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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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. …

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 …

More than 567 Bibles Donated to Prison Ministries
March 22, 2017

Over 567 Bibles have been donated to Prison Ministries thanks to a Community Partner Challenge from Angels Senior Living Center and Datalink Software during Spirit FM 90.5?’s 2017 Spread the Word campaign! We are so grateful to Spirit FM’s listeners for taking up the challenge and ensuring that those imprisoned have access to the reason for …

The “Reaching Out” Quilt
February 3, 2015

The “Reaching Out” Quilt  shows the outline of the hands of juveniles incarcerated at the Orient Road Jail in Tampa. Their achievements include receiving their General Education Diplomas, mentoring in math, writing, science, reading. The Diocesan Prison Ministry Success & Empowerment Program, (brainchild of volunteer Elena Zerfas), goes far beyond the regular educational system by providing life skills, …