Rev. Msgr. William W. DuBois
April 19, 2021

 The Chancellor’s Office has been informed that Monsignor William W. DuBois, 98, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away in the Lord on Thursday afternoon, April 15, 2021, while under Hospice care at Regal Palms Assisted Living Facility, in Largo. William Wehle DuBois was born on April 4, 1923 in Irondequoit, […]

Announcements ~ April 19, 2021
April 19, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Ordination to the Priesthood The Diocese of St. Petersburg joyfully announces the upcoming Ordination to the Priesthood of: Reverend Mr. Israel Antonio Hernández. The candidate will be ordained by Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, on Saturday, May 15, 2021, 11:00 a.m., at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, […]

Announcements ~ April 12, 2021
April 12, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Safe Environment Office Teach Children to Say, “Stop It” Child safety tip: Teach children to say, “Stop it,” to instructions that might encourage them to do things they really do not want to do.  Reinforce the rule that children should say, “Stop it,” to requests or demands that make them uncomfortable, even if […]

Mrs. Joan Miller
April 12, 2021

The Diaconate Office received word of the passing of Joan Miller, mother of Deacon Mike Miller from St. Mary Parish in Tampa, on Thursday, April 8, 2021. All services will take place in Pennsylvania, with the Funeral Mass on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Deacon Mike and Suzanne Miller […]

Clergy Changes ~ April 12, 2021
April 12, 2021

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointments, effective May 1, 2021: APPOINTMENT Reverend Tamil Selvam [Sivagangai, India] to Parochial Vicar of St. Paul Parish, Tampa. RELIEVING Upon conferral with Very Reverend Thomas Reddy, O.C.D., Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, Telangana, India Province, Reverend Ambrose Kadambukatt, O.C.D., […]

Clergy Appointments ~ Spring 2021
April 8, 2021

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2021 unless otherwise indicated: RETIREMENT STATUS Monsignor Ronald B. Aubin, J.C.L., from Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Land O’ Lakes, granted retirement status.Reverend C. Timothy Corcoran, III, from Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Tampa and Vicar […]

Announcements ~ April 5, 2021
April 5, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Bishop Parkes will Consecrate the Diocese of St. Petersburg to St. Joseph on May 1st Bishop Gregory Parkes will consecrate parishes, schools, ministries and the people of the Diocese of St. Petersburg to St. Joseph on Saturday, May 1st, the Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker, at the Cathedral of St. Jude the […]

Sister Maureen Michael Byrne, S.S.N.D.
March 29, 2021

Dec 23, 1941 – Mar 22, 2021 Sister Maureen Michael, SSND (Catherine Paula Byrne) a servant of our Lord entered into eternal life March 22, 2021. Sister Maureen was a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame with over fifty three years of service to her community.  She started her career as a teacher […]

Announcements ~ March 29, 2021
March 29, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Easter Message from Bishop Parkes We are providing QR Code bulletin graphics (square and rectangle sized in English and Spanish). Parishioners can point their cell phone camera at the QR code and a link to access the webpage with the bishop’s message will appear. Graphisc at these links: Square (English) –  https://bit.ly/3rcs5og Square […]

Reverend John F. Grinsell, S.D.B.
March 22, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office was informed by the Salesian community of the recent death of Reverend John Grinsell, S.D.B., 79, who served as local superior of the Salesians serving at St. Petersburg Catholic High School from 2002 to 2008.  He also served the school as a guidance counselor during his six years in our diocese.  Father […]

Announcements ~ March 22, 2021
March 22, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Get Ready for Holy Week with Bishop Parkes Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for his podcasts, Proclaim, Invite and Encounter and An Invitation to Worship.  In the coming days, Bishop Parkes reflects on the start of Holy Week with beauty of the Chrism Mass, the significance of servant leadership at the Last Supper, and […]

Mrs. Antonietta Lamp
March 15, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office was informed that Mrs. Antonietta (Annette) Lamp, 100, mother of Reverend Edward Lamp, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away early Tuesday, March 9, 2021, while under Hospice care in Father Lamp’s home in Tampa. Funeral services were celebrated on Saturday, March 13th at St. Mark the Evangelist […]

Mrs. Ines M. Furtado
March 15, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the passing of Mrs. Ines Mateus Furtado, 91, mother of Reverend Jose Furtado, Chaplain at St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, on Monday, March 1, 2021, while under Hospice care in Humboldt County, California. A private funeral service was held on Friday, March 5, 2021, in California. Her complete obituary […]

Announcements ~ March 15, 2021
March 15, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for the Chrism Mass Livestream or Radio Broadcast on March 30th at 11:30 a.m.| During the Chrism Mass, Bishop Parkes will consecrate the Sacred Chrism Oil that will be used during thousands of Baptisms and Confirmations throughout the coming year in local parishes. The bishop will also bless the […]

