St. John XXIII Parish came into existence on January 4, 2002. The Noonan Academy generously shared their facility with us during the planning and building of our church. Our first Mass was celebrated on Saturday, January 12, 2002. Plans for the new Church were undertaken almost immediately after our first weekend of liturgies. On March 1, 2002, we were canonically erected as a parish.

On June 20, 2002, the initial preliminary plans for our new Church building were put on display and shared for the first time with our parishioners.

The initial plans were changed to establish a Church with 1350 seats plus 300 more in the Chapel area. A ground breaking ceremony was held on April 23, 2003. On December 25, 2004, Christmas Day, a Mass was celebrated in a tent on the Church property.

On Holy Thursday, March 24, 2005, the long awaited certificate of occupancy was received and Mass that evening was celebrated in the main nave of the Church. The Church was formally dedicated on April 9, 2005 by the Most Reverend John J. Nevins, Bishop of Venice, Florida.

’07-’08 Accomplishments

  • Formed a Parish Advisory Council
  • Added to the Finance Committee
  • Formed a Thrift Shop Board
  • Formed a Worship Committee
  • Formed a Couples Baptismal Prep Group
  • Expanded our Building Committee
  • Started a Recycling program for the Parish
  • Started a Hospitality Group
  • Implemented weekly staff meetings
  • Instituted Diocese Policy of Minutes at all meetings
  • Met with all Ministries
  • New Art and Environment Committee
  • Numbered the Memorial Gardens and reworked the procedures
  • Took payroll from in house to ADP service
  • Hired an part time administrative assistant
  • Hired a new music ministry coordinator for our 5:00 Sunday Mass
  • Contracted with an IT company for computer support
  • Closed the Religious Store
  • Office staff training workshops for Logo’s church software and our bulletin
  • Moved our DRE’s office to the main church
  • Held a successful Ministry Fair
  • Implemented a CFA plan
  • Remove Baptismal font and replace with a new font, table and shelf for the Holy oils, and installed new poor boxes
  • Painted the back wall in the church put up chair rail and moved the Stations of the Cross
  • Moved Parish Center from an office to the church saving the rent costs
  • Hosted the Papal Nuncio for Mass
  • Purchased a home for a Rectory and moved all three priests in / saving rent costs
  • Completed a remodel of the new Rectory
  • Implemented a keyless entry to the church and set up the alarm system on the church and the office building
  • Staff team building workshop
  • Started a Stewardship Committee
  • Started a Tuition Assistance Committee
  • Hired a new bookkeeper
  • Hired a new maintenance man
  • Hired an administrative assistant part time for our DRE
  • Hired a couple for Youth Ministry
  • Installed Carillon Bells that were donated to the church
  • Published a Parish Directory
  • Inventory all parish assets and created a data base to record the information
  • Started a Quarterly Stewardship publication
  • Began a social justice monthly outreach
  • Teamed with Jesus the Worker as our sister Parish
  • Held a day of reflection for all ministries
  • Parish Mission with Fr. Ed Beck

