Category: Venice

Naples Blue Mass honors first responders

Mass, Florida Catholic

Naples  |  In thanks for their service and commitment to the safety of the community, a Blue Mass for law enforcement and first responders was celebrated Jan. 26, at St. Agnes Parish in Naples. Priests from across Collier County concelebrated with the homily by Father Michael Vannicola, pastor of St. Ann Parish. Among those attending… Read more »

Parish’s monument to unborn rededicated


Bradenton | A monument to the unborn was recently rededicated at St. Joseph Parish in Bradenton. Fittingly, the ceremony took place Jan. 13, the Baptism of Our Lord and National Sanctity of Life Sunday. The granite monument was inspired by the Knights of Columbus Council 5604 and placed under an oak tree near the parish… Read more »

Catholic Schools Week celebrated Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Catholic Schools Week

Venice | Each day is a celebration of educating the mind, body and spirit at Catholic Schools throughout the Diocese of Venice. A more public celebration will occur the week of Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 when Diocesan schools will participate in a series of exciting activities as part of National Catholic Schools Week 2019…. Read more »

Weightlifting offers strength of body, mind, self

SARASOTA | Ashley Savigne looked intently at the barbell for her deadlift. The 45-pound bar had 10-pound plates on each side. The high school sophomore took a deep breath and, with a look of determination, bent in the squat position. Her hips were slightly higher than her knees, as they should be. She picked up… Read more »

Venice Diocese group participates in National March


Washington, D.C. | A group of more than 250, mostly young people, took part in the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18. The march is the largest gathering of pro-lifers in the nation with hundreds of thousands participating. The 2019 march marks the 46th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe… Read more »

Neumann footballer named 2A player of year

Naples | St. John Neumann Catholic High School athlete Jensen Jones was named in December by the Florida sports writers as the Florida State High School Athletic Association Class 2A football player of the year. The Naples senior led the Celtics to the regional finals and finished the season 10-2, setting a team record for… Read more »

Diocesan pilgrims enjoying Panama

World Youth Day

Staff Report Panama City, Panama | The pilgrims who are participating in World Youth Day 2019 in Panama this week are representing the Diocese of Venice well, showing their passion and joy for their faith. In talking with one participant from Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, the entire World Youth Day journey was expected to be… Read more »

Catechetical Day focuses on modern issues


Sarasota | Just as the apostles were viewed as living embodiments of the new Catholic Church, so too are the catechists who currently serve the Church within Diocese of Venice in a variety of capacities in parishes and schools. This was the repeated message at the Diocesan “Catechetical Day: Catechesis in the Church Today,” which… Read more »

Knights start ambitious life campaign

Venice | The Knights of Columbus throughout the entire Diocese of Venice have started a campaign to purchase a mobile medical clinic. The mobile medical clinic van is a roving medical clinic, or ultrasound on wheels, which will then be given to Community Pregnancy Clinics Inc. (CPCI), a life-affirming medical provider with four clinics in… Read more »

Handbags empower Immokalee women

Immokalee | Migrant women in Immokalee have a new opportunity to earn money for their families through an empowerment program sponsored by the Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities. The Women’s Hands Program was the idea of the owners of the Guadalupe Roastery in nearby Ave Maria. The owners approached Peggy Rodriguez, program director of… Read more »