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Dec 22, 2016

Merry Christmas! In the Gospel according to Luke, the Angel said to the shepherds: “I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a Savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11) The city, of course, […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/22/2016 A fifth grade student at St. Martha Catholic School in Sarasota recently took a special trip to Washington, D.C., as she was one of the top winners of the 2016 Missionary Childhood Association Art Contest and her work is on display at the Basilica of the National Shrine of […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/22/2016 Years of studying philosophy, religion and even leaning a new language, paid off as young seminarian took a huge leap forward in his spiritual journey by being ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on Dec. 17 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. Krzysztof (Kris) Piotrowski, 28, who was born in Konskie, […]

Parishes across Diocese hold special events By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/22/2016 Across the Diocese of Venice, nearly every Parish which has a Spanish-language Mass held some form of commemoration to Our Lady of Guadalupe with a Mass as the central component. The Patroness of the Americas was honored with celebrations at Parishes such as […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/22/2016 The first three weeks of Advent proved quite busy for the students at Catholic Schools throughout the Diocese of Venice as they lived the call of the Season by committing to making a daily sacrificing for the good of others while also getting into the Christmas spirit with lots […]

By Michael Morse, Executive Director, Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida (Special to the Florida Catholic) 12/22/2016 A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) with the Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida is a great way for donors to support the Catholic entity of their choice within the Diocese of Venice, while at the same time, generating […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/22/2016 Faithful throughout the Diocese of Venice were joined by many across the United States in prayer for life, liberty, the faith and peace in a sign of unity during the annual National Night of Prayer for Life on Dec. 8. The annual National Night of Prayer for Life took […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/22/2016 Rejoice! The St. Francis Xavier Parish community was in a celebratory mood on the Third Sunday of Advent, Guadete Sunday, as their Pastor was formally installed. The Installation Mass of Father Anthony Hewitt was held Dec. 11, and presided over by Bishop Frank J. Dewane. The Bishop said the […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/22/2016 On the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the library at the Ave Maria School of Law in Naples was dedicated to our nation’s veterans, renaming it the “Veterans Memorial Law Library.” Bishop Frank J. Dewane, a member of the Board of Governors, dedicated and blessed the newly […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/22/2016 The Catholic School principals of the Diocese of Venice took time out of their busy schedule to gather together for an Advent Retreat on Dec. 9 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice. The goal of the retreat was to help them to continue to personally […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/22/2016 In an effort to reenergize the religious men and women who serve within the Diocese of Venice, an Advent Retreat was held on Dec. 3 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice. The theme of the retreat was grounded in Scripture, enhanced by sacred art and […]

Dec 15, 2016

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/15/2016 “In all places and circumstances, Christians . . . are called to hear the cry of the poor.” Pope Francis When instability, injustice or poverty exists, Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. is often the first to address concerns found in underserved communities. Catholic Charities strives to respond and […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/15/2016 More than 800 volunteers from nearly every Parish in the Diocese of Venice gathered to be recognized for their dedicated service and for being a sign of Christ’s Mercy to others. The 800 represented just a fraction of the thousands who spend countless hours each year, often in anonymity, […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/15/2016 Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has called on Christians to care for the needy. He told the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that helping the poor is one of the many small acts of mercy each of us should make on our own journey toward holiness.   The […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/15/2016 “God longs for all men who have been involved in an abortion decision to receive his forgiveness, healing, and hope.” These are the opening words of the newly available “After Abortion – Prayer Booklet for Men” which is now being distributed as an outreach of the Diocese of Venice […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/15/2016 The Diocese of Venice participated in the annual event International Day of Cities for Life – Cities Against the Death Penalty on Nov. 30 at St. Martha Parish in Sarasota. The “Cities for Life” campaign is the largest contemporary global mobilization to advocate for a higher and more civil […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/15/2016 A Parish community recently held a celebration for the installation of their new Pastor, a pivotal moment in the life and history of any Parish. The Installation Mass of Father Jacek Mazur of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish in Bokeelia was Nov. 20, the Solemnity of Christ the […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 12/15/2016 The Knights of Columbus Council 11281 at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Naples annually make a special effort to support those who are seeking a vocation to the priesthood or a religious life. Through the years they have contributed more than $100,000 to assist seminarians of the Diocese […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 12/15/2016 Luis P. “Louie” Faustino may have passed away on Nov. 25, but his compassion and understanding for the incarcerated within the Diocese of Venice is his true legacy. Faustino was 84 when he died after having spent nearly the past 20 years building and expanding the Prison Outreach within the […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 12/15/2016 Father David J. Baehr, a retired priest of the Diocese of Syracuse who assisted in the Diocese of Venice since 2005, most recently at St. Frances Xavier Carbini Parish in Parrish, died at his residence on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. He was 77. Father Baehr was born in Oswego, N.Y. […]