Category: Venice

Haitian community celebrates independence

Bonita Springs | On Jan. 1, 1804, the first independent republic of black people was created in Haiti, the second nation to break the bond of colonialism after the United States. So on the 214th anniversary of this historic occasion, the Diocesan Office of the Haitian Apostolate in conjunction with the Haitian Catholic community celebrated… Read more »

Students help counterparts affected by Irma

NAPLES | In an amazing gesture of kindness and unity, the students of St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton presented a check to their counterparts at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Naples who are still recovering from the damages caused by Hurricane Irma. The presentation of $11,750 took place at the conclusion of Mass… Read more »

‘Cities for Life’ seeks end to death penalty

LEHIGH ACRES | The Diocese of Venice took part in the annual “Cities for Life” prayer vigil to end the death penalty Nov. 30, at St. Raphael Parish in Lehigh Acres, with a featured speaker who shared his firsthand experiences on death row before being exonerated. As part of the prayer service, 22 candles were… Read more »

Irma rebuilding taking place

Progress being made at parishes and schools NAPLES | If you were to enter the sanctuary of St. Elizabeth Seton church in Naples it would not reflect the sacred space that it is intended to be. Instead you will see pews taken apart and stacked, missing ceiling tiles and bare wood where a roof patch… Read more »

Teens urged to ‘magnify the light of Christ’

PUNTA GORDA | Put 2,000 Catholic teens together for a day, add motivational speakers and music, and the results were inspiring, as Diocesan youth were spiritually enriched to open themselves to the call of the Lord during the 2017 Diocese of Venice Youth Rally. At the Rally, the youth were surprised by a very special… Read more »

A tale of two towns

Picking up after Hurricane Irma in Immokalee and Ave Maria Immokalee | Just seven miles of road and partially flooded farmland separate the towns of Immokalee and Ave Maria. But while Ave Maria advertises itself on its web site as “Southwest Florida’s newest hometown,” Immokalee is a poor farming community made up of mostly immigrants… Read more »

Faith is at the heart of recovery

NAPLES | Wearing play “hard hats” and showing a resilience that reflects their age, the students of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Naples returned to their battered school Oct. 2 with smiles and an enthusiasm that was inspiring. With their parents in tow, the students started arriving at the school 17 school days after… Read more »

Churches damaged, spirit strong in Southwest Florida

Naples | In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma there are many people with stories of how they rode out the storm and turned to prayer for protection from the fierce winds. In Naples, St. Elizabeth Seton Parish administrator Father Russell Ruggiero feels blessed to be alive after experiencing the ferocity of Irma firsthand by riding… Read more »

A new Pantry on Wheels reaches neediest

Immokalee | There is a critical need for food pantry services in outlying areas of Immokalee, with many residents living far from the offices of Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc., the home of a food pantry and Casa Maria soup kitchen. In the past, it was only during the holiday… Read more »

How many smiles is that?

NAPLES  |  If you have ever been to the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Naples and entered the main entrance, you have likely been greeted by Art and Phyllis Longano. The couple takes their post in the narthex, in front of a large baptismal font, wearing color-coordinated outfits while smiling… Read more »