Experiences are also fun
On December 17, 2021, sixth grade students at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Fort Myers launched rockets from homemade water bottles. The added bonus: The students were refreshed by the “exhaust” of the “engines,” which provided a mist of cool water on a hot, humid day. On December 14, 2021, fourth grade students at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School used their knowledge of potential and kinetic energy to create a roller coaster using pool noodles and marbles.
Christmas Masses 2021
The times for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2021 for parishes in the Diocese of Venice can be found on the Diocese of Venice home page at https://dioceseofvenice.org/2021-diocesan-parish-christmas-mass-times/. The lists are sorted alphabetically by the city where the parish is located. For more details on youth choirs or musical accompaniment, contact the parish through the phone number or website listed for more information.
As a reminder, the televised Christmas Day Mass for Homebound with celebrant Bishop Frank J. Dewane will be broadcast for an entire hour on Christmas Day. For viewers in the northern parts of the Diocese (DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee and Sarasota counties), Mass will air at 10 a.m. on the CW network. In the southern parts of the diocese (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties), Mass will be broadcast at 6 a.m. on WFTX-TV (FOX-4). Check with your cable company for channel listings.
Mass will also be available on the diocesan website at www.dioceseofvenice.org/televisedmass. Flyers are available on request by calling Gail Ardy at 941-486-4714 or writing to: TV Mass, Diocese of Venice, 1000 Pinebrook Road, Venice, FL 34285. For more information, email ardy @ dioceseofvenice .org.
Mass celebrating the independence of Haiti
Bishop Frank J. Dewane invites everyone to participate in the annual mass celebrating the 218th anniversary of Haiti’s independence on Saturday January 1, 2022, at Saint-Léo le Grand Parish, 28290 Beaumont Road, Bonita Springs. The 10:30 am Mass, which takes place on the Solemnity of Mary, the Blessed Mother of God, brings together the different Haitian communities of the diocese of Venice for the same celebration. Bishop Frank J. Dewane and priests serving the Haitian Catholic community of the diocese welcome Bishop Pierre-André Dumas from the diocese of Anse-a-Veaux and Miragoane, who will be the main celebrant and homilist. There is a reception after mass in the parish hall.
Boosterthon fun day in Port Charlotte
Students from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Port Charlotte, below, participated in a Boosterthon on December 13, 2021, which included games and competitions, as an opportunity to put pies in Principal Tonya’s face Peters and Deputy Director Chris Mullins.
School press team preparing to broadcast live in 2022
The Tiger Talk news team at Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School is preparing for an upload starting in early 2022. The Venice-based team conducted a test the week of December 13, 2021 for the newly formed Tiger Talk.
The goal is to make the morning school announcements available via a live broadcast to the school and parents from the Tiger Talk newsroom. As part of the test, the students prepared their equipment and lighting and made sure the sound was working and the outgoing image was crisp and clear. The news team learns valuable lessons on the use of technology, public speaking skills, as well as the proper use of social media.
Animals help students relax
To alleviate student stress during exams, staff at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers brought their pets to the school on December 15, 2021, to help the students cope. Judging by the reaction of the students and the dogs, the mission was a success.
The Naples school comes to the aid of the victims of the tornado
Having received help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017, students and teachers at St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples gave back to another storm-ravaged community. The students chose to share a fundraiser with a local charity and Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Owensboro, Ky., For disaster relief in one of the areas worst hit by recent tornadoes.