President of U.S. Bishops Conference Sends Message of Support to President of Australian Catholic Bishops Conference amidst Devasting Wildfires
January 8, 2020

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, sent the following message of support to Archbishop Mark Coleridge, BA, DSS, the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference on Wednesday, January 8, 2020: “Your Excellency: Along with my brother bishops here in the United States, I […]

Christmas Joy
January 5, 2020

Catholic Charities of the Diocese St. Petersburg brought Christmas joy to the residents of Bethany Family Apartments, where we help families transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Click here or on the video below to learn more.

Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace Celebrates 100th Anniversary
January 3, 2020

A well-known landmark in downtown St. Petersburg, Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace Parish, is turning 100 this year! This parish was the first to be established in St. Petersburg in 1920. Before that, priests from Tampa crossed the bay by boat to celebrate Sunday Mass at a local hotel. “We’re known as the Mother […]

Margaret Rogers Named New Catholic Charities Executive Director
December 19, 2019

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg President, Frank Murphy and the Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that Margaret (Maggie) Rogers has been appointed by Bishop Gregory L. Parkes to Executive Director effective December 13, 2019. She has served as Interim Executive Director since September 2018. Maggie joined Catholic Charities in 2013 […]

2020 World Day of Communications
December 18, 2019

“So that you can tell your son and grandson.” Life creates history. This is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the 54th World Day of Social Communications, which will be celebrated on May 24, 2020, the Sunday before Pentecost. The message will be published on January 24, 2020 (memorial of St. Francis of Sales). […]

Make your Year-End Gift
December 17, 2019

2020 is quickly approaching! A fresh start, a fresh year, a new beginning. Before all of us take that step into the new year, there is still time to make a difference in this one. All gifts given by December 31st count for 2019 and help reduce your tax burden before we start our new […]

Dec. 7-8 Collection Helps Religious Communities Care for Aging Members
December 3, 2019

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 7-8 in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), and proceeds help hundreds of U.S. religious communities to care for aging members. Some 30,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests benefit. Last […]

Pro Life Committee Chairman Invites Bishops to Join Initiative Serving Pregnant and Parenting Mothers in Need
November 11, 2019

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of Kansas City in Kansas, and Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressed the body of bishops at the annual November plenary meeting of bishops about the need for improved pastoral responses to women facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies.    “The challenges can […]

“Unplanned” Movie Inspires New Ministry at Christ the King Parish
November 11, 2019

Ashley Russell has always been pro-life, but after having a baby she became even more aware of how fragile and beautiful life is in the early stages. “Having my own children and seeing those sonograms at six weeks got me thinking about how can I make a difference and how can I make sure that […]

U.S. Bishops Convene for Annual General Assembly in Baltimore
November 11, 2019

The Catholic bishops of the United States convened their Fall General Assembly in Baltimore this morning. The meeting began with remarks by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops delivered his last address as president of the Conference. The […]

All Are Invited to the 2nd Annual Diocese of St. Petersburg African Mass
November 4, 2019

The AfricanMass on Sunday, November 10, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. will be an opportunity to unite the African Community of the Tampa Bay region and to celebrate the faith of local African Catholics The Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, (1203 North Nebraska Avenue, Tampa) with prayers and music […]

Clergy Change, November 4, 2019
November 4, 2019

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy change, effective November 1, 2019: RELIEVINGReverend Carlos J. Borgos [San Cristobal, La Habana, Cuba] as Parochial Vicar of St. Rita Parish, Dade City.  Father Borgos has accepted a position as Parochial Vicar of Holy Child of Jesus Parish, Richmond Hill, NY.

USCCB Launches National Civility Effort through 2020 Election
November 1, 2019

One year ahead of the 2020 national elections, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is launching a year-long initiative that invites Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor, and respectful dialogue. Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate will ask Catholics to pledge civility, clarity, and compassion in their families, communities, and parishes, and call on […]

USCCB Pro-Life Chairman Urges Congress to Support Dignity for Aborted Children Act
November 1, 2019

Legislation calls for dignified treatment of human remains On October 31, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities sent a letter to Members of Congress supporting S. 2590 and HR 4934, the Dignity for Aborted Children Act. In the letter, Archbishop Naumann cited the recent discovery […]

Vocation Awareness Weekend
October 29, 2019

Is the Lord inviting you to take a step toward him? The Office of Vocations is offering you the opportunity to visit the minor seminary to experience the life of our seminarians. The weekend will take place November 8-10, 2019. Transportation is provided and there is no cost to you. For more information please contact […]

James Dailey granted stay of execution until Dec. 30
October 29, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has granted a temporary stay of execution to allow Mr. Dailey’s newly appointed federal counsel time to present his substantial claims of innocence. Dailey was scheduled to be executed on Nov. 7 for the 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio. The eight Catholic bishops of Florida […]

