Announcements ~ July 6, 2020
July 6, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View From the TopIn this episode of A View From the Top, Bishop Gregory Parkes speaks out about the recent destruction of St. Junipero Serra statues in California. Plus, he speaks about the need to preserve our religious freedom so we may freely live and teach the faith.  He also reflects on […]

Announcements ~ June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View From the Top In this week’s “Best of” edition of A View from the Top, we look back on New Year’s resolutions, setting priorities in our lives, the value of spiritual retreats and what the church says about vices.  Follow the following link to listen to the podcast:  shorturl.at/lvBC2 Preventing Child […]

Announcements ~ June 8, 2020
June 8, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View From the TopIn the June 3, 2020 edition of A View from the Top, Bishop Gregory Parkes addresses the return to Sunday Mass, the civil unrest stemming from the George Floyd death, communication censorship and overcoming fear to courageously carry out God’s mission for you.  Follow the following link to listen […]

Announcements ~ May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View From the Top In the May 20, 2020 edition of A View From the Top, Bishop Parkes announces the resuming of Sunday Masses at Pentecost, discusses the recent video roundtable on the document Laudato Si, the diocesan and parish finances during the pandemic and his encounters with Saint Pope John Paul […]

Announcements ~ May 11, 2020
May 11, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A View from the Top Podcast In the May 6, 2020 edition of A View From the Top, Bishop Parkes talks about resuming daily Masses at diocesan parishes, Mother’s Day and moms, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Sacrament of Holy Orders.   Listen to the podcast at this link: https://bit.ly/2LhXeUK. PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS Saint […]

Announcements ~ May 5, 2020
May 5, 2020

PARISHES AND ORGANIZATIONS Saint Leo University Offering Free Online Enrichment Courses During Pandemic Saint Leo University is offering free enrichment courses to help the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Faculty representing many degree programs will teach 10 self-paced courses on topics ranging from budget baking and backyard birding to quarantine spirituality for the family. The […]

Announcements ~ April 27, 2020
April 27, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES OFFICE OF THE BISHOP Fraudulent Social Media Activity We have become aware that at least one person was contacted by someone using Instagram pretending to be Bishop Gregory Parkes. Please be advised that Bishop Parkes does not contact individuals on social media. If you become aware of any suspicious activity of this type, […]

Announcements ~ April 20, 2020
April 20, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES OFFICE OF THE BISHOP Protection from the Pandemic – Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us Bishop Gregory Parkes invites all to gather together via Livestream on Saturday, May 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for prayer and devotion in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As one Church, we will place […]

Announcements ~ April 13, 2020
April 13, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Easter Message from Bishop Gregory ParkesTo view the bishop’s Easter Video Message and to view all of the Holy Week liturgies with Bishop Gregory Parkes, follow this link https://bit.ly/2V5MfDW. A View from the Top PodcastIn the April 10, 2020 edition of A View From the Top, Bishop Parkes shares his thoughts on the […]

Announcements ~ April 6, 2020
April 6, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES CRS Rice Bowl As Masses are being suspended and schools closed, the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and sacrifice offer support on our journey.  CRS Rice Bowl offers a variety of resources in both English and Spanish at crsricebowl.org or crsplatodearroz.org that can be done safely in the home with families accessing […]

Announcements ~ March 30, 2020
March 30, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES A VIEW FROM THE TOP In the March 26, 2020 edition of A View From the Top, Bishop Parkes addresses the many challenges and opportunities our parishes and faithful encounter in dealing with the Corona Virus.  He addresses questions on Holy Week, alternatives to Mass attendance and the sacraments of Reconciliation and Healing. […]

Announcements ~ March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES SEND US YOUR SACRED TRIDUUM AND EASTER SUNDAY PHOTOSWe are looking for photos that show how your parish celebrated the Sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday. Possible photos to submit might be from your parish’s Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, from reenacting the Living Stations, photos from the Easter Vigil Mass, or from […]

Announcements ~ March 17, 2020
March 16, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES From the Hispanic Office POSPUESTOS ~ Talleres para el “Desarrollo de la competencia intercultural de los ministros” (BICM, siglas en inglés) Para salvaguardar el bienestar de nuestros feligreses, estudiantes y empleados y de apoyar a los funcionarios de la salud pública en su labor para reducir la propagación del nuevo coronavirus, los dos […]

Announcements ~ March 9, 2020
March 9, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES 3ra Conferencia Anual Hispana para Hombres “ABRAMOS NUESTROS CORAZONES”  Presentada por la Diócesis de St. Petersburg y Suncoast Catholic Ministries.  El evento será el sábado 18 de abril, 2020 en el salón social de la parroquia de Nativity, Brandon. Conferenciantes invitados: Padre Domingo Rodríguez y el Sr. Javier Maldonado. La Santa Misa será presidida por monseñor Gregory L. Parkes. Los boletos incluyen el almuerzo y el estacionamiento. Boletos individuales: $35. Combo de padre/hijo: $20 cada uno. En la puerta (si quedaran): $40. Para obtener boletos y más información visita:  http://suncoastcatholicministries.com/espanol.  // […]

