Driving Pilgrimage Brochure

DRIVING PILGRIMAGE AROUND THE DIOCESE BrochureFeatures 25 pilgrimage sites around our diocese. We invite you to spend time in prayer visiting these sites that are important to our local church’s history.Download the Catholic Driving Pilgrimage Brochure here.  Paper copies of the brochure are available at your local parish.

Announcements ~ February 14, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Did You Know? Assistance Ministry Helps Abuse Victims Did you know that outreach to victims of sexual abuse is one of the ministries offered by the Diocese of St. Petersburg? The diocesan Victim Assistance Minister provides assistance towards healing by means of therapy, spiritual direction, and mutual support groups. If now, or at …

Announcements ~ February 7, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Attention Faith Formation & Parish Leaders: FORMED Webinars Offered! We are pleased to announce that all parishes in the Diocese of St Petersburg that do not presently have a FORMED subscription may register to participate in a special grant opportunity to reduce the cost of a one-year subscription by as much as much …

Announcements ~ January 31, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Office of Life Justice & Advocacy Courage & Encourage Day of Recollection – MARCH 5, 2022 The Courage Apostolate offers support for men and women who experience same sex attraction and desire to live chaste lives following the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.  Join us for a day of prayer and fellowship …

Mr. Ronald G. Bento

 (Wisdom 3:1)The Chancellor’s Office was notified of the death of Mr. Ronald G. Bento, 86, on Friday, January 21, 2022, in St. Petersburg.  Mr. Bento formerly worked in the Real Estate Office for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. All funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 54th …

Announcements ~ January 24, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Did You Know? @TEOTD Are Your Kids AATK? Do you understand the sentence above? Chances are your kids do. The Internet is a great resource for information and fun; but like nearly everything else these days, cyberspace brings with it its own set of challenges for parents. Parents should monitor their children’s Internet use …

Reverend Thomas P. Jones, O.F.M.

The Chancellor’s Office received word that Reverend Thomas P. Jones, O.F.M., 89, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022.  Father Jones made his final profession with the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1956 and received Holy Orders in 1959, having served nearly 62 years in the priesthood.  He has resided at St. Anthony Friary, …

Announcements ~ January 18, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Did You Know? @TEOTD Are Your Kids AATK? Do you understand the sentence above? Chances are your kids do. The Internet is a great resource for information and fun; but like nearly everything else these days, cyberspace brings with it its own set of challenges for parents. Parents should monitor their children’s Internet use …

Announcements ~ January 10, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Bishops of Florida Statement on the 49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade The Bishops of Florida Statement on the 49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade in English and Spanish should be shared in bulletins and with your online networks the weekend of January 22/23. Please use this opportunity to again encourage the faithful …

Mr. Thomas DeJulio

Mr. Thomas DeJulio, 77, brother of Reverend David DeJulio, pastor of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish, Spring Hill, passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, in Rensselaer, New York.  Surviving family members include his wife, Marilyn, son, Gregory DeJulio, daughter, Felicia (Vincent) Luca, five grandchildren, brothers, Felix (Lois) DeJulio, Frank (Terri) DeJulio, and Father David …

Clergy and Pastoral Center Appointments

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy and Pastoral Center appointments: APPOINTMENTSUpon presentation by Very Reverend Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., Provincial Minister, Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, Holy Name Province, Reverend Michael P. Jones, O.F.M. from Parochial Vicar to Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Tampa, effective January 17, 2022. Dr. Lois …

Announcements ~ January 4, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES   Spirit FM’s 7th Annual Catholic Women’s Conference Please plan to join Spirit FM and over a 2,000 of your closest girlfriends from throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg for a day of faith, friendship, food, and shopping. Our speakers are:  Sr. Rita Clare Yoches and Deby Sansone Schlapprizzi.  Tickets are on sale at www.myspiritfm.com/WomensConference or call Marci at 813.289.8040, ext. 231.  Promotional graphic at …

Brother Jerry Meegan, S.D.B.

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed that Brother Jerry Meegan, 79, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at St. Philip Residence, Mary Help of Christians Center, Tampa, where he had resided since last year.  Brother Meegan was an educator, who served as Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of St. Petersburg from …

Announcements ~ December 20, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES From the Office of the Bishop Christmas Video – O Come All Ye Faithful In his 2021 Christmas video, Bishop Gregory Parkes shares Christmas hope and introduces a very special musical presentation. Multicultural choirs of the Diocese of St. Petersburg perform a beautiful rendition of the Christmas carol classic, O Come All Ye …

Announcements ~ December 13, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Advent Men’s Discernment Retreat The Office of Vocations will host the Advent Men’s Discernment Retreat at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 2348 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, from  10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  This will be a one-day retreat and there is no cost to attend! The theme …

Announcements ~ December 6, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Advent Men’s Discernment Retreat The Office of Vocations will host the Advent Men’s Discernment Retreat at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 2348 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, from  10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  This will be a one-day retreat and there is no cost to attend! The theme …

Mr. John Z. Kiwale

 Mr. John Z. Kiwale, brother of Reverend Theobald (“Theo”) Weria, A.L.C.P., Parochial Vicar of St. Cecelia Parish, Clearwater, passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021, following a brief hospitalization in his home country of Tanzania.  Mr. Kiwale had struggled with cancer in the months leading up to his death.  Please keep Father Weria, his parents, …

Sr. Josephine Helen Slabinski, S.F.C.C.