Eight Great Men Answer the Call to Become Deacons
October 22, 2019

Eight-hundred people attended the Diaconate Ordination Mass and more than 2,000 watched the live video stream on Facebook and dosp.org. Click here to view photos. Eight men stood at the front of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg on October 19, 2019 and committed to serving the Catholic Church with humble […]

Clergy Changes ~ October 21, 2019
October 21, 2019

As a result of the pending merger of Transfiguration Parish, St. Petersburg with the Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Pastoral Mission, Largo, resulting in the newly named Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Parish, St. Petersburg, Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective October 21, 2019: APPOINTMENT Pastor Reverend Nguyen Vu […]

Chairmen of U.S. Bishops’ Committees Comment on Federal Study Released on Danger of Assisted Suicide Laws to Persons with Disabilities
October 16, 2019

Last week, the National Council on Disabilities (NCD) released a federal study revealing that assisted suicide laws are dangerous to people with disabilities. In its report, “The Danger of Assisted Suicide Laws,” NCD provides several policy recommendations including urging states to not legalize any form of assisted suicide or active euthanasia. The NCD is an […]

Transfiguration Parish Community Experiences Loss and Transformation
October 9, 2019

Transfiguration Parish will close on October 21, 2019 and will reopen in 2020 as Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Parish. When Father Carlos Rojas learned that his parish, Transfiguration, would be closing its doors, he went through a period of mourning, prayer and discernment. He agonized over what would happen to his tiny but mighty community […]

Father Jacob Monteleone Receives 2019 Fr. Luis Distinguished Priestly Service Award
October 9, 2019

Reverend Jacob Monteleone was announced as the recipient of the 2019 Fr. Luis Distinguished Priestly Service Award on Tuesday, October 8, during the annual Convocation for Priestly Renewal. This award is given annually to a priest serving in the Diocese of St. Petersburg who best exemplifies selfless and dedicated service to the people of God. The recipient of the award […]

U.S. Bishops to Meet November 11-13 in Baltimore, Maryland
October 2, 2019

Bishop Gregory Parkes and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will gather for the 2019 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 11-13.   News updates, vote totals, texts of addresses and presentations and other materials will be posted to www.usccb.org/meetings during the general assembly. Those wishing to follow the meeting on social media […]

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 […]

Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life
September 26, 2019

A Reflection for Respect Life Month 2019 From the time we are knit together in our mothers’ wombs until we take our final breaths, each moment of our lives is a gift from God. While every season of life brings its own challenges and trials, each season also gives us new opportunities to grow in […]

Life Justice & Advocacy Day – October 5, 2019
September 24, 2019

All are invited to attend October 5, 2019 9:30 am to 2:00 pm St. Patrick Parish 4518 S. Manhattan Ave. Tampa, FL  33611 How to Talks to Kids about Things No One Wants to Talk About– Dr. Lori Puterbaugh will speak on subjects such as abortion, the dealth penalty, human trafficking, illness, and end of […]

Two New Books Written by Local Priests
September 16, 2019

The Storyteller’s Catechism by Father Timothy H. Sherwood An increasingly secular world has made our search for God more challenging. But the basic message of this book is that God also searches for us; that the awareness from faith reveals manifestations of the Divine Presence. Parish priests are privileged to have a daily front-row seat […]

Apply Now for 2020 CRS Rice Bowl Mini Grants
September 16, 2019

The Office of Life, Justice and Advocacy is pleased to announce the beginning of our annual grant process for funding hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in the Diocese.  Ministries from parishes, schools, and other diocesan entities can apply for up to $1,000.00 to assist with programming and advocacy efforts to eradicate hunger. Twenty-five percent of […]

Annual White Mass to be Celebrated on October 26
September 13, 2019

The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) “Tampa Bay Guild of St. Philomena” invites all physicians, medical students and other healthcare professionals to the Annual White Mass and Dinner on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Christ the King Parish in Tampa. The Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Parkes at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Dinner […]

Churches Honor Men & Women Who Serve and Protect with a Blue Mass
September 9, 2019

The BLUE Mass is an Ecumenical and Interfaith event to honor the men and women serving the Tampa Bay region as federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel and emergency responders, including Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, Sheriff Deputies, Police Officers, Troopers, Special Agents, Security Professionals and 9-1-1 Operators. Family members, friends, and all supporters are […]

Courageously Living the Gospel: The Road to Sainthood
September 5, 2019

Day of Prayer and Reflection on Saturday, November 9, 2019 Many of the saints who came before us courageously lived the Gospel and they can inspire us to do the same! That’s why the Diocese of St. Petersburg is presenting a Day of Reflection that will focus on the lives of six American candidates for […]

