Category: Palm Beach

Priest writes five books during quarantine

BOCA RATON  |  Father Martin Dunne III is not a writer. The parochial vicar at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Boca Raton said it himself, “Besides the regular homily and occasional church bulletin reflection, I’ve never written anything for publication before.”  Yet, Father Dunne awaits in anticipation the publication of five books — four… Read more »

Cemetery constructs new columbarium

ROYAL PALM BEACH  |  Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery in Royal Palm Beach recently completed the expansion of its columbarium to include two garden mausoleums dedicated to the Holy Family and Divine Mercy.  While death might not be a pleasant subject to ponder, Catholic Christians believe death is a new beginning. In the words… Read more »

Essentials collected for victims of human trafficking

Since attending the Human Trafficking Task Force Symposium last year, Laurie Ulseth, president of the Palm Beach Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, has kept the cause of anti-human trafficking victims close to her heart.  The symposium was hosted by Catholic Charities of Palm Beach and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at the Palm Beach… Read more »

Zoom allows AIM retreat to continue

Boca Raton  |  For more than 40 years, the Achieve, Inspire, Motivate (AIM) Ministry at St. Joan of Arc Church in Boca Raton has gathered annually for a weekend spiritual retreat tailored to individuals with physical disabilities.  This year, however, the beloved retreat was cancelled due to the current pandemic crisis. “Because of COVID-19, it… Read more »

Catechumens received fully into Catholic faith

PALM BEACH GARDENS  |  St. Ignatius Loyola Cathedral Parish in Palm Beach Gardens welcomed 10 catechumens into the Catholic Church, June 18, 2020.  Father Gavin Badway, the recently installed rector of the cathedral, celebrated Mass for the catechumens — who participated in Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults — and their families. The church followed… Read more »

Pandemic changes plan, but not beauty of sacramental marriage

Fellsmere  |  Jovanny and Verenice Garcia expected more than 500 guests to attend their wedding, May 16, 2020.  Instead, only 10 people were allowed inside the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Fellsmere. “Just when we had all the plans settled and the wedding arrangements made, the coronavirus hit and we had to… Read more »

Literature comes alive in online read-along

PALM SPRINGS  |  Many positive opportunities to spend quality time at home and instill the love of learning have arisen following COVID-19 school closures.  At St. Luke Parish, one opportunity is engaging children’s imaginations by reading a good book. Father Andrew Brierley, pastor of the Palm Springs parish, has been reading classical literature daily to… Read more »

Catholic Charities still serves elderly in isolation

Palm Beach Gardens  |  Even before the pandemic hit, many elderly of the community experienced the frightening reality of social isolation, financial insecurity, lack of housing and food, the need for assistance with daily living and even funeral planning. The elderly are also easily-targeted by those scammers who might call over the phone, contact through… Read more »

Parishes, Carmelites honor feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

WEST PALM BEACH  |  The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, July 16, 2020, is special this year at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in West Palm Beach and Holy Family Parish in Port St. Lucie.  Holy Name of Jesus now has three Order of Discalced Carmelite friars with the same first name —Father… Read more »

Students embody optimism and hope for next generation of Catholics

PALM BEACH GARDENS  |  The Diocese of Palm Beach Office of Catholic Schools is the recipient of a grant from the Gerstner Family Foundation, which provides academic scholarships to students exhibiting high academic achievement, a heart for service and exemplary leadership. During the 2019-20 school year, 22 students from Cardinal Newman High School, John Carroll… Read more »