Category: Venice

Priest ordination celebrated in midst of Pandemic

Venice  |  Bishop Frank J. Dewane presided over the ordination of Father Franckel Fils-Aime in a Rite of Ordination, an age-old ceremony that was witnessed by the faithful on June 27, 2020 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice.  Bishop Dewane told Father Fils-Aime that through ordination, he becomes forever raised to the rank of priest in… Read more »

Bradenton Catholic School hosted a STREAM program

Bradenton  |  St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton hosted a two-week virtual STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math) program in June 2020 for students of all ages. Connected to their teachers via online Zoom sessions, students followed the “Invention Process” as they collaborated, innovated, designed prototypes and learned from their failures. Program kits… Read more »

Food demand remains high in Arcadia

Arcadia  |  Francisco Hernandez does not want to go to the food pantry run by Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. at St. Paul Parish in Arcadia, but he has little choice. “I have to feed my children,” he said. Hernandez was inside one of dozens of vehicles that stopped by the food pantry on… Read more »

Prayer Chain Against Racism held in Naples

Naples  |  A Prayer Chain Against Racism seeking to affirm the equality and dignity of every human person was held in Naples June 28, 2020. The prayer chain was sponsored by the Catholic Parishes of Naples and brought out many on a steamy afternoon. There were no talks or speeches, as people of all ages… Read more »

Bradenton school reunites to congratulate the Class of 2020

Bradenton  |  Friends and loved ones gathered at St. Joseph Parish in Bradenton June 17, 2020 to honor the Class of 2020. The graduation Mass and ceremony marked the first official occasion where students, faculty and families could meet face-to-face since March 13.  “This is the first time we have shared the same space since… Read more »

Faithful Catholics help brothers and sisters in need

Sarasota  |  “We would be here even if it was to help one family.” This was the assertion made by Maria DeJesus the director of St. Jude Parish Food Pantry in Sarasota. In existence since the Parish was founded in 2006, the food pantry, which sits in a mobile home at the rear of the… Read more »

Virtual presentation to high school seniors covers serious topics

Venice  |  The Diocese of Venice Respect Life Office works tirelessly to educate people of all ages on the Church teachings on issues of life, from conception to natural death. While it is always hard to educate young people on such topics as abortion, premarital sex, the transmission of sexual related illness and other health… Read more »

Sister Frances retires leaving advice: ‘Stay close to Jesus’

Venice  |  With a smile and her famous Irish twinkle parishioners of Epiphany Cathedral in Venice recognized for the last 26 years, Sister Frances Lalor announced her retirement. Sister Lalor, 81, professed her vows as a Religious Sister of Mercy Sept. 8, 1957, in Ireland, and completed her studies in Columbia, Missouri, in the 1960s,… Read more »

Best and brightest of the Diocesan Class of 2020

Sarasota  |  Each year the four Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Venice send into the world some of the best prepared students. The class of 2020, which includes Bishop Verot in Fort Myers, Cardinal Mooney in Sarasota, Donahue Academy in Ave Maria, and St. John Neumann in Naples, has graduates who are going… Read more »

Delay does nothing to lessen the importance of sacrament

Venice  |  Two years of religious instruction built toward a beautiful moment when young girls and boys willingly step forward to become one with Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist for the first time. Parishes have begun celebrating the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, having been delayed, like so many other events, by the COVID-19… Read more »