Yom HaShoah Hour of Remembrance April 30 Print this post

Staff Report (Florida Catholic)

4/19/2017

The annual Yom HaShoah Hour of Remembrance will be held at Epiphany Cathedral, 350 Tampa Ave. W., Venice, April 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Each year the Diocese of Venice in Florida hosts this commemoration of the Holocaust as an interreligious gathering bringing members of the Catholic and Jewish communities together in order to recommit to the promotion of peace and solidarity among all peoples.

Rabbi Howard A. Simon, the keynote speaker at the April 30 Yom HaShoah: An Hour of Remembrance at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice.

The guest speaker will be Rabbi Howard A. Simon, a teacher, author, and lecturer having served many Jewish Congregations in the United States, including Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota. Currently, still very active in the community, Rabbi Simon is the Vice President of the Sarasota Ministerial Association, which works to bring religious organizations and others together to solve the most troubling problems in society today. Rabbi Simon and his wife Rona live in Sarasota, and they have six children and eight grandchildren.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane has served as the host of this annual prayer service since he became Bishop of the Diocese in 2007. “This day is one way, of many, in which the Catholic Church in Southwest Florida, in union with Pope Francis, wishes to show friendship with our Jewish brothers and sisters, and to reaffirm our dedication to respect, dialogue, and solidarity with the Jewish Community.”

The Hour of Remembrance will begin with a solemn reading of the names of concentration camps such as Auschwitz and Dachau will be read aloud. Then students from Cardinal Mooney Catholic School in Sarasota will light 13 candles in honor of the six million Jews and seven million others who were systematically killed during the Holocaust.

In addition, a presentation from Diocese Director of Education Dr. Kristy Swol will recount the ongoing effort to educate students at every level about the Holocaust. This instruction has a particular focus on acceptance of different cultures while looking at the history of the Holocaust and learning from the past to build a better future.

There will also be a recognition of survivors of the Holocaust and many decedents of survivors who are living witnesses that the story can never fade away. The symbolism of the ceremony serves to reflect on the past and to invite everyone to stand up and say: “Never again!”

Bishop Dewane said that while we gather to remember and recall, “most importantly we are emboldened to go forward and speak up always when we see hatred and violence; or when we see the blatant denial of another’s humanity.”

Everyone is encouraged to attend Yom HaShoah Hour of Remembrance. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. For further information, please call Deacon Pat Macaulay at 941-366-4210.

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