U.S. Bishops Continue to Offer Child Protection and Safe Environment Resources to Assist Dioceses

This June marks twenty years since the U.S. bishops gathered in Dallas, Texas to address the issue of clergy sexual abuse. At their 2002 meeting, the bishops drafted and passed the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr., of Kansas City-St. Joseph, chairman of the United States Conference …

Lay Leadership Commissioning

In an evening prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle on June 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m., Bishop Emeritus Robert N. Lynch presented 11 individuals with a Certificate in Lay Leadership Ministry. Bishop Lynch, substituting for Bishop Gregory Parkes, formally commissioned these students to serve in ministry leadership in parishes throughout the …

Statement of USCCB President on Twenty Years Since Passage of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

This June marks twenty years since the Catholic bishops of the United States gathered in Dallas, Texas to draft and pass the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in their commitment to address the issue of clergy sexual abuse. Marking this moment, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the …

Prayers Needed in Response to Leak of Draft Supreme Court Opinion

In response to the leak of a draft opinion in the Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following call to prayer: “The leak related to the U.S. Supreme Court case …

Bishop Gregory Parkes and the Catholic Bishops of Florida Praise Governor’s Approval of 15-Week Abortion Ban

For Immediate Release April 14, 2022 Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law HB 5 that limits abortions in Florida to the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. The new law also includes provisions to improve infant health and analyze and reduce fetal and infant mortality. In support of the governor’s action, the Florida Conference of …

2022 Holy Week Liturgies with Bishop Parkes

What: Holy Week and Easter Celebrations When: April 10-April 16 Where: Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 Fifth Avenue, St. Petersburg Watch: www.dosp.org/livestream, www.facebook.com/DioStPete and www.youtube.com/dioceseofstpete Listen: Spirit FM 90.5 Schedule of Holy Week Celebrations with Bishop Parkes: Sunday, April 10, 2022, Palm Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2022, Chrism Mass, 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2022, Mass of the …

Announcements – March 14, 2022

DIOCESAN OFFICES Healing Mass for Survivors of Abuse, Saturday, April 23, 2022Bishop Parkes will celebrate a Mass of Healing for those who seek spiritual healing from abuse in all forms, including sexual, physical or emotional, and those who wish to pray for victims/survivors of abuse, their family and friends. The Mass will be held on …

Reverend Sidney J. Figlia, S.D.B.

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the passing of Reverend Sidney J. Figlia, S.D.B., 91, a member of the Salesians of Saint John Bosco, on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in St. Philip Residence at Mary Help of Christians Center, Tampa.  “Father Sid” was a native of Brooklyn, New York. Following graduation from high school, he …

Prayers for Ukraine

LOCAL CONNECTION: Our local Epiphany of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church hosted an ecumenical prayer vigil for the people of Ukraine on March 2nd. This coincided with Pope Francis’ call for prayer and fasting for Ukraine on Ash Wednesday. Click here to read the article. (This webpage was updated on March 3, 2022.) FROM CNS: …

What’s Mentionable is Manageable

In the book, “Mr. Rogers Talks with Parents,” the famed TV host wrote that “much of what is on TV is at best, a waste of time and at worst, downright destructive.” His book encouraged parents to closely monitor the programs their children watch and to discuss sensitive or difficult topics that their children encounter …

Five Tips for Media-Obsessed Families

If your family is obsessed with media, you’re not alone. My family probably resembles yours in that we struggle to break free of screens and smart speakers that seem ubiquitous at times. Yet, we know that the screens can be harmful to our health, our relationships and our spiritual life. So here are five healthy …

New Ministry Seeks to Show Foster Families Love and Support

Marcie Lipscomb has a heart for children in foster care and through a ministry she started in 2019, she is able to support foster children and foster parents in a unique way. The ministry is called “Hands Lifting Hearts” and she started it at St. Timothy Parish in Lutz. “I felt that I was being …

Promotional Materials for Consecration to St. Joseph on May 1

Promotional Graphics for May 1st Event Square: English | Spanish Rectangle: English | Spanish Horizontal: English | Spanish No Text Consecration Definition Promotional Text for May 1st EventBishop Gregory Parkes will Consecrate the Diocese of St. Petersburg to St. Joseph on May 1stYou are invited to join Bishop Parkes for the Diocesan St. Joseph Consecration …

Stained Glass Window is Revealed after Hidden for Nearly Half a Century

When parishioners of Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Tampa walk into the church on Easter morning, they will be celebrating the Risen Christ in more ways than one. Parishioners will see an unobstructed floor-to-ceiling stained glass window of the Risen Christ welcoming all who enter. For years this window went largely unnoticed, partially hidden by …

Proclaiming the Good News in a Digital World

A Free Event for Parish Communication Leaders – We will be following CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Lunch, Formation, Fellowship and Faith Thursday, April 29, 2021, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Bethany Retreat Center18150 Bethany Center Dr, Lutz 9:30 a.m. Registration & Networking 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Program Click here to …

January Communications Roundtable

Advance Registration is Required. Click here to register. Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. What is the most important thing you learned in 2020 that will help you in 2021? The Diocesan Office of Communications invites you …

National Collection Assists Elderly Sisters, Brothers, Priests in Religious Orders

The Diocese of St. Petersburg will hold the Retirement Fund for Religious collection Dec. 12-13. The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) coordinates this annual appeal and distributes the proceeds to assist eligible U.S. religious communities with their retirement needs. Nearly 30,000 senior sisters, brothers and religious order priests benefit. Last year, the Diocese of St. …