2021 Annual Report
April 5, 2022

Each year, the Diocese of St. Petersburg is blessed with gifts of time, talent and treasure from our faith family across the five counties that make up our diocese. As Bishop Parkes explains in his introductory note, “The generosity that you have shown through your support of our ministry and services here in the Diocese […]

Congratulations St. Brendan Parish!
March 7, 2022

Parish leaders have spent months planning and diligently working to complete recommended activities and run a successful and positive Catholic Ministry Appeal active phase.  And now, the first parish has officially exceeded its goal for our new Catholic Ministry Appeal. Congratulations St. Brendan Parish Family for surpassing goal in record time! “This accomplishment has little […]

Successful Commitment Weekends!
February 4, 2022

Throughout January, parishes and missions began sharing information about the new Catholic Ministry Appeal through the bulletin, from the pulpit, on their websites and via social media channels. In addition, parishioners received a mailing from Bishop Parkes and a follow-up communication from their pastor. All of this laid the groundwork for pastors to ask parishioners […]

Mr. Ronald G. Bento
January 24, 2022

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 […]

Know Thy Neighbor
November 5, 2021

When I was young, my favorite show was Gillian’s Island. It was a show about seven castaways stranded on a deserted island. The show stopped production in 1967 but the reruns aired during my childhood and I would watch them all, again and again. Each character had their own quirky personality, and I grew to […]

Indonesian Mass October 9, 2021
October 23, 2021

The Tampa KKI “Keluarga Katolik Indonesia” or Indonesian Catholic Community celebrated the Holy Mass in Indonesian on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Lutz. The Mass was presided by Rev. Vincent Suparman, SCI, their spiritual advisor who is also the Local Superior of the Priests of the Sacred Heart Residence in […]

Misa Hispana Diocesana – Octubre 9, 2021
October 11, 2021

La Misa Hispana Diocesana anual se celebró el sábado 9 de octubre de 2021 a las 11:00 a.m. en la Catedral de St. Jude the Apostle, en honor a Nuestra Señora de la Presentación del Quinche, patrona de Ecuador. Esta tradición de 42 años reconoce la presencia y contribución de los hispanos en la vida […]

Obispos Cubanoamericanos Expresan Solidaridad, Piden Ayuda Humanitaria
July 16, 2021

Por Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service (CNS) — Cuatro obispos cubanoamericanos pidieron a la comunidad internacional que brinde ayuda humanitaria al pueblo de Cuba y expresaron su solidaridad con ellos tras protestas que comenzaron en la nación isleña a partir del 11 de julio. “Hacemos un llamado a los gobiernos internacionales y a todas las organizaciones benéficas para que […]

Announcements ~ May 24, 2021
May 24, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES SCAM PREVENTION It has come to the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s attention that parishioners have been receiving text messages, emails or direct messages asking for money and gift cards from people pretending to be Bishop Parkes. The bishop or priests might occasionally send an email notifying people about a fundraising campaign and request […]

Celebración de la Tercera Conferencia Anual Hispana para Hombres
May 7, 2021

En una colaboración de la Diócesis de St. Petersburg, Suncoast Catholic Ministries y Resurrection Catholic Church, se llevó a cabo satisfactoriamente la Tercera Conferencia Anual Hispana para Hombres, la cual llevó como tema principal, Confianza en el Señor. Esta conferencia contó con la participación especial de monseñor Gregory Parkes, Obispo de la Diócesis de St. […]

Third Annual Hispanic Men’s Conference Encourages Renewal
May 6, 2021

In collaboration with the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Suncoast Catholic Ministries and Resurrection Catholic Church, the Third Annual Hispanic Conference for Men was successfully held on April 10, 2021. The theme of the conference was “Trust in the Lord”. (Click here to view photos from the event.) Among the participants of the conference was the […]

New Ministry Seeks to Show Foster Families Love and Support
May 6, 2021

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 […]

Racial Justice Dialogue Recording from March 24, 2021
March 29, 2021

Can America be Multi-Lingual and United? A discussion on how conversion,  Gospel values and intentional evangelization can facilitate more unity in the Catholic community. Presented by Fr. Raphael Capo, Vice President for Mission and Ministry and Dean of Theology at St. Thomas University. ¿Pueden los Estados Unidos ser una nación multilingüe y unida? Diálogo sobre […]

Promotional Materials for Consecration to St. Joseph on May 1
March 26, 2021

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 […]

Monseñor Parkes consagrará la Diócesis de St. Petersburg a san José
March 25, 2021

