Category: Orlando

Pipe organ dedicated at basilica

ORLANDO  |  “We have come together to bless this new organ, installed so the celebration of the liturgy may become more beautiful and solemn,” said Bishop John Noonan just prior to blessing the new Schoenstein pipe organ at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, Nov. 23. The staff spent… Read more »

Teens discover life lessons in caring for creation

new smyrna beach  |  During a field trip to Marine Discover Center in New Smyrna Beach, Davison, a senior at Bishop Moore Catholic High School remarked how human often times take for granted how they live on such a “beautiful planet.”   “Year after year, we cut down habitats and throw trash into the oceans… Read more »

New garden bears fruit in many different ways

ORLANDO  |  Good Shepherd is growing a garden of love thanks to alumni Giraldo “Tito” Alfonso (class of 1996) and Luke, a 2017 Good Shepherd Catholic School graduate who chose to make it his Eagle Scout project. Bishop John Noonan blessed the collaborative effort, which enables families to leave a legacy of memories while providing… Read more »

Program helps people cope with grief during holidays

Clermont  |  For the many who have lost a loved one, the holiday season can be excruciatingly difficult. For those whose grief makes the season more than they can handle, there is hope. Diane Maglione coordinates the bereavement and consolation ministry at St. Faustina Parish in Clermont. After several years of training as a lay… Read more »

After El Paso: Offering awareness through pastoral letter, teach-in

ORLANDO | Although the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart happened three months ago, the shocking aftereffects of the tragedy continue to ripple throughout the border area community. The incident made national news, as the location of the murder scene was chosen for its largely Latino population. For Bishop Mark Seitz, shepherd of the… Read more »

Market helps feed the hungry in local community

ORLANDO  |  Catholic Charities of Central Florida dedicated and opened its third Agape Mission Market in the Rosemont area of Orlando, Nov. 6. After months of searching for the right space to meet the area needs, the new location stands in a strip mall on the corner of Clarcona Ocoee Road and Orange Blossom Trail…. Read more »

Law professionals celebrate Red Mass and their mission

ORLANDO  |  St. James Cathedral in Orlando filled with judges, lawyers and other legal professionals for the annual Red Mass, Nov. 8. Celebrant Msgr. Richard Walsh called to mind recently canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman, who said in one of his meditations, “God knows me and calls me by name. He has created me to… Read more »

Pillowcase dresses clothe orphans in Ghana

LAKELAND  |  Toya Martin recalled her first St. Anthony Council of Catholic Women meeting. They were making dresses out of pillowcases for women in need. Not a seamstress, she was amazed.  Now that she is president of the council, she decided to bring back the activity. Thanks to council members, friends and parishioners at St…. Read more »

Parish honors veterans with special Mass

WINTER HAVEN  |  It was a gorgeous Florida day as veterans, family, friends and parishioners gathered at St. Matthew Parish’s Cemetery in Winter Haven to remember those lost in battle, our living heroes and those who will continue to fight for our freedom.  Father Nicholas O’Brien, pastor, celebrated Mass amidst flags representing the various armed… Read more »

Presentation celebrates history, heritage of Black Catholics

ORLANDO  |  St. Perpetua, a noble woman from Carthage Africa in the third century, was separated from her infant son, imprisoned and beheaded in a public arena for refusing to sacrifice to Roman gods. She was joined in martyrdom by St. Felicity, a slave who gave birth while in prison only two days before her… Read more »