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Initially, people fasted all 40 days of Lent. They ate one meal a day and only an amount of food that would sustain survival. But the church taught, and people believed (then as now), that fasting is not about what we eat, it is about changing hearts, interior conversion, reconciliation with God and others. It’s about living in an austere way, giving from our abundance to the poor.

Fort Pierce- John Carroll High School, in the Diocese of Palm Beach, would like to announce that JCHS president, Rev. Thomas E. Barrett, will be stepping down from his role at the school in June 2024, and will certainly be missed. The diocese is grateful for Father Barrett’s outstanding leadership and faith-filled dedication to the school. Additionally, based on the recommendations of Gary Gelo, the Superintendent of Schools, and Father Barrett, Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito has appointed alumna Corey (Collins) Heroux as President effective July 1, 2024.

This is an important week for our Catholic schools as we celebrate their importance in the life of the Church and in our Diocese. Certainly, we can refer to our Catholic schools as “the dream that makes you dream.” We are fully committed to our Catholic schools within the Diocese of Palm Beach as a priority in terms of the life of faith and education which they give to our young people. We live in a world where we see that wolves need to be turned into lambs, and it is only our faith that can realize this dream.

“The taking of the life of an unborn child, the disruption that that causes to families, the lack of respect for the gift of life is something that we pray for,” he said. “We’re making progress, but we haven’t made enough progress by any means in our country today, so we continue to pray and do all that we can to show our respect for the life of an unborn child.”

Get ready to mark your calendars for an unforgettable Catholic Schools Week experience! Our Diocese of Catholic Schools has an incredible lineup of daily activities and themes that will leave you feeling inspired and rejuvenated. With our theme of "United in Faith and Community," you'll witness firsthand how we foster not only academic excellence but also spiritual and moral growth in our students. Come join us on this journey with the Lord, and discover the magic that happens when faith and education blend seamlessly together. Stay tuned for an unforgettable week ahead!

Please join in praying a novena for the Florida Supreme Court oral arguments concerning the validity of the abortion amendment language from January 30 - February 7. Our petition is for the abortion amendment to legalize abortion up until birth in Florida is rejected.

Please join us for fun in the park on Saturday, March 9th for Washington vs. Houston!

The Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Palm Beach is pleased to announce that Charles S. Stembler has been appointed by Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach, as the next President of Cardinal Newman High School, effective July 1, 2024. Mr. Stembler brings a variety of experiences in school administration at the prestigious Calvert Hall in Maryland, where he served as an administrator since 1990 and principal since 2013.

Fr. Clem Hammerschmitt One Thousand Dollar ($1,000.00) Catholic High School Scholarship Award for the academic year 2024-2025. PBDCCW has been offering scholarships to outstanding young Catholic women for over fifteen years. Three scholarships are awarded each year to one young lady from each of the three Deaneries within the Diocese of Palm Beach who is planning to attend a Catholic High School in the Fall of 2024 as an incoming freshman.

Wisdom is not something that can be artificially produced. Wisdom is not a matter of knowledge of facts and how to put them together to draw conclusions. Wisdom comes from experience of life and of the interaction of human relationships. Wisdom can draw conclusions from the heart, based on intelligence, but grounded in the core of humanity as created in the image and likeness of God. It is wisdom that will guard us against the destructive potential of artificial intelligence as long as wisdom supersedes it. Wisdom comes with age and can almost be a sixth sense. That is why we should choose leaders who can judge from the heart. God was so pleased with Solomon when He asks him to ask for any gift he wanted, and Solomon chooses an understanding heart. God grants it to him immediately because he does not ask for material goods or even for intelligence. He asks for wisdom. Many of the saints stress that, in looking for spiritual direction, they sought a director who had wisdom, not necessarily intelligence.

Diocese of Palm Beach, Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach County offers his 2023 Christmas Message to all.

May the joy of Christmas be in your hearts and minds each day.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Advent is a time of anticipation. We are looking forward to celebrating the birth of the Lord. We are also looking forward to the Lord’s coming into our lives each day and ultimately to the coming of His Kingdom. Anticipation is based on the virtue of hope. We need to believe that tomorrow will always be better than today and that something greater is going to happen to us. The joy of looking forward to Christmas is a good and holy anticipation. Christ’s birth brings us a joy as it reminds us of God’s infinite love and mercy for us as individuals. Christ’s birth celebrates that He became one of us and that He dwells among us now — not only when He came to this earth and not only when we are with Him in heaven — but now at each and every moment.

Get ready to witness the magic of Christmas with the annual taping of the televised Christmas Mass organized by the Diocese of Palm Beach.

Join Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito on Friday, December 15, 2023, at 4:00 in the afternoon as he celebrates the joyous occasion of the Christmas Mass.

During this month of December, as we celebrate Mary and the anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, we need to look at Mary, our mother, and to the Church, our mother, in a world which has changed drastically during the past 2,000 years, but whose basic problems and needs have remained the same. The message of Christ has not changed, and it is only the teaching of Christ that helps us to address the problems and needs of society as well as those of our own lives. Mary was keenly aware of this. With her gaze fixed completely on God, she was able to cope with the many challenges and difficulties she encountered, especially those which came to her as the mother of the Lord. With her gaze fixed on Christ, the Church has handed on the Gospel of Christ for 2,000 years in times that have revealed the difficulties and needs of humanity in new contexts. The unchanging Gospel always answers these difficulties and needs.

This year, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis will place a golden rose before the image of Mary at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. This represents his own personal devotion to Mary as well as that of the entire Church. May Mary, our mother, and the Church, our mother, continue to be “compasses” by which we can find joy as a “community of faith and love” in which the “flesh and blood” of Christ is truly present!

Thank you to our sponsors yesterday on Giving Tuesday for their generosity and love. This year, we are blessed to have the Frank & Vera Ferola Charitable Foundation, Inc., generously offer to match donations on Giving Tuesday up to $25,000!

Celebrating Thanksgiving and the Solemnity of Christ the King brings together the reality that we are grateful to God for His mercy. As Abraham Lincoln invoked God’s providence and mercy, we realize that Christ is our King precisely because He is our Redeemer. God created us out of love, but He redeemed us out of mercy. It is His mercy which shows us the abundance of His love and how much He wants us to enter into a real relationship with Him. Despite our sin and rejection of God, God did not reject us. He sent His Son into the world, who gave His life upon the cross in order that we might have life.

Do you want more opportunities to give to your community? We’ve compiled a list of holiday fundraiser ideas to get involved in yourself or with other altruistic causes.

It is important to realize that giving thanks and praise of God go hand in hand. This is very obvious in the narratives of the words of institution in the Eucharistic prayers that are said at Mass. As the priest prepares to speak the words of Consecration, he first narrates how Jesus “gave thanks and praise” when He took the bread and wine at the Last Supper.

Get ready to witness the magic of Christmas with the annual taping of the televised Christmas Mass organized by the Diocese of Palm Beach.

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