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Mar 20, 2017

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Mar 10, 2017

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) A renewed sense of Christian vocation and call to holiness was evident during the annual celebration of the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates on the first Sunday of Lent, March 5, at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. Bishop Frank J. Dewane welcomed 169 […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 3/10/2017 Taking the opportunity to live their life in a new way, the annual Diocese of Venice Men’s Conference called on the participants to recognize the voice of the Lord in their lives and to respond in a meaningful way. “Hear the call that the Lord has for each one […]

(Florida Catholic) 3/10/2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As our 40-day journey of Lent proceeds in preparation for Easter, not only is it important to “give up” a bad habit or creature comfort, but in the sacrifice of letting go, the call is to “turn towards” God and embrace the Lord’s invitation to serve […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 3/10/2017 Mary Eisman knows a great deal about the Pro-Life movement, so much so that as an expert on abortion she can talk to any woman about it with confidence, empathy and understanding. Eisman had an abortion many years ago, a difficult decision she has regretted ever since. She has […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 3/10/2017 The Patronal Feast Day of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Naples marked a key moment in the history of this faith community; as it was on this special day that ground was broken on the new Parish Community Center. Bishop Frank J. Dewane celebrated a Mass on Feb. […]

By Susan Laielli (Special to the Florida Catholic) 3/10/2017 If after thousands of miles traveled across the 10 counties of the Diocese of Venice during the last 10 years to celebrate Masses, attend ribbon-cuttings or meet with the faithful, and you still have not heard Bishop Frank J. Dewane speak – now he can be […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 3/10/2017 Religious women novices and postulates and male seminarians graced St. Michael Parish in Wauchula for a Parish Popular Mission with the theme, “Holy Mission, Save Your Soul” which ran from Feb. 25 to March 5. The Mission included daily activities which were geared to inspire the faithful of all […]

By Michael Morse (Special to the Florida Catholic) 3/10/2017 Have you been a long-time annual supporter of your Parish, Catholic School, Catholic Charities or other program or ministry of the Church? Are you interested in making sure your favorite Catholic entity continues well beyond your lifetime? Have you ever wondered how best to go about […]

Susan Laielli (Special to the Florida Catholic) 3/10/2017 A teenage altar server at Incarnation Parish in Sarasota with only one wish has it granted by Make-a-Wish Foundation with a special party on March 2. Make-a-Wish Foundation representatives joined Father Matt Grady, Pastor of Incarnation Parish, to officially grant 18-year old Silas Bichler his one and […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 3/10/2017 The 10th Annual Humanity Working to End Genocide Rally Against Genocide was held Feb. 26 at St. Martha Parish in Sarasota and featured a talk about genocide and one of the consequences of mass atrocities – today’s refugee crisis. Sponsored by the Diocese of Venice and the Sarasota Jewish […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 3/10/2017 Venice – Two Catholic Charities events in late February provided evenings of fun for patrons of two unique programs and generated a much needed boost to cover the critical costs which help the needy receive critical services. The 2017 Our Mother’s House Wine Tasting, Auction and Dinner Dance celebrated the […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 3/10/2017 Ash Wednesday took place on March 1 and marks the start of the Lenten Season. Below are some images from that day. Print this entry

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 3/10/2017 St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Cape Coral rallied more than 600 people to not only come together to pack food for needy children around the world, but to also raise money and collect food for the needy locally. The Parish participated in the Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) MobilePack event […]

Feb 24, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Pilgrims in Christ, Lent possesses certain rich spiritual themes that speak powerfully to us today.  One important theme is that of Lent as a journey towards God. In many respects this spiritual journey of 40 days towards Easter resembles the ancient tradition of going on pilgrimage. The role of pilgrimage remains […]

By Nadia Smith (Special to the Florida Catholic) 2/24/2017 With more than 600 women from around the Diocese of Venice and four outstanding speakers, the annual Diocesan Women’s Conference offered the perfect prescription for renewal: laughter, encouragement, wisdom and spirituality. “I think it’s important to step back every once and awhile and let the Lord […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 2/24/2017 The commitment and dedication of many people made Feb. 19 a day to remember for the faithful of Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Lakewood Ranch, for it was the day ground was broken for the new Parish Church. Bishop Frank J. Dewane, who celebrated a Mass and […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 2/24/2017 Eucharistic Adoration during a Lenten Retreat at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center changed the life of Grace Coronado in many ways, but most importantly in a spiritual way. The retreat was led by a travelling National Evangelization Team (NET) which was invited to the Diocese of Venice […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 2/24/2017 For one week in February the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima spent time within the Diocese of Venice as part of an 18-month tour of the United States commemorating the 100th anniversary of the original apparition in Portugal. The Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 2/24/2017 More than 325 couples celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, or more years of marriage joined Bishop Frank J. Dewane at a Mass in honor of significant milestone anniversaries on Feb. 18 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. The combined years married of the couples totaled more than 16,000 years […]