A Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Irma


Hurricane Irma Information

Office of the Bishop 

All of you are in my prayers during this time of recovery in Southwest Florida.

The storm has passed and now we find comfort in knowing that we are people of hope, and that our faith will guide us in restoring our everyday way of life.

This may appear to some to be a time of darkness. But, as Catholics we are called to reflect the light of Christ. Let us be compassionate to our neighbor, our brothers and sisters in need who may be suffering at this time. Let us be united in prayer and with the Lord. Let us be beacons of hope to those around us. Let us magnify the light that is Christ. 

May God bless you all. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+ Frank J.Dewane

Bishop of the Diocese of Venice of

Venice in Florida


Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. has opened 11 Disaster Response Centers to assist with relief and recovery efforts from the devastation of Hurricane Irma in Southwest Florida.  All centers are in need of water, non-perishable food, home cleaning supplies, and volunteers.  Anyone interested in providing support or items should contact the center nearest you. The locations of the Disaster Response Centers are listed below.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. in 
DeSoto County
1210 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266
Office Phone: 
Contact Persons:  Sister Ann DeNicolo and Andy Herigodt

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. In Bonita Springs
St. Leo the Great Parish
28290 Beaumont Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Office Phone: 
Contact Person: Chuck Anderson

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. in Clewiston
St. Margaret Parish
208 North Deane Duff Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440-3135  
Office Phone:  863-983-8585
Contact Person:  Rev. Jiobani Batista

Jesus the Worker Parish
881 Nuna Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905
Office Phone: 
239-693-5333 (alt) 239-693-0640
Contact Person: Rev. Patrick T. O'Connor

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. in Fort Myers
4235 Michigan Ave. Link, Fort Myers, FL  33916
Office Phone: 
Contact Person: Charles Anderson

Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities
211 S. 9th Street, Immokalee, FL  34142
Office Phone: 
239- 657-6242
Contact: Peggy Rodriguez

St. Joseph the Worker Parish
24065 U.S. Hwy 27, Moore Haven, FL 33471
Office Phone: 
Contact Person: Rev. Marcial Garcia

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. in 
Collier County
2210 Santa Barbara Blvd., Naples, FL 34116
Office Phone: 
Contact Person: Mary Shaughnessy

St. Michael Parish
408 Heard Bridge Road, Wauchula, FL 33873
Office Phone: 
Contact Person:  Sister Gema Ruiz

Holy Family Youth Center
900 US Highway 27, N., Sebring, FL  33870
Office Phone: 
Contact Person:  Rev. Jose Gonzalez

Campo San Jose
170 Sun n' Lake Blvd., Lake Placid, FL  33852
Office Phone: 
Contact Person:  Rev. Jose Gonzalez



Dear Parishioner,

We are monitoring Hurricane Irma closely.  As Hurricane Irma continues to move towards Florida, it is important to take care of you and your loved ones.

Therefore, the schedule for Mass and Confession for the next few days is below.  Please spread the word to your parishioner’s friends and neighbors.

Saturday, September 9th
9:00 AM Morning Mass
9:30 AM Confessions
3:00 PM Confessions
4:00 PM Vigil Mass
Please do not attempt to attend Mass on Saturday if conditions are dangerous.  
During this time of emergency, the Sunday obligation to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist is dispensed per Canon Law 87.
Sunday, September 10th
All Masses are cancelled.  
Monday, September 11th
The Church and Parish Office will be closed.
Tuesday, September 12th
Weather permitting, we hope to resume the weekday Mass at 9:00 AM and re-open the Parish Office at 8:30 AM.
Please stay safe and we ask that you continue to pray for those affected by Hurricane Irma.  Be assured of our prayerful support for each of you.
If you need the services of a priest due to death or serious illness ONLY please call our emergency line 239-836-6488.  Someone will respond to your call as soon as possible. 
God bless you. 

For Information about Public Safety in Lee County, please visit the Lee County site:  http://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement