Category: Venice

Churches damaged, spirit strong in Southwest Florida

Naples | In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma there are many people with stories of how they rode out the storm and turned to prayer for protection from the fierce winds. In Naples, St. Elizabeth Seton Parish administrator Father Russell Ruggiero feels blessed to be alive after experiencing the ferocity of Irma firsthand by riding… Read more »

A new Pantry on Wheels reaches neediest

Immokalee | There is a critical need for food pantry services in outlying areas of Immokalee, with many residents living far from the offices of Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc., the home of a food pantry and Casa Maria soup kitchen. In the past, it was only during the holiday… Read more »

How many smiles is that?

NAPLES  |  If you have ever been to the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Naples and entered the main entrance, you have likely been greeted by Art and Phyllis Longano. The couple takes their post in the narthex, in front of a large baptismal font, wearing color-coordinated outfits while smiling… Read more »

Bears offer comfort to families of the fallen

Fort Myers  |  Each day, men and women across the United States put on the uniform of a law enforcement officer, most with families waiting behind fearing for their safety but knowing what they do is necessary and heroic. The symbolism of the uniform helped motivate Bishop Verot Catholic High School sophomore Megan O’Grady, the… Read more »

V Encuentro meetings are very fruitful

NAPLES  |  The Office of Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese of Venice is hosting a series of discussions in each deanery of the Diocese designed to follow the process of the V Encuentro, an intensive consultation and missionary effort of Hispanic/Latino Ministry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The main goal of the V… Read more »

Sarasota teen blessed by Pope Francis

  SARASOTA  |  The wheels of the plane that returned Silas Bichler of Sarasota and his family from a meeting with Pope Francis in Rome may have touched down in Tampa March 17, but Silas’ feet won’t hit the ground for a long time. Silas, 18-year-old altar server at Incarnation Parish in Sarasota who was… Read more »

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 »