Category: Venice

Diocesan Catholic schools say farewell until August

Bradenton  |  When the 2019-2020 academic year began for the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Venice in August 2019, the joy and the anticipation could be seen on the faces of incoming students as well as the teachers and faculty welcoming students back to school. Fast forward to the end of May 2020 and… Read more »

Prison Outreach adds new religious education component

Venice | A huge challenge faced the Diocese of Venice Prison Outreach when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) to limit outside contact with prisoners for fear of spreading the virus. This left the men and women with no access to religious education programs or materials. Thanks to a cooperative effort… Read more »

Camillus Project provides PPE for frontline workers

Venice  |  Volunteers and staff members gathered at the Diocese of Venice Catholic Center May 20, 2020, to assemble more than 50 face shields and ear saver kits for those serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The first wave will go to Diocesan clergy and staff and volunteers at Catholic Charities Diocese… Read more »

Graduations celebrated 2020-style

Bradenton  |  Catholic Schools pride themselves in providing students with a well-rounded faith-filled education all with a little fun in the mix. And when it came to the eighth grade graduation ceremonies and events recognizing these students, fun affairs complete with caps and gowns were organized. At St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton, where a… Read more »

Public Sunday Mass in Diocese of Venice brings joy, hope

Venice  |  As the faithful left Mass at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice May 24, 2020, there was a feeling of joy and hope. The joy came from the return to public Sunday Mass after a two-month absence. The hope was that this small step means that lives are closer to returning to normal in the… Read more »

Graduations loom as school-year winds down

Naples  |  The Diocese of Venice Catholic school 2020 graduating class, whether seniors in high school or eighth graders finishing up elementary school, are soon departing their respective schools in a way like no other. Not with a huge celebration and graduation but with fond wishes and prayer through a computer screen. To make this… Read more »

Fort Myers Parish gives ‘Words of Encouragement’

Fort Myers  |  The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down social gatherings within Parishes throughout the Diocese of Venice, but through the initiative of staff and the faithful, with a little help from technology (social media and Parish websites), alternative ways of reaching out have been developed. One example of this can be found at St…. Read more »

Online Bible study series begins

Venice  |  Due to the restrictions people have been going through, the Diocese of Venice Office of Evangelization has sought to offer easy and effective ways to reach out to the faithful in their homes. Joshua Mazrin, Diocesan Director of Evangelization, recently began offering a 12-part online Bible study series from 2-3 p.m., Tuesdays through… Read more »

Bishop reaches out to prisoners

VENICE  |  Bishop Frank J. Dewane has stressed the importance of prison outreach since his 2006 appointment as Episcopal leader of the Diocese of Venice, making a point to celebrate Mass at many prisons and jails each year while also conferring the sacraments on numerous inmates. Therefore, it was distressing for Bishop Dewane to learn… Read more »

Bishop visits food distribution site

Bonita Springs  |  On a beautiful, early May Friday morning, the line of vehicles entering the parking lot of the Bonita Springs offices of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. was growing before the first bags of food were distributed.  Bishop Frank J. Dewane, in what is becoming a regular routine, visited this Catholic Charities… Read more »