Help the Bahamas through the Disaster Relief Fund
September 3, 2019

In response to the devastation that has impacted the Bahamas and other areas that have yet to be impacted, the Diocese of St. Petersburg is asking for donations for their Disaster Relief Fund. One hundred percent of these disaster relief funds will benefit people affected by natural disasters. In 2018, the Diocese of St. Petersburg […]

Local Churches to Host Suicide Prevention Workshops
September 3, 2019

In response to the high rate of suicide in the Tampa Bay area and Suicide Prevention Month,  three local churches are hosting workshops to educate individuals on how they can help with the prevention of suicide. Topics to be addressed include: How can we encourage family and friends who are struggling with mental illness? What […]

Hurricane Dorian Updates
August 30, 2019

Please watch local news for updates about Hurricane Dorian. We will post the latest updates affecting our Diocese on this blog post. Our Diocesan radio station Spirit FM 90.5 will broadcast those updates as well. Should the radio station go off the air, please stay tuned to your television at WFLA Channel 8 for updates. Find helpful […]

Gannon University Dedicates Second Academic Building at Florida Campus
August 26, 2019

Gannon University formally opened a new 80,000-square-foot academic building at its Ruskin, Fla. campus on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. About 220 people attended the Dedication and Blessing Ceremony at the campus, which is south of Tampa. “Today is a monumental step in the development of Gannon University’s effort in Ruskin, Fla. to advance the quality of healthcare delivery […]

Parishes Gather for Ministries of Mercy Annual Event
August 23, 2019

Representatives from various Ministries of Mercy initiatives and programs around the Diocese of St. Petersburg gathered on August 17, 2019 for the annual Ministries of Mercy Mass and Luncheon at the Bethany Center in Lutz. The purpose of the event is to thank these leaders for their faithful service, update them on diocesan initiatives and […]

National Child and Youth Protection Leader Affirms Diocese of St. Petersburg
August 14, 2019

During the week of July 8, 2019, the Diocese of St. Petersburg welcomed a visit from Deacon Bernie Nojadera, Executive Director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection, based in Washington D.C. The purpose of the visit was for Deacon Nojadera to learn how the Diocese of St. […]

Saint Leo University Ready to Welcome Record 1,001 New Students
August 12, 2019

Move-in Day for New Lions Set for August 15, Classes Begin August 20 There will be many new faces at Saint Leo University as the new academic year kicks off next week. Make that: There will be lots and lots of new faces! The university is expecting 815 new freshmen and 186 transfer students—1,001—when classes […]

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 […]

Saint Leo University Ready to Welcome Record 1,001 New Students
August 12, 2019

 Move-in Day for New Lions Set for August 15, Classes Begin August 20 There will be many new faces at Saint Leo University as the new academic year kicks off next week. Make that: There will be lots and lots of new faces! The university is expecting 815 new freshmen and 186 transfer students—1,001—when classes […]

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 […]

Catholic Bulls Are Invited to Welcome Home Weekend!
August 12, 2019

The Catholic Student Union at the University of South Florida is having a Welcome Home Weekend for students, parents, alumni, and friends of the CSU. The fun and faith-filled celebration will kick-off the start of a new school. See the list of activities below: Saturday, August 24, 5:00 p.m. – Vigil Mass followed by a relaxing […]

2019 ICSC Conference in Chicago
August 8, 2019

August 8, 2019 –  Registration is open for 57th Annual International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC)  Conference scheduled for October 6-9, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Following in the footsteps of Jesus, and journeying through our diocesan mutually-shared vision, Courageously Living the Gospel, this year’s ICSC Conference offers us tremendous resources, experiences, and professional testimony on how […]

#GivingTuesday – a national day of giving!
August 8, 2019

August 8, 2019 –   #GivingTuesday kicks off the giving season on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.    What is #GivingTuesday you might ask? #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.  Immediately following our national day of thanks (Thanksgiving), retailers get us focused on HUGE sales (Black Friday, Cyber […]

Celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 8, 2019

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary falls on Thursday, August 15 in 2019. On this holy day of obligation, we commemorate when Mary’s body and soul were assumed into heaven and she passed into eternal life. In the mystery of her Assumption, Mary experiences immediately what we all will experience eventually, a […]

U.S. Bishops Issue Statement After a Tragic Shooting in Dayton, Ohio
August 6, 2019

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, and President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane, of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development have issued the following statement in response to the tragic shooting last night in Dayton, Ohio. Full statement follows: “We extend our […]

President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Domestic Justice Chairman issued a Statement Following Shooting in El Paso
August 6, 2019

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement in response to the tragic shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas. The full statement follows: “This Saturday, […]