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Churches in the Diocese of St. Petersburg which are not in Communion with Rome Thumbnail

Updated – August 2021 Below is a listing of the communities within our diocese, listed by county, which contain the name “Catholic,” but are not in union with the Roman Pontiff or the Diocese of St. Petersburg. PLEASE NOTE: This is by no means a complete list, as there could be other churches which belong […]

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Catholic Ministry Appeal Champions Thumbnail

Luz María, Jose Luis and their 4 children (Mayra, Luis, Jesús and Vanessa) moved to Florida approximately 17 years ago from California to be closer to the rest of their family. They began to attend Our Lady of Perpetual Help because their relatives were parishioners here. Most of their children have also done their sacraments […]

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2022 Rite of Sending and Rite of Election Thumbnail

Last Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 10:00 am, Fr. Héctor Cruz, SM celebrated a Mass where catechumens Julissa Martínez and Víctor Antonio Jiménez were sent to the Cathedral to send the Candidates to the Cathedral. On the same day at 3:30pm, at Saint Jude Cathedral, Bishop Gregory Parkes celebrated the Rite of the Elect. Along […]

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Brief History of Hispanic Ministry in Tampa Bay Thumbnail

When Christopher Columbus, commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, arrived in the Western Hemisphere in 1492, a long history of Spanish exploration and settlement in what is now the southern states of the United States began.  Early trips to the Western Hemisphere were greatly motivated by Spain’s desire to find new riches to finance […]

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A Special Message from Bishop Gregory Parkes Thumbnail

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Change is all around us. We all experience it in our day-to-day life. We also see it within the life of our Church. It is when the world is changing we most need to place our trust in God who is our strength and our stronghold (Jeremiah 16:19). You […]

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One Gift: Serving Thousands Thumbnail

Like the symbol of our new appeal, the dove, your generosity through the Catholic Ministry Appeal will bring hope, peace and joy to countless people. Our goal is $7.1 million to support the critical ministries making a difference every day by: nurturing spiritual life and offering opportunities for people to encounter Christ embracing God’s call […]

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How to Give to the Catholic Ministries Appeal Thumbnail

You can make a secure, online gift today through one of these three options: Visit givetoministry.dosp.org Scan Text Send“2022appeal”to727-888-5125 Cómo dar a la Campaña de los Ministerios Católicos Además, puede hacer una donación segura en línea a través de una de estas tres opciones: Visite givetoministry.dosp.org Escanee el código QR que aparece abajo Texto Envíe […]

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More Than a Name Change…Introducing the Catholic Ministry Appeal Thumbnail

Bishop Parkes, diocesan leadership, and a task force studied the Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA), and the process by which the Diocesan Pastoral Center funds its expenses. After much consultation and review, the task force voted unanimously to implement a new financial structure for parishes, donors, and the Diocese. It lessens the financial burden on parishes, […]

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Successful First Day of Simbang Gabi at OLPH Thumbnail

The first day of Simbang Gabi held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 was a success. Many thanks to our parishioners and the Filipino-American community who have shown support for the event. The mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Jonathan Loverita from Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Simbang Gabi […]

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The New Catholic Ministry Appeal and Cathedraticum Tax Thumbnail

Bishop Parkes, diocesan leadership, and a task force studied the Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA), and the process by which the Diocesan Pastoral Center funds its expenses. After much consultation and review, the task force voted unanimously to implement a new financial structure for parishes, donors, and the Diocese. It lessens the financial burden on parishes, […]

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Catholic Ministry Appeal FAQ Thumbnail

1. What are the changes being made? We are changing the way the Diocese funds ministries and shared expenses. Starting in 2022, diocesan leadership provided through the Office of the Bishop, Chancellor and Vicar General necessary for shepherding our local church will be funded by a Cathedraticum tax equal to 2% of parish offertory and […]

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Simbang Gabi 2021 Thumbnail

Everyone is invited as the Filipino community of Tampa Bay celebrates Simbang Gabi (Christmas Novena Mass) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM. This will be the first of nine-day novena masses to be hosted by eight Catholic churches in the Tampa Bay Area and at […]

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Feast of Sto. Nino del Mundo 2021 Thumbnail

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and the Sto. Nino del Mundo Prayer Group announces the celebration of the Feast of Sto. Nino del Mundo at the 10:00 AM mass on Sunday, October 24, 2021. The mass will be presided by Fr. Hector Cruz, SM. The veneration of Sto. Nino (the Holy Child) has […]

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Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help 2021 Thumbnail

Join us for the celebration of our Patroness Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sunday June 27, at 10:00 AM

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Opening for a Special Education Teacher Thumbnail

Morning Star Catholic School, in Tampa has an opening for a special education teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. Morning Star School is a school for students with learning disabilities and related challenges. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (special education is preferred) and have or be willing to obtain a valid Florida […]

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Feast of Corpus Christi 2021 Thumbnail

On Sunday, June 6, 2021, the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ was celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Also known as Feast of Corpus Christi, this is a festival of the Roman Catholic Church honoring the real presence of Christ in the bread and wine of the […]

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The Filipino Community at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ybor City Thumbnail

The presence of the Filipino community at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ybor City has been sporadic prior to the formal devotions that followed in the 1990’s. This consisted of a few individuals who were mostly nurses that worked at Tampa General Hospital. The formal participation of the Philippine community started with […]

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New Guidance for Parishes Regarding COVID-19 Thumbnail

The Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg has issued a new guidance regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic, effective today, on the Feast of Pentecost, as the general dispensation from obligation to attend Mass is lifted. Since Bishop Parkes has left to the pastors to decide about the re-adaptations to the new circumstances, I have taken some decisions […]

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OLPHTampa.org is Secure Thumbnail

Whether you’re catching up on current events, searching for a recipe for pot roast, or looking up the time for the Easter Vigil Mass, chances are you’ve run into an unsecure website. Different browsers have different ways of telling you this and there are different scenarios for each one as well, but have you ever […]

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2021 Thumbnail

February is the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month provides an excellent opportunity to increase awareness about human trafficking and trafficking prevention. In the upcoming weeks, we encourage you to undertake efforts to raise awareness and educate communities on human trafficking. In doing so, you can also […]

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Rite of the Celebration of the Word Thumbnail

Last Sunday, January 10th, on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we had the “Celebration of the Word”, as a part of the Introductory Rites for Catechumens. Fr. Hector Cruz, S.M. gave them a special blessing and Sol Ramirez the RCIA Coordinator, handed out Missals with Sunday readings. This rite is to be […]

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Justice and Peace Alert Thumbnail

The Marists are inspired by and support Cardinal Gregory’s statement regarding the events that occurred at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. As published in the Justice and Peace Alert by the Society of Mary, Marists in the United States on January 8, 2021, Cardinal Wilton Gregory stated the following regarding […]

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