Obituaries ~ July 1, 2019

  Rev. Msgr. James Bernard Caverly August 22, 1934 – June 26, 2019 (See complete obituary here.) Word has reached the Chancellor’s Office that Rev. Msgr. James Bernard Caverly, age 84, passed away in the Lord on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Bon Secours Maria Manor, St. Petersburg. His first assignment in the Diocese of St. …

Monsignor James Bernard Caverly – May He Rest in Peace

We are sad to announce that Monsignor James Bernard Caverly, age 84, passed away in the Lord on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Bon Secours Maria Manor, St. Petersburg. All funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1376 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg.   Visitation: 10:00 …

Clergy Changes ~ June 17, 2019

  Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2019: RETIREMENT STATUS Reverend Eric Hunter from Pastor of St. Brendan Parish, Clearwater, granted retirement status. APPOINTMENTS Parochial Administrator Monsignor Michael G. Muhr to Parochial Administrator pro tempore of St. Brendan Parish, Clearwater, while continuing other assignments. Parochial …

Announcements ~ June 17, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES From the Office of Life, Justice & Advocacy Pornography Recovery Group A confidential support and recovery group is being formed for those that suffer from addiction to pornography, or feel they need help to stop viewing pornography.  Meetings will take place monthly, in the early evening in Brandon, beginning in late June. …

Announcements ~ June 3, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES From the Communications Office HURRICANE SEASON Please help your community to stay informed and safe during hurricane season. Here is information that can be shared in your bulletin. Hurricane Season English PDF and Spanish PDF Hurricane Season English Word and Spanish Word Preparing for Severe Weather Hurricane season is here and continues …

Announcements ~ May 28, 2019

PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS “Your Heart’s Desire” Eucharistic Healing Retreat Elisheba House invites everyone to attend our annual summer retreat at the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Suncoast Parkway Hotel in Lutz on June 28-29, 2019 (Friday 7 p.m. – Saturday 5:30 p.m.). Mass will be celebrated, plus inspirational talks and an opportunity for Reconciliation, reflection and …

Announcements ~ May 20, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICE Let’s Keep Our Children Safe This Summer! All teachers, staff, and volunteers in the Diocese of St. Petersburg who work with children must undergo fingerprinting and criminal background checks. Diocesan guidelines and abuse prevention training programs currently in use emphasize the importance of parents’ knowing who has access to their children at school …

Clergy Changes ~ May 13, 2019

  Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy change, effective July 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted: RELIEVING Reverend Philip D. Gyapong [Donkorkrom, Ghana], from Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Land O’ Lakes, effective May 27, 2019.  Father Gyapong will be returning to his home territory in …

Announcements ~ May 13, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Let’s Keep Our Children Safe This Summer! All teachers, staff, and volunteers in the Diocese of St. Petersburg who work with children must undergo fingerprinting and criminal background checks. Diocesan guidelines and abuse prevention training programs currently in use emphasize the importance of parents’ knowing who has access to their children at …

Florida Bishops Express Concerns Over New Immigration Enforcement Plan

The following is a statement from Michael B. Sheedy, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops (FCCB), executive director, on final passage of SB 168 sponsored by Senator Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota):  “Today’s passage of state-level immigration enforcement legislation is disheartening. There are many, including members of the Florida Legislature, who are frustrated that Congress has not enacted …

Obituary ~ May 6, 2019

  Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Brother Peter P. Mahady, SSS Brother Peter Patrick Mahady, SSS, just turning 87, Blessed Sacrament Brother died on April 15, 2019 at Regina Health Center, Richfield, OH, surrounded by the loving staff of Regina and Western Reserve Hospice and members …

Announcements ~ May 6, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES 6th Annual Spirit FM Catholic Women’s Conference Florida State Fairgrounds Join Spirit FM, Fr. Larry Richards, Leah Darrow and Elizabeth Bunbury on Saturday, September 28, 2019 as women from throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg and West Central Florida gather together at the Florida State Fairgrounds to celebrate faith, family, fellowship and …

Clergy Changes ~ April 29, 2019

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2019 unless otherwise indicated: RETIREMENT STATUS Monsignor Dennis Hughes from Pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Trinity, granted retirement status. Reverend Eugeniusz Gancarz from Pastor of Resurrection Parish, Riverview, granted retirement status. APPOINTMENTS Pastors Reverend Michael Cormier from …

Announcements ~ April 29, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Inspiration and Information from Bishop Gregory Parkes Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events. A new episode can be heard on Friday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m. on Spirit FM 90.5. Also, you can subscribe to …

Announcements ~ April 22, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES 6th Annual Spirit FM Catholic Women’s Conference Florida State Fairgrounds Join Spirit FM, Fr. Larry Richards, Leah Darrow and Elizabeth Bunbury on Saturday, September 28, 2019 as women from throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg and West Central Florida gather together at the Florida State Fairgrounds to celebrate faith, family, fellowship and …

Announcements ~ April 15, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Have You Heard the Bishop’s Radio Show? Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events that affect our Church, our community and our country. A new episode can be heard on Friday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. …