Clergy Change ~ March 8, 2021
March 8, 2021

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy change, effective March 10, 2021: APPOINTMENT Upon presentation by the Very Reverend Valerian Charles Fernandes, S.A.C., Provincial Superior, Society of the Catholic Apostolate, Assumption of the B.V.M. Province, Reverend Pedro Camilo Simoes, S.A.C. as Parochial Vicar of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Palm […]

Rev. Msgr. Anton C. Dechering
March 8, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed that Monsignor Anton Clemens Dechering, 82, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away in the Lord on Friday morning, March 5, 2021, while under Hospice care at Bayfront Hospital, St. Petersburg, following a lengthy illness. Anton Clemens Dechering was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June […]

Announcements ~ March 8, 2021
March 8, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Office of Communications Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for the Chrism Mass Livestream or Radio Broadcast on March 30th at 11:30 a.m.| During the Chrism Mass, Bishop Parkes will consecrate the Sacred Chrism Oil that will be used during thousands of Baptisms and Confirmations throughout the coming year in local parishes. The bishop will […]

Mrs. Cecilia Shija Mganga
March 8, 2021

We were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Mrs. Cecilia Shija Mganga, 77, mother of Reverend Claudius Mpuya Mganga, Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Inverness.  Father Claudius received word of his mother’s death in her native Tanzania, shortly after midnight today, February 23, 2021.  While Mrs. Mganga was in relatively […]

Sr. Dorothy Frances S. Dwyer, OSF
March 8, 2021

Word reached our office about the passing of Sr. Dorothy Frances S. Dwyer, OSF, 87,  on January 1, 2021 in Olean General Hospital, NY. Sr. Dorothy entered the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany on August 15, 1987, was received into the Congregation on August 9, 1988, and professed her final vows on September 1, 1996. She […]

Announcements ~ March 1, 2021
March 1, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Office of Communications Listen to Bishop Gregory Parkes via Podcast On Proclaim, Invite and Encounter, Bishop Parkes speaks about God’s grace and mercy, stewardship, forgiveness and more. Click here to listen. Catholic Campus Ministry ~ USF Catholic Bulls New Talk Show Episode On a new episode of Catholic Bulls Late Night, a spin […]

Matthew Shirina Sr.
March 1, 2021

The Diaconate Office received word of the passing of Mr. Matthew Shirina Sr.,  age 91, father of Deacon Matt Shirina from Incarnation Parish in Tampa, on Friday February 26, 2021. All services will take place in Tennessee, with the Funeral Mass on March 7, 2021. Deacon Matt, his wife Nancy, and their family will be […]

Announcements ~ February 22, 2021
February 22, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Altar Server Appreciation Mass The Youth Altar Server Appreciation Mass will be on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg. While we realize many parishes have not been using altar servers on a regular basis since last year, we […]

Announcements ~ February 16, 2021
February 16, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES What Is “Relational Bullying”? Relational bullying is unwarranted, persistent, unwelcome behavior in the form of criticism, isolation, or fabricated allegations that can damage relationships. Examples include social exclusion (“You can’t be with us”), spreading rumors (“Did you hear . . . ?”), and withholding friendship (“I won’t be your friend if you . […]

Announcements ~ February 8, 2021
February 8, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES What Is “Relational Bullying”? Relational bullying is unwarranted, persistent, unwelcome behavior in the form of criticism, isolation, or fabricated allegations that can damage relationships. Examples include social exclusion (“You can’t be with us”), spreading rumors (“Did you hear . . . ?”), and withholding friendship (“I won’t be your friend if you . […]

Reverend Edward “Crispin” Keating, O.F.M.
February 3, 2021

We were saddened to learn that Reverend Edward “Crispin” Keating, O.F.M., 93, a retired priest of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, Ireland Province, passed away in the Lord on Monday afternoon, February 1, 2021, while under Hospice care, following a lengthy battle with throat cancer. Father Keating was born on June 2, 1927 to […]

Announcements ~ February 1, 2021
February 1, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Office of Communications New Podcast/Radio Series: Proclaim, Invite and Encounter Bishop Gregory Parkes is offering a new series on Spirit FM 90.5 and on your favorite podcast app that provides inspiration and insights for living our Catholic faith.  Proclaim, Invite and Encounter is a daily reflection and commentary on Courageously Living the Gospel […]

Announcements ~ January 25, 2021
January 25, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Zoom Chat with SeminariansMen, ages 15-35 are invited to attend our next discernment opportunity, Zoom Chat with Seminarians, on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7 pm.  Fr. Chuck will be the host and each month includes vocation stories from different seminarians. Please see the flyer at this link:  https://bit.ly/3ocG38p for more information and […]

