Where do you begin? Go to Our Lady of Lourdes Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) page by clicking here!
Council of Catholic Women (CCW)
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 “A Poetic Journey of Faith“
President: Mary Macklin
Vice Pres. Donna McGinnis
Membership: Ellen Rush
Secretary: Bernadette Raftery
Treasurer: Katie Morris
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month October through May
Grandparents Praying for Grandchildren @ 9:00am in the Rosary Garden
Rosary Making @ 9:30am
Sewing Group @ 10:00am
Bridge @ 1:00pm
Mah-jongg @ 12:00pm
Book Club – 1st Thursday of each month (October through May) @ 10:00am Grade 7 of the Education Building. Please call Kathy Quinnan (941-445-8137) for more information.
This is a formation program that is guided by a facilitator and a Cenacle Formation manual. We study Sacred Scripture, The Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Diary of St. Faustina. The group is practicing their Catholic faith and subscribe to the teachings of the Catholic Church. The group makes a commitment to participate in the Cenacle meetings each week for spiritual formation to become Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy. Six in the group were inducted as EADM’s recently (see photo). This is a lay outreach ministry, affiliated with the Congregation of the Marians. We do corporal and spiritual works of mercy for our Parish. You can join at any time. Our group meets every Wednesday (except the first Wednesday of every month). We arrive at 9:00 am for a short social time, and writing our prayer intentions in our book. We begin guided study promptly at 9:30 am and end with praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 10:30 am. You are welcome to stay and socialize following the meeting. We meet in the Teachers’ Lounge in the Education Building. You are welcome to attend a few times before making a commitment. Call Mary Nowe at 941 -497 -2931 or 843-284 -8107 for information.
Divorced & Separated Catholics
If you are a divorced or separated Catholic, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is here to help. You are not alone. The church provides several means of extending a compassionate helping hand.
Surviving Divorce is a video-based peer support program helping separated or divorced Catholics through the pain of their experience to find healing and hope. You can find more information about the program at Surviving Divorce. For information about dates of upcoming sessions at Our Lady of Lourdes, phone Bob and Chris Smialek at 815-275-5305 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Divorced or separated Catholics have so many questions and it is difficult to find helpful answers that reflect true church teaching on marriage and divorce. Here are a few. You can find more detailed answers and more topics at Surviving Divorce.
“As a divorced Catholic, who has not remarried, can I still receive Communion?”The short answer is, Yes – as long as you are otherwise free of a serious or mortal sin.
“What can I do to feel better?” The short answer is, Quick fixes and over indulgences may seem to provide some help but often offer only short term distractions and may do more harm. Spiritual truth and time with the Lord can bring deep and lasting healing.
“I just can’t forgive. Is that wrong?”The short answer is, We all struggle with forgiveness. If you will let God’s grace work within you, you will get there.
“I am furious. What can I do with this anger?”The short answer is, Anger at injustice (real or perceived) is not necessarily a sin, but what you do with that anger can be. God promises justice, but in His time and in His
“How do I help my kids?” The short answer is, By helping yourself FIRST.
“Why am I taking longer to heal than others?” The short answer is, Each person is unique and no one will experience divorce quite the same way you do. Take deep breath, step back, and allow God to show you His love, mercy, promises and His vision for your life.
“How do I handle my difficult ex?” The short answer is, Stop trying to change the other person and instead ask for conversion of your own heart. This doesn’t mean accepting unfairness; it means not letting it control you.
“What can I do about the loneliness?” The short answer is, God made our hearts to hunger for Him. Too often we try to make human love satisfy that hunger.
“What is an annulment?” The short answer is, The formal term is “Decree of Nullity” and “annulment” has become the common phrase. Despite good intent, something was seriously missing that prevented the union from ever being able to rise to the level of a true sacramental marriage. The church has lots of resources to help you consider a Decree of Nullity to help with your healing and to free you to marry again, if and when that might be right for you.
“Where can I go for help?” The short answer is, If we are the Body of Christ, that means the people in your local church should be His arms, His legs, and His smile for you. Find comfort in your church community and check to see when the next “Surviving Divorce program will start.
“If God is good, why did He allow this divorce?” The short answer is, God gives each of us free will and does not take that back by being the controlling puppet master. But He also promises from the hurtful things that happen to bring forth a GREATER GOOD.
“How do I deal with all this fear?” The short answer is, Don’t be ashamed to admit you are afraid. It’s not a sign of weakness and sometimes the right way to respond. We need to ask God to help us replace excessive or unhealthy fear with faith.
