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Bishop Gregory Parkes to Celebrate Annual Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 12

All Clergy and the Faithful Are Invited to Participate


What: Annual Chrism Mass

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 Fifth Avenue, St. Petersburg

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At the annual Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 12th, Bishop Parkes will consecrate Sacred Chrism, a mixture of oil and balsam, that will be used for anointing during thousands of Baptisms and Confirmations throughout the coming year in local parishes.

The bishop will also bless the Oil of Catechumens that is reserved for adults preparing to be baptized and the Oil of the Sick, that is reserved for those who are seriously ill.

After the Mass, leaders from local parishes and missions receive vessels of these Holy Oils to take back to their places of worship.

During the Chrism Mass, priests renew the promises made on their ordinations and resolve to unite themselves closer to Christ. The presence of the majority of the clergy in union with their bishop, along with the participation of the laity, is a wonderful example of unity in our Diocese. This is one of only a few Masses of the year where all the priests of the Diocese are encouraged to participate in union with the bishop. The assembly also honors priests celebrating milestone anniversaries of their ordination. In 2022, 16 priests will be recognized, and the honorees are as follows:


Rev. Bohdan Barytskyy

Rev. Jose Furtado

Rev. Wayne C. Genereux

Rev. Daniel R. Kayajan

Rev. Kenneth J. Malley

Rev. Martin Okoro

Rev. Franco Pinto, S.D.B.

Rev. Allan C. Tupa


Rev. James P. Horan, S.D.B.

Rev. Edward H. Lamp

Rev. Charles Leke Nkafu


Rev. Kevin J. Molloy

Rev. Belisario Riveros


Rev. Msgr. Thomas F. Earner

Rev. Msgr. David Greka


Rev. Msgr. Michael F. Devine

About the Diocese of St. Petersburg

The Diocese of St. Petersburg is comprised of nearly 500,000 Catholics, more than 300,000 of whom are registered, within the five counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus.  It includes 75 parishes, 4 missions, 46 schools and early childhood centers, and a variety of social service, health care, housing, and pastoral ministries. Mass is celebrated regularly in 13 languages, and we are led by Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, who was installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese on January 4, 2017.

Caption: Bishop Parkes breathes over the opening of the vessels containing olive oil and balsam during the Consecration of the Chrism at the 2019 Chrism Mass.