Stay Connected & Up-to-Date on our Email Lists:
The Bulletin: Each Friday morning we send an easily-readable digital version of the bulletin via email. Add yourself to the list and stay up-to-date as we establish our community.
Other Groups: Emails on an as-needed basis for those interested Adult Cathechesis, Women's Group, Men's Group, Young Adult group, etc. (Ususally about 2 per month.)
Corpus Christi Chapel will hear confessions this Saturday from 12pm-1pm at the Church of the Ressurrection in Fort Myers. Confessions will be heard outside in the parking lot. Please observe the instructions given when you arrive, staying in line in your car until it is your turn to approach.
As was previous announced in January, a very generous family gave a donation of 250k toward our building fund and agreed to give another 250k as a matching offer to others in our community from then until Easter.
Our goal was met! At the end of December we had $800,102.48 in the Savings account and at the end of March $1,061,329.12, thus a total of 261,226.64 was given during that time.
Inspired by this very charitable example another gentleman has stepped forward to offer another matching pledge challenge of 100k from this time until our patronal feast day of Corpus Christi, June 11th.
We could not be more grateful for those who continue to give on-line during this time, as the online giving numbers are at their highest ever for the month of this past April. Again, as we have very little operational expenses at this time, most all of these donations can be designated to our building fund, which is not taxed and receives a 4.5% interest rate. In general it is recommended that people donate designated to the building fund at this time, and extra monies in the operational account are periodically being transferred to it as well
We know there are families unable to donate at this time, so please feel no pressure, but for those who are able this is another great chance to reach the goal of your future traditional parish home.
Please visit the new page on our website for updates as to the general goals and ongoing project, with pictures of other FSSP apostolates like our own that have already built there phase 1 building, and who will serve us as a model for our own at https://www.corpuschristifssp.com/newbuild
Christi Chapel faithful,
This coming Saturday, May 16th, we will make the sacrament of confession available at St. Agnes from 5pm-7pm. The current guidelines are to do so while maintaining appropriate distancing to avoid any possible spread of germs, whereby they will be heard outside as we have done previously. Please remain lined up within your cars until it is your turn to approach for confession.
Likewise, we are also available for any private sacramental appointments by request.
While we pray Mass virtually, and await the forthcoming permission for public masses in our diocese, let us review what the saints have taught us on how to most efficaciously pray the most divine prayer of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Fr. Romanoski explains what tradition teaches us on the topic
The following are the total amounts donated in the first quarter of 2020 to support our chapel today, and build our permanent home for tomorrow. (Previously published numbers did not include a number of online transactions. This update includes all giving - in offertory baskets, by mail, and online.)
Average Sunday & Holy Day Mass attendance for the first quarter of 2020:
St. Agnes, Naples: 282
Resurrection of our Lord, Ft. Myers: 109
17 new household registrations: More than 1 new household every week through this quarter!
Dear Corpus Christi Chapel faithful,
The Pastor at Ave Maria, Fr. Mayer, has asked us to announce that the transmitted Sunday Latin Mass at the Donahue Academy of Ave Maria, which we have been invited to offer privately, every Sunday during this hiatus of public masses, will be celebrated at 9am, and Holy Communion will be distributed afterward from 10:00am- 1030am. This will be a more convenient schedule for all involved especially the staff that is working extra hours every day to coordinate the masses and distribution afterward. We will not be able to hear confessions at Donahue Academy before the Sunday Mass, so please contact us personally for any appointment or look for announcements of publicly scheduled confessions.
Likewise one may not enter and park in the
parking lot of the school during the mass, but can approach in car as early as
945am. This is likewise to assure that all flows in an orderly manner without drawing
attention as if it were a public gathering. One may park anywhere else in Ave
Maria and approach immediately after Mass has ended. The new time and
directives take effect this Sunday April 19th and will continue until further notice.
And we repeat that we are also available by appointment for any sacramental needs you may have.
Fr. Romanoski will make his annual canonical retreat this week. Please direct any requests for pastoral assistance directly to Fr. Passo.
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, I trust in You!"
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
+ Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida
April 17, 2020
For the rest of the month of April, Fr. Romanoski and Fr. Passo have been invited to celebrate and sing the Latin Mass privately at 12:30pm on Sundays at the Donahue Academy chapel of Ave Maria Parish. Though this Mass is private you are invited to follow along live from their parish transmission here or here. Though one may not attend these masses in person, parking is available just outside and we will follow the current policy of Ave Maria Parish while under their parish ministry there (unless changed) in distributing Holy Communion afterwards in the parking lot of the same Donahue Academy at around 1:30pm. You can likewise check the sermons page at our website for any recorded sermons from these masses.
We will be available for confessions outside the same Donahue Academy in Ave Maria at 11:30am on the same Sundays.
Please recall that no one in our diocese is obliged to attend Holy Mass on Sundays at present, neither is the reception of Holy Communion in any way obligatory nor does the reception of Holy Communion require having heard mass via transmission prior to it. Please use the same prudence and caution in discerning whether you should go to such an "event." Though social distance rules are observed in their parish set up, it would still be unadvisable given the relative proximity to others if one were sick with a virus for example.
We pray that you each have responded well to the challenge that God has given us during this time of seeking Him by extra effort in prayer and penance. Seek and ye shall find, as the Kingdom of Heaven is within you!
And let us keep out minds and hearts on the prize, the only one we hope to obtain by means of the test of this passing temporal life- recalling the words of the apostle
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot possess the kingdom of God: neither shall corruption possess incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again: but we shall not all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall rise again incorruptible. And we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption: and this mortal must put on immortality. And when this mortal hath put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? Now the sting of death is sin: and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who hath given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast and unmoveable: always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Cor 15.50-58)
Yours in the Risen Lord,
Frs. Romanoski & Passo