Category: Venice

Pilgrims enhance Marian devotion

VENICE  |  A hearty group of those dedicated to a Marian devotion took part in a special pilgrimage May 4 by trekking between Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice. On a steamy Saturday morning, Bishop Frank J. Dewane kicked-off the pilgrimage in front of Our Lady… Read more »

Florida bishop among those calling for prayer, action after Colorado shooting

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 school shooting inside a charter school near Denver. One teenager died and eight other students were wounded. “Action is needed to attempt to reduce the frequency of these heinous acts,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida,… Read more »

WWII boxcar teaches haunting lessons of Holocaust

Sarasota  |  History can often be difficult to understand because time can create a certain detachment from past events. Students at St. Martha Catholic School in Sarasota were given a gift by hosting an artifact that dates to the Holocaust. For two weeks, a railroad boxcar, used in Nazi Germany during World War II, was… Read more »

Yom HaShoah serves as ‘Hour of Remembrance’

VENICE  |  The annual Yom HaShoah: Hour of Remembrance, hosted by Bishop Frank J. Dewane, took place May 5, at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. The Diocese of Venice in Florida hosts this annual commemoration of the Holocaust as an interreligious gathering bringing together members of the Catholic and Jewish communities to recommit to the promotion… Read more »

Masses held to remember victims of child abuse

Venice  |  It is imperative that all Catholics, as part of Holy Mother Church, look at what role they can have in being agents of change in the Church sex abuse scandal. Bishop Frank J. Dewane spoke about the crisis at two Masses in April which were held for the prayer intentions of all the… Read more »

TV Mass honors mothers May 12

Osprey  |  It is fitting that Mother’s Day falls in May, a month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Because Mother’s Day is such an important time to honor all mothers, Bishop Frank J. Dewane made a point to be the celebrant for the Televised Mass for the Homebound for May 12,… Read more »

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 »