday, March 28, 2016. More details here. The funeral arrangements are as follows: Thursday, March 31 at St. Patrick Parish, 4520 S. …

Obituary ~ March 14, 2016

Richard (Dick) Klein  Mr. Klein passed on Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Seminole Florida.  Dick was an active member of St. Justin, Martyr Parish, and a past recipient of the St Jude Award.  He is survived by his family, including his sister, Sister Suzanne (Sue) Klein, O.P. of St Petersburg. Funeral arrangements, under the Direction of …

Obituary ~ March 7, 2016

Reverend Raymond Vega, S.C.J. We received word that Father Raymond Vega, SCJ, 91, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at the retirement community house of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, in Pinellas Park.  Father Vega was ordained for the Sacred Heart Fathers in 1973.  He served as Associate Director of the community’s retirement …

Obituary ~ February 1, 2016

Paul Kenneth Jastrem Mr. Jastrem, age 68, St. Petersburg, formerly of Lawrence, MA, passed away December 29, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.  He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1964.  In 1973, Paul moved to St. Petersburg and continued his career as organist at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle and …

Clergy Changes ~ September 8, 2015

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes: Appointments:  Parochial Vicar Rev. Joseph Eddy, O. de M. to Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg, effective August 31, 2015. Rev. Daniel Bowen, O. de M. to Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Pinellas Park, …

Clergy Changes – June 29, 2015

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2015, unless otherwise indicated: APPOINTMENTS Upon presentation by Very Reverend Anthony Schueller, S.S.S., Provincial Superior, Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, Reverend Peter Van Tuong Nguyen, S.S.S. as Priest in Charge of St. Joseph Vietnamese Mission, Tampa. Reverend Dennis …

Clergy Changes ~ May 26, 2015

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2015: APPOINTMENT Upon notification by Very Rev. Thomas A. Dunne, S.D.B., Provincial for the Salesians of Don Bosco, Reverend Richard F. Rosin, S.D.B., from Director of Guidance to President of  St. Petersburg Catholic High School, St. Petersburg. RELIEVING …

April 27, 2015 ~ Clergy Appointment

Clergy Appointment Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointment, effective July 1, 2015: Parochial Administrator Reverend George Iregi [Eldoret, Kenya] from Parochial Vicar, Christ the King Parish to Parochial Administrator of Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Gulfport.   ______ Reference: Vol. 30: No. 17 ~ Apr. 27, 2015

April 13, 2015

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2015, unless otherwise indicated. RETIREMENT Reverend Jacob Monteleone from Pastor of Light of Christ, Clearwater, granted retirement status. Reverend Ignatius Tuoc from Pastor Epiphany of Our Lord , and Priest in Charge, St. Joseph Vietnamese Mission, Tampa, granted …

Clergy Changes – March 23, 2015

Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective March 16, 2015: APPOINTMENT: Reverend Anthony Coppola to Parochial Administrator pro tempore, Transfiguration Parish, St. Petersburg, with other assignments continuing. MEDICAL LEAVE: Reverend Edward Wal, Pastor, Transfiguration Parish, granted temporary medical leave. Reference:  Vol. 30: No. 12 ~ March 23, 2015