Category: Venice

Bradenton school reunites to congratulate the Class of 2020

Bradenton  |  Friends and loved ones gathered at St. Joseph Parish in Bradenton June 17, 2020 to honor the Class of 2020. The graduation Mass and ceremony marked the first official occasion where students, faculty and families could meet face-to-face since March 13.  “This is the first time we have shared the same space since… Read more »

Faithful Catholics help brothers and sisters in need

Sarasota  |  “We would be here even if it was to help one family.” This was the assertion made by Maria DeJesus the director of St. Jude Parish Food Pantry in Sarasota. In existence since the Parish was founded in 2006, the food pantry, which sits in a mobile home at the rear of the… Read more »

Virtual presentation to high school seniors covers serious topics

Venice  |  The Diocese of Venice Respect Life Office works tirelessly to educate people of all ages on the Church teachings on issues of life, from conception to natural death. While it is always hard to educate young people on such topics as abortion, premarital sex, the transmission of sexual related illness and other health… Read more »

Sister Frances retires leaving advice: ‘Stay close to Jesus’

Venice  |  With a smile and her famous Irish twinkle parishioners of Epiphany Cathedral in Venice recognized for the last 26 years, Sister Frances Lalor announced her retirement. Sister Lalor, 81, professed her vows as a Religious Sister of Mercy Sept. 8, 1957, in Ireland, and completed her studies in Columbia, Missouri, in the 1960s,… Read more »

Best and brightest of the Diocesan Class of 2020

Sarasota  |  Each year the four Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Venice send into the world some of the best prepared students. The class of 2020, which includes Bishop Verot in Fort Myers, Cardinal Mooney in Sarasota, Donahue Academy in Ave Maria, and St. John Neumann in Naples, has graduates who are going… Read more »

Delay does nothing to lessen the importance of sacrament

Venice  |  Two years of religious instruction built toward a beautiful moment when young girls and boys willingly step forward to become one with Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist for the first time. Parishes have begun celebrating the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, having been delayed, like so many other events, by the COVID-19… Read more »

Athletes return to high school fields

Sarasota  |  Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School welcomed back about 40 student-athletes for summer conditioning June 10, 2020, while following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines and procedures set forth by the National Federation of High School Associations in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. The Cardinal Mooney conditioning program included both football and… Read more »

Catholic Charities partnership assists COVID patients

immokalee  |  The positive COVID-19 cases in Immokalee surpassed the 1,000 mark June 11, 2020, according to information provided by the Florida Department of Health. Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. is collaborating with the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services Division (BES), to help those infected with the virus who have tested positive and… Read more »

Diocese of Venice Catholic Charities leads way in pandemic response

Immokalee  |  A bag of food, some fruit and bread and a few sweets for the children brought many smiles to the families who came to Immokalee June 3, 2020, to the food distribution at Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. Catholic Charities has been at the forefront of outreach into… Read more »

Join 30 days of prayer to St. Joseph

Venice  |  When Bishop Frank J. Dewane announced the Diocese of Venice would celebrate a “Year of St. Joseph” from March 19, 2020 to March 19, 2021, he promised a number of resources would be made available to help in this celebration. “St. Joseph is a figure who lead by example, while also offering powerful… Read more »