Office of the Bishop
Bishop Frank J. Dewane announces the following assignment:

Reverend Wilner Durosier, c.s., as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Bradenton, which includes pastoral care to the Haitian Community, effective November 1, 2020, at the same time he is relieved of his duties as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Immokalee.

Pope Francis Prayer Intention for November - We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.

Returning to Mass during COVID-19 - As Bishop Frank J. Dewane continues to listen to public health data and hear from Priests and Parishioners about the experiences at Diocesan Parishes, the dispensation given to attend Sunday Mass has been extended through November 27, 2020, and depending on conditions, perhaps longer. At the same time, Bishop Dewane invites the Catholic Faithful who are able, to return to their Parish for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. For a letter from Bishop Dewane, please CLICK HERE for English and CLICK HERE for Spanish.

Memorial Mass on Veterans Day Live Streamed - Each year the Diocese of Venice holds a Memorial Mass on Veterans Day in honor of the men and women who have served our country and continue to serve and protect us today. The restrictions regarding public gatherings at the Sarasota National Cemetery have precluded holding the Mass at this beautiful site. This year, the Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 11, 2020. The Mass will be live streamed so all may participate: You do not need to have an account to view the Mass. Please contact Gail Ardy at or 941-484-9543 for further information. (CLICK HERE for a flier.)

2020 Virtual Youth Rally - This year the Diocese will be offering a Virtual Youth Rally with small groups gathering in person. Contact your local youth director to participate in the Virtual Youth Rally, being held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, November 14. The Rally will be live streamed from St. John the Evangelist Parish in Naples. Groups are then encouraged to attend the Vigil Mass at their Parishes. Speakers will include Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Jackie Angel and Chris Mueller, with the band Zander Waves providing music. (CLICK HERE for the flier.)

Communication on Racism - The Diocese of Venice offers communications on racism at The page includes a letter to the Faithful from Bishop Dewane, a letter from Archbishop Gomez, the document "Open Wide Our Hearts" from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as well as a prayer against racism and other resources.

Year of Saint Joseph - On the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, March 19, 2020 Bishop Frank J. Dewane, in the context of the Coronavirus, consecrated the Diocese of Venice to the care and protection of Saint Joseph. The Bishop announced a "Year of Saint Joseph" beginning March 19, 2020 through March 19, 2021. Saint Joseph, often referred to as the Protector, can be our protector during this time of the Pandemic. All are invited to commit daily to the Prayer to St. Joseph - "Deliver us from Coronavirus" located on the Diocesan website at and for English or Spanish please CLICK HERE.

Virtual Diocesan Concert Series - The Diocese of Venice is proud to announce that a virtual concert series will be offered to the faithful at noon on the first three Fridays of November. The concerts will be lives treamed from select Parishes in the Diocese and offer a broad selection of Catholic music. This is being offered as many who remain home due to the ongoing global pandemic are missing the music at their parishes. The series begins at noon, November 6, and will return on November 13 and November 20. Each segment will be live and last approximately 30 minutes. Anyone can view the live stream through the Diocese of Venice Facebook page at You do not need to register to view live events on Facebook. For more information, please contact Gail Ardy at 941-484-9543 or (CLICK HERE for a flier.)

Christ the King Sunday - The Committee for Religious Liberty of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has identified the Solemnity of Christ the King as a fitting moment in the liturgical year to promote the Church’s teaching on Religious Freedom. Therefore, the Committee has prepared materials to help educate the Faithful about this Solemnity, which the Church celebrates this year on November 22. These materials include Lectionary Notes (English and Spanish), a bulletin insert (English and Spanish), and Social media graphics. The materials for this Sunday are available at

Live-Streamed Mass from Catholic Center - Please join Bishop Frank J. Dewane at 9:15 a.m. for daily Mass from the Catholic Center at or

Televised Mass - The Diocese of Venice in Florida airs the televised Sunday Mass for the homebound each week. The Mass airs at 9:30 a.m. on the CW Network in Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto, Charlotte, Hardee and Highland Counties, and at 10:30 a.m. on FOX 4 in Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Desoto Counties. The Mass is also available on the Diocesan website at For the Act of Spiritual Communion please CLICK HERE.

Sign Up for Digital Florida Catholic - The Florida Catholic e-Edition will be FREE for the next year! Keep up to date on the latest news from across the Diocese by signing up now for the weekly digital paper at Website and bulletin editors, please use this link for the latest e-Edition website: (CLICK HERE for a copy of a flier for bulletins.)

