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How to Make an Abuse Complaint

Outreach to Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse

The Diocese of St. Petersburg remains committed to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. All employees, persons serving in ministry, and contractor/vendors who are entrusted with the care, responsibility, or supervision of children, youth, and, or vulnerable adults are required to comply with fingerprint policy for background screening.

Further, the Diocese has established safe environment training programs for employees, volunteers and contractor/vendors serving in or servicing the parish and school communities.


Anyone who has been harmed by someone serving in ministry or knows or has reasonable suspicion that a child is being abused MUST REPORT the abuse to law enforcement or the Florida Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline at 800.962.2873. After the report has been made to the authorities a report may be made to the diocesan Victim Assistance Minister at 866.407.4505 where pastoral care and counseling is available.


If the abuse is recent, first call law enforcement or the Florida Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline at 800.962.2873

To report sexual abuse in the past from Church Personnel (clergy, a church employee or volunteer) or a contractor/vendor or if you are in need of assistance with a current incident, Call the Victim Assistance Minister, Marti Zeitz. She can be reached by phone at 866.407.4505 or by e-mail at MZeitz@ccdosp.org.


You can write to:

Bishop Gregory L. Parkes
P.O. Box 40200
St. Petersburg, FL 33743

(Mark "CONFIDENTIAL-- FOR THE BISHOP ONLY" on the envelope)


If you are unsure about bringing a complaint or would like further information, please contact Marti Zeitz at 866.407.4505.

If the abuse occurred outside the Diocese of St. Petersburg and you now reside with the Diocese, the Office of Victim Assistance will help you bring your concerns to church officials where the abuse occurred.

We will help you obtain support by providing:

  • Assistance and accompaniment through the reporting process
  • Information about counseling and or individual therapy
  • Information to help you heal spiritually through a spiritual companion or a healing groupWe are open to and respect your complaint. It is in a spirit of justice and compassion that we respond to your allegation. We wish to help you have a voice. We want to help you heal.

We recognize that bringing a sexual misconduct complaint to the Diocese can be a frightening consideration. That is why we have contracted with Catholic Charities, Inc. to provide Victim Assistance. We want to make this process as safe as possible and will proceed at the pace that you set, respecting your need for healing. The Victim Assistance Minister will accompany you through any or all of the stages of the process according to your wishes.

We are sorry for the pain you have experienced.

Office of Victim Assistance

Women of Espiritu Santo (WES) Calendar

Funeral Planning

Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted...


The Funeral Liaison Ministry of Espiritu Santo Parish has been developed with the hope of assisting our brothers and sisters who have lost a loved one. As a parish family, our mission is to journey with the bereaved family at this most vulnerable time of their life. Pre-planning a funeral is a prayerful and profound experience that gives the planner insight into the beauty and hope of the journey of life and the celebration of what is most meaningful.

On this web page you will find:

Scriptures - Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospels

Songs - Music Selections, Responsorial Psalms

Rituals - Procession

These are approved as appropriate for Catholic funerals. You are invited to give some time to reflecting on some of these and selecting those that best express your experience of the life you have lived and loved on this earth and the God who will call you home to fullness of life with him at the end of your journey here.

You will also find a planning sheet to familiarize you with the information needed to complete the pre-planning.

If you have questions as you work through the materials, please call Jeff Fitzcharles at 727.726.8477

When you are ready, please contact the Church Office to set up an appointment for planning or to request a funeral date and time for your loved one's.


Funeral Worksheet


Name of Deceased                                                                       
Date of Birth  


Who will place the Pall on casket or cremains?  
Who will carry the cremains in procession?  
Bread and wine presented at the Offertory by  
Select readings (from Scripture pages on web site)  

Family/friend to read or a church lector  
Select music and responsorial psalm (from Songs pages on web site)  

Career: employment, military service, etc.  


