Out of deep pastoral concern for the most vulnerable among us, Bishop Gregory Parkes announced on March 18, 2020 that the public celebration of Masses in the Diocese of St. Petersburg are suspended, effective immediately, until it can be determined that it is safe to return to normal schedules and public worship. Bishop Parkes has dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for as long as the suspension of public celebrations of the Mass is in effect.
In a statement released today as a letter and a video, Bishop Parkes also asked churches to remain open for private prayer and devotion and to make every effort to keep the faith life of our parishes alive by creative means which are adapted to the current circumstances.
“We will provide other opportunities to remain in spiritual solidarity during this period. Remember that Christ abides with us and we can always be united in spirit and in prayer,” said Bishop Gregory Parkes.