Arimatheans Ministry

The Arimatheans Ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes are a dedicated group of parishioners who show their support by attending the funerals of fellow parishioners. This ministry provides kindness to a grieving family through an act of generosity that gives comfort to the family by serving a light luncheon and a hospitable environment during the family’s time of greatest need.

Join this group by calling: Gail Davey 493-7712 or Pete Spagnuolo 786-6638 or Jean Morgan 451-8301.

This Ministry is named after Joseph of Arimathea. He was, according to all four canonical Gospels, the man who assumed responsibility for the burial of Jesus after Jesus’ crucifixion. You can read more about him in the Catholic Encyclopedia.

Catholic Women Council

Mission Statement:

Supports, empowers and educates all Catholic Women in spirituality, leadership and service.  Our programs are planned to respond with Gospel values, to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.

Our Theme of the Year is “Everything Through Mary”

  • President: Gail Davey
  • Vice Pres: JoAnne Youman
  • Membership: Ellen Rush
  • Secretary: Kathy Quinnan
  • Treasurer: Alida Yoezle
  • Past Pres: Jeannine Martin

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month October through April

Special Ministries:
Rosary Making Guild meets every Wednesday 9-11AM
Sewing Ministry meets every other Wednesday 10-Noon
Bible Study meets every Wednesday 1-3PM
Bridge meets on Wednesday
Mah-jongg meets on Thursdays
Book Club meets first Thursday of the month
(See “Events” on Homepage for location of all above)
For information call Gail Davey 941-493-7712

Knights of Columbus


Knights of Columbus Council #9924, Venice, Florida

The Knights of Columbus Council 9924 of Our Lady of Lourdes is an organization of Catholic men who believe in the principles of Unity, Charity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

All Catholic men over the age of 18 are welcomed to join.

K of C Global Website

Buy or Sell raffle tickets which greatly helps our council!

Sign up for the mass you will be attending on March 3 or 4 to help sign up new members!


“Cross and Compass”: Our Monthly Council Newsletters!


MarchFebruary, January


December, November, October, SeptemberAugustJulyJuneMayAprilMarchFebruaryJanuary

Food Collection

 The Food Collection is the last Sunday (and prior Saturday) of the month.  Food pickup is the following Wednesday. The limitations of this on-line signup link below makes it look we’re only talking about December.  We’re NOT.  This is a generic signup for EVERY month. You can still be a regular if you miss now and then – that’s what alternates are for.  If you want to be a regular only during season – call Dennis.  He will work with you. Call Dennis if you need more info.  941-485-3870

On-line Signup

Legion of Mary

The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium. The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.

The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbor on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. The first meeting of the Legion of Mary took place in Myra House, Francis Street, Dublin, Ireland, on 7 September, 1921. This meeting was to have very beneficial consequences for the mission of the Catholic Church and, in a special way, for millions of members of Christ’s lay faithful who would serve in the Legion and for those who would be served by the legionary apostolate. Many persons outside the Catholic Church would also benefit from that apostolate. With the approval and support of the Popes and a great many Bishops, Priests and Religious, as well as the prayers and efforts of legionaries, the Legion, by the grace of God, has grown into a worldwide organization with several million members.

Drawing its inspiration from the True Devotion to Mary, as taught by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, and which had a profound influence on the Founder of the Legion, the Servant of God, Frank Duff, the Legion is at the disposal of the Bishops and Priests for use in the mission of the Church. While essentially a lay association, legionaries look for spiritual and apostolic formation to priests and religious, who, as Legion Spiritual Directors, hold an honored place in the Legion system. The Legion requires ecclesiastical approval to work in a diocese or parish. Loyalty to the Magisterium and to Ecclesiastical Authority is a basic legionary principle. The Legion aims to bring Mary to the world as the infallible means of winning the world to Jesus and legionary service is based on the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ so that in their fellow members and in those they serve, legionaries seek to have the Person of our Lord once again seen and served by Mary, his Mother.

The general and essential means by which the Legion of Mary is to effect its object is personal service acting under the influence of the Holy Spirit, having Divine Grace as its moving principle and support, and the glory of God and the salvation of souls as its final end and purpose. Evangelization, especially the seeking of conversions to the Church, should be a priority for the Legion. Through the visitation of homes and by other means, the Legion must, as a first principle, set out to establish a contact of some sort with every soul everywhere. Seeing and serving Christ in the sick and marginalized is another vital part of the legionary apostolate. While not engaging in the giving of material relief, legionaries will often find opportunities to do works of service for the needy.

