November 2, 2022 | Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes follows in the footsteps of bishops and priests of the Diocese of St. Petersburg who have celebrated Mass on All Souls’ Day at Calvary Catholic Cemetery since 1961. In procession following the cross bearer are Father Hugh Chikawe, Chaplain for Calvary, Missionaries of Africa Father Jean Robitaille, Deacon Eusebio Torres, Bishop Parkes and Father Ralph F. D’Elia, III. Priests standing at the altar are Fathers Andrzej Gorczyca, M.I.C., Joshua Bertrand and Arthur Proulx. | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
Father Hugh Chikawe, at right, reviews the liturgy prior to Mass with Father Ralph D’Elia, the Priest Secretary and Master of Ceremonies for Bishop Parkes. As Chaplain, Father Hugh, is available for spiritual assistance to all in their time of need at Calvary Catholic Cemetery and is the celebrant at the Month’s Mind Mass in the Chapel of the Resurrection on the last Saturday of every month. | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
Christopher Jewell shares the First Reading from the Book of Wisdom, “The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.” Jewell is the most recent counselor to join the staff at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
Calvary Catholic Cemetery counselor, Kevin Hooben, proclaims the Second Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans. “Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.” | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
Deacon Eusebio Torres proclaims the Gospel according to John, Jesus said to the crowds: “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.” | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
“We will come face-to-face with our creator and give an account someday,” Bishop Gregory Parkes reminds the faithful present for Mass on All Souls’ Day. “Coming to Calvary and praying for our departed brothers and sisters is a good and virtuous thing to do.” | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
Alex Reyes holds his faithful companion, Masha, as he listens to Bishop Parkes’ homily. Reyes, a parishioner at St. Catherine of Sienna Church, is a regular attendee at the Month’s Mind Mass on the last Saturday of every month in the Chapel of the Resurrection at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
Marians of the Immaculate Conception Father Andrzej Gorczyca is reflected in prayer during Mass on All Souls’ Day at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes raises the Eucharist during the consecration at Mass on All Souls’ Day at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
Father Joshua Bertrand consumes the Precious Blood during Communion. Father Joshua is Parochial Vicar at St. John Vianney Parish in St. Pete Beach. | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
Father Hugh Chikawe distributes the Eucharist as the faithful come together for Communion. | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
After Communion many of the faithful offer private prayers and reflect upon their departed loved ones. | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
Calvary Catholic Cemetery chaplain, Father Hugh Chikawe leads a round of applause for Bishop Gregory Parkes at the conclusion of Mass. | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.
After Mass, Bishop Gregory Parkes, priests and deacon gather in prayer at the graves of some of their departed brethren who have served the Diocese of St. Petersburg. From left to right, Father Joshua Bertrand, Father Ralph F. D’Elia III, Father Arthur Proulx, Missionaries of Africa Father Jean Robitaille, Father Hugh Chikawe, Deacon Eusebio Torres, Bishop Parkes and Marians of the Immaculate Conception Father Andrzej Gorczyca. | Photo: Ed Foster Jr.