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 …

Announcements ~ October 21, 2019
October 21, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES National Vocation Awareness Week The Office of Vocations invites you to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life during National Vocation Awareness Week, November 3-9, 2019. The theme for this year is Family: the Foundation for Vocations. Vocation awareness week is an opportunity to promote a culture of vocations across the Diocese. …

Announcements ~ October 7, 2019
October 7, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES Religious Jubilee MassOn Sunday, October 13, 2019, the Diocese of St. Petersburg will celebrate the Religious Jubilee of twelve men and women who have reached milestones in their commitment to the Church through their Congregations.  Representing a total of 715 years of consecrated service to the People of God, the religious will renew …

Obituaries ~ July 1, 2019
July 1, 2019

  Rev. Msgr. James Bernard Caverly August 22, 1934 – June 26, 2019 (See complete obituary here.) Word has reached the Chancellor’s Office that Rev. Msgr. James Bernard Caverly, age 84, passed away in the Lord on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Bon Secours Maria Manor, St. Petersburg. His first assignment in the Diocese of St. …

Clergy Changes ~ June 17, 2019
June 17, 2019

  Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2019: RETIREMENT STATUS Reverend Eric Hunter from Pastor of St. Brendan Parish, Clearwater, granted retirement status. APPOINTMENTS Parochial Administrator Monsignor Michael G. Muhr to Parochial Administrator pro tempore of St. Brendan Parish, Clearwater, while continuing other assignments. Parochial …

Announcements ~ June 17, 2019
June 17, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES From the Office of Life, Justice & Advocacy Pornography Recovery Group A confidential support and recovery group is being formed for those that suffer from addiction to pornography, or feel they need help to stop viewing pornography.  Meetings will take place monthly, in the early evening in Brandon, beginning in late June. …

Announcements ~ June 3, 2019
June 3, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES From the Communications Office HURRICANE SEASON Please help your community to stay informed and safe during hurricane season. Here is information that can be shared in your bulletin. Hurricane Season English PDF and Spanish PDF Hurricane Season English Word and Spanish Word Preparing for Severe Weather Hurricane season is here and continues …

Obituary ~ June 3, 2019
June 3, 2019

  Funeral Services for Deacon Angelo J. Pignataro, 92, retired, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019. (see obituary published on May 28, 2019 at this link.) The viewing for Deacon Angelo Pignataro will take place on Monday June 10, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, with Evening Prayer at 7:00 pm. The Funeral …

Obituary ~ May 28, 2019
May 28, 2019

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Mr. Nicholas DeSanto, 31, son of Deacon Frank and Kathy DeSanto of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Land O’ Lakes, died suddenly on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.  A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Our …

Announcements ~ May 28, 2019
May 28, 2019

PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS “Your Heart’s Desire” Eucharistic Healing Retreat Elisheba House invites everyone to attend our annual summer retreat at the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Suncoast Parkway Hotel in Lutz on June 28-29, 2019 (Friday 7 p.m. – Saturday 5:30 p.m.). Mass will be celebrated, plus inspirational talks and an opportunity for Reconciliation, reflection and …

Obituary ~ May 20, 2019
May 20, 2019

  Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Mr. Paul C. Schneider This past weekend, we received word that Mr. Paul C. Schneider, 62, brother of Rev. Robert Schneider, Pastor of St. Cecelia Parish, Clearwater, passed away peacefully at his home in Salina, Kansas on Friday, May …

Announcements ~ May 20, 2019
May 20, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICE Let’s Keep Our Children Safe This Summer! All teachers, staff, and volunteers in the Diocese of St. Petersburg who work with children must undergo fingerprinting and criminal background checks. Diocesan guidelines and abuse prevention training programs currently in use emphasize the importance of parents’ knowing who has access to their children at school …

Clergy Changes ~ May 13, 2019
May 13, 2019

  Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy change, effective July 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted: RELIEVING Reverend Philip D. Gyapong [Donkorkrom, Ghana], from Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Land O’ Lakes, effective May 27, 2019.  Father Gyapong will be returning to his home territory in …

Announcements ~ May 13, 2019
May 13, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Let’s Keep Our Children Safe This Summer! All teachers, staff, and volunteers in the Diocese of St. Petersburg who work with children must undergo fingerprinting and criminal background checks. Diocesan guidelines and abuse prevention training programs currently in use emphasize the importance of parents’ knowing who has access to their children at …

Florida Bishops Express Concerns Over New Immigration Enforcement Plan
May 7, 2019