’08-’09 Accomplishments

  • Celebrated Father Bob’s 30th anniversary of priesthood
  • Thrift Store was featured on the front page of the business section in the News-Press
  • Welcomed Rosendo Herrera to our Thrift Store as a full time employee
  • Held CFA information gathering at Rectory and after Masses
  • We enjoyed a week of Vacation Bible Camp with 70 plus children
  • Installed a playground
  • A shelter was built in our Memorial Garden
  • A flag pole was put up in the front of the church
  • We went to a HUD public hearing
  • We held our first Pasta Dinner with great success
  • EDGE Middle School Dance 70 + young people
  • Installed a new computer server
  • Damian Hanley attended the International Stewardship Conference
  • New Stewardship Guide published for 2010 mailed to all members
  • Youth Group went to Rock the Universe
  • Held a Ministry Fair in September
  • Renewed our lease at the Thrift Store, expanded and remodeled
  • Held our first Dinner Auction “Happy Days”
  • 2nd Progressive Raffle was a success
  • County Commissioners voted in favor of rezoning our property for the Senior Living Project with HUD
  • Held 2 Safe Environment Classes at our Parish
  • Hosted JS Pollock Bulletin Editors and Business Manager Workshop
  • We reached our CFA goal and even went over!
  • Angel Tree for Christmas gifts expanded our giving to included our Vets, elderly, homebound and Jesus the Worker
  • Parish Picnic
  • We teamed up with 2 other parishes to bring the Sarah Hart Retreat to Our Lady of Light
  • Women’s Spiritually Retreat held at Blessed Pope John XXIII
  • A Women’s faith share group will meet monthly
  • Men’s Leadership Group began meeting once a month in the evening
  • Held an evening of reflection for the men of our parish
  • Held a Mardi Gras night
  • Held a St. Patty’s Spring Fling as a fundraiser
  • Spring Progressive Raffle was a success
  • Brought Damian on full time 4/2010
  • Launched new bulletin design 4/24/2010
  • Began a new marriage ministry
  • Finance Committee reorganized to be more effective
  • We welcomed Father Marcin Koziola to our parish on 4/21/2010
  • Updated Memorial Garden Landscaping

’09-’10 Accomplishments

  • Celebrated Father Bob’s 30th anniversary of priesthood
  • Thrift Store was featured on the front page of the business section in the News-Press
  • Welcomed Rosendo Herrera to our Thrift Store as a full time employee
  • Held CFA information gathering at Rectory and after Masses
  • We enjoyed a week of Vacation Bible Camp with 70 plus children
  • Installed a playground
  • A shelter was built in our Memorial Garden
  • A flag pole was put up in the front of the church
  • We went to a HUD public hearing
  • We held our first Pasta Dinner with great success
  • EDGE Middle School Dance 70 + young people
  • Installed a new computer server
  • Damian Hanley attended the International Stewardship Conference
  • New Stewardship Guide published for 2010 mailed to all members
  • Youth Group went to Rock the Universe
  • Held a Ministry Fair in September
  • Renewed our lease at the Thrift Store, expanded and remodeled
  • Held our first Dinner Auction “Happy Days”
  • 2nd Progressive Raffle was a success
  • County Commissioners voted in favor of rezoning our property for the Senior Living Project with HUD
  • Held 2 Safe Environment Classes at our Parish
  • Hosted JS Pollock Bulletin Editors and Business Manager Workshop
  • We reached our CFA goal and even went over!
  • Angel Tree for Christmas gifts expanded our giving to included our Vets, elderly, homebound and Jesus the Worker
  • Parish Picnic
  • We teamed up with 2 other parishes to bring the Sarah Hart Retreat to Our Lady of Light
  • Women’s Spiritually Retreat held at Blessed Pope John XXIII
  • A Women’s faith share group will meet monthly
  • Men’s Leadership Group began meeting once a month in the evening
  • Held an evening of reflection for the men of our parish
  • Held a Margi Gras night
  • Held a St. Patty’s Spring Fling as a fundraiser
  • Spring Progressive Raffle was a success
  • Brought Damian on full time 4/2010
  • Launched new bulletin design 4/24/2010
  • Began a new marriage ministry
  • Finance Committee reorganized to be more effective
  • We welcomed Father Marcin Koziola to our parish on 4/21/2010
  • Updated Memorial Garden Landscaping

