Category: Venice

Stewardship is seen as a response to faith

Fort Myers | Representatives from Parishes across the Diocese of Venice gathered in Fort Myers for Stewardship Day to focus on the best practices of sharing the principles of ownership, responsibility, accountability and the rewards of adopting stewardship as a way of life. An outreach of the Diocese Office of Stewardship and Development, the Oct…. Read more »

Counseling the bereaved takes patience, time

Sarasota | A recent training seminar focused on helping educate parish volunteers who assist those suffering from bereavement. Deacon Henry deMena, who holds a master’s degree in counseling with extensive training and experience in bereavement, led the two-day workshop at St. Thomas More Parish in Sarasota with the goal of helping volunteers give hope to… Read more »

Palmetto parish celebrates special Feast Day

Palmetto | Sept. 14 was the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, a day with special meaning for the faithful of Holy Cross Parish in Palmetto. A bilingual Mass and celebration were held which brought together the diverse faith community. “Our Parish bears the name of the symbol that changed the world,” said… Read more »

Couple copes with loss the Delaney way

BRADENTON | There was something special about a married couple who attended the Diocese of Venice Religious Freedom Film Festival in Sarasota during the summer; maybe it was the way they introduced themselves. “Our faith is everything to us,” said Chuck Delaney, who said those words with sheer conviction, leading one to assume he was… Read more »

Opponent’s injury inspires team’s compassion

Fort Myers | When high school football teams play in the state of Florida, it is serious business and injuries are common; it is the nature of a sport in which the players slam into each other with great force. During the Sept. 7 game between Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers and… Read more »

Scouts learn about Ten Commandments

Venice | When you are member of the Scouts, you go on hikes to learn various lessons in wayfinding, survival and ecology. Along the shores of the Myakka River in Venice Sept 15, Scouts from across the Diocese Venice combined their traditional hike with a strong religious twist. They learned about the Ten Commandments and… Read more »

Faithful reach out to migrant workers

Clewiston | José Garcia (whose name was changed to protect his family) has simple goals in life: to care for his family and to be sure they are safe and stay together. These aspirations are the same for which all families hope. But for a migrant farmworker toiling 60 hours a week in the fields… Read more »

40 Days for Life fall campaign will begin Sept. 26

Venice | Coming soon will be another chance to stand up for life. The 40 Days for Life fall campaign begins Sept. 26 in Fort Myers and Sarasota, and will continue until Nov. 4. Participants often reflect about how rewarding it is to participate when the only requirement is to just show up and pray…. Read more »

Diocese of Venice group prepares for V Encuentro national gathering

Fort myers | The Diocese of Venice is sending a delegation of 20 people to the Sept. 20-23 V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth. This National Encuentro gathering is a key moment in the multiyear outreach initiated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, with a goal… Read more »

Faithful celebrate Patroness of Cuba

Naples | The Cuban faithful of St. Agnes Parish in Naples celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Charity, Patroness of Cuba, Sept. 8 with a Mass. The feast also falls on the same day as the solemn Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Mass was celebrated by visiting Father Jose del Olmo,… Read more »