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Religion Notes 3-17-23

By Staff | Mar 17, 2023

Diocese of Venice to hold ‘Eucharistic Congress’ in Fort Myers

The Diocese of Venice in Florida will hold a “Eucharistic Congress” in Fort Myers on Saturday, March 25. The event, to be held at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center at 1375 Monroe Street in Fort Myers, will feature nationally known speakers, and will culminate in a public Eucharistic Procession in downtown Fort Myers, followed by a Catholic Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice.

“As part of a national Eucharistic Revival called for by all the Bishops of the United States, this Diocesan event is an opportunity to revive one’s faith in, and be inspired by, the real presence of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist,” said Bishop Dewane. “This is an important and historic event in the Diocese, and an invitation is warmly extended to all the faithful to attend.”

The event will feature talks centered on the Holy Eucharist by Father Donald Calloway, MIC, Teresa Tomeo, Hector Molina, and Mallory Smyth, among others. There will be presentations in both English and Spanish, and breakout sessions for men and women.

A Eucharistic-centered Youth Rally will precede the event at Caloosa Sound on Friday evening, March 24. The Youth Rally is geared toward high school-age students, and will feature a keynote presentation by Father Timothy Anastos, who will present “Holy Eucharist: The Greatest Gift.” The popular Catholic musical group The Vigil Project will perform.

The cost to attend the Eucharistic Congress is $35 and registration in advance is requested. For more information and to register, visit https://dioceseofvenice.org/eucharistic-congress/

To attend the Youth Rally, please consult your local parish Youth Director or Director of Religious Education.

The Diocese of Venice in Florida was established by St. John Paul II in 1984 and today includes 61 parishes, 15 schools and serves an estimated 250,000 Catholics in 10 counties. Presently, the Most Rev. Frank J. Dewane is the Bishop of the Diocese. For more information on the Diocese of Venice in Florida, visit dioceseofvenice.org

Saint Hilary’s Episcopal Church Outreach Ministry fundraiser April 29

In 2018 Saint Hilary Episcopal Church started a hygiene bag ministry assisting Community Cooperative. The ministry has now grown, assisting not only Community Cooperative, but Lee County Homeless Coalition and it now sponsors over 800 children at Orange River Elementary School.

To continue this very important ministry, the church is hosting a fundraising event and would like to invite the public to an In-door Flea Market Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Saint Hilary’s Episcopal Church, Browning Hall 5011 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers

Vendor tables are $25.

For information, contact Ilona Leffingwell, chairperson, Helping Hands Ministry, at 239-936-1000.