’10-’11 Accomplishments

  • Installed sod at the front area of the church and Memorial Garden
  • Awarded the HUD project for senior living
  • Began 5 year strategic planning
  • Vacation Bible Camp great success over 100 children and 50 helpers
  • Hired Brenda Gregory as office assistant
  • Introduced Living your Strengths Book to parish
  • Communication program continues to grow
  • Starting a Fund Raising Committee
  • Evening of Reflection held for our Men’s group
  • Grandfather/Father/Son lunch
  • Reached our CFA goal in July 2010!
  • Established the Member Board for HUD
  • Sunset Cruise with 90 + members
  • Men Unite / Men’s Group formed
  • Stewardship Conference in San Diego attended by Fr. Bob, Holly and Damian
  • Parish Advisory Council elected new officers
  • Hosted Joe Citro for a seminar on finance planning
  • Saturday Night Fever Dinner Dance
  • Began hospitality after each Sunday Mass
  • Coffee brewers and cabinets installed in Community Room
  • Grand re-opening of our Thrift Store
  • Inner Strengths Ministry started with Steve Engelman. Small group studies of the book “Living your Strengths”
  • Memorial Garden angel statues installed, additional landscaping and new sign at the entrance and in parking lots
  • Successful Fall Raffle
  • Saturday Night Fever Dinner Dance
  • Father Anglim School held their festival at our parish
  • New ministry started of prayer requests by email Cyber prayer
  • Started a Marriage Ministry
  • Mission Trip to Jamaica
  • Held a Thrift Store Appreciation Dinner with 120 in attendance
  • We went over our CFA goal $378,000.00 raised $646,497.98
  • Successful Spring Raffle
  • Held our second annual Casino Night
  • Todd Peterson joined us as Choir Director
  • Continuing to work on the HUD project
  • Held a Mardi Gras celebration
  • Tom Peterson spoke at our parish about the Catholic’s Come Home Program
  • Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, Apostolic Nuncio – Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations celebrated Mass with us
  • Our Credo, stitched by Linda Engelbrecht was hung in our Narthex
  • Sarah Hart Women’s Retreat
  • System in place for calendaring fundraisers & community builder events
  • Started a Care Givers ministry
  • Started an acute care ministry
  • Parish picnic in the spring and it is growing each year
  • Simple Soup Suppers during Lent with different speakers
  • Began a parish yearbook taking photos of members
  • First Communion 104 children/Confirmation 6 students
  • Masters of Ceremonies ministry formed
  • Altar Society ministry formed
  • Front office received a nice face lift, with new walls, paint and desks
  • Held the first HUD Owners Board Meeting
  • Mission Trip to Mississippi

’11-’12 Accomplishments

  • Jennifer Engelman joins our staff as Coordinator of Parish Engagement
  • 2 day Stewardship workshop in Venice 7 members attended
  • Community room painted
  • Ana and Corey’s wedding June 11, 2011
  • Vacation Bible Camp 120 + children
  • 6 Dates Marriage Ministry was held over the summer
  • Father Bernie Dang joins our parish Aug. 2011
  • Redesign of front office space added new furniture
  • Installed projector in community room
  • Parish logo enhanced and 5 year plan continuing
  • CFA goal reached in June of 2011
  • Narthex painted
  • Weekly Vietnamese Mass started 9/10/11
  • Biblical Walk through the Mass 5 week study offered am and pm
  • Pasta Dinner was held
  • Living your Strengths study offered for youth
  • International Stewardship Conference in Orlando was attend by Fr. Bob, Holly Mike Navarro, Jennifer and Steve Engelman
  • Trunk or Treat was successful
  • Parish survey completed with consultant Al Winseman hosting a Town Hall meeting and impact planning session
  • Latino Dinner help to raise money for CFA
  • HUD project ground breaking Dec 19, 2011
  • Fall Raffle $21,700.00
  • Parish Yearbook continues with members having photos taken
  • Vietnamese community welcomes our Bishop for a Thanksgiving Mass and dinner
  • Boy Scout Eagle Project completed with picnic tables by our playground area
  • ALPHA program started
  • Biblical Walk through the Mass 5 week study am session starting in Jan 2012
  • Dinner Auction held Feb 4, 2012 Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
  • Jan. 15th we celebrated our 10 year anniversary of our parish
  • New Year celebration put on by our Vietnamese Community
  • Thrift Store Appreciation brunch
  • Deacon Tom Halt joins us
  • Spring Raffle $23,887.05
  • We reached our CFA goal in 5 weeks March 2012
  • Paul Todd Concert March 25, 2012
  • Strategic Planning Committee continues to talk with Al Winseman from Gallup
  • Ivette brought Baby Austin into the world April 5th !
  • ALPHA program begins in April 2012
  • Our first Eagle Scout Ceremony with 3 Boy Scouts from our Troop receiving their Eagle Scout Award

