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. …

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”.

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 …

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 …

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 …

Reflexión del Presidente de Catholic Relief Services sobre la crisis en el borde…
July 2, 2018

Sean Callahan, presidente y CEO de Catholic Relief Services (CRS), escribió lo siguiente como respuesta a la separación de las familias que ha estado ocurriendo en el borde de Estados Unidos y México.  Adjunto hay maneras de ayudar a resolver la problemática de dicha separación. “In Mexico last week, I sat with a mother who …

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 …

Community Invited to Prayer Vigil on June 20th for Families Separated at the U.S./Mexico Border
June 20, 2018

Bishop Gregory Parkes will lead a prayer vigil for an end to the separation of families at the  U.S./Mexico Border and to lift up the hearts of those families who have already been separated. When:                 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. (World Refugee Day) Where:              San Jose Mission, 3204 San Diego Lane, Dover, …

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 …

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, 727-344-1611, ext. 5458

Red Tent Altar Linen
April 18, 2018

This lovingly made altar linen will be used at our newest Prison Ministry Catholic service at the South St. Pete. Westcare Substance Abuse Treatment Center.  Chris R. and Team (pictured below at left) conduct a communion service for men and women court ordered into substance abuse treatment after incarceration at the Pinellas County Jail.  This …

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 …

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 ( for information on its history, photos from the past and …

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 …

El Obispo Parkes busca formar una visión común para la Diócesis de St. Petersburg
November 8, 2017

Durante los últimos 10 meses, el obispo Gregory Parkes ha estado escuchando a muchas personas con el propósito de aprender sobre las personas, las parroquias y las escuelas que se encuentran bajo su atención.  Poco después de su instalación como el quinto obispo de la Diócesis de St. Petersburg, el señor obispo comenzó a invitar …

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 …

Misa Diocesana Hispana celebrada en honor a Nuestra Señora del Carmen de Maipú, Patrona de Chile.
September 2, 2017

Más de 900 personas asistieron a la Misa Diocesana Hispana el pasado 14 de octubre de 2017 para, en unión al Obispo Gregory L.  Parkes, celebrar la belleza de nuestra fe y las muchas contribuciones que la comunidad católica hispana realiza para fortalecer la iglesia local en los cinco condados del centro oeste de la …

Asamblea Diocesana Hispana Celebra Reunión Bianual
September 1, 2017

La Asamblea Diocesana Hispana celebró su reunión bianual el sábado 26 de agosto de 2017 en el Bethany Center con la asistencia de 61 personas, incluyendo miembros, presentadores e invitados especiales. La reunión dio comienzo con la oración, dirigida por el Padre Gilberto Quintero, Secretario de la Oficina Multicultural, seguido de la bienvenida ofrecida por …

Conozca sus Derechos: Talleres Consultas Legales Gratuitas
May 23, 2017

Estos talleres son organizados por la Oficina del Ministerio por la Vida: 6/4/2017- St. Rita, Dade City at 10:45 AM 6/11/2017 – San Jose Mission, Dover at 12:00 PM 7/15/2017 – Corpus Christi, Temple Terrace at 9 AM 8/19/2017 – Light of Christ, Clearwater at 3:30 PM Para más información, por favor descargue el afiche aquí. El …