The basic unit of the Legion is called a praesidium, which is normally based in a parish. A parish may have more than one praesidium. To be an active legionary it is necessary to apply for membership in a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting and allocates a weekly apostolic task to the members, who generally work in pairs. After a successful period of probation, members are called to make the Legionary Promise (this is only applicable for members over 18 years) which is directed to the Holy Spirit. Realizing the necessity for a strong support of prayer, the Legion has Auxiliary members, who associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer in its name. The administration of the Legion is carried out through its various councils at local, regional and national level.

The Cause for Beatification has been introduced for three legionaries: The Servant of God, Frank Duff (1889-1980), Founder of the Legion, who attended the Second Vatican Council as a Lay Observer; Venerable Edel Quinn (1907-1944), Legion Envoy to East Africa; and the Servant of God, Alfie Lambe (1932-1959), Legion Envoy to South America.© Legion of Mary 2014

More information about the Legion of Mary in the USA

For more information about the Legion of Mary at Our Lady of Lourdes contact Janine Marrone at 941-497-4917.

Kick-off of the Augustine institute kiosk
hosted by the Legion of Mary Our Lady Queen
of the Apostles at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Music Ministry

Our Lady of Lourdes Music Ministry

For more information, please contact our Director of Music:

John Nastasi  –  239-910-4271

 Music Ministry Mission Statement

“The music ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes lifts the hearts, minds and actions of the people to more complete and transcendent worship of the Lord Jesus.  Through music, we echo the themes of the Liturgy of the Word, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, in accordance with the seasons, celebrations and rites of the Roman Catholic Church.  Through musical expression, we bring our human and sacred natures together to enhance the worship service for the Church.”

“When we give God our best in work and worship He gives us blessing”  

(This is what the Church says about music’s role and our participation in worship)

Excerpts from Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship (2008)

 God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song.  God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source.  Indeed, God, the giver of son, is present whenever his people sing his praises. STL #1

Faith grows when it is well expressed in celebration.  Good celebrations can foster and nourish faith.  Poor celebrations may weaken it.  Good music “makes the liturgical prayers of the Christian community more alive and fervent so that everyone can praise and beseech the Triune God more powerfully, more intently and more effectively.”   STL #5 (Pius XII, MSD On Sacred Music 1955)

Charity, justice, and evangelization are thus the normal consequences of liturgical celebration. STL #9

Within the gathered assembly, the role of the congregation is especially important.  “The full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else, for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit.” STL #11 (SC, no.14)

Our participation in the Liturgy is challenging.  Sometimes, our voices do not correspond to the convictions of our hearts.  At other times, we are distracted or preoccupied by the cares of the world.  Christ always invites us, however, to enter into song, to rise above our own preoccupations, and to give our entire selves to the hymn of his Paschal Sacrifice for the honor and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity.  STL #14

The director of music ministries fosters the active participation of the liturgical assembly in singing; coordinates the preparation of music to be sung at various liturgical celebrations; and promotes the ministries of choirs, psalmists, cantors, organists, and all who play instruments that serve the Liturgy.  STL #45

Liturgical musicians are the first of all disciples, and only then are they ministers.  Joined to Christ through the Sacraments of Initiation, musicians belong to assembly of the baptized faithful; they are worshipers above all else.  Like other baptized members of the assembly, pastoral musicians need to hear the Gospel, experience conversion, profess faith in Christ, and so proclaim the praise of God.  Thus, musicians who serve the church at prayer are not merely employees or volunteers.  They are ministers who share the faith, serve the community, and express the love of God and neighbor through music.  STL #49

Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council at Our Lady of Lourdes is an appointed group of parishioners who serve as advisers and consultants to our Pastor/Administrator. One of the primary roles of each Council member is to attempt to represent the people of our parish in formal discussions with our Pastor/Administrator regarding issues that will help us to fulfill our Parish Mission Statement and Parish goals.

