Category: Venice

Lent offers new opportunity to change one’s heart

NAPLES | Lent is a time to allow one’s heart to be touched and changed by the loving embrace of the Lord. This was the message of Bishop Frank J. Dewane during an Ash Wednesday Mass at St. William Parish in Naples. Bishop Dewane encouraged the faithful to take the time in this Lenten Season… Read more »

Mass celebrates gifts, goodness of marriage

Venice | The more than 300 couples who attended the first of two Masses celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage within the Diocese took pride in learning that their commitment to marriage is an inspiration for the generations that follow. “That feels really good to hear from the Bishop,” Pam Buxman of St. Cecelia Parish in… Read more »

2018 Women’s Conference an unqualified success

Fort Myers | More than 800 women put aside their troubles and challenges for about six hours and took the time to focus on their relationship with Lord, with the help of fellowship, inspiring speakers, Adoration and Mass. Christine Gergen of Our Lady of Light Parish in Fort Myers described the 2018 Diocese of Venice… Read more »

Marriage is something to be celebrated

Fort Myers | Every year, Feb. 7-14 is celebrated as National Marriage Week. This week provides an opportunity for married couples to “celebrate the gift and blessings of marriage.” Included in the week is World Marriage Day Feb. 11, which honors husbands and wives as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society… Read more »

Youth festival inspires participants

Wauchula | It takes courage and wisdom to hear the Lord’s call and respond. The challenge of accepting that call with a renewed urgency was put forth for about 200 young men and women who participated in the 2018 youth festival at St. Michael Parish in Wauchula. Middle and high school-aged youth from across Hardee… Read more »

Diocese hosts elegant evenings for charity

Sarasota | The 2018 Charity Ball season got off to a great start on two consecutive weekends as hundreds came out to enjoy evenings of fine dining and music all in support of the programs of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc. The Jan. 27 Sarasota Charity Ball and the Feb. 3 Venetian Ball are… Read more »

Bears offer comfort to officer families

KISSIMMEE | As Megan O’Grady stood in the lobby of the Kissimmee Police Department Jan. 15, she looked both kind and anxious. The Bishop Verot High School sophomore, accompanied by her parents, her little brother and her grandmother, made the three-hour car ride with precious cargo. Megan is the founder of Blue Line Bears, a… Read more »

Students get lesson on respecting all living things

Naples | It is not every day that a blind raccoon is welcomed into the seventh-grade science classroom of teacher Sheila DiMarco of St. Ann Catholic School, but Jan. 16 was one such day. Trouper the Blind Raccoon, a wildlife ambassador who has been featured in local media and “National Geographic Wild” television, brought a… Read more »

Our Mother’s House celebrates latest expansion

Venice | With the snip of a large pair of scissors on Jan. 22, the latest expansion of Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. in Venice officially opened. The blessing and dedication of the William and Mary Frank Residences adds five additional apartments, bringing the total to 22. The expansion also… Read more »

Large group attends March in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. | A group of more than 300 from the Diocese of Venice took part in the 45th Annual National March for Life in Washington Jan. 19, joining hundreds of thousands from across the country to be a witness for life. Bishop Frank J. Dewane was among the group, concelebrating the Vigil Mass Jan…. Read more »