Category: Dioceses

Baptism and Advent: Hope in Salvation

ST. CLOUD  | In recent months, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish near Lake Nona has celebrated at least a dozen Baptisms.  Whether this is due to the demographics of the region, parish closures during COVID-19, or the fact that pastor, Father Charles Viviano, was on medical leave is underdetermined. But the fact that these events… Read more »

Faith, courage and cancer

Vero Beach  |  Years after beating stage 4 lymphoma and enduring two years of chemotherapy as a med school student, both Dr. William McGarry’s family life and his medical practice thrived.  The young man’s sickness pushed him towards a recovery that left him stronger than ever before. His experience with cancer inspired him to go… Read more »

Generosity abounds leading to Thanksgiving

Bradenton  |  The generosity of the faithful, whether they are part of a Diocese of Venice Catholic School or Parish, knows no limits. The generosity of the faithful  With many people struggling because of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Thanksgiving for some seemed as if it could be without the basic needs of… Read more »

CCW, parishioners make mats for homeless

CLERMONT  |  Six years ago the Council of Catholic Women spread their ministry to Blessed Sacrament Parish in Clermont. This year, unable to meet due to COVID-19, the organization that supports and educates Catholic women in spirituality and service, sought out a charity they could assist despite social distancing. What came to fruition were mats… Read more »

Parish Outreach Center dedicated, blessed in Wauchula

Wauchula  |  The mission of the new St. Michael Outreach Center in Wauchula is to develop each person’s recognition of their individual dignity and worth through the cultivation of their emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and social development. The Center’s supportive economic, therapeutic, and educational resources are designed to provide a healthy framework for personal and social… Read more »

Pandemic cannot stop parish capital campaign

Fort Pierce  |  St. Anastasia Parish and School in Fort Pierce has an enduring history in St. Lucie County. For 110 years, the parish has been providing spiritual leadership, while the school has educated children for a century. However, the effects of aged construction from the 1960s warranted renovations, which are in the works on… Read more »

Two churches unite to feed families at Thanksgiving

DEBARY  |  St. Ann Catholic Parish in DeBary and Emmaus Lutheran Church joined together to support the Volusia County Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. St. Ann collected more than 100 baskets containing the essentials for a Thanksgiving meal and Emmaus Lutheran completed the baskets by providing gift cards to purchase a turkey or ham. This is the… Read more »

Box of Joy a continued success locally

The Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens collected 500 Boxes of Joy for Cross Catholic Outreach’s yearly ministry project of assisting the poor in struggling countries. Thanks to the leadership of the parish’s Women’s Guild and the collaboration of various parish ministries, the cathedral parish was able to order an additional 500… Read more »

White Mass honors healthcare workers for ‘heroic service amidst pandemic’

WEST PALM BEACH  |  Adhering to COVID-19 safety precautions, Catholic healthcare professionals within the Diocese of Palm Beach gathered to worship and to renew their professional healthcare promises at the fourth annual White Mass held at St. Ann Church in West Palm Beach, Nov. 14. The annual Mass was celebrated to honor the service of… Read more »

Mass honors Veterans

Venice  |  Even while the world continues to deal with the impacts of a global Pandemic, time must be taken to remember those men and women who faithfully served in defense of this country so that all can continue enjoy the freedoms we hold dear. The annual Diocese of Venice Memorial Mass held on Veterans… Read more »