Category: Orlando

Their new home, their new smiles

ORLANDO  |  Jess spent nearly 10 years in a very difficult relationship. Over the course of that time, she had two daughters. She could not go anywhere unaccompanied. She could not go to college. But four years ago she found the courage to leave. Her daughters were just 4 and 5 at the time. On… Read more »

Students experience ‘mountaintop encounter’ at Ascend conference

ORLANDO  |  “The Lord did and intends to do powerful things,” said Brother Clinton Reed, Brotherhood of Hope (BH) Florida campus ministry director and St. Paul’s Outreach regional director, of the Ascend Conference, Jan. 3-6 at the Wyndham Resort in Orlando. Through Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass and presenters, St. Paul’s Outreach (SPO)… Read more »

Children remembered in prayer service

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS  |  For two decades, St. Mary Magdalen Parish’s Respect Life Ministry has commemorated the loss of a child with a special prayer service on the feast of the Holy Innocents. The parish tradition of placing an ornament on a Tree of Remembrance continues to be a solemn and beautiful way to acknowledge the… Read more »

Bishop joins Filipino community for Christmas novena

WINTER PARK  |  Led by the colorfully lighted parol, a traditional Filipino holiday season lantern with a five-point star symbolizing the star of Bethlehem, Bishop John Noonan and a dozen priests and deacons began the third night of the Simbang Gabi novena of Masses. Nearly 400 members of the Filipino community throughout the Diocese of… Read more »

From historical Masses to honoring carolers, Christmas means a lot to Florida man

ORLANDO | It would be hard to dispute the sincerity of Bill Egan’s Christmas spirit. For the 12th year, the 80-year-old Catholic will install Nativity scenes in store windows in downtown Daytona Beach. A former journalist with the Daytona Beach News-Journal, he has restored old, worn religious figurines. After working on a few figures for… Read more »

All Souls brings birth of Christ to life

SANFORD  |  More than 75 people gathered Dec. 7 in front of the All Souls Parish Chapel in Sanford to witness the story of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, as portrayed by the children and supporting adults of the Catholic community. Now in its fourth year, the live performance is a much anticipated… Read more »

Homeless shelter opens in Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH  |  “Homelessness is one of the most intense, visceral, human realities that we experience across this city and the county of Volusia,” said L. Ronald Durham, community relations manager for the City of Daytona Beach. “It’s not easy to see someone who is homeless. When we see someone wrapped on a cold day… Read more »

177 Project visits St. Charles Parish

ORLANDO  |  Kevin Pastore heard of the 177 Project a year ago — a vision to bring praise, worship and Eucharistic Adoration to every one of the 177 Latin rite dioceses in the United States who are part of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  At that time, Pastore was living in South Carolina, and… Read more »

Parade makes Christianity visible and alive

MELBOURNE  |  Thirty years ago Janna Hogan Forschino was stopped in traffic due to a Christmas parade and was struck by the absence of Christ. Wondering why Christians did not do something about it, she realized she was one of those Christians and she had the power to make a change. On Dec. 7, 51… Read more »

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 »