Category: Venice

Bishop Verot graduates outdoors

Fort Myers  |  The 55th commencement exercises of Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers may have been more spread out than normal July 18, 2020, but a delay of two months did little to spoil the significance the day meant for both the graduates and their proud families. Entering down the middle of… Read more »

Naples Parish shows gratitude to pandemic heroes

Naples  |  Priests, doctors, nurses, grocery store clerks and so many others have stepped-up to put their own safety on the line during the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have asked how they can show their gratitude and appreciation for these pandemic heroes for their compassion, devotion and service to the community. In… Read more »

Prayer, formation, fun at summer program

Wauchula  |  The sounds of a few dozen girls praying together in Church had been missing for the past few months at St. Michael Parish in Wauchula.  The Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara — SSVM — women religious who serve at the Parish were determined to change that by organizing two… Read more »

Notes of encouragement sent to nursing home residents

Bradenton  |  At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its corresponding isolation of nursing home residents, one woman at Sts. Peter and Paul the Apostles Parish in Bradenton knew she had to act. “We are here on this earth to help each other,” explained Kathe Hughes, who tries to live her life like that… Read more »

Drive-by farewell overwhelms retiring priest

Fort Myers  |  After 22 years serving at St. Cecilia Parish in Fort Myers, Oblate of St. Francis de Sales Father Stanley Dombrowski knew now was the time to retire. “I had a great run, but it was time,” said Father Dombrowski, who will soon turn 73. He started at St. Cecilia as Parochial Vicar… Read more »

‘Be an Angel’ and support programs

Venice  |  Providing food, mental health counseling, housing and financial assistance to individuals and families has always been the mission of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc.  During these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the program is serving more people than ever. Now is the time to “Be an Angel” to your neighbors… Read more »

Priest ordination celebrated in midst of Pandemic

Venice  |  Bishop Frank J. Dewane presided over the ordination of Father Franckel Fils-Aime in a Rite of Ordination, an age-old ceremony that was witnessed by the faithful on June 27, 2020 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice.  Bishop Dewane told Father Fils-Aime that through ordination, he becomes forever raised to the rank of priest in… Read more »

Bradenton Catholic School hosted a STREAM program

Bradenton  |  St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton hosted a two-week virtual STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math) program in June 2020 for students of all ages. Connected to their teachers via online Zoom sessions, students followed the “Invention Process” as they collaborated, innovated, designed prototypes and learned from their failures. Program kits… Read more »

Food demand remains high in Arcadia

Arcadia  |  Francisco Hernandez does not want to go to the food pantry run by Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. at St. Paul Parish in Arcadia, but he has little choice. “I have to feed my children,” he said. Hernandez was inside one of dozens of vehicles that stopped by the food pantry on… Read more »

Prayer Chain Against Racism held in Naples

Naples  |  A Prayer Chain Against Racism seeking to affirm the equality and dignity of every human person was held in Naples June 28, 2020. The prayer chain was sponsored by the Catholic Parishes of Naples and brought out many on a steamy afternoon. There were no talks or speeches, as people of all ages… Read more »