Diocese news briefs October 3 2017 Print this post

Staff Report – Florida Catholic


Parish earns stewardship award

Representatives of Epiphany Cathedral Parish in venice were presented with an award for excellence in materials used to promote stewardship at the International Catholic Stewardship Council Conference in Atlanta on Sept. 17

Congratulations to Epiphany Cathedral in Venice for receiving the award for Parish Annual Stewardship Renewal / Commitment Materials by the International Catholic Steward Renewal/Commitment Materials by the International Catholic Stewardship Council. This award was for excellence in materials used to promote stewardship at the ICSC Conference in Atlanta on Sept. 17.

Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration

Catholics and Lutherans will join together at 11 a.m. Oct. 31, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 790 Tamiami Trail, Venice, for a prayer service commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Bishop Frank J. Dewane, together with Bishop Marcus Lohrmann of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will lead this service. A discussion and luncheon will follow. All are invited and encouraged to attend this unique event.

Death Penalty Prayer Vigils held

A number of parishes once again held somber vigils to seek an end to the death penalty on Oct. 5, to coincide with the scheduled execution of Cary Michael Lambrix, who was convicted of killing two 1983. Within the Diocese of Venice prayer vigils took place at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Cape Coral; St. Andrew Parish, Cape Coral; St. Raphael Parish, Lehigh Acres; St. Joseph Parish, Bradenton; San Pedro Parish, North Port; and St. Catherine Parish, Sebring. For additional information about the death penalty in Florida, contact Jeanne Berdeaux at 941-441-1101 or berdeaux@dioceseofvenice.org.

A White Mass & Lecture for Medical Professionals Oct. 18

St. Agnes Parish, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples will hold a White Mass on, Oct. 18 at 8:30 a.m. on the Feast of St. Luke for all medical professionals. Following Mass, a lecture and breakfast will take place in the Parish Center. The lecture is titled Physician-Assisted Suicide…? presented by speaker F. Michael Gloth, III, MD and interlocutor for pastoral insights, Reverend Michael P. Orsi. There is a $25 fee per person. To register, go to www.stagnesnaples.org. For more information please contact Maggie Brady 239-592-1949. (1 CME Credit)

“Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age” Oct. 19

 Epiphany Cathedral School, Venice is presenting a special screening of the movie “Screenagers, Growing Up In the Digital Age”, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 19 (rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma) at Epiphany Cathedral, Parish Hall A, 316 Sarasota St., Venice. This 60 minute film is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance. The Moderator of the film is psychologist, Dr. Christopher Cortman. Reservations are requested via email at burke@ecstigers.com or by calling 941-615-0284. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Benefit Concert

 A concert starring Paul Todd and Paul Todd Jr. will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Wyndemere Country Club in Naples, to benefit the Judy Sullivan Family Resource Center of Catholic Charities. The Judy Sullivan Resource Center serves those in need in Naples with programs and services to achieve self-sufficiency and is currently undergoing a major reconstruction. The evening will include a silent auction, cocktails, and dinner, followed by the show. The cost is $60 per person which includes dinner and the show. A cash bar will be available. Attendees will be asked to make a donation on the night of the event for the Catholic Charities center. For reservations please call Lynn at 239-370-7872 or Monica at 239-470-2035.

Sugar Bowl Show of Shows Nov. 12

 The annual Sugar Bowl Show of Shows will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12, at the Venice Performing Arts Center in Venice. All proceeds will go to the Sugar Bowl Fund for families in the community who are experiencing a financial hardship. Sponsored by Catholic Charities and the local Knights of Columbus Councils, the show will feature Beatles tribute act The Nowhere Band covering the full spectrum of the Beatles’ long and varied career with period costumes and authentic instruments. Tickets are $25 or $35 a person. For more information and tickets visit www.veniceperformingartscenter.com.

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Port Charlotte held a morning prayer service with music for first responders on Sept. 18, delayed a week because of Hurricane Irma.


Following Mass on Sept. 25, Bishop Frank J. Dewane presents eighth graders from St. Andrew Catholic School in Cape Coral with pins marking them as leaders of the school.


Bishop Frank J. Dewane celebrates Mass for the students of Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota on Sept. 21.

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