Category: Venice

Sarasota altar server has Vatican wish granted

SARASOTA  |  A teenage altar server at Incarnation Parish in Sarasota with only one wish had it granted by the Make-a-Wish Foundation with a special party on March 2. Make-a-Wish Foundation representatives joined Father Matthew  Grady, Pastor of Incarnation Parish, to officially grant 18-year-old Silas Bichler his one and only request: a tour of the… Read more »

Prison outreach needed now more than ever

Port Charlotte  |  Hope is a key component to prison outreach and is needed more than ever as the number of incarcerated continues to skyrocket both here in the Diocese of Venice and nationwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice, 1,220,300 adults are incarcerated. The U.S. has less than 5 percent of the world’s… Read more »

Ave Maria Oratory purchased by Diocese

Ave Maria  |  The Diocese of Venice and Ave Maria University announced Jan. 19 the purchase of the Ave Maria Oratory building by the diocese from the university. The oratory building now becomes the Ave Maria Parish church for the faithful in the town of Ave Maria and the surrounding area. At the same time,… Read more »

Pastoral workers gather to support circus, travelling shows

SARASOTA  |  There is a group of dedicated pastoral workers who ensure that the sacraments are maintained and a connection to the faith is never lost for the segment of the Catholic population that has unique pastoral needs — travelling workers. Each year these pastoral workers — under the direction of U.S. Conference of Catholic… Read more »

Saving the unborn, one baby at a time

FORT MYERS  |  The members of Knights of Columbus Council 6265 from St. Raphael Parish in Lehigh Acres provided an early Christmas gift to the Community Pregnancy Clinics in Fort Myers with a donated ultrasound machine. The donation encompasses a key component of what the Knights are all about — firmly committed to defending the… Read more »

Fort Myers parish lauds new pastor

FORT MYERS  |  The St. Francis Xavier Parish community was in a celebratory mood the third Sunday of Advent, Guadete Sunday, as its pastor was formally installed Dec. 11. Bishop Frank Dewane presided the installation Mass of Father Anthony Hewitt. The bishop said the installation of a pastor is a strong punctuation mark in the… Read more »

Annual Christmas Appeal: A gift that keeps on giving

Venice  |  When instability, injustice or poverty exists, Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. is often the first to address concerns found in underserved communities. Catholic Charities strives to respond and be a part of the solution through collaboration and partnership within the community that is essential for the common good and brings dignity to… Read more »

More than 1,500 attend Veterans Day Mass

SARASOTA  |  A crowd in excess of 1,500 participated in the seventh annual Veterans Day Mass at the Sarasota National Cemetery Nov. 11. Bishop Frank J. Dewane was joined by 24 priests of the Diocese for the celebration of Mass in Patriot Plaza. Deacons from across the Diocese also participated in the Mass. “The Mass… Read more »

Youths encouraged, are worthy of call

PUNTA GORDA  |  “Powerful!” “Awesome!” “The best!” “Inspiring!” “Perfect!” “Moving!” “Overwhelming!” “Emotional!” “Prayerful!” “Memorable!” These were just some of the comments from the approximately 1,900 young people who attended the 2016 Diocese of Venice Youth Rally Nov. 5, at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda. The day was filled with spiritual… Read more »

Youth encouraged to open their hearts to a Vocation

Sarasota  |  Sixth graders from Catholic elementary schools across the Diocese of Venice are being challenged to recognize the presence of the Lord in themselves while also considering their vocation: possibly to religious life for the girls and the priesthood for the boys. The first of three Vocations Fairs was held Oct. 20 at Cardinal… Read more »