Monseñor Gregory Parkes consagrará las parroquias, las escuelas, los ministerios y el pueblo de la Diócesis de St. Petersburg a san José, el padre terrenal de Jesucristo. Esto tendrá lugar en la Catedral de St. Jude the Apostle en St. Petersburg a las 12 del mediodía del sábado 1° de mayo, la memoria litúrgica de […]

Statement of U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for Asian and Pacific Island Affairs on Discrimination Against the Asian Community
March 22, 2021

Following deadly shootings at three businesses in the greater Atlanta area this past week and the dialogue that has been ignited about other reported incidents of aggression against people of Asian descent, Bishop Oscar A. Solis of Salt Lake City, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific […]

2021 Easter Message
March 16, 2021

From Bishop Gregory Parkes Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Jesus Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!  Easter is a defining moment because the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ bestows upon us the grace that transforms our lives. The gift of eternal life, the gift of forgiveness, and the gift of hope […]

Stained Glass Window is Revealed after Hidden for Nearly Half a Century
March 8, 2021

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 […]

Los Presidentes de los Comités de Doctrina y Actividades Pro-Vida de la USCCB se Pronuncian Sobre el Uso de la Vacuna de Johnson & Johnson contra el Covid-19
March 3, 2021

WASHINGTON— El 2 de marzo, el obispo Kevin C. Rhoades de Fort Wayne-South Bend, presidente del Comité de Doctrina y el arzobispo Joseph F. Naumann de Kansas City en Kansas, presidente del Comité de Actividades Pro-Vida de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB), emitieron una declaración sobre la vacuna Johnson & Johnson […]

February Conversations about Race Recording
March 2, 2021

In this recording of the monthly “Conversation about Race” online discussion on February 24, 2021, the speaker was Dr. Ansel Augustine, Executive Director of Cultural Diversity and Outreach for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. He talked about “Black History Month – Why It’s Important” and what we can do in observance of it in February […]

Proclaiming the Good News in a Digital World
February 18, 2021

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 […]

Hope in the Lord
February 3, 2021

The theme for the 2021 Annual Pastoral Appeal is “Hope in the Lord”, inspired by Isaiah 40:31 – “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Through hope, we find strength, […]

January Communications Roundtable
December 16, 2020

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 […]

March for Life 2021
December 15, 2020

 The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry made the difficult decision to cancel our annual pilgrimage to Washington, DC for the March for Life. In the case that you were planning to attend the March for Life separate from the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office, we would invite you to reconsider your plans. […]

Lucille M. LaRose
December 7, 2020

Word reached our office that Mrs. Lucille M. LaRose, mother of Deacon Ed LaRose from St. Timothy Parish in Lutz, passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020. She was 92. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 21, 2020 at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 17512 Lakeshore Road, Lutz, FL 33558. Expressions […]

National Collection Assists Elderly Sisters, Brothers, Priests in Religious Orders
November 17, 2020

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. […]

De USCCB: Comunicado sobre el Reporte de la Santa Sede en relación con Theodore McCarrick
November 10, 2020

Reverendísimo José H. Gomez, Arzobispo de Los Ángeles, Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB):  10 de noviembre de 2020   Recibo con satisfacción el informe de la investigación de la Santa Sede sobre su conocimiento y toma de decisiones en relación con Theodore McCarrick durante su larga carrera como sacerdote, obispo y cardenal. Nosotros […]

Presidente de la USCCB emite un comunicado sobre las elecciones presidenciales de 2020
November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON- El arzobispo José H. Gomez, de Los Ángeles, y presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos emitió la siguiente declaración sobre las elecciones presidenciales de 2020:  Damos gracias a Dios por la bendición de la libertad. El pueblo estadounidense ha hablado en esta elección. Ahora es el momento de que nuestros […]

October Conversations about Race Recording
October 28, 2020

In this recording of the “Monthly Conversation about Race” discussion on October 28, 2020, the speaker was Monsignor Carruthers, parochial administrator of Resurrection Parish in Riverview. He talked about “Racism is a Life Issue.”

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman of Hispanic Affairs Reflects on Hispanic Contributions and Leadership in the Church
September 14, 2020

As the observance of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) begins, Bishop Arturo Cepeda, auxiliary bishop of Detroit and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs says both the Catholic Church and American society must acknowledge the historic and current contributions of Hispanic and Latino leadership in […]

Why Do They March? Online Discussion Recording
July 29, 2020

On July 27, 2020, an online discussion took place called: Why Do They March? Answering the Questions that Divide Us so that Understanding and Love Can Unite Us. A panel of five Tampa Bay area Catholics responded to some challenging questions regarding racism. This was the first in a series of online discussions aimed at promoting greater […]