Announcements ~ April 8, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Child Abuse Prevention Month April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is most appropriate that Child Abuse Prevention Month is observed during the spring and especially in proximity to the Easter season, a time when we celebrate new life! There is no better time of year to celebrate the protection of …

Announcements ~ April 1, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Child Abuse Prevention Month April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is most appropriate that Child Abuse Prevention Month is observed during the spring and especially in proximity to the Easter season, a time when we celebrate new life! There is no better time of year to celebrate the protection of …

Clergy Changes ~ March 25, 2019

  Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes:   APPOINTMENT Upon presentation by Very Reverend Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Minister Provincial of the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular, Reverend Laurence Uhlman, T.O.R . to Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Parish, St. Petersburg, effective March 22, 2019.   RELIEVING …

Announcements ~ March 25, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Have You Heard the Bishop’s Podcast? Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events that affect our Church, our community and our country. A new episode on Holy Week and Easter can be heard on Friday, April 12 …

Clergy Change ~ March 18, 2019

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy change, effective March 15, 2019: APPOINTMENT Upon presentation by Very Reverend Thomas R. Bheemareddy, O.C.D., Provincial Superior of the Discalced Carmelite Order, Telangana, India, Reverend Vijaya B. Polamarasetty, O.C.D. to Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Pinellas Park.   Father Polamarasetty formerly served in …

Announcements ~ March 18, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Have You Heard the Bishop’s Podcast? Join Bishop Gregory Parks for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events that affect our Church, our community and our country. A new episode can be heard on Friday, March 29 at 11:30 a.m. on …

Announcements ~ March 11, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Have You Heard the Bishop’s Podcast? Join Bishop Gregory Parks for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events that affect our Church, our community and our country. A new episode can be heard on Friday, March 29 at 11:30 a.m. on …

Announcements ~ March 4, 2019

****** DIOCESAN OFFICES Receive Encouragement Each Day You are invited to sign up to receive daily Scripture reflections on Courageously Living the Gospel that will provide suggestions and prayers for more boldly living your faith! You can choose to receive the reflections via email or text starting on Wednesday, March 13. Sign up to be …

Obituary ~ February 25, 2019

  Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Mrs. Mary (Collofello) Munchalfen Mrs. Mary (Collofello) Munchalfen, 90, mother of Terri Wiles, from the diocesan Accounting Office at the Pastoral Center,  went home to the Lord on February 17, 2019.  Please keep Terri and her family in your …

Announcements ~ February 25, 2019

****** DIOCESAN OFFICES Statewide Stewardship Day PRAYER, FORMATION, HOSPITALITY and SERVICE. On Saturday, May 4, the seven dioceses of Florida will join together to explore how we can implement stewardship through these topics at our second Statewide Stewardship Day, “Engaging the Family through the Four Pillars of Stewardship.”   This incredible day of formation features concelebrated Mass …

Obituaries ~ February 19, 2019

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Rev. Msgr. James C. Lara Monsignor James Carreras Lara, 84, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2019, from a sudden heart attack while in the hospital near his home in Spain.  Monsignor “Jaime” Lara was ordained for the Diocese of …

Announcements ~ February 19, 2019

******* DIOCESAN OFFICES 2a Conferencia Anual Hispana para Hombres “Vivir Valientemente el Evangelio” Presentada por la Diócesis de St. Petersburg y Suncoast Catholic Ministries. Sábado, 6 de abril, 2019 en el Salón Social, Nativity Catholic Church, Brandon. Conferenciantes invitados: Dr. Fernando Casanova y Padre Philip (Felipe) Scott.  Santa Misa oficiada por el Abad Isaac Camacho, Abadia …

Announcements ~ February 11, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES “A View From The Top with Bishop Gregory Parkes” Join Bishop Gregory Parks for “A View From The Top,” a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events that affect our Church, our community and our country. A new episode can be heard on Friday, February 22 at 11:30 …

Obituary ~ February 4, 2019

  Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Deacon Anthony “Tony” Kijonka Deacon Anthony “Tony” Kijonka, 89, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019. He was predeceased by his wife, Imogene, in 2000. Deacon Tony was ordained for the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey on October 15, …

Announcements ~ February 4, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES “A View From The Top with Bishop Gregory Parkes” Join Bishop Gregory Parks for “A View From The Top,” a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events that affect our Church, our community and our country. A new episode can be heard on Friday, February 22 at 11:30 …

Announcements ~ January 28, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Catholic Days at the Capitol: Make the Trip and Make a Difference! March 26-27 (returning March 28). This two-day event provides the opportunity to put into action our faith’s call to political responsibility and allows us to strengthen the presence of our Catholic values in the public square. We will also be joined …

Announcements ~ January 22, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES 2018/19 Rice Bowl Mini Grants Recipients The Office of Life, Justice and Advocacy is pleased to announce the following recipients of the fall 2018/19 Rice Bowl Mini Grants, made possible by 25% of local Rice Bowl contributions retained for local use.  Congratulations to the following parishes and organizations: Catholic Charities-Parish Ministries for …