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October Joy of the Family E-Newsletter

Knights Guide Parishioners Back to Church

With the recent reopening of churches in the Diocese of Palm Beach, the Blessed Mother Council (13338) of the Knights of Columbus in Delray Beach formed a Hospitality Committee to help return the parish family safely back to church. The Knights collaborated with Father Gaudioso Zamora, pastor of

A Parish in Which Everybody Counts: Holy Cross Church Celebrates 60 Years a Parish Family

Holy Cross Parish in Indiantown celebrates its 60th anniversary this year as a diverse spiritual family who welcome those seeking a spiritual home. Made up of both white and Hispanic members, the parish community grows more robust with each passing year. Though there is a segment of the church

Students United Through ‘Domestic Altars’ in Classrooms

For Catholic school students going back to school in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the classroom has stretched to encompass numerous spaces: the school library, the cafeteria, the playground, the art room, and the auditorium. For students at St. Anastasia School in Fort Pierce, the classroom

Faith-Filled Man Answers Call to Diaconate Despite Limitations

Deacon Michael McDonald joked that he will forever be known as “the corona deacon.” It is a term his formation director fondly assigned to him after realizing that Deacon McDonald would be the solitary man ordained for the permanent deacon Sept. 12, 2020 at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in

Marian icon honored by Pahokee parishioners

Many people travel to shrines around the world to pray and find peace, but there is a beautiful place of pilgrimage right here in the Diocese of Palm Beach. St. Mary Church in Pahokee is often called the “Bethlehem of the Diocese of Palm Beach” because of its location amidst the southern edge of

Human trafficking victims afforded dignity through federal grant

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many assistance programs are struggling to meet the needs of the community, especially as they face unprecedented long term affects due to a shortage in monetary giving and volunteer limitations. However, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach is

New Childcare Center Opens at Holy Family Parish

Holy Family Parish in Port St. Lucie opened enrollment for the new Ryan Center for Young Children, an early childhood development center offering affordable, high-quality care and instruction of a preschool curriculum for ages 2-5.  The Ryan Center for Young Children is under the umbrella of

Catechists Renew Identity as Evangelists

Father Duvan Bermudez, director of Hispanic Ministry, never imagined that the School of Christian Formation would be navigating the current challenges of a pandemic and adjusting to virtual courses. Regardless, he enthusiastically welcomed catechists from the School of Christian Formation to a

Local Parish Continues Bahamian Relief Efforts

St. Helen Parish in Vero Beach continues to assist the victims of Hurricane Dorian through their Youth on a Mission ministry program, which consists of high school and college students, as well as young adults from throughout the Vero Beach area. Recently, Youth on a Mission received a donation