Parish Mission Statement

The mission of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is to be a warm, open, welcoming community for all ages, united in the Catholic faith and devoted to giving witness to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The Parish will provide ministries, guidance and support to celebrate the Eucharist, and with the help of The Holy Spirit, live the Word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Current Members of The Pastoral Council:

  • Sue Ann Griffith
  • Diana Armstrong
  • Elisa Dacey
  • Kirby Meagher

CLICK HERE  to see the chart of our Parish Ministries

Parish Goals

Leadership:   Provide and support the Ministries to build, educate, strengthen, and organize the lay leadership needed to accomplish our mission.

 Respect for all Life:   To practice and promote respect for all life, including the unborn, youth, the aged, the sick, the disabled, the poor and the needy.

Worship:  To supplement and enhance our celebration of The Liturgy so that it inspires and fulfills all of those who worship at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Community:  To enhance the experience of our Christian Community through increased faith formation and Parish life activities including welcoming and nourishing all members to bring Christ’s presence to the world.

Stewardship:  To bring Our Lady of Lourdes Parishioners into a closer relationship with God through the experiences of giving time, talent and treasures that we help to create, by offering occasions where this giving is consciously evoked as a spiritual act and practice.

Communication:  To initiate and improve communication to all Parishioners to facilitate their awareness of Parish life and their Catholic Faith and to facilitate communication between Parish Ministries.

Parish Finance Council

The Parish Finance Council’s role is advisory and consultative to the Pastor/Administrator.

The members of the Parish Finance Council should be animated by a Christian spirit and be
deeply conscious of the mission of the parish to promote the works of the apostolate and of
charity, especially toward the needy.  Parish Finance Council will be constituted as follows:

  •  The Pastor/Administrator is ex-officio President of the Council.
  •  Membership is to consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of eight including the Pastor/Administrator.


Current Members of the Parish Finance Council:

Jack Powers

Peter Flynn

Kirby Meagher

Patrick Yogus

Pastoral Ministries Coordinator

Carol Addona is our Coordinator of Pastoral Ministries  

Telephone:   941-497-2931

Pastoral Ministries Director

Deacon Lindley Pennypacker is our Director of Pastoral Ministries

Phone: 941-497-2931

Memorial Garden

Our beautiful Memorial Garden is located in the area adjacent to the Church and Chapel, and is the final resting place for many of our parishioners, beloved family members and friends. The Garden area is intimate and tranquil and is complete with several beautiful outdoor works of art including the Adoring Angel, Celtic Cross, Madonna and Child, the memorial to the Unborn, Military and Community Service, the Pieta and St. Anthony. Individual name plates are placed on a large plaque, on the wall inside the Garden area, identifying those cremains which have been placed in the Garden. Family members are able to stop by to meditate and spend time in the Garden whenever they wish.

For those interested in planning their funeral or being buried in the Memorial Garden please contact  Carol Addona at 941-497-2931.

O Gentlest Heart

O Gentlest Heart of Jesus,

ever present in the Blessed Sacrament,

ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory,

have mercy on the souls of thy departed servants.

Be not severe in Thy judgment but let some drops of

Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames,

and do Thou O Merciful Savior,

send Thy Angels to conduct Thy departed

servants to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.

May the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Ongoing Adult Education

Our Lady of Lourdes has various short series of seminars/classes in various aspects of our Catholic Faith. Check back here to see the next seminar/class.

Also, online there are free Adult Catholic Education programs. To find out more click on the logo or links below.

The Understanding of the Scriptures Podcast

Agape Catholic Bible Study

Eternal Work Global Catholic Network On Demand Video

Get the best Catholic teaching videos, books, and audio talks to deepen your relationship with Christ and his Church. All in one Place at Formed. Accessible on most smart phones, tablets, and computers. (Note: This is a subscription service.)

Prayer Shawl Ministry


The prayer shawl ministry knits shawls to be given to anyone in need of prayers or comfort. The shawls are blessed and the recipients are included in the prayers of the faithful at every Mass. They are routinely given to those who are ill (or their caregiver for them), those grieving the loss of a loved one and those suffering from one of many other difficult life situations. See the Prayer Shawl Ministry Brochure!

For more information about this ministry or to obtain a shawl, please call Joan Noren at 941-412-4745

Respect Life


Respect Life Ministry is dedicated to transforming today’s culture of death into a culture of life. Saint Pope John Paul II’s encyclical “The Gospel of Life” provides hope and inspiration in the promotion of respect for all life, from fertilization to natural death. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life, provides a framework for the ministry, following the Catholic tradition of prayer, study/education and action, including pastoral care and legislative advocacy. Respect Life Ministry focuses on life and death issues involving the beginning of life, end of life, capital punishment and legislative action on the parish, diocesan, state and national levels. Read our Respect Life Ministry Brochure!

