Message from Bishop Dewane


April 17,2020

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

During Easter Season, as the Church rejoices in Our Lord's Resurrection, my
prayer is that you and your family are safe and strengthened by God's grace in these
uncertain times. You will recall that I promised to give an update regarding the
Coronavirus and our efforts in the Diocese of Venice to ensure the health, safety, and the
spiritual wellbeing of all our Catholic Faithful.

The decision to suspend public celebrations of the Liturgy was among the most
difficult I have had to make as your Bishop. The decision required the Diocese to weigh
the needs of public health in a time of pandemic against the great sacrifices that a
suspension would require of the Christian Faithful and our Priests. Knowing it would be
difficult for you not to fully participate in the Holy Mass or gather with your fellow
Parishioners for other activities, was something I sincerely understood. It was also on my
mind that your Priests would need to labor strenuously and find innovative ways to
compassionately care for Parishioners.

It has been edifying to see how the Catholic Faithful, led by their Priests, have
embraced these challenges and found creative ways to give witness to our spiritual
communion in Christ. Throughout these days, I have been privileged to hear many stories
from Parishioners about how they have, in their homes, remained Faithful to their life of
prayer and worship of God. The efforts of parents, caregivers, Catholic School teachers,
catechists, Parish staff and so many of our people, have made the difficulties being
experienced an opportunity for heroic acts of Christian Charity and love. Priests are to
be acknowledged for the pastoral ways in which the Holy Mass and the Sacraments have
been offered to the Faithful; at the same time, placing themselves at risk to attend the
sick and dying. Likewise, I am grateful to the Parishioners who have continued their
generous stewardship towards the Parishes and Schools of the Diocese which face
financial challenges in these present circumstances.

In a particular way, let me express my appreciation to the many families who, from
home, united in their Parish Holy Week and Easter Liturgies. All the Faithful can be proud
of the efforts made during these difficult days to maintain spiritual communion and
practice their Catholic Faith. Trusting in Our Lord who abides with us, we have found hope
and strength to weather the hardships.

No matter how difficult this time has been for many of us, I ask you to prayerfully
intercede for those who have died from the Coronavirus and for their family and loved
ones who grieve. Likewise, please lift-up in prayer healthcare workers and others, who,
with dedication, are combating this disease and compassionately caring for the sick and
dying. Pray also for wisdom for our public officials that they may guide us with competence
and concern.

Please know that the Diocese appreciates the sacrifices you have made and is
looking forward to the time when public celebrations of Holy Mass can resume. With me.
Diocesan Officials are monitoring public health data as a process of planning begins. It is
necessary to determine how and when your Parish can resume normal operations safely,
while maintaining careful vigilance to protect those at greater risk of serious illness. The
upcoming weeks will indeed require patience. Only after necessary steps are taken, can
there be certainty regarding when to begin a phased return to normal Parish activities and
public gatherings.

Likely, the present circumstances regarding public Masses will last for the near
future. Celebrations of Confirmation, First Communion, and reception into the Church for
Catechumens and Candidates will continue to be postponed until it is feasible to
reschedule them with some certainty. Parishes will keep the Faithful updated as greater
clarity regarding Diocesan plans is possible.

Let us remember that with Faith, our sufferings and sacrifices can be a source of
redeeming grace. If we offer our sufferings to God and unite them with the Passion of
Our Lord, we will be made stronger in Faith and greater witnesses to the hope that is
ours in the Risen Christ.

As we commemorate Divine Mercy Sunday, let each one of us put aside our doubts
and united as a believing people, express with new resolve: "Jesus, 1 trust in You I"

Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Bishop the Diocese of
Venice in Florida

1000 Pinebrook Road • Venice, FL 34285 • 941 -484-9543 • • Fax 941 -488-2561

San Antonio Catholic Church

Message from San Antonio Catholic Church

Dear San Antonio Parishioners,

Father Leo and the staff continue to pray for you. We all miss our church family. We pray for the sick, caretakers, medical providers and all those impacted by the pandemic.  

Many folks are finding the Diocese of Venice website and videos spiritually comforting during these challenging times. Go to for daily Mass with Bishop Dewane, to pray the Rosary with the Bishop, for the latest news and more.

Most of us look at San Antonio Catholic Church as a place to worship, a place to gather for special occasions, a place for fellowship and sharing. What we may not realize is that San Antonio is also a small business. During this uncertain time, without Mass participation, it is imperative that we continue to make our contributions. The monthly expenses of maintaining San Antonio Church go on and must continue to be met. I am suggesting that we continue to make our donation by mailing it to the church on a weekly or monthly basis. There is also a procedure for online giving at

In addition, I would like to ask each of you who may belong to a San Antonio Ministry, or have a spouse or family member affiliated with another ministry, please pass this message on to them.

Address your mail to:

San Antonio Catholic Church

24445 Rampart Blvd

Port Charlotte, FL 33980

During this crisis we must remember we are Parishioners of San Antonio Catholic Church.

Prayers, love and blessings to you.

Father Leo and the San Antonio Staff


Give your burdens to the Lord and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalm 55:22

We, the family of God At San Antonio Catholic Church, Welcome all…
To proclaim the Gospel, To celebrate the Eucharist, To share the laughter and the tears.


…How old you are or how young
NO MATTER…Your background, or present status
NO MATTER…Your origin or religious background
NO MATTER…How good or bad your actions have been
NO MATTER…If you are married or single, Widowed or divorced, separated or remarried
NO MATTER…If you are rich or poor
NO MATTER…Who or what you are or have been, You are wanted, appreciated and invited…


Saturday Vigil | 3:30PM 
Sunday | 9:00AM and 11:00AM 
Tuesday - Friday | 8:00AM 

8:00AM and 12:15PM /Check the Bulletin

Saturday at 2:30 PM until all are heard
By Appointment, call the office


February 26, 2020

8:00AM & 12:15PM

Monday - Thursday
8:30AM to 12:00 Noon and
12:30PM to 3:00PM

8:30AM to 12:00 Noon

Office closed on Holy Days
and Holidays

Saturday at 2:30PM until all are heard
And by Appointment, Call the Parish Office




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