"Witnessing Faith with Bishop Dewane" - Join Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice, for his monthly radio program on Relevant Radio. "Witnessing Faith with Bishop Dewane" can be heard at 8:30 a.m., Friday, October 30 on 1410 AM and 106.7 FM in Fort Myers. The Bishop will discuss the lives of many Saints in preparation for All Saints Day, Sunday, November 1. The program airs on the last Friday of each month. All can listen at

Prayer for Safety During Hurricane Season - With the 2020 Hurricane Season well underway and very active in the Gulf of Mexico as evidenced by Hurricanes Laura and Sally, a prayer for safety during Hurricane Season is included. The season will continue through November 30. All are encouraged to pray for protection from the storms that often threaten Southwest Florida. The devastation of recent hurricanes reinforce the fact that we need to pray for God's protection and care. (CLICK HERE for the prayer in English and CLICK HERE for the prayer in Spanish.)

Scam Alert - It has once again been brought to the attention of the Diocese of Venice that Parishioners have received text/email messages from people pretending to be priests and requesting donations in the form of gift cards and/or wire transfers. The messages often greet the person by name and have the priests’ name in the closing signature of the message; this is a well-crafted and targeted attack on the Church across the country which has hit our Diocese again. These text/email messages are 'spoofed' fakes that should not be responded to or taken seriously by anyone. The best defense against this sort of scam is to raise awareness in the community and not respond or open any worrying attachments. It is Diocesan policy that no priest or staff within the Diocese request donations in the form of gift cards, PayPal, MoneyGram, etc.

There is already an established process in place on how Parishioners can make donations and participate in the life of the Parish. Whenever a parishioner is worried about any request for money from the Parish or a priest, they should immediately call their Parish and under no circumstances should they respond to these scam requests.

Safe Environment Training - As part of the Safe Environment Program, the Diocese of Venice requires that all employees and those volunteers who work with children and/or vulnerable adults be fingerprinted and trained in Safe Environment prior to beginning employment or volunteering. Visit for further information. Report any abuse against minors to the Florida Department of Children and Families at 800-962-2873. To report abuse by Diocesan personnel or volunteers also notify the Diocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator, Susan Benton, at 941-416-6114. If you are interested in employment or volunteer opportunities within the Diocese of Venice, please visit, or reach out to the Parish directly for more information on volunteer opportunities. (BULLETIN EDITORS: Please publish above text in parish bulletins)

Office of Stewardship and Development
Help Your Parish - Parishes face increased risk of financial shortfalls due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and its effects on everyday life. Parishes depend on weekly financial gifts to continue their ministries, especially in this critical time of crisis. Please prayerfully consider an online donation to your parish by visiting You may also contribute through your usual channels (e.g., envelopes, and through the Parish online giving option). Together we will navigate through this Pandemic, aid those in need, and secure the road ahead for the Parishes within the Diocese of Venice. Please continue to pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died from Coronavirus, for the recovery of the sick, for the strength of healthcare workers and caregivers, as well as for an end to this health crisis. Thank you for your generosity.

Catholic Charities
Response to Pandemic - In response to COVID-19, Catholic Charities is focusing efforts on food services, financial assistance, and tele-mental-health support for the 10-county area for clients in need. Food pantries will continue to distribute food while taking measures to protect staff from Coronavirus. Financial assistance teams have been established in each region to assess and support persons who need help making ends meet during this challenging time. Also, tele-mental-health services are offered by behavioral health teams through video conferencing and telephone services.

Do You Need Help? - If you need assistance from Catholic Charities for food, financial assistance, or tele-mental health counseling, please call the number for your area listed below between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday:
*  Sarasota/Manatee/DeSoto/Hardee/Highlands counties: 844-385-2407
*  Charlotte/Lee/Hendry/Glades counties: 844-385-2423
*  Collier County: 844-385-2404.

Food Distribution - Catholic Charities efforts toward food distribution will take place only at the following times and locations:
•   Monday thru Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Guadalupe Social Services, 211 S. 9th St., Immokalee. Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen now open daily. Soup Kitchen will provide meals-to-go;
•   Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Judy Sullivan Family Resource Center, 3174 Tamiami Trail E., Naples;
•   Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., St. Margaret Parish, 208 Dean Duff St., Clewiston;
•   Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., St. Paul Parish Hall, 1208 E. Oak St., Arcadia;
•   Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 28360 Beaumont Road, Bonita Springs;
•   Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Elizabeth K Galleana Pantry, 4235 Michigan Avenue Link, Fort Myers.