Church Volunteer or other volunteer work  

Share life moments of the deceased  

Name to use when referring to the deceased during the liturgy  
Will anyone say words of remembrance at the end of Mass  
Name of Spouse  
Years Married  
Family Names: (indicate L for living or D for deceased after each name)  

Approximate attendance  
Knights of Columbus Color Corp?  
Military Honors Presentation at fountain following service?  
Special Needs: ex. Display table, floor easel, etc.  

Old Testament Readings

The approved Old Testament readings for funerals in the Diocese of St. Petersburg are:

Job 19:1, 23-27

Wisdom 3:1-9

Wisdom 3:1-6, 9

Wisdom 4:7-15

Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9

Lamentations 3:17-26

Daniel 12:1-3

2 Maccabees 12:43-46

Music Selections

The sacred and communal nature of our Catholic Funeral Celebration requires careful planning in the selection of music. This planning will insure the ability of all those gathered to actively participate in the celebration. Because of the sacredness of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, secular instrumental or vocal music, or the use of recorded music of any kind may not be used.

Gathering Offertory Communion Sending Song Selection
  X X X Age to Age
X X   X All Creatures of Our God and King
X X   X Amazing Grace
  X     Ave Maria
X X X X Be Not Afraid
X X   X Be Still My Soul
    X   Behold the Lamb
  X X X Blest are They
    X   Bread for the World
    X   Bread of Life Farrell
    X   Bread of Life Fischer
    X   Bread, Blest and Broken
  X X   Center of My Life
  X X   Change Our Hearts
X X X X Christ Be Our Light
X X   X City of God
X X X   Come to Me
X X X   Come to the River
    X   Eat This Bread
  X X   Eye Has Not Seen
X     X For All the Saints
    X   Gift of Finest Wheat
  X     Hail Mary, Gentle Woman
X X     Healing River of the Spirit
X X X   Here at This Table
X X X   Here I Am, Lord
X X     Hosea
  X     How Can I Keep From Singing
  X   X How Great Thou Art
  X X   How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place
X   X   I Am the Bread of Lofe
X X X   I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
      X I Know That My Redeemer Lives
    X X I Received the Living God
  X X   In Every Age
  X X   In the Land There is a Hunger
X X X   In This Place
X X   X Jerusalem, My Happy Home
      X Jesus, Remember Me
  X X   Keep in Mind
      X Lead Me, Lord
      X Let There be Peace on Earth
 X  X  X  X  Like a Shepherd
   X      Lord of all Hopefulness
   X  X    Lord You Have Come/Pescador de Hombres
 X  X    X  Morning has Broken
   X  X    Now We Remain
   X      O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God
   X      O God, You Search Me
   X    X  O Loving God (may be used as Song of Farewell)
 X  X  X  X  On Eagle's Wings
     X    One Bread, One Body
   X  X    One Lord
     X    One Love Released
   X X    Only This I Want
    X    Pan de Vida
     X    Panis Angelicus
   X    X   Parable (For Everything there is a Season)
   X    X   Prayer of St. Francis
   X  X    Precious Lord, Take My Hand
   X    X  Roll Away the Stone
   X      Seek Ye First
 X  X    X  Shall We Gather at the River
   X  X    Shelter Me, O God
   X  X    Shepherd Me, O God
 X  X    X  Sing With All the Saints in Glory
   X  X    Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling
       X  Song of Farewell Old Hundreth
       X  Song of Farewell Sands
   X    X  Soon and Very Soon
   X  X    Stand by Me
     X    Taste and See
 X  X      The King of Love My Shepherd Is
     X    The Supper of the Lord
   X      There is a Balm in Gilead
   X  X    There is a Longing
   X  X    This Alone
     X    This Bread That We Share
 X  X      This Day God Gives Me
     X    To Be Your Bread
   X  X    Turn to Me
   X  X    Unless a Grain of Wheat
   X  X    We Have Been Told
   X  X    We Remember
 X  X    X  We Walk by Faith
   X  X  X  We Will Rise Again
   X  X    Whatsoever You Do
 X  X  X  X  Where My Father Lives, There is Room for All
 X  X  X  X  You are Mine
   X  X    You are Near

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