Monsignor John F. Neff
January 25, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed that Monsignor John F. Neff, 87, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away in the Lord on Wednesday afternoon, January 20, 2021, at St. Anthony’s Hospital, St. Petersburg. John Francis Neff was born in Cairo, Illinois on May 21, 1933, to Herbert and Cecelia Neff. […]

Deacon Gerald McGory (updated)
January 19, 2021

The Diaconate Office sadly informs the passing of Deacon Gerald McGory, 89, retired, from Transfiguration Parish, St. Petersburg.  Most recently, he attended the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg.  He passed away in the Lord on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Funeral Services on Monday, January 25th at the Cathedral of St. Jude the […]

Sister Ruth Barthle, OSF
January 19, 2021

Sadly we inform the passing of Sister Ruth Barthle, OSF, a native of Pasco County and long time religious in this diocese.  She died this morning, January 11, 2021 at the Motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY, where she has been living for the last 3 years. Originally from San Antonio, Florida, she […]

Brother Frank Martin Chapper, M. Afr.
January 19, 2021

We sadly inform the passing of Brother Frank Martin Chapper, 91, on January 7, 2021 at Northside Hospital, as a result of COVID-19. Brother Chapper was born on April 28, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in Detroit and earned a degree in civil engineering at the University of Michigan. […]

Announcements ~ January 19, 2021
January 19, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Office of Communications Beware of Scams The Office of Communications of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, is helping our community to avoid becoming a victim of a scam. Your best response is to be aware and to be vigilant. Do not reply to an unfamiliar text message, email or social media message until […]

Sr. Mary Patricia Plumb, SNJM
January 11, 2021

Word reached the Diocese that Sr. Mary Patricia Plumb, SNJM, 83, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Concordia Healthcare Center, Tampa, of complications from COVID 19. A native of Florida, Sister Mary Patricia entered the SNJM community after graduating from the Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa, in 1955. Her roles in education […]

Announcements ~ January 11, 2021
January 11, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Join Bishop Gregory Parkes and the Pro-Life Generation via Livestream to Pray for Life on January 22nd Bishop Gregory Parkes will celebrate the first-ever Diocesan Mass for Life with youth from around the Diocese of St. Petersburg on Friday, January 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. […]

Reverend Eric Hunter
January 11, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office received word that Reverend Eric Hunter, 76, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away in the Lord early this morning, January 11, 2021, at his residence in Largo, while under Hospice care. Father Hunter was granted retirement status in July 2019, after serving as Pastor of St. Brendan […]

Mary Ann Iadanza
January 11, 2021

Our office has received word of the passing of Mary Ann Iadanza, wife of Deacon John Iadanza from St. Mary Parish in Tampa. Deacon John and Mary Ann were high school sweethearts, married for 58 years. They relocated to Florida in 1998 from New Jersey. She was 78. Services are as follows: Visitation will take […]

Mary Menchen and Dawn Trendly
January 4, 2021

The Diaconate Office has received word of the passing of Mrs. Mary Menchen and Ms. Dawn Trendly, mother and aunt of Deacon Mike Menchen from St. Mary, Our Lady of Grace Parish in St. Petersburg, both in Cincinnati. Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to the Menchen Family in care of St. Mary, Our Lady […]

Glenn Kloiber
January 4, 2021

The Diaconate Office office has received word of the passing of Mr. Glenn Kloiber, 96, father of Laurie Dever, wife of Deacon Ray Dever from St. Paul Parish in Tampa. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021. Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to the Laurie Dever and family in care […]

Announcements ~ January 4, 2021
January 4, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View to the Top In this end of the year program, Bishop Parkes shares the positives of what was generally a challenging year and makes some predictions for 2021.  Follow the following link to listen to the podcast:  https://bit.ly/3pOIXBu. Office of Communications New Video: Year in Review The Diocese of Petersburg invites […]

Rev. Dr. Frederick Brown
January 4, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed of the death of Rev. Dr. Frederick Brown, father of Reverend Stephan T. Brown, S.V.D., Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, St. Petersburg. Dr. Brown passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021, while at home in St. Petersburg, under Hospice care, following a steady decline in health in recent months.Dr. […]

Luis Alfonso Riveros
January 4, 2021

Sadly, the Chancellor’s Office learned that Mr. Luis Alfonso Riveros, 62, youngest brother of Reverend Belisario Riveros, Parochial Vicar of Nativity Parish, Brandon, passed away on Christmas morning, Friday, December 25, 2020, in Bogotá, Colombia, following a lengthy battle with Leukemia.  Mr. Riveros is survived by his wife, Flor Riveros and three children: Alfonso, Carolina […]

Sister Barbara Rose Arduengo
December 21, 2020

We have received word of the death of Sister Barbara Rose Arduengo, SNJM, 89, in Tampa, on December 17, 2020.  Please keep Sister Barbara Rose and the members of her community in your prayers. May Sister Barbara Rose and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

