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By Bob Reddy – Florida Catholic

9/18/17

Bishop Frank J. Dewane continues to visit and celebrate Mass at the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Venice for the new academic year.

In early September, the Bishop celebrated Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Port Charlotte, St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School and St. John Neumann Catholic High School, both in Naples. During each Mass, the Bishop reminded the students that they are children of the Light of Christ and the importance of prayer in life.

Students at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Naples participate in the Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane on Sept. 5.

“The Lord made us so that we are always the Light,” Bishop Dewane added. “We magnify that light in our lives by how we live here on earth and how you live at school.”

Cautioning the students to be careful not to allow someone who is guided by the darkness to influence them, the Bishop said they should distance themselves from darkness and to instead move toward Christ.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane speaks during a Sept. 5 Mass for students at St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples.

“Find new friends,” the Bishop told the St. John Neumann students. “I’m very clear and very blunt because I don’t think any of you want to be the darkness, one who turns away from the Lord. We have to pray for them that they see the Light.

The most important way to counteract the darkness that can pull one away from Christ is to magnify the Light of Christ for the world.

Musicians at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Port Charlotte perform during a School Mass on Sept. 1 celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane.

“Be the light you are called to magnify,” Bishop Dewane said. “Let that be precisely who you are, because we all need to be transformed by the Lord and to become who the Lord calls each of us to be.” 

At the Sept. 6 Mass for St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School Principal Maria Niebuhr presented Bishop Dewane with a cross made by art students. The cross was made of clear stones placed on a background with messages of prayer and kindness to the Bishop.

This Cross was created by students in an art class at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Naples and was presented to Bishop Frank J. Dewane on SEpt. 5.

A grateful Bishop expressed his appreciation for the gift and the admiration for the skill of the students, admitting that his artistic talents are lacking.

 

Due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School and Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers, and St. Catherine Catholic School in Sebring are being rescheduled to a later date.

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