Diocese of Venice Catholic School Updates

Hurricane Dorian

Diocese of Venice in Florida Catholic School Closure Update


Collier County Catholic Schools – September 3, 2019

CLOSED Donahue Academy, St. Ann’s Catholic School, St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School, and St. John Neumann Catholic High School.

Highlands County Catholic Schools – Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3, and 4, 2019

CLOSED – St. Catherine Catholic School

Lee County Catholic Schools – Tuesday, September 3, 2019

OPEN St. Andrew’s Catholic School, St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, Bishop Verot Catholic High School

Charlotte County Catholic Schools – Tuesday, September 3, 2019

OPEN – St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School

Manatee County Catholic  Schools – Tuesday, September 3, 2019

OPEN St. Joseph’s Catholic School

Sarasota County Catholic Schools – Tuesday, September 3, 2019

OPEN – Epiphany Cathedral Parish School, Incarnation Catholic School, St. Martha’s Catholic School, St. Mary’s Academy, Cardinal Mooney Catholic High school

Florida Statewide Resources for monitoring Hurricane Dorian



2019 Respect Life Conference – St. Augustine

Sign Up for the 2019 Respect Life Conference in St. Augustine, Florida

October 10-13, 2019

Click Here for bus trip brochure

Click Here Free Bus Sign Up

BUS RESERVATIONS – Pick up and drop off locations are arranged at the most convenient
locations close to I-75.  To reserve your seat on the bus, register by Friday, September 20.  Click the link above to sign up for the free bus. 

Click Here for Hotel Information

HOTEL RESERVATIONS – Room reservations should be made directly with “The Ponce St. Augustine Hotel” (904-824-5554).  Ask for the Diocese of Venice room block with a rate of $99/night plus tax for three nights: October 10, 11 & 12 with departure on Sunday the 13th.  This hotel is within walking distance of the Shrine of Our Lady of LaLache and has been renovated. See www.theponcestaugustine.com for details about the hotel. Although the deadline is September 20, register early before rooms are sold out.

Click Here for the 2019 Respect Life Conference Registration

Enjoy Friday daytime activities at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche with dinner on your own at 5 p.m.  Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Mass with Bishop William Wack as the Celebrant.

Advent Resources

Advent Reflections – Advent is a time of reflection and spiritual growth.  The original practice of Advent was a period including 40 days of fasting which began after the Feast of St. Martin.  Since then, Advent has been shortened to the four weeks we know it as today.
Attached you will find a spiritual reflection for each day of Advent.  These reflections focus on the true spiritual preparation for Christ’s coming at Christmas including prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and the life of the Church.  Feel free to share them on your websites, in your bulletins, social media, and with your family and friends.
Let us all come together to “Prepare the way” of the Lord this Advent and truly celebrate this beautiful liturgical season.

Daily Reflections CLICK HERE


Bishop Frank J. Dewane Welcomes you to Advent
Check this out on Chirbit

Advent Calendar and Resources – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops




Diocese of Venice goes RED for Persecuted Christians



Cathedral illuminated in Red for Persecuted Christians

Venice – Epiphany Cathedral in Venice was illuminated in red Nov. 28 as the Diocese participated in the “Courage in Red” initiative to shine the light on the plight of persecuted Christians.

In addition to the illuminating of the Cathedral, a variety of activities took place throughout the Diocese in support of the “Courage in Red” initiative. The various initiatives are part of a worldwide “Courage in Red” campaign by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the international papal charity that provides pastoral and humanitarian aid to persecuted Christian communities.

In a recent report by Aid to the Church in Need on Religious Freedom, it found that some 61 percent of the world’s population live in countries where religious freedom is not respected. Among them are almost 300 million Christians, or 1 in 7, who live in a country of persecution, subject to violence, arrest, and human rights violations.

An evening prayer vigil was held at Epiphany Cathedral which included prayers, Adoration and Benediction. Led by Father James Shea, he spoke about how the persecution of Christians started with Jesus Christ, who suffered and died on the Cross.

“Christ was the first martyr of what would become many through the years, leading up to today where people are dying for their faith each day,” Father Shea said. “Those being persecuted feel forgotten by the West. Because it’s not happening here, we don’t pay attention. We Christians should pay attention and pray for our brothers and sisters in other nations who are being persecuted and stand together with them in their struggle.”

On Nov. 28, Diocesan Catholic school students wore red in solidarity with persecuted Christians and participated in age-appropriate activities to learn about their plight. Several schools held prayer services focusing on the suffering and martyred Church throughout the world.

Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School students in Sarasota also watched the new documentary “Christians in the Mirror” which compares and contrasts the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East and Africa in contrast to other Christian Churches which live in relative peace.

At St. Martha Catholic School and St. Mary’s Academy in Sarasota every student wore a red uniform shirt and a red ribbon in honor of those being persecuted for their faith. Each student also created a card of support for persecuted Christian children to send them to those in the Holy Land. Each class prayed one decade of the Rosary in chapel during that week for a county in the Mission Rosary where Christians are being persecuted.

Click the link to view all Diocese of Venice “Courage in RED” photos