Sr.  Josephine Helen Slabinski, age 99, of Tampa, passed peacefully to be with Our Lord Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 25, 2021.  Josephine Helen was born on March 14, 1922, in Hudson, Pennsylvania. She entered religious life at age nineteen with the Roman Catholic order of nuns, Little Sisters of the Poor, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She …

Ms. Patricia A. McCarthy

Ms. Patricia A. McCarthy,  72, of Tampa, passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2021.  Patricia was born March 10, 1949.   She worked as the Music Director for Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Temple Terrace until her retirement in 2019. Obituary at this link.   Please keep Ms. McCarthy and her family in your thoughts and prayers. …

Announcements ~ November 29, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Special Collection: Religious Retirement Fund Help Aging Religious Sisters, Priests and Brothers The Diocese of St. Petersburg will hold the Retirement Fund for Religious collection December 11 – 12, 2021. The parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C.  Proceeds help religious communities across the country to …

Announcements ~ November 22, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Special Collection: Religious Retirement Fund Help Aging Religious Sisters, Priests and Brothers The Diocese of St. Petersburg will hold the Retirement Fund for Religious collection December 11 – 12, 2021. The parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C.  Proceeds help religious communities across the country to …

Announcements ~ November 15, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Parish Resources for Year-End and Beyond To assist parishes working to promote legacy giving, end of year generosity and/or new, creative options for giving with parishioners, the Catholic Foundation has created camera ready, downloadable materials and pre-drafted text for message development. Please visit the Parish Resource Page to download the following materials: bulletin …

Announcements ~ November 8, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Parish Resources for Year-End and Beyond To assist parishes working to promote legacy giving, end of year generosity and/or new, creative options for giving with parishioners, the Catholic Foundation has created camera ready, downloadable materials and pre-drafted text for message development. Please visit the Parish Resource Page to download the following materials: bulletin …

Announcements ~ November 1, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Did You Know? Dangers of Cell Phone Cameras Cell phones with photographic capability are a mixed blessing. Forget your camera? Whip out the cell phone, and your toddler’s first step, friend’s goofy mishap, or fenderbender is captured for posterity. But cell phones are also being used in a sinister way—to silently take pictures …

Announcements ~ October 25, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Synod-It’s a Church Thing The Catholic Church is journeying together to grow in communion, participation and mission as we look towards the future. This process, called for by Pope Francis, is known as the Synod on Synodality. Synod is an ancient word in the Tradition of the Church, whose meaning draws on the …

Reverend Roger Labonte, M.Afr.

The Chancellor’s Office has once again received the sad news of the passing of yet another priest.  Reverend Roger Labonte, M.Afr., 86, passed away in the Lord on Monday, October 11, 2021, at St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Petersburg. Since November 2019, Father Labonte was in residence at the Missionaries of Africa Residence, in St. Petersburg, …

Announcements ~ October 18, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Third Annual Diocesan African Mass The African Catholics Ministry invites all to celebrate the third annual Diocesan African Mass. The Mass will be presided by Bishop Gregory L. Parkes on November 7, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Ave. North, St. Petersburg.  Come and experience …

Reverend Roger L. Bisson, M. Afr.

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the passing of Reverend Roger Bisson, M. Afr., 94, a member of the Missionaries of Africa, on Monday, September 27, 2021, at Bon Secours Maria Manor, St. Petersburg. Father Bisson was a native of New Hampshire.  He attended high school and college in Worcester, MA, and completed his seminary …

Announcements ~ October 4, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Bishop Gregory Parkes Invites You to the Opening Mass for the “Synod on Synodality” Bishop Gregory Parkes will celebrate an opening Mass for the local phase of a worldwide consultation process in the Catholic Church known as the “Synod on Synodality.” The Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the …

Mrs. Georgina Hernández Serralta

The Chancellor’s Office received the news that Mrs. Georgina Hernández Serralta, 98, mother of Father Ramón Hernández, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed into the loving arms of God early this morning, Monday, September 27, 2021, while under Hospice care at Costa del Sol Assisted Living Facility, in Tampa.  Mrs. Hernández …

Reverend Raymond Mann, O.F.M.

The Chancellor’s Office received the news that Raymond Mann, OFM, 89, a professed friar for 68 years and a priest for 62, died on September 23, 2021  at St. Anthony Friary, St. Petersburg, where he had lived for seven years. He had spent his religious life mainly in Massachusetts and Bolivia. Father Mann professed his …

Reverend Antonino (Tony) D’Angelo, S.D.B.

The Chancellor’s Office received the news that Reverend Antonino (Tony) D’Angelo, S.D.B., 98, a retired member of the Salesians of Don Bosco, in residence at the St. Philip Residence at Mary Help of Christians Center, Tampa, passed away in the Lord on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at James A. Haley V.A. Hospital, Tampa.  Father D’Angelo …

Mr. Leonard J. Mganga

We were saddened to receive the news that Mr. Leonard Joseph Mganga, 54, brother of Reverend Claudius Mganga, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Inverness, passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, while hospitalized in Tanzania.  Mr. Mganga’s death was attributed to pneumonia and COVID-19.  Funeral services will take place in Tanzania at …

Announcements ~ September 27, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Bishop Gregory Parkes Invites You to the Opening Mass for the “Synod on Synodality” Bishop Gregory Parkes will celebrate an opening Mass for the local phase of a worldwide consultation process in the Catholic Church known as the “Synod on Synodality.” The Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the …

Announcements ~ September 20, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES One Mother One Family Retreat: Unity in Christ through the Blessed Virgin MaryAll are invited to join Bishop Gregory Parkes for the One Mother One Family Retreat on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 106 11th Avenue N.E., Ruskin. This retreat will be a …

Announcements ~ September 13, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES One Mother One Family Retreat: Unity in Christ through the Blessed Virgin Mary All are invited to join Bishop Gregory Parkes for the One Mother One Family Retreat on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 106 11th Avenue N.E., Ruskin. This retreat will be …