 ’12-’13 Accomplishments

  • We begin our year with a staff retreat with Sr. Jo and Sr. Colleen with the topic of Change and Transitions
  • Living Your Strengths retreat at OLPH lead by Steve Engelman
  • Our first ALPHA program concluded in July
  • Christie Collins brought Baby Eva into the world May 30th !
  • Meghan and Aaron McCarthy joined our staff as Youth Ministers
  • Christie Collins and family move to Rome
  • Deacon Casey Jones is ordained July 14, and celebrates his first Mass on July 15th at our parish. We had a wonderful reception for him.
  • Aug 20 SPM Management group gives out applications for our Villas
  • Our Strategic Planning Committee writes our parish covenant
  • Vacation Bible School with 120 children and 60 helpers!
  • Catholicism 101DVD’s shown weekly starting in July and continued into the fall
  • Parish Yearbook Completed
  • Living Your Strengths class was held in Aug
  • A financial audit was done in Aug
  • Our Vietnamese Community started selling egg rolls at hospitality once per month
  • Women’s Bible Study began in Sept.
  • Knights of Columbus sponsored a night of baseball at the Miracle Stadium and a Hockey game
  • Women’s Guild held arts and crafts fair
  • Lisa Stevens join us as a cantor in Oct 2012
  • Trunk of Treat for our youth
  • Paul Todd Concert on Nov. 11th for Veterans Day
  • We were able to tie into county utilities
  • Introduction of the 5 banners of growing our faith in Worship, Grow, Serve, Connect and Give in response to the Year of Faith
  • Ministry Celebration in Feb 2013
  • Our Vietnamese Community held a New Years celebration
  • Dedication of our Blessed Pope John XXIII Villas Senior Living Facility
  • Opened a food pantry at the Villas in Feb. 2013
  • We reached our CFA goal of $306K with pledges in March 2013
  • Thrift Store Volunteer Brunch
  • Paul Todd Concert for St. Patrick’s Day 740 people!
  • Parish Picnic in Feb 2013
  • Mission with Fr Gary Wiesmann
  • Book Fair in our Narthex
  • Volunteer Appreciation Mass was attended by 50 members
  • Women’s Guild hosted a sold out fashion show
  • We hosted an Apologetics Conference for our Diocese
  • Knights of Columbus hosted a dinner cruise
  • Biloxi Mission trip April 2013

’13-’14 Accomplishments

WORSHIP

  • 1st Friday Adoration
  • Daily Rosary
  • Daily Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Weekly Rosary in Spanish
  • Weekly Mass in Vietnamese
  • Monthly Mass in Spanish
  • Monthly Mass at Manor Care Nursing Home
  • Divine Mercy Sunday Service
  • Covenant and 5 Pillars of Faith
  • ProLife-40 Days for Life/Rosary-Prayer Walks
  • Mission Fr. Denis Wilde OSA
  • Lenten Weekly-Adoration, Stations, & Reconciliation
  • Advent Reconciliation Service
  • Children’s Christmas Pageant
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 9:15 and 11:15 Sunday Mass
  • International Rosary Prayer Service
  • Celebration of the Chinese New Year sponsored by our Vietnamese Community
  • St. John XXIII canonization Mass and celebration 4/27/2014
  • Choir- English, Spanish and Vietnamese
  • Over 50 young altart servers are trained and serving at Mass

