Category: Venice

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 »

Jubilarians honored at Chrism Mass

VENICE | The priests serving or living in the Diocese celebrating their 25th and 50th anniversaries were recognized for their years of service to Holy Mother Church March 27 during the annual Chrism Mass at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. During a reception in the Parish hall, the 14 Jubilarian priests combined to celebrate 600 years… Read more »

Retreat inspires young Catholics to make time for God

VENICE | More than 80 youth opened their hearts to the loving word of God for 48 hours and left the retreat inspired and motivated to spread the good news. The high school youth participated in the annual Diocese-hosted NET Ministries (National Evangelization Team based in Minnesota) retreat on the weekend of April 6-8 at… Read more »

Divine Mercy Sunday embraced by many communities

Bradenton | The Second Sunday of Easter, or Divine Mercy Sunday, completes the Octave of Easter, a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the blessing of His continuing presence in our midst. The Gospel reading for Divine Mercy Sunday recalls the encounter between St. Thomas and Jesus after the Resurrection. For many in… Read more »

Faithful of Naples parish back home after Irma

VENICE | “Alleluia! Alleluia!” were the words that adorned the altar at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Naples Easter Sunday. The words reflect the celebration that Christ Our Lord is risen. However, on this holiest of days, the meaning was even more profound as Sunday Mass was celebrated in the church for the first time… Read more »