Category: Palm Beach

Soldiers of Christ have their swords blessed

BOCA RATON  |  Osmany Periu, dressed in a black tuxedo, purple plumed hat, cape and white gloves, stood in front of the altar gripping his drawn sword as holy water was sprinkled on him and his shiny family heirloom. “It was my father’s sword,” said Periu, a parishioner of St. Joan of Arc in Boca… Read more »

Sister returns to Ireland nearly 50 years later

DELRAY BEACH  |  When young Sister Mary Clare Fennell left her family and home behind in Ireland wearing a habit and toting a small bag, she believed her ministry work in Florida would extend three or so years. But nearly 50 years have passed and the Sister of Mercy is returning to her homeland with… Read more »

Tragic memory still ignites a blessed, prayerful life

One World War II veteran here is strong in faith and eternally grateful to God for the blessing of life STUART  |  Former U.S. Navy Radioman Second Class Leo Hopkins clearly remembers a day 72 years ago that changed his life forever and took the lives of so many, for whom he continues to pray… Read more »

Former students return to serve John Carroll school community

  FORT PIERCE  |  Jennifer Trefelner said that when she was a student at John Carroll High School in the 1990s there was a strong sense of camaraderie and community spirit, and that same spirit exist today in the halls and classrooms. She believes that the school, which she is a part of today, “truly… Read more »

Caregivers learn to care for themselves

BOYNTON BEACH  |  Sally Moore’s mother taught her many things, including a thing or two about Alzheimer’s. Moore helped care for her mother who was afflicted with the disease, and the experience better prepared her to take care of her husband, Herman, who was eventually diagnosed with Alzheimer’s as well. “What is it like when… Read more »

St. Ann Place: A loving home for Christmas, year-round

WEST PALM BEACH  |  While the streets of West Palm Beach are decorated with Christmas trees and lights, there is a good chance shoppers traveling that same street could spot a homeless person sprawled out on a sidewalk, pushing a cart with all their possessions or holding a cardboard sign with the words “Hungry” or… Read more »

Closing the Holy Doors of Mercy

PALM BEACH GARDENS  |  Pamela Badami of Miami made a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola Nov. 20, stood at the designated Holy Doors and prayed in silence before she walked over the threshold and inside for Mass with special ceremonies to close the door and mark the end of the Jubilee Year… Read more »

At one parish, every Thursday is Thanksgiving

WEST PALM BEACH  |  While Thanksgiving might come once a year, volunteers of a local pantry make sure the spirit of giving thanks to God for blessings and helping others in need is a yearlong tradition. “I have never seen a group of volunteers as faithful as Holy Name food pantry volunteers,” said Carmelite Father… Read more »

Remembering saints and loved souls

ROYAL PALM BEACH  |  It has been only a few months since Leon George Decatrel, a parishioner of St. Peter Parish in Jupiter, lost his wife. On All Souls Day, Decatrel sat quietly in prayer as Mass began at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery in Royal Palm Beach. “I came to pray for… Read more »

‘Grand people’ of Church

Diocese celebrates grandparents — the ‘backbone’ of family and faith life PALM BEACH GARDENS  |  Following closely after Pope Francis’ celebration of grandparents in Rome, diocesan leaders and a local grandparents association here brought families together in celebration of the grand people of the Church with the most significant and best job in the world…. Read more »