Category: Venice

Candlelight vigils close 40 Days for Life

Sarasota  |  Bringing light to darkness, the spring 40 Days for Life peaceful prayer campaign came to end in spectacular fashion April 13, with candlelight vigils at three Diocese of Venice prayer sites. Groups gathered for candlelight vigils in front of abortion facilities in Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Naples where people have been praying for… Read more »

Students reminded to follow example of Christ

Sarasota  |  As the Lenten Season came to a conclusion, Bishop Frank J. Dewane celebrated Mass for students at several Diocesan Catholic schools. The message at each was to learn the important lessons learned from the teachings of Christ and apply them to their daily lives. During an April 9 Mass at Cardinal Mooney Catholic… Read more »

Faithful urged to spread good news throughout Easter season

Venice  |  Throughout the universal Church the faithful gathered for a joyous celebration on Easter; that is the resurrection of the Lord, the summit of the Catholic Faith. Easter is not simply one feast among others, but the “Feast of Feasts,” the “Solemnity of Solemnities.” This celebration comes after the holiest of weeks that began… Read more »

Bishop Dewane washes the feet of prisoners

Bowling Green | On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis visited Velletri Jail, outside Rome, and washed the feet of 12 inmates, recalling Christ’s actions at the Last Supper.  On that same day, Bishop Frank J. Dewane travelled to Hardee Correctional Institution in Bowling Green to celebrate the Holy Thursday liturgy, including washing of the feet, with… Read more »

Stations of the Cross: A spiritual pilgrimage

Sarasota  |  While Easter Sunday is the celebration of the divine mystery — Jesus’s resurrection from the dead — the path of his suffering under the Roman Prefect Pon-tius Pilate and the bearing of the cross is a story which has especially significant meaning. On Good Friday (the Friday before Easter Sunday), many Catholics participate… Read more »

NET Retreat inspires young Catholics

Venice  |  Youth from five different parishes opened their hearts to the loving word of God for two days, and left a Lenten retreat inspired and motivated to spread the Good News. In what is becoming a regular opportunity for young people in the Diocese of Venice to grow spiritually, high school youth participated in… Read more »

Transitional deacons closer to priesthood

As song and prayer filled the church of St. Joan of Arc in Boca Raton, 15 men laid prostrate, laying down their lives before the altar of Jesus Christ. The Church was filled with family members, friends, guests, seminary faculty and leaders, priests and brother seminarians, all a witness of great support for the candidates… Read more »

STREAM going strong in Diocesan schools

Cape Coral | The Diocese of Venice STREAM educational platform (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, with Religion and Arts) has been growing in Diocesan Catholic Schools in recent years. The impact of providing students the opportunity to develop key skills in the sciences while staying grounded in their faith is making a positive impact for… Read more »

Students enriched by Catholic Days at the Capitol

Sarasota  |  Nearly half of the 68 people from the Diocese of Venice who took the long journey to participate in Catholic Days at the Capitol in late March were Catholic high school students. The 29 students, split between Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers and Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota,… Read more »

Charismatic Renewal event channels Holy Spirit

Venice  |  The 2019 Diocese of Venice English Charismatic Renewal annual conference was held March 30 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. The theme for the conference was “Holy Spirit Breathe on Me.”  With powerful speakers, inspirational music as well as praise and worship, the conference served to inspire those in attendance. The day followed the… Read more »