Category: Orlando

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 »

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 »

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 »

Students save lives

DAYTONA BEACH  |  Two eighth-grade Lourdes Academy students are being hailed as heroes after each jumped into action and saved a school employee and classmate from possibly dying.  Friday, Nov. 6 Jonathan and fellow classmate, Vyon, were enjoying their lunches in the cafeteria when Vyon began choking on a piece of a popsicle. Jonathan began… Read more »

Junior Honor society helps homeless outdoors

COCOA BEACH  |  As part of their Red Ribbon Week activities, Our Saviour Catholic School’s National Junior Honor Society reached out to Rosa Reich of Catholic Charities of Central Florida. Reich suggested collecting hygiene supplies for the homeless living in outdoor camps throughout Brevard County.  Eighth-grader Audrey, president of the honor society, said the project… Read more »

Two churches unite to honor souls of loved ones

EATONVILLE  |  In an unprecedented event, St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Altamonte Springs and Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville joined hands Nov. 7, 2020, to clean up and beautify a local cemetery in Eatonville. The corporal work of mercy brought together two communities to honor souls. Father Charlie Mitchell, pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish,… Read more »

Marked with the sign of Christ

Recognizing there are more than 200 million people of African descent in the Catholic Church worldwide, the Church in the U.S. began celebrating Black Catholic History Month in November 1990. The month was chosen in honor of St. Martin de Porres feast day Nov. 3. In this issue, we recognize our own Diocese of Orlando… Read more »

Serving seniors in pandemic times

LAKELAND  |  Among the tenets of Catholic Social Teachings is to care for the poor and vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the elderly more vulnerable than ever. Catholic Charities of Central Florida Senior Services staff are working to comfort the lonely and promote healthy living. “We have been busy getting creative to make sure… Read more »

Deacon ordained after COVID diagnosis, 40-year wait

ORLANDO  |  On Oct. 31, 2020, José “Chepe” Perez was Ordained to the permanent diaconate, 40 years after he began his journey, in his parish, Holy Cross Orlando. Perez began discernment in his early 20s, thinking he wanted to be a priest. The process led to the realization that his call was to the diaconate…. Read more »