U.S. Bishops to Meet November 11-13 in Baltimore, Maryland
October 2, 2019

Bishop Gregory Parkes and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2019 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 11-13.   News updates, vote totals, texts of addresses and presentations and other materials will be posted to www.usccb.org/meetings during the general assembly. Those wishing to follow the meeting on social media […]

Bishop Parkes’ Lenten Message
March 5, 2019

  Printable PDF version: English | Spanish My dear brothers and sister in the Lord, Lent is a time for us to prepare our minds, hearts, and souls to celebrate the great feast of Easter.  We do so through the traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Each of these in a particular way help […]

Bishop Parkes Blesses Newly Expanded Christ the King Parish
January 22, 2019

After nine months of construction, the expanded Christ the King Catholic Church reopened its doors the weekend of January 19 & 20. The parish of over 3,500 families had been using a parish hall as their place of worship since construction began last spring, the day after Easter. (Photo above courtesy of Christ the King […]

Bishop Parkes’ Official Social Media Accounts
December 19, 2018

The Diocese of St. Petersburg has become aware that people are impersonating Bishop Parkes on Instagram and asking for money via private and direct messaging features. Bishop Parkes does not contact individuals on social media using the private message feature of Instagram. Please block and report any suspicious activity to Instagram and do not respond. […]

Congratulations to our 2018 St. Jude Medal Award Recipients
November 8, 2018

On Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, Bishop Parkes will present the St. Jude Medal Award to one lay member from each of our parishes for their distinguished and outstanding service. Whether it’s advocating for the life of the unborn, serving as an usher at Mass, or helping […]

Bishop Parkes Issues a Statement on Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue
October 31, 2018

I am heartbroken and saddened by the horrific shooting that occurred at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Please know that the Catholic community stands in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters. An attack on one faith community is an attack on all communities of faith. I pray for the victims of this […]

Students Surprise Bishop at School Mass
September 20, 2018

More than 100 students and staff of Morning Star Catholic School in Tampa surprised Bishop Gregory Parkes with a strong show of support for the new diocesan vision,  Courageously Living Gospel. On September 19, Bishop Parkes arrived at the school to celebrate their 60th anniversary Mass and found them all wearing  matching blue t-shirts with a call to […]

Bishop Parkes Asks Parishes to Read This Statement
August 18, 2018

During all the Masses on August 18 and 19, 2018, Bishop Gregory Parkes has asked that a statement from him be read to the congregation, The statement is in response to tragic instances of clergy sexual abuse that have come to light over the past few weeks. English Statement Spanish Statement Vietnamese Statement  

Statement from Bishop Gregory Parkes concerning the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report
August 15, 2018

I am saddened and angry to learn of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report that spans a 70-year period and details tragic incidents by priests accused of abusing and exploiting children. In response to this report and also the recent allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, I recommit my efforts to protecting youth and vulnerable adults […]