Leroy Bastow and his granddaughter, Rilee Knight, stroll past the graves of some of the priests who have served the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Every few steps, the pair paused at a grave where the grandfather shared a remembrance of a clergyman he knew as a student at St. Paul grade and high school and at local parishes he attended. | Photo: © 2021 Ed Foster Jr.
Prior to Mass, Msgr. Robert Morris, VG, shares a light moment with (l-r) Donnie Bennett, Rose Tomassi and her daughter, Joanne Tomassi. | Photo: © 2021 Ed Foster Jr.
Altar Server Benny Henrriquez greets Msgr. Michael Devine and another guest prior to Mass at Calvary Catholic Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 31, 2021. | Photo: © 2021 Ed Foster Jr.
Altar Servers, Father Hugh Chikawe, Chaplain at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Missionaries of Africa Father Jean Robitaille and Msgr. Robert Morris, Vicar General for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, process to the altar at Mass on Memorial Day. Msgr. Michael Devine waits at the altar. | Photo: © 2021 Ed Foster Jr.
As he delivers his homily, Msgr. Robert Morris praised the efforts of the Boy Scouts who placed flags on the graves of the veterans over the weekend. On this day, the Church’s Feast of the Visitation, Msgr. Morris preached on how the joy and witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary inspires us to be here this Memorial Day where we pray for the living and deceased. | Photo: © 2021 Ed Foster Jr.
Msgr. Robert Morris, VG, raises the chalice of Precious Blood as Father Hugh Chikawe joins in the consecration. | Photo: © 2021 Ed Foster Jr.
The faithful at Mass share a sign of peace with one another after praying The Lord’s Prayer at Mass on Memorial Day. | Photo: © 2021 Ed Foster Jr.
Chaplain Father Hugh Chikawe distributes Communion on Memorial Day beneath one of the grand oak trees at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. | Photo: © 2021 Ed Foster Jr.
Calvary Catholic Cemetery employees, Michael Finels and Derek Story, remove chairs after Mass. | Photo: © 2021 Ed Foster Jr.
Displayed at half-staff, the American flag wafts in the gentle breeze at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Clearwater, Fla. on this Memorial Day, May 31, 2021. | Photo: © 2021 Ed Foster Jr.