Announcements ~ March 2, 2020
March 2, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES 3ra Conferencia Anual Hispana para Hombres “ABRAMOS NUESTROS CORAZONES”  Presentada por la Diócesis de St. Petersburg y Suncoast Catholic Ministries.  El evento será el sábado 18 de abril, 2020 en el salón social de la parroquia de Nativity, Brandon. Conferenciantes invitados: Padre Domingo Rodríguez y el Sr. Javier Maldonado. La Santa Misa será presidida por monseñor Gregory L. Parkes. Los boletos incluyen el almuerzo y el estacionamiento. Boletos individuales: $35. Combo de padre/hijo: $20 cada uno. En la puerta (si quedaran): $40. Para obtener boletos y más información visita:  http://suncoastcatholicministries.com/espanol.   […]

Announcements ~ February 24, 2020
February 24, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Sunday Gospel Reflection by Bishop Gregory Parkes Now Available for Bulletins Invitation to Worship, the bishop’s Sunday Gospel reflection that airs on Spirit FM 90.5 is now available to be published in your church’s bulletin starting March 1, 2020. Parishes can receive the reflection via email (about 250 words) as a Word document […]

Announcements ~ February 18, 2020
February 18, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Workshops Presented by the Multicultural Ministry and Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute offices of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  BICM is an initiative from the USCCB Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church designed to introduce ministry leaders to a basic awareness and proficiency in the area of […]

Announcements ~ February 10, 2020
February 10, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Workshops Presented by the Multicultural Ministry and Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute offices of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  BICM is an initiative from the USCCB Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church designed to introduce ministry leaders to a basic awareness and proficiency in the area of […]

Announcements ~ February 3, 2020
February 3, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES SEND US YOUR ASH WEDNESDAY PHOTOS Ash Wednesday is “the day when a smudge on the forehead, for those who understand it, means I’ll try to do better. I’ll do what Lent asks: more prayer, more sacrifice, more almsgiving” – Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, RSM. Share you Ash Wednesday photos with us as […]

Announcements ~ January 27, 2020
January 27, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Lenten Prayer Opportunity: Receive “Be Courageous Daily Reflections” Sign up for the Be Courageous Daily Reflection! These reflections examine the Scripture of the day, including a question to think about in relation to your own life and a prayer intention for the day. The reflections feature a variety of writers from around the Diocese of […]

Announcements ~ January 21, 2020
January 21, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES What Happens When Abuse Is Reported? All people who hold positions of trust in Catholic institutions are mandated by law to report child abuse. Teachers, teacher’s aides, and counselors in our schools; clergy, directors of faith formation and youth ministers in our parishes; therapists and social workers in our counseling agencies; nurses and […]

Announcements ~ January 13, 2020
January 13, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES What Happens When Abuse Is Reported?All people who hold positions of trust in Catholic institutions are mandated by law to report child abuse. Teachers, teacher’s aides, and counselors in our schools; clergy, directors of faith formation and youth ministers in our parishes; therapists and social workers in our counseling agencies; nurses and doctors […]

Announcements ~ January 6, 2020
January 6, 2020

DIOCESAN OFFICES Office of Marriage and Family Life (Please put the following in your parish bulletin and pulpit announcements as many times as possible prior to the deadline.) The Marriage Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving with Bishop Gregory Parkes will take place at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle on Sunday, February 23rd at 3:00 […]

Announcements ~ December 16, 2019
December 16, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES CHRISTMAS EVE MASS WITH BISHOP GREGORY PARKES TO BE LIVE VIDEO STREAMED FOR THE HOMEBOUND The joyous celebration of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg will be live-streamed starting at 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. To view on your […]

Announcements ~ December 9, 2019
December 9, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES CHRISTMAS EVE MASS WITH BISHOP GREGORY PARKES TO BE LIVE VIDEO STREAMED FOR THE HOMEBOUND The joyous celebration of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg will be live-streamed starting at 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. To view on your […]

Announcements ~ December 2, 2019
December 2, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES Catholic Days at the Capitol Make the Trip and Make a Difference! January 28-29, 2020, returning January 30th. This two-day event provides the opportunity to put into action our faith’s call to political responsibility and allows us to strengthen the presence of our Catholic values in the public square. We will also be joined […]

Announcements ~ November 25, 2019
November 25, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES Catholic Days at the Capitol Make the Trip and Make a Difference! January 28-29, 2020, returning January 30th. This two-day event provides the opportunity to put into action our faith’s call to political responsibility and allows us to strengthen the presence of our Catholic values in the public square. We will also be joined […]

Announcements ~ November 18, 2019
November 18, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES Congratulations St. Jude Medal Award Honorees On Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg, Bishop Parkes will present the St. Jude Medal Award to representatives from parishes for their distinguished and outstanding service to the community. To see the list of this […]

Announcements ~ November 12, 2019
November 12, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES Congratulations St. Jude Medal Award Honorees On Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg, Bishop Parkes will present the St. Jude Medal Award to representatives from parishes for their distinguished and outstanding service to the community. To see the list of this […]

