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.)

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 […]

A Statement from Bishop Parkes on the Immigration Crisis in the U.S.
July 18, 2019

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  The Catholic Church recognizes the right of sovereign nations to control its borders and our Church also teaches that the basic human rights of each person should never be violated. That is why the images we have seen and the stories we have heard recently about immigrants arriving in […]

Courageously Living In Style
July 17, 2019

Recently Rev. Stephan Brown, Pastor of St. Joseph parish in St. Petersburg, Florida, came by the Pastoral Center to show off their new parish van.  The van, completely wrapped, displays the parish name and motto. It also displays on the front hood and back window, the diocesan vision theme, “Courageously Living the Gospel”.

Black Catholic Ministry Meeting
July 17, 2019

Please join us for our next Black Catholic Assembly meeting at Blessed Sacrament parish, located at 7001 12th Ave South Tampa FL 33619 (corner of 12th Ave & 70th St, in Clair Mel).  The meeting will be from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. All are welcomed to attend. We need your participation. Please invite or bring […]

USCCB President Condemns Threat of Widespread Enforcement Actions and New Rule Drastically Limiting Asylum
July 16, 2019

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, made the following statement in response to the climate of fear created by the Department of Homeland Security’s announced immigration enforcement actions and the Administration’s new Interim Final Rule to drastically limit asylum, which was published today: (Click here to download a PDF of […]

Young Adults complete the Young Latino Catholic Social Teaching Summer Program
June 13, 2019

Ana Luisa Jahuey de St. Cecilia, Andrés Hernández de St. Paul en Tampa y Christian y Matthew Obando de Nativity recibieron becas de SEPI para asistir al Programa de Verano para Jóvenes Latinos sobre la Doctrina Social Católica. Este es uno de dos programas de verano para adultos jóvenes hispanos de la región sureste creado […]

French Boys Choir – Free Concert
June 4, 2019

Saint Joseph parish in St. Petersburg is hosting “Les Moineaux” French Boy’s choir for a free concert. It is a true honor to host the boys choir  ‘Les Moineaux’, which means “the sparrows”.  We join in solidarity with the church of France. The world was devastated at the loss of Notre Dame Cathedral during Holy […]

New Members of the Diocesan Hispanic Assembly Meet for First Time
March 15, 2019

The Diocesan Hispanic Assembly 2019-2021 celebrated its first meeting on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in St. Petersburg with 67 members in attendance. The agenda included a presentation about the Rice Bowl from CRS and guest speakers from the FAST and HOPE organizations.  Assembly members learned about the Historical Memory of […]

Six Decades after the Cuban Revolution, A New Sign of Faith
January 28, 2019

On Saturday, January 26, the first Catholic Church in Cuba to be built in 60 years was dedicated. St. Lawrence Parish in Tampa helped make it all possible. In 2010, St. Lawrence initiated a fundraising campaign for the church with parishioners and Cubans from throughout Tampa and the country contributing. They raised $95,000, most of […]

Migrant Caravan: How you can Learn More and Act in the U.S
December 10, 2018

What is the “migrant caravan,” and why are people traveling in a “caravan”? The “migrant caravan” originated in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on October 13th. Many of the individuals and families were later joined by others from Guatemala and El Salvador. Many traveling in the caravan are fleeing pervasive violence and persecution in their home […]

Diocesan African Mass
October 17, 2018

The African Catholics Ministry of the Diocese of St. Petersburg is hosting it’s first Diocesan African Mass on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm. The Mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 7851 54th Ave. N in St. Petersburg For more information, contact Celina Okpaleke, 941-730-9765

Misa Diocesana Hispana 2018
October 3, 2018

Misa  en honor a Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá, patrona de Colombia. Octubre 13, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. Catedral de St. Jude the Apostle 5815 5th Avenue N., St Petersburg.

