Category: Venice

St. Katharine Drexel Church rededicated

Cape Coral | It took some time, but the results were spectacular as St. Katharine Drexel Parish just completed a major renovation and repair job on its Church building. So much of the Church was repaired, and the altar replaced, that Bishop Frank J. Dewane presided over a rededication Nov. 17. Bishop Dewane said the… Read more »

Verot senior wins Jeopardy! Teen Tournament

Fort Myers | A 17-year-old devout Catholic from Bonita Springs who is the captain of the A-Team (Quiz Bowl) and her high school’s golf team as well as the 2018 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament Champion. Who is Claire Sattler? “It still absolutely feels like I’m dreaming,” Claire said of her winning the $100,000 grand prize in… Read more »

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrated across the Venice Diocese

VENICE | Tradition, reverence, and lots of music marked the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe throughout the Diocese of Venice and the world Dec. 12. The Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn is one of the most revered in the world. Parishes throughout the Diocese of Venice celebrated the feast with Mass, Eucharistic… Read more »

Cathedral illuminated in red for persecuted Christians

Venice | Epiphany Cathedral in Venice was illuminated in red as the Diocese participated in the “Courage in Red” initiative to shine the light on the plight of persecuted Christians. In addition to the illuminating of the Cathedral Nov. 28, a variety of activities took place throughout the Diocese in support of the “Courage in… Read more »

‘Homeless Jesus’ statue blessed at Cathedral

Venice | Bishop Frank J. Dewane dedicated and blessed a “Homeless Jesus” statue Nov. 25 outside Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. The sculpture is located by the south entrance to the Cathedral, across from the U.S. Post Office. It serves as a visual representation of Matthew 25 which states: “In truth I tell you, in so… Read more »

Christmas Appeal seeks needed funds

Venice | Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. is best known as a highly rated social service agency that assists thousands of people in the community each year. But Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice is so much more. Behind the many statistics are the real people who are helped each year. “The voices of our… Read more »

Academy is first Diocesan school to be STREAM certified

Sarasota | After a thorough assessment and examination, St. Mary Academy in Sarasota was awarded the title of a certified STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) school. The Academy is the first Catholic school in the Diocese of Venice, and the first ESE (Exceptional Student Education) school in Florida, to earn this prestigious… Read more »

Punta Gorda youth tweet pope

Punta Gorda | A simple exercise for a Parish youth group turned into an outpouring of heartfelt emotion about the Universal Church, their faith and Pope Francis. Rita J. Sheridan, Director of Youth Ministries at Sacred Heart Parish in Punta Gorda, organized her sixth- eighth-graders to compose messages, or tweets, that would be sent to… Read more »

Bereavement: Surviving the holidays

Bonita Springs | The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, but more so for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The rush of memories can make it feel as if the loss is happening all over again. To help the bereaved, the Office of Family Life offered three “There… Read more »

More than 1,500 attend Veterans Day Mass

SARASOTA | It was 100 years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the guns fell silent and the horror that was World War I was over. Each year, Nov. 11 is set aside to honor all veterans, both living and deceased, who have served their… Read more »