Category: Orlando

Student artist thankful to be at Catholic school

LAKELAND | As sixth-grader Audrey Link sat at an art table, her teacher had some encouraging praise about her artwork. “There were a lot of comments about your use of the color black,” said Katie Senkarik, art teacher at Resurrection School in Lakeland. “That says a lot. It is really easy to get carried away… Read more »

Viera parish celebrates dedication

VIERA | The dedication of St. John the Evangelist Church and altar in Viera Jan. 20 was perfectly planned and precisely orchestrated; all progressed with the dignity and joy of such a momentous occasion. Bishop John Noonan pronounced the final blessing, Holy Cross Father John Britto Antony, parochial vicar invited everyone to the reception and… Read more »

God’s light shines in Puerto Rico

Editor’s note: The family’s last name was omitted for privacy. ORLANDO | A school girl’s mission to light up Puerto Rico has gone viral. Litza will be confirmed in the Catholic faith in February and right now she’s laser-focused on being Christ to our brothers and sisters on the island. The eighth-grader from St. James… Read more »

Welcoming 2018 as a family

MELBOURNE | Heather and Lucio Martinez knew when they married four years ago that adoption would be the way they would create their family. Nine months ago, their dreams of a family were realized when they adopted their son, Ignacio. “Adoption is a very emotional process — a process of healing, knowing you can’t have… Read more »

Family experiences hurricane of blessings

Editor’s note: The family’s last name is omitted to protect minors in the family. MELBOURNE | A united and merry Christmas didn’t seem like a possibility for Gilcer Marie, who, along with her family, witnessed devastation in her hometown of Bayamón, Puerto Rico, following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. But the kindness of her stateside family… Read more »

Catholic Charities helps Cuban family build new life in U.S.

ORLANDO | When Lisandra Bientz and Sadiel Polledo first came to Catholic Charities of Central Florida two years ago, their life looked very different. The couple, who arrived as refugees from Cuba with their two daughters ages 11 and 9, had little money, knew very little English and needed help to rebuild a new life… Read more »

Orlando Diocese to celebrate 50 years of life in the Eucharist

ORLANDO | The Diocese of Orlando will celebrate its 50th anniversary on June 18, 2018. Established in 1968, the diocese is comprised of 79 parishes and 12 missions, two basilicas, 37 schools, and hundreds of ministries. To commemorate the year, Bishop John Noonan has proclaimed a Jubilee Year of the Eucharist beginning the first Sunday… Read more »

Annual trip to sister diocese offers inspiration

ORLANDO  |  In mid-October, Bishop John Noonan travelled to the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic, along with Henry Fortier, superintendent of schools, two religious sisters and eight Bishop Moore Catholic High School students from Orlando for an education mission. The trip was a familiar one. Many have made the… Read more »

Agency encounters migrants and refugees through Share the Journey

Editor’s note: On Sept. 27, in an effort to break down barriers of fear and suspicion surrounding refugees and immigrants, Pope Francis launched “Share the Journey,” a worldwide campaign calling on all Catholics and the faithful to “build bridges of understanding and hospitality.” These are some of Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s stories about how… Read more »

Mass of Solidarity gathers community to pray for Puerto Rico

Donations were collected by Catholic Charities ORLANDO | Tears began to flow for Delbert Rodriguez and Sonia Mendez, parishioners at St. Charles Borromeo in Orlando as they spoke of their family still in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, a devastating Category 4 storm that struck the island Sept. 20. Rodriguez had only just spoken to… Read more »