EWTN Reality Show Highlights Local La Leche Baby

by Savanna Kearney

Eternal Word Television Network’s reality show, Real Life Catholic, explores the lives of ordinary Catholics with extraordinary faith around the world. And Thursday, Nov. 1, Real Life Catholic host and internationally acclaimed author and speaker, Chris Stefanick came to The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine to hear the story of Rebecca Harkness, a local “La Leche Baby.”

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Bishop Estévez Blesses New Early Learning Center

by Savanna Kearney

The St. John Paul II Catholic Mission in Ponte Vedra celebrated the opening of a new Early Learning Center Saturday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. The event began with Mass celebrated by Bishop Felipe Estévez, assisted by Father Edward Shaner, priest-in-charge of Blessed John Paul II Mission, Deacon Scott Conway, superintendent of Catholic schools, and Father Leonard Chuwa, system director of ethics and formation at St. Vincent’s Health Ministries, with the Knights of Columbus in attendance.

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Bishop Estevez Leads Faith Formation Day in Diocese

by Savanna Kearney

The 34th annual Faith Formation Day was held at Bishop John J. Snyder High School Saturday, Oct. 13. The event began with Mass at 8:30 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Felipe Estévez. Following Mass, the bishop gave the keynote talk, in which he addressed the sexual abuse crisis. He acknowledged to those in attendance that this is a painful time for the church, but, he also examined the positive changes that are happening as a result, including new activity regarding the protection of minors and vulnerable adults in the church, as well as those in authority examining their responsibilities in leadership.

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Catholic Charities Transforms Lives with its 15th Annual Festival d’Vine

Catholic Charities is hosting its 15th Annual Festival d’Vine on Friday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Treaty Oak Park in San Marco (1123 Prudential Drive). The always-popular event serves as a primary fundraiser for the Catholic Charities Jacksonville Regional Office of the Diocese of St. Augustine, with all proceeds going toward the agency’s six major programs.

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Catholic Relief Services Responding to Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding to an earthquake that struck Friday night just off the coast of Donggala in central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The 7.5 magnitude quake triggered an unexpected tsunami, which hit the city of Palu, destroying homes and businesses in its path. While the scope of destruction is unclear, initial government reports indicate a death toll of 400 as of Saturday evening, but communications are down, and emergency teams have not reached all affected areas.

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V Encuentro seeks to develop new pastoral plan for Hispanic ministry in the U.S.

More than 3,200 Hispanic ministry leaders and about 125 bishops from across the country processed into the conference center in Grapevine, Texas, to kick-off the highly anticipated Fifth National Encuentro for Hispanic Ministry, which will continue to unfold over the next three days through Sept. 23. Following a multiyear process of prayerful discernment and consultation in parishes and dioceses in the U.S., leaders from around the country have come together seeking answers to how the Church can respond to the growing Hispanic population and develop a new pastoral plan that will address its many challenges.

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