Please call the regional number as outlined below for more information regarding the food distribution sites and times:
*  Sarasota/Manatee/DeSoto/Hardee/Highlands counties: 844-385-2407;
*  Charlotte/Lee/Hendry/Glades counties: 844-385-2423;
*  Collier County: 844-385-2404.

How to Help - Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. needs your financial support during its response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. To help, please visit or send a check to: Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc., 5824 Bee Ridge Road, PMB 409, Sarasota, FL 34233-5065.

UnBall Virtual Event - Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc. invites all to participate in “The UnBall,” a Virtual Charity Ball to Stop Human Trafficking at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 12. The event focuses on Catholic Charities’ efforts to combat human trafficking in our region. Florida is one of the top three states for human trafficking and this form of slavery is happening in our neighborhoods. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a magnifying glass that has highlighted the inequality and injustices that make some people easy prey for traffickers. Sadly, Catholic Charities is seeing an increased number of human trafficking victims in all of our ten counties. During the 45 minute virtual Un-Ball, you will not only learn more about human trafficking but also have the opportunity to support victims of human trafficking regain their lives and dignity. Auction items include: a private Villa Vacation in Southern Italy; wine pull’; tickets to the 2021 Final Four; a 5-star getaway to Napa Valley wine country; and a sing-along Zoom with a Broadway star. A generous donor is providing a matching gift of $50,000 for “The UnBall.” Please consider a donation or bid on some of our great auction items at For more information, please contact Janet Pavelack at, 239-334-4007 ext. 2101 or by visiting (CLICK HERE for updated flier.)

Adopt a Family for Christmas - Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities is looking for people who want to make Christmas special for single mothers and their babies by providing gifts from their wish list. If you are interested in adopting a family for Christmas or want to donate a gift, please contact Rita Millner, Case Worker for Our Mother’s House at 941-485-6264, or email All wrapped gifts must be delivered before December 9, 2020. Our Mother’s House is committed to helping homeless mothers and their children achieve self-sufficiency.

Know Your Immigration Rights - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has numerous resources outlining the rights of immigrants located on the website The USCCB, in partnership with CASA of Maryland, Detention Watch Network, and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, offer a comprehensive "Know Your Rights!" brochure in English (CLICK HERE) and Spanish (CLICK HERE). (Editor's note: Parish staff is encouraged to print this brochure in English and Spanish to have as a resource.) Additionally, for a guide to better understanding immigrant rights in the workplace please visit:

Conozca Sus Derechos Migratorios - La conferencia episcopal de los Estados Unidos (USCCB) tiene diversos recursos detallando los derechos de los inmigrantes, los que podrá encontrar en la Web, La conferencia episcopal trabajando conjuntamente con CASA de Maryland, Detención Watch Network y Nacional Inmigración Project of té Nacional Lawyers Guilda, le ofrece un folleto comprensivo de "Conozca sus Derechos", en Inglés (Haga CLIQ AQUI) y en Español (Haga CLIQ AQUI). Adicionalmente, para obtener un mejor entendimiento de los derechos de los inmigrantes en el lugar de trabajo, por favor visite

Respect Life
Hope after Abortion - Do you often think about an abortion you or a loved one had years ago? Sometimes it helps to have someone who can listen and help you process the experience. Call or text Sylvia at 941-412-5860 or email project.rachel@dioceseof (English, Español or Deutsch). All contacts are confidential.

Office of Family Life
Surviving Divorce Facilitator Training - The Diocese Office of Marriage and Family Life is hosting a Surviving Divorce Facilitator Training from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm., Friday, November 20, at Resurrection Parish, 8121 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers. The retreat is for Priests, Deacons and Parish staff/volunteers and will feature speaker Rose Sweet. The cost is $10 and includes lunch. Please register at For more information, please contact Carrie Harkey at (CLICK HERE for flier.)

Surviving Divorce Retreat - The Diocese Office of Marriage and Family Life is hosting a Surviving Divorce Retreat, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm., Saturday, November 21, at Resurrection Parish, 8121 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers. The retreat is open to all and will feature speaker Rose Sweet with a talk titled, “Surviving Divorce: Hope and Healing for the Catholic Family.” The cost is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Please register at For more information, please contact Carrie Harkey at (CLICK HERE for flier.)

“There is Hope” Grief Seminars - The Holidays are approaching and many who have lost loved one’s face loneliness and isolation during this time of the year. “There is Hope” grief seminars provide guidance to survive the holiday season. Various seminars are scheduled around the Diocese. Contact Carrie Harkey for further information at or 941-484-9543. (CLICK HERE for the flier which includes dates and locations.)

