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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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.)

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 […]