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Bishop Barbarito's Statement on Court's Ruling on Same Sex Marriage

Bishop Barbarito's statement on Fortnight for Freedom

In just a few weeks our country will celebrate the Fourth of July, the founding of our country when we were granted freedoms, among them our religious freedom.  Four years ago the U.S. Bishops began a Fortnight for Freedom to bring greater awareness of this freedom and of contemporary threats to

Living the Truth in Love: Catholic Schools - Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

  Catholic Schools Week will begin on Sunday, January 25 and conclude on Sunday, February 1.  This is an important week for our Catholic schools as we celebrate their importance in the life of the Church and in our Diocese.  The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year is Catholic Schools –

Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Florida on the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Even as we lament the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade that deprives the most vulnerable members of our society their fundamental right to life, we are heartened by the recent progress made towards the protection of the unborn child. We profoundly mourn the over 56 million unborn victims since

Bishop Barbarito's Letter to Parishioners

  To the Parishioners of Holy Name of Jesus Parish   My Brothers and Sister in Christ,   As you are probably aware, Father Jose Palimattom, OFM, a priest of the Franciscan Province of St. Thomas the Apostle in India who had been in our Diocese for less than a month, was recently

Statement in Response to the Redefinition of Marriage in Florida

  The Catholic Bishops of Florida have issued a statement addressing the redefinition of marriage in Florida to accommodate couples of the same sex.   The full statement follows:   Tomorrow, with the expiration of a stay on a U.S. District Court ruling, marriage licenses for same

Living the Truth in Love: Wake Up the World

Advent is a season of rejoicing in the state of watchfulness which anticipates the coming of the Lord among us.  How fitting it is that the First Sunday of Advent begins a Year of Consecrated Life within the Church invoked by Pope Francis.  The year will conclude on February 2, 2016, the Feast of

Living the Truth in Love: Thanksgiving – A Regular Thing

There is a very humorous cartoon of a Pilgrim husband and wife speaking to each other as they walk away by themselves from the first Thanksgiving feast.  The wife says to her husband, "That was nice, but I wouldn’t want to make it a regular thing!"  Well, the Thanksgiving feast in our nation, from

Governor Scott Urged to Commute Sentence of Chadwick Banks to Life in Prison Without Possibility of Parole; Prayer Services Held Statewide

  The Florida Catholic Conference urges Governor Scott to commute the sentence of Chadwick Banks, who is scheduled for execution on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Banks deserves severe punishment for the brutal acts of violence he inflicted upon his victims, Sandra Banks and

Living the Truth in Love: God is Not Afraid of New Things

At the Mass for the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at which Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, Pope Francis spoke some extraordinary words about conquering fear in our lives by recognizing what causes that fear.  He stressed that God is the center of our lives and