Category: Orlando

Programs inspire, inform listeners

ORLANDO  |  Faith Fit Radio is a tool for missionary disciples of the local young Church created by the Diocese of Orlando to enkindle a deeper faith among young adults and to help lead people to a faith that is fully alive. In addition to streaming EWTN national programs, Faith Fit Radio has introduced new… Read more »

Christmas comes early for boy with terminal illness

LEESBURG | Three-year old Chloe and 19-month old Raylan unwrapped dolls, toys and books in front of a brightly lit Christmas tree Dec. 14 while their parents, Jessica and Matthew, watched. What looked like any other Christmas celebration is especially meaningful to this young family because Raylan’s recent terminal diagnosis means it may be the… Read more »

Newly ordained deacon battling stage 4 cancer

ORLANDO  |  Bishop John Noonan stood before the altar at Holy Cross Parish in Orlando and laid his hands over the head of Elias Coll. At that moment, a calling the 63-year-old Catholic had his entire life was finally fulfilled. “From the time I was in my mother’s womb, I feel I was called to… Read more »

Advent: traditions prepare hearts for coming of Christ

ORLANDO  |  “Come, Lord Jesus.” This is the cry of the Church during the joyful, expectant season of Advent. Beginning this year on Nov. 27, Advent marks the beginning of the new liturgical year. The season concludes with the vigil Mass Dec. 24, Christmas Eve. Advent is a time of eager longing as the faithful… Read more »

Communities in the sister diocese celebrate with Bishop Noonan

ORLANDO  |  In the six villages that comprise the sister diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic, family has a wide definition. Parents, grandparents, children, neighbors, and friends all make up a large family, united by their faith and relying on one another in difficult living conditions. Missioners and visitors are… Read more »

Parishioners send prayers, support to Haiti in wake of hurricane

ORLANDO  | As his own family was preparing for Hurricane Matthew to hit Florida’s coast, Matthew, a sixth-grader from Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Kissimmee, was troubled. “I just had a feeling inside of me that something was wrong. Then I checked the news and saw how Haiti was being devastated and was still recovering… Read more »

A new home for St. Rose of Lima Parish

KISSIMMEE  |  Almost 200 parishioners gathered Aug. 13, singing “All Are Welcome” in the sun-bathed field that will soon be the new home for St. Rose of Lima Parish in Kissimmee. Bishop John Noonan blessed the ground where construction is set to begin thanks to the Alive in Christ campaign. St. Rose of Lima began… Read more »

Priest with Hispanic heart served Wahneta for 24 years

WAHNETA  |  Father Norman Farland, 77, Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, the parochial administrator of Centro Guadalupano Mission in Wahneta, died Sept. 11. He served as a priest in the Diocese of Orlando since August 1991. He was ordained July 28, 1966, in Ipswich, Mass. He served in Fitchburg, Mass., for seven and… Read more »

Is the online you as Catholic as the offline you?

ORLANDO  |  Catholics in this day and age have a pope online. Not only is he online, but he’s regarded as the most influential world leader on Twitter “by far.” Come on. That’s pretty awesome for the Catholic Church. Thirty million followers on @Pontifex. Millions on Instagram. And those millions of followers flocked to “Franciscus”… Read more »

Mercy in motion

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS  |  In one of her prayers, St. Teresa of Kolkata said, “Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by my example.” Parishioners of St. Mary Magdalen in Altamonte Springs came together to do just that at the “Morning of Mercy” event Aug. 27. In the parish hall, stations were set… Read more »