Relevant Radio En Español Now Broadcasting in Tampa
July 6, 2020

As of July 1, Relevant Radio En Español is broadcasting on 1380 AM in Tampa. The network produces and broadcasts its own original Spanish-language programming 24/7, covering current events and news, marriage and family, faith, and more! Click here for a programming schedule. The network began in 2019 with stations in Texas and has expanded […]

Pledging Dignity beyond the Debate
June 30, 2020

With another election cycle in full swing, we are faced with the difficult question of what it means to love our neighbors in the midst of such a divisive climate. We are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the public square—and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because […]

Outpouring of support at the Prayer Vigil for Peace, Healing and Change
June 8, 2020

More than 300 people participated in a Holy Hour at the Cathedral of St Jude the Apostle on Sunday, June 7, 2020, to pray for peace, healing and change following the brutal death of George Floyd and the national protests that have erupted. Bishop Gregory Parkes led the solemn prayer service inside, and a group […]

Declaración del papa Francisco sobre la muerte trágica de George Floyd
June 3, 2020

Queridos hermanos y hermanas de los Estados Unidos, sigo con gran preocupación los dolorosos desórdenes sociales que se están produciendo en vuestra nación en estos días, tras la trágica muerte del Sr. George Floyd. Queridos amigos, no podemos tolerar ni cerrar los ojos ante ningún tipo de racismo o exclusión y pretender defender la santidad […]

Pope Francis’ Statement on the Tragic Death of George Floyd
June 3, 2020

“Dear brothers and sisters in the United States, I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd.  My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend […]

Statement of the Josephite Society on the Killing of George Floyd
June 1, 2020

The Josephites look with horror and disbelief at the killing once more of a black man by the police in Minneapolis this week. This is but another tragic and sad reminder of the legacy of America’s original sin of slavery and its aftermath, the continued violence against people of color.  The words of the Lord […]

Comunicado del Presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal sobre George Floyd y las Protestas en Ciudades de Estados Unidos
May 31, 2020

El arzobispo José H. Gomez, de Los Ángeles, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB) emitió un comunicado sobre George Floyd y las protestas que han sucedido en ciudades de Estados Unidos en los últimos días. Este pronunciamiento sigue a la declaración del viernes 29 de siete presidentes de comités de obispos de […]

Las siete palabras
April 9, 2020

Reflexión de las 7 palabras de Jesús en la Cruz en el Viernes SantoSiete sacerdotes hispanos de la Diócesis de St. Petersburg se reunieron para vivir valientemente el Evangelio al compartir con la comunidad hispana la reflexión de las 7 palabras dentro de un espacio de oración este pasado Viernes Santo.

Retiro Cuaresmal Bilingüe / Bilingual Lenten Retreat
April 1, 2020

Retiro Cuaresmal Día 1 / Lenten Retreat Day 1 Manuscrito / Script Oración a la Sagrada Familia Prayer to the Holy Family Retiro Cuaresmal Día 2 / Lenten Retreat Day 2 Manuscrito / Script Salmo 145 / Psalm145 Retiro Cuaresmal Día 3 / Lenten Retreat Day 3 Manuscrito / Script Retiro Cuaresmal Día 4 / […]

Tampa Bay Times Writes About African Catholic Ministry
November 18, 2019

On Sunday, November 17, 2019, an article about the Diocese of St. Petersburg African Catholic Ministry and local observances for National Black Catholic History Month appeared in the Tampa Bay Times. To read the article, click here. (You might be required to subscribe in order to read the article.)

Open, Broken & Full
October 4, 2019

Open, broken, and full – that’s my heart before, during and after, when I am graced to journey with my incarcerated sisters and brothers in California state prisons. About a year ago a good friend of mine asked me if I would be willing to think about teaching in California prisons in place of her. […]

Sainthood Candidates Day of Reflection
September 30, 2019

All are invited to join us for a day of prayer and reflection on the lives of the six persons of color from the United States who have been presented for sainthood. Many of the saints who came before us courageously lived the Gospel and they can inspire us to do the same! Come and […]

Black Catholic Ministry Seeks to Unite
August 12, 2019

The Black Catholic Ministry held its quarterly meeting on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tampa. One of the main topics on the agenda was an update on the diocesan initiative to confront racism, including the recent listening session on racism with Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and […]

Diocese Introduces Guidelines for Building Intercultural Competencies
July 30, 2019

Our parishes are called to equip parishioners as missionary disciples and in order to do this, leaders need insight into how the Catholic faith and identity are connected to culture. That’s why the Diocese of St. Petersburg has introduced an initiative to help parishes improve how they welcome, receive, and encourage diverse cultures and invite […]