The following is a statement from Michael B. Sheedy, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops (FCCB), executive director, on final passage of SB 168 sponsored by Senator Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota):  “Today’s passage of state-level immigration enforcement legislation is disheartening. There are many, including members of the Florida Legislature, who are frustrated that Congress has not enacted …

Obituary ~ May 6, 2019
May 6, 2019

  Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Brother Peter P. Mahady, SSS Brother Peter Patrick Mahady, SSS, just turning 87, Blessed Sacrament Brother died on April 15, 2019 at Regina Health Center, Richfield, OH, surrounded by the loving staff of Regina and Western Reserve Hospice and members …

Announcements ~ May 6, 2019
May 6, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES 6th Annual Spirit FM Catholic Women’s Conference Florida State Fairgrounds Join Spirit FM, Fr. Larry Richards, Leah Darrow and Elizabeth Bunbury on Saturday, September 28, 2019 as women from throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg and West Central Florida gather together at the Florida State Fairgrounds to celebrate faith, family, fellowship and …

Clergy Changes ~ April 29, 2019
April 29, 2019

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes, effective July 1, 2019 unless otherwise indicated: RETIREMENT STATUS Monsignor Dennis Hughes from Pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Trinity, granted retirement status. Reverend Eugeniusz Gancarz from Pastor of Resurrection Parish, Riverview, granted retirement status. APPOINTMENTS Pastors Reverend Michael Cormier from …

Announcements ~ April 22, 2019
April 22, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES 6th Annual Spirit FM Catholic Women’s Conference Florida State Fairgrounds Join Spirit FM, Fr. Larry Richards, Leah Darrow and Elizabeth Bunbury on Saturday, September 28, 2019 as women from throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg and West Central Florida gather together at the Florida State Fairgrounds to celebrate faith, family, fellowship and …

Clergy Changes ~ March 25, 2019
March 25, 2019

  Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy changes:   APPOINTMENT Upon presentation by Very Reverend Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Minister Provincial of the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular, Reverend Laurence Uhlman, T.O.R . to Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Parish, St. Petersburg, effective March 22, 2019.   RELIEVING …

Obituary ~ March 18, 2019
March 18, 2019

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Reverend Emeric Slezak, OFM We were informed of the death of Reverend Emeric Szlezak, O.F.M., 101, a retired priest of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor, Holy Name Province, on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Father Szlezak was a resident of …

Clergy Change ~ March 18, 2019
March 18, 2019

Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, announces the following clergy change, effective March 15, 2019: APPOINTMENT Upon presentation by Very Reverend Thomas R. Bheemareddy, O.C.D., Provincial Superior of the Discalced Carmelite Order, Telangana, India, Reverend Vijaya B. Polamarasetty, O.C.D. to Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Pinellas Park.   Father Polamarasetty formerly served in …

Announcements ~ March 4, 2019
March 4, 2019

****** DIOCESAN OFFICES Receive Encouragement Each Day You are invited to sign up to receive daily Scripture reflections on Courageously Living the Gospel that will provide suggestions and prayers for more boldly living your faith! You can choose to receive the reflections via email or text starting on Wednesday, March 13. Sign up to be …

Obituary ~ February 25, 2019
February 25, 2019

  Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Mrs. Mary (Collofello) Munchalfen Mrs. Mary (Collofello) Munchalfen, 90, mother of Terri Wiles, from the diocesan Accounting Office at the Pastoral Center,  went home to the Lord on February 17, 2019.  Please keep Terri and her family in your …

Announcements ~ February 25, 2019
February 25, 2019

****** DIOCESAN OFFICES Statewide Stewardship Day PRAYER, FORMATION, HOSPITALITY and SERVICE. On Saturday, May 4, the seven dioceses of Florida will join together to explore how we can implement stewardship through these topics at our second Statewide Stewardship Day, “Engaging the Family through the Four Pillars of Stewardship.”   This incredible day of formation features concelebrated Mass …

Announcements ~ February 19, 2019
February 19, 2019

******* DIOCESAN OFFICES 2a Conferencia Anual Hispana para Hombres “Vivir Valientemente el Evangelio” Presentada por la Diócesis de St. Petersburg y Suncoast Catholic Ministries. Sábado, 6 de abril, 2019 en el Salón Social, Nativity Catholic Church, Brandon. Conferenciantes invitados: Dr. Fernando Casanova y Padre Philip (Felipe) Scott.  Santa Misa oficiada por el Abad Isaac Camacho, Abadia …