Announcements ~ November 4, 2019
November 4, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES A Promise to Protect Occasionally, parishioners and parents of Catholic school students will inquire about the safety of our parishes and schools when it comes to prevention of child sexual abuse.  Please see the following link (PDF doc.) to find a list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning the commitment of our Diocese to […]

Announcements ~ October 28, 2019
October 28, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES Urge Governor DeSantis to stay execution of James Dailey, a veteran with evidence of innocence James Dailey is scheduled to be executed on November 7th. Dailey, who was sentenced to death for the 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio, has a strong case for innocence. The Catholic bishops of Florida have written to […]

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 14, 2019
October 14, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES Do You Have Courageous Faith?Living our faith is counter-cultural and we need inspiration from others who are on the same journey. That’s what Courageous Faith, the e-newsletter from the Diocese of St. Petersburg, seeks to provide. If you are a ministry leader who is searching for ways to evangelize the culture or if you are […]

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 […]

Announcements ~ September 30, 2019
October 5, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES Tune In To Spirit FM 90.5 and Listen to Bishop Gregory ParkesBe sure to tune in to Spirit FM 90.5 radio for the program, A View from the Top with Bishop Parkes each Friday at 11:30 a.m. This radio program provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events. Also, you can subscribe to the […]

Announcements ~ September 23, 2019
September 23, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES Tune In To Spirit FM 90.5 and Listen to Bishop Gregory Parkes Be sure to tune in to Spirit FM 90.5 radio for the program, A View from the Top with Bishop Parkes each Friday at 11:30 a.m. This radio program provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events. Also, you can […]

Announcements ~ September 16, 2019
September 16, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES Chosen by Him – A Day of Reflection & Discernment for Women The Office of Vocations will host Chosen by Him – A Day of Reflection & Discernment for Women, on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10 am until 2 pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg. Hear […]

Obituaries ~ September 9, 2019
September 9, 2019

  Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Monsignor Avelino Garcia The Chancellor’s Office was notified of the passing of Monsignor Avelino Garcia, 75, a retired priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, on September 1, 2019, while under Hospice care at Bon Secours Maria Manor, St. […]

Announcements ~ September 9, 2019
September 9, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES From the Office of Life, Justice & Advocacy Life, Justice and Advocacy Day Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. St. Patrick Parish (4518 S. Manhattan Ave. Tampa). How to Talks to Kids about Things No One Wants to Talk About- Dr. Lori Puterbaugh will help parents and parish leaders learn […]

Announcements ~ August 26, 2019
August 26, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES From the Office of Life, Justice & Advocacy For Immediate Attention As you may know, the State of Florida executed a Death Row prisoner last Thursday. Please share the following Prayers of the Faithful with the person that prepares your prayers for daily and weekend Masses. It is important that we pray for […]

Obituaries ~ August 12, 2019
August 12, 2019

Let us keep the souls and the families of the faithful departed in our prayers: Mrs. Sophie Carroll The Chancellor’s Office was notified of the passing of Mrs. Sophie Carroll, age 81, on July 23, 2019.  Mrs. Carroll was a long-time employee of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg, as well as […]

Announcements ~ August 12, 2019
August 12, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES Catholic Bulls Are Invited to Help Kick-Off the New School Year! 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.  Saturday, August 24, 5:00 p.m. – Vigil Mass followed by a followed by a festive event with […]

Announcements ~ July 29, 2019
July 29, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES Beware of Text Message and Social Media Scams It has come to the attention of the Diocese of St. Petersburg that parishioners have been receiving text messages asking for money and gift cards from people pretending to be our priests. Our priests and staff do not contact individuals via text message or social […]

Announcements ~ July 15, 2019
July 15, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES A Candid Conversation with Bishop Gregory Parkes Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events. A new episode can be heard on Friday, July 19 at 11:30 a.m. on Spirit FM 90.5. Also, you can subscribe to the […]

Announcements ~ July 1, 2019
July 1, 2019

DIOCESAN OFFICES A Candid Conversation with Bishop Gregory Parkes Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events. A new episode can be heard on Friday, July 19 at 11:30 a.m. on Spirit FM 90.5. Also, you can subscribe to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Announcements ~ April 29, 2019
April 29, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Inspiration and Information from Bishop Gregory Parkes Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events. A new episode can be heard on Friday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m. on Spirit FM 90.5. Also, you can subscribe to […]

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 […]

Announcements ~ April 15, 2019
April 15, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Have You Heard the Bishop’s Radio Show? Join Bishop Gregory Parkes for A View From The Top, a radio program that provides a candid and hopeful conversation on current events that affect our Church, our community and our country. A new episode can be heard on Friday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. […]

Announcements ~ April 8, 2019
April 8, 2019

  DIOCESAN OFFICES Child Abuse Prevention Month April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is most appropriate that Child Abuse Prevention Month is observed during the spring and especially in proximity to the Easter season, a time when we celebrate new life! There is no better time of year to celebrate the protection of […]