Institute for Catholic Studies and Formation
Want to know more about St. Joseph? - The Institute for Catholic Studies and Formation is offering a no-cost 4-week virtual Adult Faith Formation and Spiritual Enrichment course titled, "Encountering Saint Joseph." This class will help you grow in your knowledge and devotion to St. Joseph. The primary texts will be Sacred Scripture and St. John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation on "The Person and Mission of Saint Joseph in the Life and Mission of the Church (Redemptoris Custos)". Enjoy learning through pre-recorded video lectures, readings, suggested prayers, online discussion, and other activities. Do as much or as little as you like each week. Log on whenever you like -- find the time that is most convenient and access the course on a computer, tablet, or smart phone. The course, taught by Dr. John Gresham, Executive Director of the Institute, began October 27 but there is still time to participate. For more information and to register for the course visit and click on Courses, or contact Dr. Gresham at (CLICK HERE for a flier.)

Grow in Holiness? - The Office of Evangelization is hosting an 8-week online discussion about Catholic Mysticism for everyday Catholics. Do you want to know how you can grow in holiness in a way that can be seen? This is exactly right for you. Each session will involve a live streamed video series and a live group discussion. The series will air at 10:00 a.m., Tuesdays through December 8. The videos will remain available any time you would like to view them. Visit to register and for more information about how to participate. (CLICK HERE for the flier.)

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center
Online Directed Retreats - During the Pandemic Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice offers online 3-day, 5-day, and 8-day retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. In these online retreats, Father Mark Yavarone, OMV, or Father Lino Estadilla, OMV, trained spiritual directors, will meet with you for an hour each day via a link provided to help you pray and recognize how God is speaking to you. A Bible and journal should be available for use. Participants will be emailed any additional materials needed as the retreat unfolds. The cost is: 3-day online retreat, $132.23; 5-day online retreat, $203.98; and 8-day online retreat, $306.48. All information is confidential, and password protected. If you would like to participate please email Denise Riley at and a code will be provided for online registration and an application. For planning purposes, please allow 7 days from your completed application until the beginning of your retreat.

Monthly Days of Prayer and upcoming Women’s Retreat - The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center, 3989 South Moon Drive, Venice continues to offer single days of prayer and weekend retreats in a safe, tranquil setting along the Myakka River. A Monthly Day of Prayer is offered on both the second Sunday and the second Wednesday of each month. (The November dates are November 8 and November 11; choose the date that is more compatible with your schedule.) The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with continental breakfast, and includes two conferences, lunch, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass, and opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A weekend retreat, “Women at the Well,” will be offered the weekend of November 6 - 8. Both events can be viewed online if you are unable to attend in person. For more info or to register, call 941-486-0233, or visit our website ( and click on “Schedule of Events.”
Hispanic Ministries
Sunday Mass in Spanish - Epiphany Cathedral live streams the Sunday Vigil Mass in Spanish on Saturday evenings at 6:00 p.m. The Mass can be viewed at Please CLICK HERE for the Prayer for the Act of Spiritual Communion in Spanish.

Misa de Vigilia dominical en Español - La Catedral de la Epifanía transmitirá en vivo la Santa Misa de Vigilia dominical en español los sábados por la noche a las 6:00 p.m. La misa se puede ver en: Haga CLIC AQUA para la Oración por el Acto de Comunión Espiritual en Español.

Spiritual Exercises in Spanish - Ignatian Spanish Preached Retreats are offered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center, 3989 South Moon Dr. Venice. Registration is now open for the Level One Men’s Retreat, which will take place the weekend of November 20-22. Click here to register:

Ejercicios Espirituales En Español - Retiros Predicados Ignacianos en Español ofrecidos en Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center, 3989 South Moon Dr. Venice. La inscripción ya está abierta para el Retiro de Hombres Nivel 1 a llevarse a cabo del 20 al 22 de noviembre del 2020. Para registrarse:

Youth and Young Adults
Theology on Tap Sarasota - Theology on Tap has resumed on the third Thursday of the month (November 19, December 17) at 7:00 p.m. at the Mandeville Beer Garden in Sarasota, 428 N. Lemon Ave, Sarasota. Join us outside in the garden for free food and refreshments, presentations, and discussions about the faith. Please contact Joshua Mazrin at with any questions.

