Category: Venice

‘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 »

Students stand up to bullying together

Venice | Students at Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School in Venice came together on Oct. 24, wearing orange to show that they are united for togetherness, acceptance, and inclusion as they stood up against bullying in celebration of Unity Day. Because bullying affects more than one in every five students around the country, Unity Day is… Read more »

Grandparents honored at St. John Neumann

Naples | Grandparents, a vital link to the past — most importantly the faith — were welcomed to St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples for a special celebration Nov. 7. That celebration opened with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane as students sat with their grandparents in the Our Lady of… Read more »

Venice Diocese parishes, schools support Panhandle

Fort Myers | In the wake of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Michael, the faithful of the Diocese of Venice have stepped up in ways large and small. From donations of pennies to cases of water or the spreading of the word that much more is needed, people of all ages have continued to help… Read more »

Youth Rally unifies nearly 1,900

Punta Gorda | Young men and women of God gathered together Nov. 3 for the 2018 Diocese of Venice Youth Rally in Punta Gorda to learn what it means to “Be Courageous” witnesses to the faith. This theme of being courageous permeated through the Youth Rally which offered the approximately 1,900 youth the tools to… Read more »