Category: Venice

Demand on Catholic Charities skyrockets

Immokalee  |  Vania Vasquez appeared at the office of Guadalupe Social Services in Immokalee hoping to get some food for her family. Joined by her daughter, Liliana, Vasquez was happy when the workers presented her with two large bags of dry goods, and other bags with fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, breads and sweets. “Thank… Read more »

Distance learning off to strong start in Venice Diocese

Venice  |  The terms virtual instruction and distance learning are becoming part of the lexicon of everyday language as the Diocese of Venice Catholic Schools joined the growing number of education institutions offering learning online. Ben Hopper, Diocesan Interim Superintendent of Catholic Education, sent a letter to families of Catholic school students describing the exhilarating… Read more »

Catholics do what’s needed to connect

During this time of closures and social distancing, accommodations must be made to ensure everyone stays connect both personally and spiritually. Anointing of the Sick In late March, Father Shawn Roser, Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph Parish, received a call to deliver the sacrament of the anointing of the sick for a patient at Tidewell… Read more »

Paschal Triduum is center, summit of liturgical year

Venice  |  As the Lenten Season comes to a close, now more than ever we must prepare for the Easter Triduum which bespeaks of the suffering, death and Resurrection, renders visibly that God’s love has no bounds. While it is not possible to physically attend Mass or enter church during this holiest of weeks, it… Read more »

Venice bishop responds to pandemic crisis

Venice  |  Bishop Frank J. Dewane has been at the forefront in responding to the ever-evolving coronavirus pandemic within the 10-county Diocese of Venice. The announcement to suspend all Masses and Parish activities effective March 20, and continuing through at least Easter, was the culmination of a series of meetings, conference calls and consultation from… Read more »

Solemnity of St. Joseph — last public Masses

Venice  |  The Solemnity of St. Joseph is a celebration of the foster father of Jesus Christ, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and patriarch of the universal Church. He is also guardian and protector of the Church and her Faithful. The 2020 feast day (March 19) had a double meaning — a day to… Read more »

Catholic Charities helping most needy

Venice  |  The motto of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. is: “Providing Help. Creating Hope. Serving All.” Since the beginning of the pandemic crisis, the staff of Catholic Charities is living that motto on the front lines of helping people throughout the 10-county Diocese. With a long history within communities across the region, Catholic… Read more »

Catholic School online education ramp up

Venice  |  An unexpected two-week Spring Break for the thousands of Catholic School students across the Diocese of Venice, because of the pandemic, caused a dramatic pivot to online learning. Ben Hopper, Diocesan interim superintendent of Catholic Education, working closely with Bishop Frank J. Dewane and the Diocesan school board, acted decisively in early March… Read more »

Faithful stand before new multimillion-dollar abortion facility

Fort Myers  |  There is a new building in the Daniels Commerce Park in Fort Myers that looks like any other of hundreds of office buildings in the area. However, this building is the new $2 million home of the Planned Parenthood, a place where abortions take place each day. More than 20 members of… Read more »

Events support Catholic Charities programs

Venice  |  Four distinctive events took place recently to help support the programs of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc. First up Feb. 15, 2020, was the always fun Boots and Bandannas at Kingsway Golf and Country Club in Lake Suzy. This western-themed evening includes plenty of cowboy hats, boots and lots of bandannas. This… Read more »