Category: Palm Beach

Young adults explore meaning of ‘Catholic’ in TEC retreat

PALM BEACH GARDENS  |  As a lifelong Catholic, Christina Simpson is no stranger to the childhood pitfalls of living one’s faith halfheartedly.  The Palm Beach resident said sometimes young people feel their faith formation is shaped by the will of parents, teachers or leaders of faith-based activities. They participate in these things with the best… Read more »

Marian Festival honors Vietnamese image of Blessed Mother

Delray Beach  |  Our Lady of La Vang, patroness of Vietnam, was at the center of this year’s Diocesan Marian Rosary Festival. The festival drew a beautiful mix of people with a common love for Blessed Mother. Emmanuel Parish in Delray Beach hosted the festival, and attendees arrived early with rosary beads and their own… Read more »

Hurricane Irma relief revisited two years later

After Hurricane Irma devastated portions of Florida in 2017, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach initiated the Disaster Relief program to meet the needs of hundreds of people without power, food or shelter. Since it was launched in 2017, the program has aided more than 1,197 households and 2,945 individuals; it continues to… Read more »

Faithful use prayer labyrinth to walk with God

West Palm Beach  |  Dee Crane has been walking the labyrinth at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in West Palm Beach for 22 years. Typically used as a form of meditative prayer during Lent, the labyrinth symbolizes our never-ceasing journey in seeking Christ.  “I found the labyrinth during a time in my life where I… Read more »

Sister follows vocation from Poland to Stuart

Stuart  |  Vocation is defined as a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation. For Sister Jadwiga Drapala, director of faith formation at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stuart, a vocation goes beyond the limitations of an occupation.  “I come from a farming family in Poland. I am the oldest of four… Read more »

Deacon grows in Christ to serve parish families

Palm Beach Gardens  | Deacon Serge Dubé is a religion teacher and campus ministry leader at Cardinal Newman High School. He explained that a deacon is a bridge between the laity and clergy. In fact, serving as a deacon can be a full-time job for many in that vocation, but it’s encouraged for deacons to… Read more »

Cardinal Newman students awarded Congressional medals

West Palm Beach  |  For the past year, seven Cardinal Newman High School students have meticulously documented their self-improvement in personal projects related to the Congressional Awards.  These awards are the U.S. Congress’ most prestigious recognition for young Americans and require participation in four categories: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition or… Read more »

Parishioners build respect, dignity for homeless

North Palm Beach  |  For many of the homeless in Palm Beach County, hot showers and clean clothes are basic needs to which they don’t have access.  For Tim Murphy, a parishioner at St. Paul of the Cross Parish in North Palm Beach, this lack of care for the homeless is relatable.   “My childhood… Read more »

Grandparents endorse the Catholic faith to grandchildren

Jupiter  |  Many believe that an earnest seeking of the Lord’s love and desire to put faith into action begins at home with the family. This is especially true for Pat Piccoli, leader of the Catholic Grandparents Association at St. Peter Catholic Church in Jupiter.  Piccoli makes it a point to pass down the wisdom,… Read more »

Vatican considering local parish to house relic of Divine Mercy apostle

Royal Palm Beach  |  Father Z. Andy Rudnicki, pastor of Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Parish in Royal Palm Beach, announced the Vatican is considering his parish to house a relic of Father Michael Sopocko. Father Sopocko is founder of the Congregation of Sisters of Merciful Jesus, spiritual director and confessor of St. Sister… Read more »