Category: Venice

Class of 2018 graduates high school

Naples | Graduating high school is always a nice achievement for teens who struggle with classes and hope just to move on with their lives as they enter adulthood. The standards of achievement and bar for success are much higher for the more than 330 graduates of Catholic high schools within the Diocese of Venice,… Read more »

Naples Parish continues to grow

Naples | St. Agnes Parish bills itself as proud to be a stewardship Parish. With more than 70 outreach programs and ministries, the Parish, led by Father Bob Kantor, Pastor, wants everyone to become a steward and share their “time and talent in God’s service.” “It is important to have an environment that is welcoming,”… Read more »

2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1

Venice | June 1 is rapidly approaching and that means it is time to start seriously thinking about the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Forecasters are expecting a busier-than-normal season, with an expected 14 named storms, with seven of those potentially becoming hurricanes. The forecast does not note… Read more »

Pentecost brings Holy Spirit, unity, understanding

Venice | “There appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:3-4). The readings on Pentecost Sunday note that Jesus appeared before the Apostles for the final time, but at that moment Jesus confers on them… Read more »

First Diocesan Walk to Our Lady

Venice | An amazing day to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary took place when more than 100 people participated in the first-ever Diocese of Venice Walk to Our Lady: A Marian Pilgrimage to the May Crowning May 19 in Venice. The prayer warriors trekked 6.6 miles from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish to Our Lady… Read more »

May dedicated to Blessed Virgin Mary

Venice | The Blessed Virgin Mary’s path of faith and hope serves as an example to all. This is just one of the reasons that the Universal Church dedicates the month of May to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The month serves as an opportunity to reflect upon the season of the Liturgical Year, which largely… Read more »

Retiring Mooney President leaves lasting legacy

Sarasota | After 39 years of compassion, loyalty and devotion to Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, Sister Mary Lucia Haas, Sister of Notre Dame, the school’s President, will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. I had the pleasure to talk to Sister Haas about this important time in her life, and asked… Read more »

Confirmandi perfectly bound to Church as true witnesses to Christ

Sarasota | Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, Christian initiation is completed, as the recipients become more perfectly bound to the Church as a true witness to Christ. This is how Pope Francis views Confirmation, which he said is a Sacrament which must be understood as a continuation of the faith journey, beginning with Baptism, along… Read more »

Catholic Charities Annual Report shows impact

Venice | The one thing which makes Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. unique is how much its services and programs impact local communities. During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017, a dedicated group of workers and volunteers helped improve the lives of 41,112 individuals and families with more than 30 specialized programs… Read more »

School in portables during hurricane repairs

Naples | Eleven shiny white buildings sit in the parking lot of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Naples, the new temporary home for the students from Pre-K3 to fifth grade. On April 10, the students returned from Easter break and loved what they found. “It’s so pretty,” one Pre-K girl exclaimed. “I love it,”… Read more »