GROW

  • Men’s Gospel Forum
  • Diocesan Youth Rally
  • Diocesan Men’s’ Conference
  • Diocesan Women’s Conference
  • Book Give Away Easter One Minute in the Church
  • Book Study on 4 Signs of a Dynamic Catholic with 5 sessions offered morning and evening
  • Hosted a book fair
  • Parish Registration Drive
  • CPR and AED training coarse held
  • Patrick Coffin from Catholic Answers does a presentation at our parish
  • Jason Evert speaks to our Youth
  • Adult Education Faith Alive Hosted
  • Vatican II talks
  • Jeff Cavins Bible Study
  • Marriage Retreat
  • Marriage 5 week program
  • Holy Land photos and experience shared
  • Church History Adult Education Classes
  • Living Your Strengths Classes
  • Vacation Bible School with 130 + children and 60+ youth helping and 30+ adults
  • Catechist Enrichment Day
  • Catechetical Day celebrated
  • Women’s Retreat Weekend
  • Forming Intentional Disciples summer study program
  • Record numbers of Children enrolled in our Faith Formation classes / fall 2014
  • International Stewardship Conference in Orlando was attended by Father Bob and 7 members of the parish
  • Mortgage paid off 12/2014 !!!!!!

SERVE

  • Social Justice Ministry
  • BPJ Villas monthly birthday celebrations
  • Social Justice Ministry supplies food for the Villas, Jesus the Worker, Ortiz/Tice neighborhoods and AFCAAM after school program
  • Thrift Store Volunteer Brunch with 115 members

Youth Group Mission Trips

  • High School Youth Group overnight in church and food fast
  • Habitat for Humanity group building homes in Lee County
  • Middle School students went to Just 5 Days in Jacksonville to serve
  • High School Youth Group went to Mission trip to New Orleans
  • Boy Scout Troop 1 built vegtables beds for Villas residents as an Eagle Scout Project

CONNECT

  • Cookies with Santa
  • Men’s Gospel Forum
  • Ministry at Villas
  • Group making Rosaries
  • Prayer Shawl Group
  • Boy Scout Troop
  • Cub Scout Pack
  • Girl Scouts
  • Community Meet and Greets with our Priests in local neighborhoods
  • 2014 custom parish calendar as created and given out to members
  • Workshop and social for our members who minister to our homebound outreach
  • Workshop and social for our ushers
  • Meet and Greet events continue in members homes
  • Parish Picnic
  • Paul Todd Concert
  • Parish supports Venetian Ball for Catholic Charities
  • Women’s Guild Fashion Show
  • Women’s Guild bake sale
  • Knight of Columbus River Boat cruise
  • 3 Family Movie Nights over the Summer
  • Marriage Retreat with child care provided
  • Knight and Women’s Guild hosted a Pasta Dinner
  • Christmas Lessons in Carols Service
  • Christmas Fine Wine CFA Benefit

GIVE

  • Social Justice Ministry supplies food for the Villas, Jesus the Worker, Ortiz/Tice neighborhoods and AFCAAM after school program
  • Ultra Sound Machine was r=purchased by our Knight of Columbus and Respect Life Ministry to support Verity Pregnancy & Medical Resource Center
  • Over 400 back packs and new sneakers for those in need who are starting school
  • Poor Box for those in need
  • Angel Tree Christmas gifts and food collected for those in need
  • Vietnamese Martyr Statue donated by the Vietnamese Community
  • Donations to Helen Mark School in Haiti
  • Donations to St. Martin de Porres Jamaica
  • Blessed Pope John XXIII Thrift Store
  • Donations for Catholic Education is the primary Mission
  • These are some of the charities that the Thrift Store donates to:
  • Donations for Jesus the Worker Parish to furnish apartment for 3 Sisters
  • Emmaus House
  • Evangelical Mission
  • Community Pregnancy Center
  • Homeless Coalition
  • Jamaica Outreach
  • Humane Society
  • Lee County Animal Shelter
  • Lifeline Pregnancy Center
  • Thailand Mission
  • Nations Association
  • United Way
  • Veterans
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Dedication of the ultra sound machine we donated to Lifeline Family Center
  • Food packing for Catholic Relief Services