“I have so much guilt. What can I do?” The short answer is, First, understand that there is a distinction between “Genuine Guilt” and “False Guilt.” “Genuine guilt” is an authentic grieving when you KNOW you have hurt or used someone, and you regret having done so.“False Guilt” is more about feeling you failed to meet someone else’s standards – however unreasonable. Ask God to forgive your true failures and to reveal the truth about false guilt.
Decree of Nullity (commonly called “Annulment”)
The process of seeking a Decree of Nullity determines if a valid sacramental marriage was formed on the wedding day. While a valid “civil” marriage may have been made, the requirements for a “sacramental” marriage are quite different. Each case is different depending on the unique of the circumstances and individuals. The parish and diocese have experts who can help you navigate the process.
The church does encourage divorced Catholics to explore a Decree of Nullity to help with the healing process and to free a divorced Catholic to be open to new relationships and marriage. Without a decree, a Catholic is still considered married in the eyes of the church, even if there is a civil divorce.
Unfortunately, there is much erroneous information about “annulments.” This information includes misinformation about costs, timing and the chances of a positive outcome. Get the correct information. Contact the parish office to set up an appointment to discuss your situation. You will find help, compassion and support.
“Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you
Without leaving better and happier.
Be a living expression of God’s kindness.” Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Duties include: Greeting at the Church doors at whichever Mass you attend, and rotating doors each week. Helping to set up or clean up at receptions. Greeting at receptions. Making follow up phone calls for receptions with RSVPs. Contact: Christine Longo at 941-497-2931 ext. 248 or 631-682-1196 or email: email@example.com
Knights of Columbus (K of C)
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.
Grand Knight – Robert Smith 426-9807
All Catholic men over the age of 18 are welcomed to join. Here are 25 amazing things you may not know about the Knights!
This link is to an on-line version of Columbia Magazine that features more stories and photos than the magazine does. This link is to coverage of our presentation of Tootsie Roll proceeds to “Instride Therapy.”
Publix Venice Commons & Publix Village Shoppes 1/17 & 1/18
After all Masses on 1/25 & 1/26
We have well over 100 spots that must be filled and we need your help. On-line signup sheets are available for each location. Please signup for as many slots as you can. Wives, neighbors, etc. are welcome to join you. Click on the location you desire and pick an open slot.
This is a passive collection. You DO NOT solicit donations. You simply stand, smile, maybe say hello, thank all for any donation and offer them a Tootsie Roll as a thank you. You will be provided with an apron, a collection jar and Tootsie Rolls.
The stores have all developed policies controlling soliciting. PLEASE FOLLOW THEM or we will not be allowed back. Stay at least 15 feet from the doors. Do not stand directly in front of the doors so that we do not impede customer access. Do NOT solicit or harass anyone for a donation.
Thanks for your participation in this important program. It benefits people with intellectual disabilities. Last year we supported:
Venice Elementary Special Ed, Special Olympics, Challenger Baseball, Loveland Center, Instride Therapy
PLEASE GIVE A LITTLE OF YOUR TIME FOR THIS VERY WORTHWHILE CAUSE!
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
Please consider joining Mary’s Army. We are the largest Catholic lay organization in the World. Our Apostolate at Our Lady of Lourdes is looking for active male and female members (2 hour commitment per week) and Auxiliary members (Rosary Warriors to pray the rosary daily). Contact Janine Marrone for details at 302-540-1565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. (Right)
Legion of Mary members recently attended training for St. Paul’s Street Evangelization Institute. Legion members attended mass followed by training held by trainers from St. Paul’s Street Evangelization Institute. (Left)
49th Annual Acies of the Manasota Curia of the Legion of Mary pictured here. Our Lady of Lourdes Legion of Mary Presidium is named Our Lady Queen of the Apostles. The Acies is the single most important Legion Event of the year, held around the 25th of March, feast of the Annunciation, which commemorates the Incarnation, when God became man and totally depended on our Blessed Mother. Acies is a Latin Word meaning “army set in battle array”. So we have pictured a great army gathered together. Members attending the conference consecrate themselves to our Blessed Mother.
Missing are very active and dedicated Legion Of Mary members: Diana Armstrong, MaryLou Birk, Donna Mc Ginnis, Ania Nazarian, Alina Wasilewski, Denise Riley, Joanne Youman. (Right)
Weekend Mass Helpers
Bill Raasch serves as the coordinator for our Weekend Mass Altar Servers, Lectors, Sacristans and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. If you want to serve call him at 941-492-9728
Altar Servers (Youth)
Dan Dacey serves as the youth Altar Server coordinator. If you want your child to serve call him at 941-493-9107
Daily Mass Helpers
Betsy Michalek serves as the coordinator for our Daily Mass Altar Servers, Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. If you want to serve contact Fran at email@example.com
Mary Hagarty Simek (941-496-9222) is the Usher coordinator. Please call her if you are interested in being an Usher.
