National Black Catholic Men’s Conference
August 23, 2022

19th Annual National Black Catholic Men’s Conference 2022- Indianapolis, Indiana October 13th-16th, 2022 Theme: “We Were Made for More Joshua 1:9” REGISTRATION FEE: Adult $150.00 Adult Early Bird (Deadline September 1, 2022) $100.00 Youth and High School $65.00 The conference registration fee includes lunch on Saturday Room Reservations contact: Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Room …

National Black Catholic Congress XIII – “Write the Vision: A Prophetic Call to Thrive
August 23, 2022

The National Black Catholic Congress announces the date and theme for Congress XIII. Write the Vision: A Prophetic Call to Thrive After much prayerful consideration, the theme for Congress XIII is “Write the Vision: A Prophetic Call to Thrive.” The theme is based on Habakkuk 2:2-4, “Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write down the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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. …

Indulgencias plenarias por la fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y el Año de san José
December 10, 2020

10 de diciembre, 2020  Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,  El martes pasado, mientras nuestra Iglesia celebraba la solemnidad de la Inmaculada Concepción de la Santísima Virgen María, recibimos un comunicado de la USCCB anunciando que el papa Francisco ha concedido una indulgencia plenaria a todo aquel que celebre la fiesta de Nuestra Señora de …

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 …

St. Joseph Parish Holds a Community Forum on Race and Police Brutality in St. Pete
June 17, 2020

The horrific killing of George Floyd has reminded us that racism is a contemporary problem–on the streets, in our workplaces, in our schools, and in our churches. Though peaceful protests are often a necessary means to social change, coming together to build consensus and a clear path forward is also crucial. In order to assist …

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 …

Statement from Bishop Gregory Parkes on the Death of George Floyd and Subsequent Protests
June 1, 2020

The manner in which George Floyd died is an atrocity to the humanity and dignity that each person has as a child of God. As a Church, we stand in solidarity with peaceful protesters who demand justice and respect for black individuals who have suffered the effects of racism for generations. As is stated in …

Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities
June 1, 2020

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days. This follows the Friday statement from seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the USCCB. Archbishop Gomez’s full …

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 …

Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests
May 29, 2020

Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States. Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the Ad Hoc …

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.

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. …