Category: Venice

Pentecost brings Holy Spirit, unity, understanding

Venice | “There appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:3-4). The readings on Pentecost Sunday note that Jesus appeared before the Apostles for the final time, but at that moment Jesus confers on them… Read more »

First Diocesan Walk to Our Lady

Venice | An amazing day to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary took place when more than 100 people participated in the first-ever Diocese of Venice Walk to Our Lady: A Marian Pilgrimage to the May Crowning May 19 in Venice. The prayer warriors trekked 6.6 miles from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish to Our Lady… Read more »

May dedicated to Blessed Virgin Mary

Venice | The Blessed Virgin Mary’s path of faith and hope serves as an example to all. This is just one of the reasons that the Universal Church dedicates the month of May to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The month serves as an opportunity to reflect upon the season of the Liturgical Year, which largely… Read more »

Retiring Mooney President leaves lasting legacy

Sarasota | After 39 years of compassion, loyalty and devotion to Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, Sister Mary Lucia Haas, Sister of Notre Dame, the school’s President, will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. I had the pleasure to talk to Sister Haas about this important time in her life, and asked… Read more »

Confirmandi perfectly bound to Church as true witnesses to Christ

Sarasota | Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, Christian initiation is completed, as the recipients become more perfectly bound to the Church as a true witness to Christ. This is how Pope Francis views Confirmation, which he said is a Sacrament which must be understood as a continuation of the faith journey, beginning with Baptism, along… Read more »

Catholic Charities Annual Report shows impact

Venice | The one thing which makes Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. unique is how much its services and programs impact local communities. During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017, a dedicated group of workers and volunteers helped improve the lives of 41,112 individuals and families with more than 30 specialized programs… Read more »

School in portables during hurricane repairs

Naples | Eleven shiny white buildings sit in the parking lot of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Naples, the new temporary home for the students from Pre-K3 to fifth grade. On April 10, the students returned from Easter break and loved what they found. “It’s so pretty,” one Pre-K girl exclaimed. “I love it,”… Read more »

New Church dedicated and blessed in Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch | Richard and Monica Rice have been attending Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Lakewood Ranch since Mass was celebrated in a nearby Lutheran Church where just a few dozen people initially attended. Those days are long in the past as the Parish now has 5,133 individuals and 1,946 families. To accommodate… Read more »

Incarnation is named best private school by local magazine

Sarasota | Incarnation Catholic School in Sarasota has been named Best Private School in the Sarasota-Manatee area by SRQ Magazine. As the announcement stated: “Many parents want to send their children to private school in the Sarasota-Manatee area. So, what can readers teach us about the choices? Incarnation Catholic School graduated to the top of… Read more »

Seminarian Ordained as Transitional Deacon

Boca Raton | Diocese of Venice Seminarian Carlos Encinas feels blessed and at peace following his Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate April 14 at St. Joan of Arc Parish Church, Boca Raton. Transitional Deacon Encinas said a few days later that “the peace and happiness that I experienced that day are still with me. Praise… Read more »