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 a funeral or being buried in the Memorial Garden please contact Mary Noweat 941-497-2931 ext. 231 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Ongoing Adult Education
Our Lady of Lourdes has various short series of seminars/classes in various aspects of our Catholic Faith.
Currently going on: Msgr. LaFemina Class that is free and open to everyone who wants to grow in their Catholic Faith. Where: Education Building Main Room. When: Every second Monday of the month at 6PM.
Check back here to see the next seminar/class being offered.
Also, online there are free Adult Catholic Education programs. To find out more click on the logo or links below.
We all like FREE don’t we? Our parish pays for you to get the best Catholic teaching videos, books, and audio talks to deepen your relationship with Christ and his Church all in one place for free on most smart phones, tablets, and computers. Go to Formed by clicking HERE or above image and Register…one time…Enter “Our Lady of Lourdes Venice Fl” then register your name and email address. That’s it! Every time you now click on this link you will be taken directly into the FORMED website homepage with access to all the content. As an added feature, they have the FORMED APP. I have personally loaded the free APP (from the APP store on my phone) and again, logged in the first time. Now…as soon as I click on the FORMED APP it opens directly into all the content they have available. Cool Stuff! Users can sign on to ROKU, Amazon Fire, TVOS and and any smart T.V.
My Catholic Life Series: free in electronic form and provides a complete and faithful summary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in an easy-to-read format. It also presents our faith in a personal and understandable way.
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 941-497-0114
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
Kirby Meagher 941-497-7907
CLICK HERE to see the chart of our Parish Ministries
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 experienceof 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.
Pastoral Ministries Director
Deacon Lindley Pennypacker is our Director of Pastoral Ministries
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The prayer shawl ministry knits shawls to be given to anyone in need of prayers or comfort. The shawls are blessed (as in above picture) 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
Find out more about Our Lady of Lourdes Religious Education program by clicking here!
If you are inquiring about Sacramental Preparation go here!
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 email@example.com
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 Larry Smith at 941-493-2027.
Calling All Young Adults – The Diocese of Venice offers many opportunities for young adults to build community. Through programs like Theology on Tap, intramural sports teams, and Parish-organized social events, there is something available for everyone in the Diocese. Young Adults (18-39) are encouraged to participate in these opportunities to enrich their faith and make friends! If you have any Young Adult activities planned or would like to learn about them in your area, please contact Joshua Mazrin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarasota Area -Theology on Tap – Join us for a time of fellowship and outreach including games, discussion, and complimentary refreshments at 7:00 p.m., on the third Thursday of the month at the Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota. For more information, please contact Joshua Mazrin at email@example.com
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.
Who: Junior High School, grades 5th-8th Starts: Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Meetings are held every Tuesday 6-7:30pm in Education Center.
High School Students, grades 9-12th Starts: Wednesday, August 22, 2019. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 6-8pm in Education Center.
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).
Homemade Pizza night with families, April 25th, 2018
Youth Walk for Life
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 parishioner is home-bound, 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 our Welcome Ministry Representatives Mary Nowe & Helen Ann Mattoni at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 941-497-2931 ext. 231
Visiting the Sick & Homebound Ministry
“I was sick and you visited Me.” (Matthew 25, 36)
Did you know that we have ministers going to Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, Rehabilitation Centers, and to individuals homes? During the last year we have brought Holy Communion to over 6,600 people.
Who can become a minister? A person over the age of 18 years who has made their First Holy Communion, Confirmed and is active in the faith can become a minister. Everyone is finger printed and is required to attend Safe Awareness Training provided by the diocese. Finger printing is renewed every five years.
Eucharistic Ministers are entrusted with bringing the Word and our Lord as a part of the Mass to the Homebound. Ministers pray from the Communion of the Sick booklet which includes the official instructions, rites, and texts for ordinary “Communion Calls” to the sick and confined.
Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound is a holy and precious ministry. It is truly a gift to be able to bring someone Holy Communion who is sick at home, in a facility or unable to drive to church — the sharing of our Lord with someone else is so spiritually rewarding for both the homebound and minister.
Pope Francis asks us all “to evangelize and go to the peripheries —”
We need Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in church and the Homebound. Is the Holy Spirit calling you?