Category: Orlando

Advent novenas prepare to welcome savior

ORLANDO | Advent traditions abound and in the Diocese of Orlando, the Florida Catholic discovered many parishes carrying on the tradition of novenas during Advent. Five years ago, Maria Davila and her husband, Ricardo, brought Las Posadas to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Bartow with help from the parish women’s club. The couple is originally… Read more »

Parishes host Cities for Life against the death penalty

COCOA BEACH | Parishioners of Our Saviour Parish in Cocoa Beach gathered together with Christians from throughout Brevard County Nov. 30, in commemoration of International Day of Cities for Life, Cities Against the Death Penalty. Our Saviour now joins parishes in more than 2,000 cities in 80 countries that celebrate this day, including Our Lady… Read more »

Retreat opens eyes about homelessness

ORLANDO | On a cool Friday night, 21 youths and 20 chaperones set out to see what it was like to be homeless. With their cardboard boxes and three personal items, they headed to the outdoor covered pavilion of St. Joseph Parish in Lakeland to spend the night. After hearing talks from two homeless persons… Read more »

Couple reflects on 75 years of faith and family

ORLANDO | Seventy-five years ago, when a gallon of gasoline cost 15 cents, the Glenn Miller Orchestra was topping the charts, and the United States was in the midst of World War II, James and Ethel Doyle said, “I do,” at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Springfield Gardens, New York. Many years later, the couple… Read more »

Grant to bring science to life in sister diocese

ORLANDO | Fredalina Aybar, a middle school teacher from the Diocese of Orlando’s sister diocese in the Dominican Republic, gazed intently at a cross-sectioned piece of okra, exploring the various parts of the plant. Aybar was in the United States Nov. 4-14 to observe STEM (science technology, engineering, mathematics) classes and laboratories in six Catholic… Read more »

Local Catholics offer Villas’ resident a new smile

ST. CLOUD | Beth Wormald, a resident at Bishop Grady Villas, received a new smile thanks to support from a loving community. Wormald does not have any family nearby, but frequently visits the home of her roommate, Caitlin Shields and has become close to the family. Caitlin’s mother, Connie Shields, said she tries to support… Read more »

Tradition of military service spans 3 generations

ORLANDO | Ed Prusak volunteered to serve in the Navy upon high school graduation and served as a gunner’s mate in World War II. His decision to serve his country would transcend his lifetime through three generations. Although he died almost two years ago, his commitment to his faith, family and country live on through… Read more »

Faiths gather to stop the hate

ORLANDO | After 11 people were killed and six more wounded at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the faithful of Central Florida joined in solidarity to pray and remember. The Stop the Hate interfaith gathering at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando Oct. 30, was a witness against hatred in the name of… Read more »

Deacons ordained thanks to missionary efforts

ORLANDO | More than 200 people from the mountain communities of Los Montacitos and La Cucarita caravanned down a steep, winding road to celebrate the diaconate ordination of two of their own Sept. 22. Jesus “Nilson” Delgado and Manuel “Yadil” Díaz Santo work and live as farmers in Orlando’s sister Diocese of San Juan de… Read more »

Priest films season of EWTN’s ‘Long Ride Home’

ORLANDO | “Courageous virtue and Catholic masculinity have fallen to the wayside,” noted Father Scott Circe, pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Indialantic. That’s why he recently agreed to be chaplain for Season 3 of Bear Woznick’s “Long Ride Home” on EWTN. “It’s important to show courageous men doing adventure activities, but also,… Read more »