News Briefs from Around the Diocese for Nov. 22 2017 Print this post

Staff Report – Florida Catholic


Mooney swimmer takes third at States

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School senior swim team member Jillian Santiago, took 3rd place in the 200-freestyle at the State Championships on Nov. 4. She earlier took first at the 100- and 200-freestyle events at the regional level.

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School Senior Jillian Santiago took third in the 200-freestyle at the State Swimming Finals on Nov. 4. Santiago finished with a personal best 1:50.70. She took first at the 200- and 100-freestyle regional championships and will be going to James Madison University on an athletic scholarship.

A Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians

The Committee on International Justice and Peace, of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has designated Sunday, Nov. 26 as “A Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians” that initiates, “Solidarity in Suffering”, a Week of Awareness and Education. Bishop Frank J. Dewane will kick off the week as Celebrant of the 11 a.m. Mass at Epiphany Cathedral, 350 Tampa Ave. W., Venice. This day falls on the Solemnity of Christ the King and is a fitting time to reflect on religious freedom and persecution. Parishes have been asked to focus attention on the plight of our persecuted brothers and sisters throughout this week. Resources for this week are available to all by visiting  including homily notes and intercessions.

Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Epiphany Breaks Ground

Father Jack Costello, Tim Del Vescovo (Architect), Gregg Hassler Sr., and Skip Paschke (Builders), Jenny Holaday and Joe Vuono (parishioners) break ground on the new Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Epiphany Catherdral in Venice on Nov. 3.

Epiphany Cathedral in Venice broke ground on its Perpetual Adoration Chapel on Nov. 3. This chapel, located in the heart of Epiphany’s campus, will seat approximately 20 adorers and will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It will provide an opportunity for all to visit the Lord, if only briefly, before or after their normal day. To schedule individual or group Holy Hours, please contact Jenny Holaday at 941.441.7495. 

Garden To Table Dinner fun for all

Father Fausto Stampiglia, SAC, is seen with a student at the St. Martha Catholic School in Sarasota at Kids’ Knight Out – Garden To Table Dinner, on Nov. 10. The menu included vegetables growing in the school garden.

St. Martha Catholic School hosted a family-friendly Kids’ Knight Out – Garden To Table Dinner, Nov. 10. The event featured Chef Jean Caldwell, along with a group of volunteers, preparing a delicious menu, featuring tasting portions of food, to highlight the school gardens. The dinner focused on healthy eating, science, nutrition and the many educational benefits of gardening. Prior to the dinner, students in all grades created a variety of decorations such as Footprint Carrots, Happy Flowers, Butterflies, Sunflowers, Turkeys and Tea Lights. In addition, there will be silent auction items available to bid on and a number of fun raffles and giveaways.

Hispanic Festival draws 10,000

Dancing to the music is just some of the fun for the 10,000 people who attended the 15th Annual Hispanic Festival at St. Jude Parish in Sarasota on Nov. 4.

For the 15th year St. Jude Parish held its successful Hispanic Festival with an estimated 10,000 visitors.  They came see and hear the Mexican ranchero music, the Colombia Cumbia and the folkloric dances of Spain, Puerto Rico and others.      

in between they tasted tacos, empanadas, ceviche and Pastor Father Celestino’s famous paella from his native Spain. As a bilingual Parish, the members of both the English and the Spanish speaking congregation participated and volunteered to staff the booths.  This annual Festival is the oldest one in Sarasota County to feature authentic Latino food, music and culture.

Lakewood Ranch parish organizing for 40-hour Adoration

Our Lady of the Angels Parish, 12905 State Road 70 East, Lakewood Ranch, is going to be doing a special 40-hours of Adoration, which will span three days ending on the Feast of Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8. It can be a time of reflection, prayer, or thanksgiving – a time to have a private conversation with Him who gave us so much.  The hours are, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Dec. 7, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Dec. 8 6 a.m.-7 p.m. followed by the Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. All are welcome. For details, please call the parish at 941-752-6821 or


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