My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus,
As you may have seen or read in the news, the terrorist group who has perverted the Islamic religion (ISIS) has officially declared a war against our Holy Father (Pope Francis) and on Roman Catholic Christians this Christmas. Their mission and goal is to eradicate us by implementing fear and violence. Again, this is not the truth of Islam; it is the work of humans who use religion to justify sinful actions.
I encourage and invite all of us to see this egregious circumstance as an opportunity to reflect somberly on the meaning and grace of the Advent season: We are recalling when Jesus arrived upon earth, opening up ourselves to receive Him this Christmas season; and preparing for when He comes again.
God is calling all of His children to prepare to receive the God of hope, peace, joy, and love by accepting His Word-Jesus. As we anticipate and wait for Emmanuel (God-with-us), let us not recoil in fear, but trust that God will be with His people, even when there are those against us. God remains our strength and stronghold. Amen.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Friday, December 8, 2017
Dec 7th bilingual 7pm
Dec 8th 7:30am (school Mass) & 10am
The Immaculate Conception, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, is the belief that at Mary’s conception, she was free from original sin by virtue of the merits of her Son, Jesus Christ. That means that Mary’s conception was brought about in the normal way, but without the stain of original sin
From the Bishop
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection, coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO), benefits nearly 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose communities lack retirement savings. The funds offer financial support to religious communities by providing long-term care for older members while ensuring younger religious can continue the good works of their community.
Through generous self-sacrifice and devotion, the retired Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests have educated the young, cared for the sick, and ministered to the neediest among us, etc. With the ever-rising cost of health care and the increased number of those needing care, many religious communities struggle to provide for their aging members. Your support truly makes a difference.
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious Collection will be held December 9 and 10, 2017 in the Diocese of Venice. Your gift provides vital support for medications, nursing care, senior living space and much more. This Collection gives the opportunity to say thank you for their example of faith, hope and love. Kindly support retired religious who have dedicated their lives to serve our Church and the Faithful. Thank you for your generosity to this collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious.
I take this opportunity to extend to you the assurances of my continued consideration as well as my prayers for you and your family. Have a Blessed Advent Season.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida
For online donations to donate to this campaign or general offertory, please visit https://stelizabethseton.weshareonline.org/ Thank you for your generosity.