Category: Venice

Marriage is something to be celebrated

Fort Myers | Every year, Feb. 7-14 is celebrated as National Marriage Week. This week provides an opportunity for married couples to “celebrate the gift and blessings of marriage.” Included in the week is World Marriage Day Feb. 11, which honors husbands and wives as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society… Read more »

Youth festival inspires participants

Wauchula | It takes courage and wisdom to hear the Lord’s call and respond. The challenge of accepting that call with a renewed urgency was put forth for about 200 young men and women who participated in the 2018 youth festival at St. Michael Parish in Wauchula. Middle and high school-aged youth from across Hardee… Read more »

Diocese hosts elegant evenings for charity

Sarasota | The 2018 Charity Ball season got off to a great start on two consecutive weekends as hundreds came out to enjoy evenings of fine dining and music all in support of the programs of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc. The Jan. 27 Sarasota Charity Ball and the Feb. 3 Venetian Ball are… Read more »

Bears offer comfort to officer families

KISSIMMEE | As Megan O’Grady stood in the lobby of the Kissimmee Police Department Jan. 15, she looked both kind and anxious. The Bishop Verot High School sophomore, accompanied by her parents, her little brother and her grandmother, made the three-hour car ride with precious cargo. Megan is the founder of Blue Line Bears, a… Read more »

Students get lesson on respecting all living things

Naples | It is not every day that a blind raccoon is welcomed into the seventh-grade science classroom of teacher Sheila DiMarco of St. Ann Catholic School, but Jan. 16 was one such day. Trouper the Blind Raccoon, a wildlife ambassador who has been featured in local media and “National Geographic Wild” television, brought a… Read more »

Our Mother’s House celebrates latest expansion

Venice | With the snip of a large pair of scissors on Jan. 22, the latest expansion of Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. in Venice officially opened. The blessing and dedication of the William and Mary Frank Residences adds five additional apartments, bringing the total to 22. The expansion also… Read more »

Large group attends March in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. | A group of more than 300 from the Diocese of Venice took part in the 45th Annual National March for Life in Washington Jan. 19, joining hundreds of thousands from across the country to be a witness for life. Bishop Frank J. Dewane was among the group, concelebrating the Vigil Mass Jan…. Read more »

Haitian community celebrates independence

Bonita Springs | On Jan. 1, 1804, the first independent republic of black people was created in Haiti, the second nation to break the bond of colonialism after the United States. So on the 214th anniversary of this historic occasion, the Diocesan Office of the Haitian Apostolate in conjunction with the Haitian Catholic community celebrated… Read more »

Students help counterparts affected by Irma

NAPLES | In an amazing gesture of kindness and unity, the students of St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton presented a check to their counterparts at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Naples who are still recovering from the damages caused by Hurricane Irma. The presentation of $11,750 took place at the conclusion of Mass… Read more »

‘Cities for Life’ seeks end to death penalty

LEHIGH ACRES | The Diocese of Venice took part in the annual “Cities for Life” prayer vigil to end the death penalty Nov. 30, at St. Raphael Parish in Lehigh Acres, with a featured speaker who shared his firsthand experiences on death row before being exonerated. As part of the prayer service, 22 candles were… Read more »