July 26, 2021 ~ Announcements
July 19, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Safe Environment Office Did You Know? Summertime, Safe Time All teachers, staff, and volunteers in the Diocese of St. Petersburg who work with children must undergo fingerprinting and criminal background checks. (Arch)diocesan guidelines and abuse prevention training programs currently in use emphasize the importance of parents’ knowing who has access to their children […]

Rev. Jeremiah J. Reen, S.D.B.
July 12, 2021

Reverend Jeremiah Joseph Reen, a Salesian priest in the Catholic religious Order of Saint John Bosco, went home to the Lord on July 10, 2021 in Seasons Hospice in Largo, FL .  Fr.  Jeremiah was a professed Salesian for more than 61 years, and a priest for more than 50 years. Fr. Jeremiah was a […]

Announcements ~ July 12, 2021
July 12, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Safe Environment Program With summer now in full swing, this announcement is very appropriate with children at home. Did You Know? Teach Kids to Protect Themselves at Home We consider our homes to be safe places for our children. But being home alone can pose risks for children. Here are a few tips […]

Veronica Fukes
July 12, 2021

The Chancellor’s Office was recently informed that Mrs. Veronica Fukes, 91, mother of Father Gary Fukes, Chaplain at James A. Haley V.A. Hospital, Tampa, passed away in the Lord on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at her home in Bridgeport, New York. Obituary information and funeral service details can be found on the following link. Expressions […]

Announcements ~ June 28, 2021
June 28, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Safe Environment Program With summer now in full swing, this announcement is very appropriate with children at home. Did You Know? Teach Kids to Protect Themselves at Home We consider our homes to be safe places for our children. But being home alone can pose risks for children. Here are a few tips […]

Clergy Changes
June 14, 2021

 Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointments, effective July 1, 2021: APPOINTMENTS Reverend Monsignor Robert F. Morris, V.G. to President of Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg, continuing other assignments. Reverend John Lipscomb to Director of Diaconal Formation, Diocese of St. Petersburg, continuing other assignments. Deacon James Grevenites from […]

Cathryn (Cathi) Bondar
June 14, 2021

Cathryn June Bondar peacefully entered eternal life on June 5, 2021 with her devoted husband by her side. Cathi was born November 30, 1955 in Hanover, New Hampshire to the late John and June Schweitzer.  She moved to Florida after graduating college and accepted a position at St. Patrick Church in Largo, Florida, during which […]

Announcements ~ June 14, 2021
June 14, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES 40 Sessions Announced for Stewardship Conference in September Interested in gathering, learning and networking with hundreds of Catholics from across the country to explore building active, vibrant parish communities?  This year’s 3 day International Catholic Stewardship Conference (ICSC), scheduled for September 12 – 15, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Hotel, is packed […]

Clergy Appointment ~ June 1, 2021
June 1, 2021

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointment, effective July 1, 2021: APPOINTMENT Pastor Upon presentation by Very Reverend Michael Somers, S.V.D., Provincial Superior, Society of the Divine Word, Southern Province of St. Augustine, Reverend Agustinus Seran, S.V.D.  as Pastor of St. Peter Claver Parish, Tampa.

Summer Schedule
June 1, 2021

Pastoral Bulletin Summer Schedule Beginning June 1, 2021 and throughout the summer months, the Pastoral Bulletin will be published every two weeks. The summer schedule is as follows: June 14, 28 July 12, 26 August 9, 23 The weekly schedule will resume on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. May you have a safe and restful summer!

Mrs. Theresa DeSanto
June 1, 2021

The Diaconate Office has received word of the passing of Mrs. Theresa DeSanto, mother of Deacon Frank DeSanto from Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Land O’Lakes, on Thursday,  May 27, 2021. The information on services is not available at this time. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Deacon Frank and Kathy DeSanto […]

Reverend John P. Kane
June 1, 2021

Word has reached the Chancellor’s Office that Reverend John P. Kane, 83, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from natural causes.  Father Kane was a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, residing in Phoenix, Arizona. Father Kane was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 6, 1937 to Patrick and Mary (Ridge) Kane.  […]

Announcements ~ June 1, 2021
June 1, 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 […]

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 […]

Clergy Appointment ~ May 17, 2021
May 17, 2021

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointment, effective July 1, 2021: APPOINTMENT Pastor Reverend Pedro Zapata from Parochial Administrator to Pastor of St. Rita Parish, Dade City.

Announcements ~ May 17, 2021
May 17, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Memorial Day Mass Join us on May 31, 2021 at 10:00 AM for the Memorial Mass at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 11801 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater. Monsignor Robert F. Morris, Vicar General of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, will be the main celebrant.  Please join us for this special Mass, as we remember […]

Announcements ~ May 10, 2021
May 10, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Did You Know?How Old Does a Child Need to Be in Order to Stay Alone?Don’t assume that when your child understands what you’re saying, he’s ready to walk out the door by himself. Besides the fact that many states have laws against leaving children of certain ages alone (for example, younger than 12), […]

Clergy Changes – May 10, 2021
May 10, 2021

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointments, effective July 1, 2021: APPOINTMENTSPastorsReverend Victor Amorose from Parochial Administrator to Pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, St. Pete Beach.Reverend Curtis Carro from Parochial Administrator to Pastor of St. Raphael Parish, St. Petersburg.Reverend Thomas Anastasia to Pastor of Guardian Angels School, Clearwater, […]

Announcements ~ May 3, 2021
May 3, 2021

DIOCESAN OFFICES Diocese of St. Petersburg Annual Courage & Encourage Day of Recollection Saturday, June 5, 2021 A day of spiritual renewal for Catholic men and women who experience same-sex attraction and desire to live a chaste life. Parents and family members of people who experience same sex attraction are welcome. Enjoy time for reflection in […]

Announcements ~ April 26, 2021
April 26, 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, […]

Clergy Change ~ April 19, 2021
April 19, 2021

As a result of the pending establishment of St. Joseph Vietnamese Parish, Tampa, Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy appointment, effective May 9, 2021: APPOINTMENT Pastor Upon presentation by the Very Reverend Rev. Michael Somers, S.V.D., Provincial Superior, Society of the Divine Word, Southern Province of St. Augustine, Reverend […]

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. […]