Announcements – December 21, 2020
December 21, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Office of Communications New Video: Year in Review The Diocese of Petersburg invites you to take a look back at this unforgettable year and thank God for the grace to stand firm in the faith, courageous and strong. We’ve produced a video with some of the most compelling photos of 2020. To view […]

Announcements ~ December 14, 2020
December 14, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Office of Communications Bishop Parkes Christmas Message Bishop’s 2020 Christmas Message is available for publication in your bulletins. We have the following versions: English PDF: https://bit.ly/3nh0mlq and PNG: https://bit.ly/2Wa9NqV Spanish PDF: https://bit.ly/2LzNPLT  and PNG:  https://bit.ly/3oUOjKZ If you need another format, contact Teresa Peterson, tlp@dosp.org. Christmas With Bishop Gregory Parkes Those who are unable […]

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 […]

Deacon Maximo E. Montayre
December 7, 2020

Word reached our office that Deacon Maximo “Max” Montayre, retired from Epiphany of Our Lord Parish in Tampa and the Apostleship of the Sea, passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020, he was 84. The Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 am on Friday, December 11, 2020 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 12708 N. […]

Clergy Changes ~ December 7, 2020
December 7, 2020

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective January 1, 2021: APPOINTMENTS Reverend Theobald Weria, A.L.C.P., from Parochial Administrator of St. Peter Claver Parish, Tampa to Parochial Vicar of St. Cecelia Parish, Clearwater. Deacon James (“Ben”) Hooks, to Coordinator of Pastoral Care pro tempore, St. Peter Claver Parish, Tampa. […]

Announcements ~December 7, 2020
December 7, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View from the Top On the December 2, 2020 edition of A View from the Top, Bishop Parkes shares why the faithful should go to Reconciliation this Advent, the roles of Cardinals in the Church, reports of aborted children used in COVID research, and why did God allow COVID.  Please follow this […]

Mrs. Nancy Manko
November 30, 2020

Mrs. Nancy Manko, mother of Deacon Mark Manko from St. James the Apostle, Port Richey, passed away in the Lord on Sunday, November 29, 2020 in Pennsylvania. Expressions of Sympathy may be sent to the Manko Family in care of St. James the Apostle Parish, 8400 Monarch Dr., Port Richey, FL 34668.  Please keep Deacon […]

Announcements ~ November 30, 2020
November 30, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Communications from Bishop Gregory ParkesIn this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b_0NfVEsU0&feature=youtu.beBishop Parkes shares his 2020 Advent message and offers tips to make Advent special and meaningful. In this podcast – https://bit.ly/2J8EABeBishop Parkes discusses Thanksgiving, Advent, the recently released McCarrick and Florida State Attorney Reports and the virtual meeting of the U.S. Bishops. Marriage and Family […]

Clergy Changes ~ November 30, 2020
November 30, 2020

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective January 1, 2021: APPOINTMENTS Reverend Bradley Reed, from Parochial Vicar of St. Cecelia Parish, Clearwater to Parochial Vicar of Nativity Parish, Brandon. Reverend Dayan Machado, from Pastor of St. Rita Parish, Dade City to the Pastoral Center, St. Petersburg, with residence […]

Announcements ~ November 23, 2020
November 23, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Communications from Bishop Gregory ParkesIn this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8doO_FTIZ5UBishop Parkes shares his 2020 Thanksgiving message and expresses his gratitude for your prayers and support.In this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b_0NfVEsU0&feature=youtu.beBishop Parkes shares his 2020 Advent message and offers tips to make Advent special and meaningful. In this podcast – https://bit.ly/2J8EABeBishop Parkes discusses Thanksgiving, Advent, the […]

Mrs. Phyllis Ytuarte
November 23, 2020

We sadly announce the passing of Mrs. Phyllis Ytuarte on Thursday, November 19, 2020.  Mrs. Ytuarte is the mother-in-law of Deacon Ed Anctil, Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Tampa. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 11:00 am at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church. Please pray for […]

Reverend Terence K. Fleming
November 23, 2020

We were saddened to learn that Reverend Terence Kaner (“Terry”) Fleming, 79, a retired priest of the Diocese of Rochester and long-time resident in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Oldsmar on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Father Fleming was born on August 10, 1941, in Rochester, New York to […]

T.J. Chakko
November 16, 2020

The Chancellor’s Office has been informed of the death of Mr. T.J. Chakko, 92, father of Reverend Saji James, M.S.T., Parochial Vicar of Our Lady Queen of Peace, New Port Richey.  Mr. Chakko passed away peacefully in the Lord on Saturday, November 14, 2020, while at home in India.  Funeral services took place yesterday, November […]