Category: Venice

Students encouraged to think about their vocation

Sarasota | In life, everyone has a vocation, whether it is to the priesthood, religious life, marriage, parent, or the single life. Keeping one’s heart and mind open to that call of the Lord and understanding that message is key to a proper discernment, which may lead some on the path to the priesthood or… Read more »

Leadership program inspires Neumann students

Naples | When Sister Patricia Roche, Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, first told the student body about the House Program (a modified form of student government), many of us knew in our hearts it would be a success. From that first discussion, it was clear that the goal was to make students feel supported… Read more »

Special sessions enhance Respect Life Conference

Punta Gorda | Two key groups received special attention during the 2018 Statewide Florida Respect Life Conference held at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda Sept. 29. A second site was needed to accommodate the youth of the Diocese, while a parallel workshop to the main Conference was devoted to Spanish-language… Read more »

U.S. Church celebrates World Mission Sunday Oct. 21

VENICE | Some years ago, I accompanied a parish group from Ss. Peter and Paul the Apostles Parish in Bradenton to an art museum in Fort Lauderdale for the exhibit “St. Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes.” We saw hundreds of objects from the earliest centuries of the Church to the present:… Read more »

Stewardship is seen as a response to faith

Fort Myers | Representatives from Parishes across the Diocese of Venice gathered in Fort Myers for Stewardship Day to focus on the best practices of sharing the principles of ownership, responsibility, accountability and the rewards of adopting stewardship as a way of life. An outreach of the Diocese Office of Stewardship and Development, the Oct…. Read more »

Counseling the bereaved takes patience, time

Sarasota | A recent training seminar focused on helping educate parish volunteers who assist those suffering from bereavement. Deacon Henry deMena, who holds a master’s degree in counseling with extensive training and experience in bereavement, led the two-day workshop at St. Thomas More Parish in Sarasota with the goal of helping volunteers give hope to… Read more »

Palmetto parish celebrates special Feast Day

Palmetto | Sept. 14 was the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, a day with special meaning for the faithful of Holy Cross Parish in Palmetto. A bilingual Mass and celebration were held which brought together the diverse faith community. “Our Parish bears the name of the symbol that changed the world,” said… Read more »

Couple copes with loss the Delaney way

BRADENTON | There was something special about a married couple who attended the Diocese of Venice Religious Freedom Film Festival in Sarasota during the summer; maybe it was the way they introduced themselves. “Our faith is everything to us,” said Chuck Delaney, who said those words with sheer conviction, leading one to assume he was… Read more »

Opponent’s injury inspires team’s compassion

Fort Myers | When high school football teams play in the state of Florida, it is serious business and injuries are common; it is the nature of a sport in which the players slam into each other with great force. During the Sept. 7 game between Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers and… Read more »

Scouts learn about Ten Commandments

Venice | When you are member of the Scouts, you go on hikes to learn various lessons in wayfinding, survival and ecology. Along the shores of the Myakka River in Venice Sept 15, Scouts from across the Diocese Venice combined their traditional hike with a strong religious twist. They learned about the Ten Commandments and… Read more »