’14-’15 Accomplishments

WORSHIP

  • 1st Friday Adoration
  • Daily Rosary
  • Daily Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Weekly Rosary in Spanish
  • Weekly Mass in Vietnamese
  • Monthly Mass in Spanish
  • Monthly Mass at Manor Care Nursing Home
  • Divine Mercy Sunday Service
  • Covenant and 5 Pillars of Faith
  • ProLife-40 Days for Life/Rosary-Prayer Walks
  • Lenten Weekly-Adoration, Stations, & Reconciliation
  • Advent Reconciliation Service
  • Children’s Christmas Pageant
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 9:15 and 11:15 Sunday Mass
  • Celebration of the Chinese New Year sponsored by our Vietnamese Community
  • Choir- English, Spanish and Vietnamese
  • Over 50 young altart servers are trained and serving at Mass

GROW

  • Men’s Gospel Forum
  • Diocesan Youth Rally
  • Diocesan Men’s’ Conference
  • Diocesan Women’s Conference
  • completed a feasibility study with Lynch Development Associates
  • Launched a Capital Campaign to raise funds for a Parish Life Center
  • $2.6 M pledge for Parish Life Center by Easter 2015
  • Catechetical Day celebrated
  • Book give away at Easter One Minute in the Church Vol. II
  • Yearly Women’s Retreat
  • Dementia Awareness worship

SERVE

  • Social Justice Ministry
  • Villas monthly birthday celebrations
  • Social Justice Ministry supplies food for the Villas, Jesus the Worker, St. Martin de Porres and AFCAAM after school program
  • Thrift Store Volunteer Brunch with 115 members
  • Habitat for Humanity group building homes in Lee County
  • Thrift Store Volunteer Brunch with 120 members to thank for their commitment
  • Hospitality Ministry Bruch to thank all who servae others
  • Youth Group Mission Trips
  • Just 5 days in Jacksonville for middle shool
  • New Orleans mission trip for high school
  • Mission trip to Biloxi Mississippi

CONNECT

  • Men’s Gospel Forum
  • Ministry at Villas
  • Group making Rosaries
  • Prayer Shawl Group
  • Boy Scout Troop
  • Girl Scouts
  • Community Meet and Greets with our Priests in local neighborhoods
  • 2015 Calendars were created and given out to members
  • Cookies with Santa
  • Vacation Bible School with over 120 children
  • 3 Movie nights for families hosted by Knights of Columbus
  • Parish Picnic
  • Paul Todd Concert
  • Parish supports Venetian Ball for Catholic Charities
  • Women’s Guild Fashion Show
  • Women’s Guild bake sale
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Blessings of the Animals
  • Women’s Fashion Show
  • New Family Orientations every two months
  • Truck or Treat for families
  • Hispanic Community selling empanadas after Mass
  • Vietnamese Community selling egg rolls after Mass

GIVE

  • Social Justice Ministry supplies food for the Villas, Jesus the Worker, St. Martin de Porres and AFCAAM after school program
  • Angel Tree Christmas gifts and food collected for those in need
  • Poor Box for those in need
  • Over 400 back packs and new sneakers for those in need who are starting school
  • St. John XXIII Thrift Store
  • Donations for Catholic Education is the primary Mission
  • These are some of the charities that the Thrift Store donates to:
  • Emmaus House
  • Evangelical Mission
  • Community Pregnancy Center
  • Homeless Coalition
  • Jamaica Outreach
  • Humane Society
  • Lee County Animal Shelter
  • Lifeline Pregnancy Center
  • Thailand Mission
  • Nations Association
  • United Way
  • Veterans

 ’15-’16 Accomplishments

WORSHIP

  • 1st Friday Adoration
  • Daily Rosary
  • Daily Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Weekly Rosary in Spanish
  • Weekly Mass in Vietnamese
  • Monthly Mass in Spanish
  • Monthly Mass at Manor Care Nursing Home
  • Divine Mercy Sunday Service
  • Covenant and 5 Pillars of Faith
  • ProLife-40 Days for Life/Rosary-Prayer Walks
  • Lenten Weekly-Adoration, Stations, & Reconciliation
  • Come Walk with Me- Stations of the Cross for Middle and High School
  • High School church tour followed by Adoration
  • Advent Reconciliation Service
  • Children’s Christmas Pageant
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 9:15 and 11:15 Sunday Mass
  • Celebration of the Chinese New Year sponsored by our Vietnamese Community
  • Choir- English, Spanish and Vietnamese
  • Children’s Choir
  • Over 50 young altar servers are trained and serving at Mass
  • Special Mass for the victims of the Orlando tragedy
  • Special Mass for Peace in our Nation and for the protection of all police officers
  • Special Masses for Peace in our Nation and for the protection of all poilice officers were held

GROW

  • Men’s Gospel Forum
  • Yearly Women’s Retreat
  • Rite of Christian Initiation offered yearly
  • Diocesan Youth Rally
  • Diocesan Men’s Conference
  • Diocesan Women’s Conference
  • Our Capital Campaign is in year 2 of a 3 year pledge for our Parish Life Center
  • Catechetical Day celebrated
  • Book give away at Easter ‘Rediscover Jesus”
  • 2-week series on Catholic Social Teaching
  • Mother Earth, Mother Church-2-week Session on Laudato Si’
  • 4-Week Lenten Program – Healing through Mercy
  • Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible 8-week Bible Study
  • Celebrate your Marriage – dinner & program
  • Divine Mercy 10-week Series for Adult Faith Education
  • 33 Days to Morning Glory 6-week Personal Retreat
  • The Footprints of God – 4 week series on Jesus and the Blessed Mother
  • Social Justice Series on the Death Penalty and Dementia
  • Advent Program
  • Parish Mission with Sr. Jo Streva and Sr. Colleen Brady
  • Teams of Our Lady Ministry for married couples
  • Converge group for college age young adults
  • Rooted group for young adults
  • Young Adult Peer Committee

SERVE

  • Villas monthly birthday celebrations
  • Social Justice Ministry supplies the food pantries for our Villas, St. Martin De Porress Community Outreach, and Jesus the Worker parish
  • Thrift Store Volunteer Brunch to thank our many volunteers
  • Habitat for Humanity group building homes in Lee County
  • Social Justice Ministry purchased and filled back packs and bought sneakers for these in need, over 400
  • Angel Tree program assures over 750 children and seniors receive a Christmas gift
  • Mission trip to Biloxi Mississippi
  • Music Entertainment at the Villas for holidays with refreshments
  • Knight of Columbus hosted Sunday morning breakfasts
  • Blessed Earth Caret

CONNECT

  • Men’s Gospel Forum
  • Craftie Ladies make knitted items and all different kinds of crafts that are sold and the money goes to different social justice ministries.
  • A group of ladies make rosaries that are given out to people at the hospitals in groups in the church
  • Prayer Shawl Group
  • Boy Scout Troop
  • Two Girl Scout Troops
  • Community Outreach Ministry in our neighborhoods host meet and greets with our priests as well as ministry to members
  • Custom Calendars were created and given out to parishioners
  • Vacation Bible School with over 120 children
  • Cookies with Santa
  • New Family Orientations every two months
  • 3 Movie nights for families hosted by Knights of Columbus
  • Parish Picnic
  • Paul Todd Concert
  • Parish supports Venetian Ball for Catholic Charities
  • Women’s Guild Fashion Show
  • Women’s Guild hosted a bake sale, show at Barbra B Mann, raffles a dinner at the Rectory
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Trunk or Treat for families
  • Blessings of the Animals
  • Hispanic Community selling empanadas after Mass
  • Vietnamese Community selling egg rolls & spring rolls after Mass
  • Youth Group Newsletter
  • End of year party for Middle and High School
  • Pasta Dinner hosted by K of C and Women’s Guild