Delegates are on a Mission for Christ
October 1, 2018

Twenty-four delegates from the Diocese of St. Petersburg participated in the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry on September 20-23, at Grapevine, Texas. Together with 3,000 delegates, leaders, religious brothers and sisters, deacons, priests and bishops of the United States, our delegates worked to identify strategies to serve the growing Hispanic/Latino community so that the Church can […]

Delegates Encounter Christ and Seek to Share Christ
October 1, 2018

Twenty-four delegates from the Diocese of St. Petersburg participated in the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry on September 20-23, at Grapevine, Texas. Together with 3,000 delegates, leaders, religious brothers and sisters, deacons, priests and bishops of the United States, our delegates worked to identify strategies to serve the growing Hispanic/Latino community so that the Church can […]

Gathering Seeks to Move Church into Permanent Missionary Mode
September 17, 2018

Renewed and sustained by the Spirit of God, representatives from 16 parishes in the Diocese of St. Petersburg will join Bishop Gregory Parkes for a national gathering in Grapevine, Texas from September 20 -23 that is hoped to assist with rebuilding the Church. Dioceses from across the country will also participate in the V National […]

Upcoming Opportunities to Discuss Racial Division
August 24, 2018

Following the tragic and horrific events of Charlottesville, Virginia one year ago, the Bishops of the United States formed a committee to focus on addressing the sin of racism and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions. A new diocesan Racial Justice Committee will address the issue of racism through […]

Carta del Santo Padre Francisco al Pueblo de DIOS
August 20, 2018

«Si un miembro sufre, todos sufren con él» (1 Co 12,26). Estas palabras de san Pablo resuenan con fuerza en mi corazón al constatar una vez más el sufrimiento vivido por muchos menores a causa de abusos sexuales, de poder y de conciencia cometidos por un notable número de clérigos y personas consagradas. Un crimen que […]

Carta del Obispo Gregory Parkes
August 20, 2018

Carta que el Obispo Gregory Parkes pidió se leyera en las misas de agosto 18 y 19 a los feligreses como respuesta a los trágicos acontecimientos de abuso sexual del clero que recientemente han salido a la luz pública

Carta del Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos
August 18, 2018

Presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal de los Estados Unidos Anuncia Esfuerzo que Involucrará Laicos, Expertos y el Vaticano mientras los Obispos de los Estados Unidos Resuelven Abordar la “Catástrofe Moral” –Agosto 16, 2018 WASHINGTON— El Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo de Galveston-Houston, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB por su […]

President of Catholic Relief Services Responds to the Border Crisis
July 2, 2018

Sean Callahan, the President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), wrote the following in response to the family separation happening at the US/Mexico border. Included in his reflection are ways that you can help. “In Mexico last week, I sat with a mother who explained the suffering she and her sons faced as they […]

Annual Hispanic Mass Celebrates Faith and Diversity
June 27, 2018

Who:               Bishop Gregory Parkes, Hispanic Catholics and clergy What:             Annual Hispanic Mass, to be celebrated in honor of Our Lady of Carmel of the Maipú, the patroness of Chile. When:             Saturday, October 14, 4:00 p.m. Where:            Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg Why:               The annual Hispanic Mass is […]

5 Ways to Help with the Immigration Crisis at the Border
June 19, 2018

The ongoing practice of separating children from their parents has already, as of May, left nearly 2000 children separated from their parents.  As Bishop Parkes reminds us, as a nation and people of faith, we can and must do better. FIVE WAYS TO HELP STOP FAMILY SEPARATION Pray: You can find a prayer for migrant children here. On Wednesday, June […]

La Seguridad en las Redes Sociales
June 8, 2018

Aprenda sobre como estafadores están usando las redes sociales para pedirle que comparta su información personal. La Diócesis de St. Petersburg ha recibido notificación de por lo menos una persona que fue contactada a través de Facebook Messenger, haciéndose pasar por el obispo Gregory Parkes. Monseñor Parkes no se comunica con ninguna persona por medio […]

Celebrating 25 Years of Ordination – Rev. Stephan Brown, SVD
June 5, 2018

The St. Joseph, St. Petersburg community is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination of Rev. Stephan Brown, SVD, and his installation as Pastor. Scheduled events are as follows: Gospel Musical Program Friday, June 22, 2018 7:00 PM 2101 22nd Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33712 Installation Service Saturday, June 23, 2018 5:00 PM 2101 […]