Theology on Tap Fort Myers - Young Adults are invited to attend Theology on Tap at Southern Fresh Farms, 8500 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers, for a lovely outdoor venue with picnic benches for free food and refreshments as well as practical presentations. Feel free to bring a lawn chair if you are more comfortable. The event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month (November 12, December 10). Please contact Joshua Mazrin at or Patty Cox at with any questions.

Do You Know a Young Person with a Drug Problem? - Perhaps you know of a young friend, neighbor or classmate who suffers from drug addiction and does not know where to turn for help. Drug Addicts Anonymous believes all individuals suffering from addiction have a right to access recovery, be self-sufficient and independent. Drug Addicts Anonymous provides an opportunity for long term recovery and positive change through a no-cost service. Based on a 12-step program, the focus is on the physical, mental and spiritual condition as a whole person, contributing to the individual's social reintegration in a dignified and efficient way. For further information on the program and services available, please visit or call 561-420-0930

¿Conoce A Alguna Persona Joven Con Un Problema De Drogas? - Quizás usted sepa de algún amigo joven, vecino ó compañero que sufre de una adicción a las drogas y no sabe a quién recurrir por ayuda. Drogadictos Anónimos considera que todo individuo que sufre de una adicción tiene derecho a iniciar una recuperación, ser independiente y auto-suficiente. Sin embargo, hoy en día hay mucha gente joven afectada por la drogadicción, privada de un sentido de autovaloración porque no puede pagar por tratamiento adecuado ó; no tiene acceso a recursos de recuperación y apoyo. Drogadictos Anónimos le proporciona la oportunidad de una recuperación a largo plazo y un cambio positivo por medio de un servicio sin costo alguno. Basado en un programa de doce pasos, el enfoque es en la condición física, mental y espiritual de la persona, contribuyendo a la integración social del individuo de una manera digna y eficiente. Para información adicional de este programa y los servicios disponibles, por favor visite ó llame al 561-420-0930.

Weekly Virtual "Oratory" Playground - "Run, jump, shout, but do not sin!" said St. John Bosco, Patron Saint of young people. The Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco are offering a "virtual oratory" every Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for children ages six through 14. Some of the leaders will include religious sisters from St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples. This oratory will give young people around the country a chance to meet new friends, play games, pray together, and engage in wholesome activities through Zoom, all with the accompaniment of the Sisters. Every Saturday, the afternoon will start with prayer, ice breaker games, singing and an oratory pledge. This will be followed by large group activities and small breakout groups, by age, that will include anything from movement to virtual field trips and trivia games. There is no cost to participate. To sign up, please visit or for more information email

"Magyar Mise" - Mass in Hungarian is available on the second Sunday of each month beginning at 1:30 p.m., November 8 at Incarnation Parish, 2902 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota.

Kristallnacht Commemorative Service - The Catholic Jewish Dialogue of Collier County invites the community to the 82nd Anniversary of Kristallnacht Commemorative Service at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, November 8, on via Zoom. Kristallnacht is recognized by most historians as "The Night the Holocaust Began." The guest speaker is Father John Pawlikowski, O.S.M., a leading figure in the Christian-Jewish Dialogue. He is President of the International Council of Christians and Jews and author of "Christ in the Light of the Christian Jewish Dialogue." Bishop Frank J. Dewane will record a message for this event. Everyone is invited and there is no cost. Register at and a link will be emailed to those who make reservations.

St. Jude Food Pantry - The St. Jude Parish Food Pantry, 3930 17th St., Sarasota, is open and distributing food Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., following all social distancing protocols. Please bring an ID and do not exit your vehicle. Volunteers will load cars. Please call 941-955-3934 if you have any questions or visit:

Wauchula Food Pantry - St. Michael Parish in Wauchula is home to a food pantry located at 408 Heard Bridge Road, Wauchula. The pantry has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 Pandemic response. To accommodate those who work, the food pantry is open Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. If you need food at a different time or would like to support the efforts to assist the community, please call the Parish at 863-773-4089.

Bradenton Food Pantry - The St. Joseph Parish Food Pantry, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton, is distributing food from 9:00 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Call 941-756-3732 with any questions. To donate money or food, please visit

Free Rosary Repair Service - Send your broken rosaries in a padded envelope to Betty and Dick Holden, 7930 Estero Blvd. #502, Fort Myers, FL 33931. Rosaries will be repaired and returned within the week of receipt. Donations of old rosaries are also accepted which will be repaired and sent to missions. Include a note indicating repair or donation. For more details, please call 239-463-3993 or email
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