Prayers Needed in Response to Leak of Draft Supreme Court Opinion
May 5, 2022

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 […]

2022 Holy Week Liturgies with Bishop Parkes
April 11, 2022

What: Holy Week and Easter Celebrations When: April 10-April 16 Where: Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 Fifth Avenue, St. Petersburg Watch:, and 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 […]

Thanksgiving Message from Bishop Gregory Parkes
November 22, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, What am I thankful for this year (and always)? You! You, who are a part of the family of God. Each of you is a gift to our local Church. By your prayer, sacrifice, love, and concern, you live out the mission of Christ to build the Kingdom of […]

Bishop Gregory Parkes Joined Ecumenical Dialogue on Caring for Our Common Home
May 14, 2020

Screenshot courtesy of In Solidarity. On May 13, 2020, the Diocese of St. Petersburg Office of Life, Justice and Advocacy hosted an ecumenical online forum to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the publication of the papal encyclical, Laudato Si, translated “Praise be to you,” subtitled, “On Care for our Common Home.” The dialogue featured a […]

Message About Holy Week and Easter
March 31, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are living through a difficult time. Many of you have concerns about health, finances, family and even your faith. I know, from the depths of my heart, how difficult it is for you to be separated from the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith. That’s […]

Bishop Gregory Parkes to Celebrate Holy Week Liturgies via Livestream
March 30, 2020

Normally Full Churches will be Empty as Public Gatherings are Restricted to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Holy Week and Easter celebrations with Bishop Gregory Parkes can be viewed via Livestream, Sunday, April 5 – Saturday, April 12, 2020. These celebrations will be streamed from the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg […]

Reminded to be Salt of the Earth and the Light of the World this Lenten season
February 24, 2020

The 2020 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26, and ends with Easter Sunday on April 12. During Lent, we are encouraged to raise up the needs of the world in prayer, to sacrifice or fast by giving up food or material wants, and to offer our time, talent, and treasure as good stewards of the gifts God has given […]

Bishop Parkes to Visit Pope Francis Next Week
February 5, 2020

(Photo above shows Bishop Gregory Parkes greeting Pope Francis in May of 2014 after the Holy Father’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. Bishop Parkes was in Rome with seminary classmates to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.) During the week of February 9-15, 2020, Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of […]

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 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 […]

Bishop Gregory Parkes Receives National Award for Tweeting
July 16, 2018

Bishop Gregory Parkes (@BishopParkes) is an active tweeter. He uses Twitter and other social media to post about his daily activities, some of which show a more personal side to the pastor in chief of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Now Bishop Gregory Parkes has something new to tweet about. He recently received the award […]

Diocese of St. Petersburg Sets New Vision to Grow Local Church & Help People in Need
June 18, 2018

Shortly after Bishop Gregory Parkes was installed as fifth bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on January 4, 2017, people began to ask about his vision for the Diocese. Bishop Parkes set out to learn from the priests, religious, deacons, employees, and parishioners about their hopes and concerns. Through listening sessions, gatherings and online […]