Black Catholic Ministry Meeting – July 21, 2018
April 24, 2018

Our quarterly Black Catholic Assembly meeting will be on Saturday, July 21, 2018. We will meet at St. Mark the Evangelist parish in Tampa from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. St. Mark parish is located at 9724 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa, FL 33647. For information, contact Dale Brown at dpb@dosp.org, 727-344-1611, ext. 5458

El Papa Francisco Concede una Indulgencia a los Católicos por el Quincuagésimo Aniversario de la Diócesis de St. Petersburg
February 26, 2018

Tal como sucede con otros tantos aniversarios, el Papa Francisco ha indicado que los fieles católicos podrán recibir una indulgencia plenaria especial durante el año 2018 con motivo  del 50° Aniversario de la Diócesis de St. Petersburg.  Los fieles católicos que se comprometan a alejarse completamente del pecado pueden seguir los siguientes pasos para recibir […]

Reunión de Delegados al V Encuentro Nacional Regional
February 20, 2018

Reunión de Delegados al V Encuentro Nacional Regional Delegados de la Diócesis de St. Petersburg se reunieron el 12 de febrero en el Centro Pastoral con el Rvdmo. Obispo Gregory Parkes en preparación hacia el V Encuentro Nacional de las Regiones Episcopales V y XIV en Doral, FL. 34 delegados de 16 parroquias y de […]

Asamblea Diocesana Hispana Celebra Reunión Bianual
February 16, 2018

La Asamblea Diocesana Hispana celebró su reunión bianual el sábado 27 de enero de 2018 en la Parroquia Our Lady of Grace, en Beverly Hills, FL. La reunión dio comienzo con la oración del 50º Aniversario de la diócesis, seguido de la presentación de Vivi Iglesias, Gerente de Relaciones de CRS del Sureste, sobre el […]

1a Conferencia Anual Hispana para Hombres “Vivir Nuestra Fe”
February 14, 2018

La 1ª Conferencia Anual Hispana para Hombres “Vivir Nuestra Fe” será presentada por la Diócesis de St. Petersburg y Suncoast Catholic Ministries, el sábado 7 de abril de 2018 en el Salón Social en Nativity Catholic Church en Brandon. La inscripción comienza a las 7:00 a.m. El programa comienza a las 8:30 a.m. y termina a […]

St. Peter Claver Celebrating 125 Years
January 9, 2018

St. Peter Claver Parish in Tampa is among the oldest in the diocese. In 2018 the historic parish and school  will be celebrating 125 years of existence. The parish will be marking this achievement by activities throughout the year. Please check the parish’s webpage (http://spclavertampa.wixsite.com/spcchurch) for information on its history, photos from the past and […]

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Service
January 9, 2018

Please join us for a prayer service to mark the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  on Monday, January 15, 2018 at St. Peter Claver parish in Tampa. The prayer service will be at 6:30 pm followed by a social gathering in O’Keefe Hall. The prayer service is sponsored by the […]

Tráfico de Humanos – Taller de Entrenamiento
December 20, 2017

La Diócesis de St. Petersburg llevará a cabo un Taller para Entrenadores sobre el Tráfico de Humanos para entrenar a presentadores de futuros talleres.  Estamos buscando voluntarios para ser entrenados como líderes de las sesiones para crear conciencia sobre el Tráfico de Humanos a través de nuestra diócesis. El papel del Entrenador es enseñar a […]

Congreso Mariano de la Renovación Carismática de Tampa Bay
November 1, 2017

La Renovación Carismática Católica Hispana de Tampa Bay celebrará su Congreso de otoño el próximo 18 de noviembre de 2017 en la Parroquia Light of Christ de 8:00am a 6:00pm con la visita del Padre Claudio Barbut de Romania, el hermano Antonio Miguel en la alabanza y Carmen Rodríguez, Coordinadora Regional de la Renovación Carismática.  La donación es […]