News in brief – Nov 26 | Venice


Giacomo Mutti, center, a student at Booker High School, is flanked by his teacher Loridia Urquiza, left, Rachel Shelley, principal of Booker High School, Father Celestino Gutierrez, pastor of St. Jude Catholic Church, and Alina Cordovez-Cruz , also his prof. Giacomo wrote an essay on Father Gutiérrez, a priest who supports the Sarasota County community through his volunteerism. Giacomo received a scholarship for his essay as part of the Florida Hispanic Heritage Month competition.

An essay on a priest is recognized by the state

A student from Sarasota was recently recognized for his writing skills in First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest. Giacomo Mutti, a high school student from Booker, wrote his essay on Father Celestino Gutiérrez, pastor of St. Jude Parish, who supports the Sarasota County community through his volunteerism. Giacomo was recognized by Governor Ron DeSantis in a ceremony on November 12, 2021. The theme of the 500-word essay was limited to “celebrating the leaders and champions of the Hispanic-American community.” A ceremony in honor of Giacomo was held on November 21 at St. Jude Parish where he was able to show his award and directly thank Father Gutiérrez for being an inspiration to him and others in the community. For winning the competition, Giacomo was awarded a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship, offered by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

Christmas Day televised mass for those relegated to home

The Homebound Christmas Day Televised Mass with Celebrant Bishop Frank J. Dewane will air for a full hour on Christmas Day. For viewers in the northern parts of the Diocese (DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee and Sarasota counties), Mass will air at 9:30 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

Leaflets 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. Also check out the December 17 electronic edition of the Florida Catholic for a full list of Christmas Masses times in the Diocese of Venice. Hours will also be posted on the diocesan website by December 13, 2021.

School endowment campaign unveiled in Naples

On November 16, 2021, the St. Ann School Foundation hosted a launch party to publicly announce its plans for a $ 10 million campaign to provide scholarships to students at St. Ann Catholic School in Naples. “We are grateful to everyone who joined us for a spectacular evening on the occasion of our official launch of the Faith Family Future Endowment Campaign for the St. Ann School Foundation,” said Pamela Marcia, Executive Director of the St. Ann School Foundation. foundation. In six months, 16 donors have pledged $ 7.7 million towards the campaign goal of $ 10 million. Marcia said the school was “extremely grateful and humbled by the generosity” and “the trust and belief of donors in our mission”. To learn more about the St. Ann’s School Foundation, visit


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