Category: Venice

Smoothie lady feeds the soul

Wauchula  |  A heart of gold is what you’ll find when meeting and getting to know volunteer Rebecca Linarez of St. Michael Parish in Wauchula, but she’ll simply say it’s her gratitude to Our Lord that keeps her working nearly seven nights a week for the Church. Regardless of her full-time job as a senior… Read more »

‘Providing Help, Creating Hope, Serving All’

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 »

Thanksgiving season brings out best in people

Venice  |  Thanksgiving is all about gathering family together and a time to reflect and give thanks for all the gifts and graces the Lord has bestowed on one’s life. For those who struggle paycheck to paycheck or are on the brink of homelessness, Thanksgiving has a different meaning. It can mean loneliness, despair and… Read more »

Gala celebrates 30 years of excellence

cape coral  |  During this 30th anniversary of the founding of St. Andrew Catholic School in Cape Coral there has been an ongoing effort to celebrate the achievements of the school and its students. Part of that celebration was the Nov. 23, “Enchanted Sea – Second Annual Saints and Sinners Gala” at the Westin Cape… Read more »

Retreats serve as reflection and evangelization

lake placid  |  When given the opportunity to ask Bishop Frank J. Dewane a question, several young men and women directly inquired where they fit in today’s Catholic Church. These questions came Nov. 24 during a visit by Bishop Dewane to a Spanish-language Youth Catholic Charismatic Renewal Retreat at the Lake Placid Camp and Conference… Read more »

Annual Hispanic Festival draws thousands

sarasota  |  The 17th annual Hispanic Festival at St. Jude Parish was another rousing success as an estimated 14,000 descended on the Sarasota Parish Nov. 9, for a day filled with food, fun and entertainment. The annual festival is a celebration of both the individual nations and the unified culture of a diverse people. Held… Read more »

Prison outreach volunteers recognized for compassion

Port Charlotte  |   The men and women who enter the jails and prisons scattered throughout the Diocese of Venice serve a crucial role to a segment of society that is too commonly dismissed and forgotten. The nearly 150 prison outreach volunteers were recognized for their work by Bishop Frank J. Dewane during a Mass… Read more »

Veterans Day Mass honors military service, sacrifice

Sarasota  |   It was in 1919 when the first celebration of Veterans Day took place. It was then known as Remembrance Day, as Nov. 11, 1919 marked the anniversary of the end to World War I, the “war to end all wars.” On the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day, and for the 10th year… Read more »

Catholic-Jewish gathered commemorates start of Holocaust

Naples  |  This year marks the 81st anniversary of “Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass.” It was on the night of Nov. 9, 1938, when members of the Nazi party attacked Jewish persons and destroyed Jewish owned property in Germany and Austria. Kristallnacht is generally regarded as the beginning of the Holocaust in Europe which… Read more »

Hispanic Charismatic Renewal celebrates gathering

Bonita Springs  |  The V Diocesan Congress of the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Renewal brought together nearly 900 from across the Diocese Nov. 16 to St. Leo the Great Parish in Bonita Springs. The day included renewal, prayer, talks, music, adoration, opportunity for confession, and concluded with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane. The… Read more »