Category: Venice

Paschal Triduum is center, summit of liturgical year

Venice  |  As the Lenten Season comes to a close, now more than ever we must prepare for the Easter Triduum which bespeaks of the suffering, death and Resurrection, renders visibly that God’s love has no bounds. While it is not possible to physically attend Mass or enter church during this holiest of weeks, it… Read more »

Venice bishop responds to pandemic crisis

Venice  |  Bishop Frank J. Dewane has been at the forefront in responding to the ever-evolving coronavirus pandemic within the 10-county Diocese of Venice. The announcement to suspend all Masses and Parish activities effective March 20, and continuing through at least Easter, was the culmination of a series of meetings, conference calls and consultation from… Read more »

Solemnity of St. Joseph — last public Masses

Venice  |  The Solemnity of St. Joseph is a celebration of the foster father of Jesus Christ, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and patriarch of the universal Church. He is also guardian and protector of the Church and her Faithful. The 2020 feast day (March 19) had a double meaning — a day to… Read more »

Catholic Charities helping most needy

Venice  |  The motto of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. is: “Providing Help. Creating Hope. Serving All.” Since the beginning of the pandemic crisis, the staff of Catholic Charities is living that motto on the front lines of helping people throughout the 10-county Diocese. With a long history within communities across the region, Catholic… Read more »

Catholic School online education ramp up

Venice  |  An unexpected two-week Spring Break for the thousands of Catholic School students across the Diocese of Venice, because of the pandemic, caused a dramatic pivot to online learning. Ben Hopper, Diocesan interim superintendent of Catholic Education, working closely with Bishop Frank J. Dewane and the Diocesan school board, acted decisively in early March… Read more »

Faithful stand before new multimillion-dollar abortion facility

Fort Myers  |  There is a new building in the Daniels Commerce Park in Fort Myers that looks like any other of hundreds of office buildings in the area. However, this building is the new $2 million home of the Planned Parenthood, a place where abortions take place each day. More than 20 members of… Read more »

Events support Catholic Charities programs

Venice  |  Four distinctive events took place recently to help support the programs of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc. First up Feb. 15, 2020, was the always fun Boots and Bandannas at Kingsway Golf and Country Club in Lake Suzy. This western-themed evening includes plenty of cowboy hats, boots and lots of bandannas. This… Read more »

Lenten Masses held at schools across diocese

Sarasota  |  During the Lenten Season Catholics are called to constantly ask if they are doing the things the Lord calls for each of us — pray, fast and give alms. During early March Masses at Diocesan Catholic Schools, Bishop Frank J. Dewane asked students how they are doing this Lent. “We each have to… Read more »

Year of St. Joseph proclaimed by Bishop Dewane

Venice  |  Venice will celebrate a “Year of St. Joseph” from March 19, 2020 to March 19, 2021. “Particularly in this time of uncertainty in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is appropriate to seek the intercessions of the saints for guidance and protection,” Bishop Dewane said. “St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ, is… Read more »

Religious makes first vows

Fort Myers Beach  |  A holy moment took place when Sister Anne Dolores Mary Doyle of Divine Mercy made her religious profession to the Order of St. Clare, transforming from novice to religious sister. It was the next phase in a spiritual journey which began in Ireland and many years later led her to the… Read more »