Go to the Diocese of Venice Office for Respect Life website where you will find many valuable resourses such as Church Teaching, Novena of Masses for Life, 40 Days for Life, Catholic Declaration on Life and Death, Pregnancy Resources, Post-Abortion Help, Mothers with Children, Spiritual Adoption Program, Legislative Action and Upcoming Events.

To get involved in this ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes please contact John and Kathy Yaglenski at 941-408-7558 or

St. Vincent DePaul Society

“Whatever you do for the least of my brothers, that you do for me”

Have you thought to yourself, “How can I help the poor and the struggling of this beautiful community?”

St. Vincent DePaul Society has a local group of volunteers who are committed here in Venice and Nokomis to helping individuals and families who are struggling to deal with the basics of daily life needing shelter, food, clothing, electricity, and more!  In many cases they are without the support of family and friends.

Join fellow parishioners, working in teams of two, from Our Lady of Lourdes and Epiphany Cathedral, in serving the needs of the less fortunate and sharing in the joy of being a Vincentian.  Volunteers are need to:  respond to telephone messages, schedule appointments with clients, meet with them, assess their needs and help them find solutions to their problems.  Also; to help manage a small food pantry supported by donations, recruitment of volunteers, and fund raising.

Job requirements are simple:  Compassion, empathy, and a desire to help others.

If you feel like you can commit a few hours one day per week, please call Gerry Walsh at 941-493-2027.

For donations or to learn more about the Epiphany Cathedral/Our Lady of Lourdes Conference click on this link.

Find out more about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Youth Ministry

“Be Not Afraid!” St. Pope John Paul II


Youth Ministry Coordinator
Dawn Vitalis
Phone: 941-441-5052

Facebook Youth Group Site

Event Calendar 2018: FebruaryMarch

Summer S.T.R.E.A.M. Camp!

Our Purpose:
To introduce teenagers and young adults to an exciting and life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, as we enjoy friendships, grow in our faith and prepare ourselves to go out into the world as Jesus’ disciples. Here, teenagers and young adults from our area can connect with others who share the same morals and values. Fill out the form below for more information.


Youth Group

  • Who: Anyone in 6-12 grades looking to deepen their relationship with God & strengthen their faith.
  • What: Young teens seeking to grow in their relationships with Christ and with one another thru learning about their faith while having fun. Additional activities include: Playing Pool in our Main room, Ping Pong and other organized icebreakers and games. We also have extra activities throughout the year such as dances, parties, dinners, retreats and service projects for our Parish and off Campus events. If you are seeking to be different and make a change for the better, come join us for these life-changing experiences.
  • When: Youth Group meets from 6:00pm to 8:00pm every Wednesday.
  • Where: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1301 Center Road, Venice, FL.  Meetings are held in Education Building (Next to Basketball Courts on Campus).

Catholic Youth Video Links

How to Discern by Fr. Mike Schmitz60 Second Bible, Young Catholic MinuteWhy You Should Be CatholicLifehouse Everything Skit, Catholics Come HomeWhy Am I Catholic?The CreedCharacter Confirmed

Learn How to Pray the Rosary

Youth Activity Photos









Welcoming Ministry

In line with our mission statement, we telephone new parishioners to personally welcome them to our parish.  We also offer a scheduled weekly tour of our beautiful parish grounds and buildings.  A tour can consist of 1 person or up to 8.  When there is a group tour, it is a wonderful way for newcomers to meet one another immediately.  If a new parishoner is homebound, we make a visit with a welcoming packet and assist the Newcomer to get connected with a Eucharistic Minister or explain how to schedule a home blessing.  If you are feeling a little lost or would like a tour, please email Mary Nowe at:

Other Ministries

 Weekend Mass Helpers
Bill Raasch serves as the coordinator for our Weekend Mass Altar Servers and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. If you want to serve call him at 941-492-9728
Mary Hagarty Simek (941-496-9222) and T.J. Hannaway (941-484-8939) are the User coordinators. Please call them if you are interested in being an Usher.
Daily Mass Helpers
Fran Pennypacker serves as the coordinator for our Daily Mass Altar Servers and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. If you want to serve contact Fran at