04 June 2012

Ordination Week

4 JUNE 2012. For a host of visitors and for the locals in this mission diocese, today kicks off Ordination week in the Panhandle and Big Bend of Florida. Of course, the highlight of the week will be the ordination of FSU alum Bishop Gregory L. Parkes as the fifth Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee. As many in this area of the Catholic world have not personally seen the ordination of a bishop (all of the diocese's previous bishops had already been ordained to the Order of Bishop prior to arriving in our Gulf-side see), there is a good deal of excitement in the Catholic community, and tomorrow's ordination promises to bring a tremendous crowd that will stretch both the host Church and overflow areas' capacity.

Here is a rundown of the liturgical celebrations for Bishop Parkes' ordination:

Tonight: 4 June 2012, 7:00 p.m. (CDT)
Vespers, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

Tomorrow: 5 June 2012, 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Memorial of Saint Boniface
Ordination and Installation Liturgy, St. Paul Catholic Church

Saturday: 9 June 2012, 5:00 p.m. (CDT)
Mass of Thanksgiving, St. Dominic Catholic Church
Panama City

Sunday: 10 June 2012, 11:45 a.m. (EDT)
Mass of Thanksgiving, Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More

Sunday: 24 June 2012, 11:30 a.m. (CDT)
Mass of Thanksgiving, St. Mary Catholic Church
Fort Walton Beach

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