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Bishop Gregory Parkes to Celebrate Annual Chrism Mass on Tuesday, March 26

All are Invited to Participate and Honor our Priests Celebrating Anniversaries, Including Bishop Gregory Parkes who Celebrates 25 Years of Priesthood Ordination


What: Annual Chrism Mass

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 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, March 26th, 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 2024, 25 priests will be honored. Our Jubilarians are as follows:

25th Anniversary

Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes
Rev. Rodolfo Ramón Cabrera, O.F.M.
Rev. Agustinus Seran, S.V.D.
Rev. Pedro J. Zapata

40th Anniversary

Rev.Pierre A. Dorvil, S.M.M.
Very Rev. Thomas T. Morgan
Rev. Randall Roberts, O.F.M.
Rev. John G. Tapp
Rev. Alan C. Weber

50th Anniversary

Rev. Francis X. Buu
Rev. Bruce Craig, S.D.B.
Rev. Andrzej Gorczyca, M.I.C.
Rev. Paul Kochu
Rev. Vincent A. Laviano, O.F.M
Rev. Michael R. Lydon
Rev. Salvator M. Stefula, T.O.R.
Rev. William Keane, S.D.B.

60th Anniversary

Rev. Robert R. Barczak, O.F.M.
Rev. Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M.
Rev. Msgr. Brendan Muldoon
Rev. John C. Murphy
Rev. Thomas G. Spillett
Rev. Adam E. Szufel, O.F.M.          

65th Anniversary

Rev. Msgr. Antonio Diez