E-Newsletter: November 17, 2014

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Theme : Belief And Freedom Of Conscience

When:    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:30PM
Where:   Winter Park Community Center Oak & Elk Ball Room

Speakers:   Bishop John Noonan, Diocese of Orlando
                        Imam Abdullah Antepli, Duke Divinity School
                        Rabbi David Kay, Congregation Ohev Shalom

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A second scientific review in 2014 has strongly urged physicians to warn patients about the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link before an abortion and argued the evidence for a cause-effect relationship is substantial.
There are multiple, serious, health risks
associated with using the birth control pill and combined hormone replacement therapy (CHRT), both of which contain estrogen and progestin, although the former contains a larger dose. The authors of both reviews urged physicians to warn patients about the harms of taking either these drugs.  Read more...

Abortion and Breast Cancer: The Link That Won't Go Away


What:       40 Days for Life "All Things New"

Date:         Tuesday, November 18

Time:        9 PM Eastern
Format:   Simulcast

Helpers’ Mass and Rosary Procession, December 6 with Bishop Noonan

The next Helpers’ Mass and Rosary procession will be held at St Mary Magdalen Catholic Church (861 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL) Saturday, December 6th, beginning with Mass at 8 AM with Bishop Noonan. Following Mass we will process to the All Women's Center facility on Maitland Avenue and pray the rosary. After the rosary, all participants are invited to join us for lunch compliments of:


Life Choices Women's Center

600 E. Altamonte Drive, Suite 1200

Altamonte Springs, FL 32701


Please join us in praying for the protection of human life. For more information, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice; 407-658-1818 x2086 or at 

Complete schedule here!



March for Life St. Augustine! Register Now to Stand up for Life in Florida!

Every year since 2007 thousands of pro-lifers from all over Florida have met in our nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, to defend the dignity of human life. Please join our group this coming January 17th in standing up for the unborn. The Office of Advocacy and Justice will have  buses from our diocese going up to St. Augustine on January 17th for the march. For more information visit their website and to register please call our office at 407-246-4819 or email and write “March for Life FL” in the subject line.

Florida's Abortions Report 2006-2013 English and Spanish.

Catholic Days at the Capitol, March 3-5, 2015,
Register Today!

Catholics from around the state gather in Tallahassee to participate in Catholic Days at the Capitol. Participants attend a legislative briefing on human life and dignity issues prior to meetings with elected officials. Included in the activities is a luncheon for participants, the bishops of Florida and state legislators.
For more information and to register
please see our flyer here.


Throughout the month of November, Catholic Charities USA will celebrate National Adoption Month by spotlighting programs that have successfully matched families with children nationwide. We hope that you will join with us in raising awareness about adoption in the United States.

Officially proclaimed “National Adoption Week” by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, President Bill Clinton deemed November as “National Adoption Month” in 1995 in order to expand the awareness of the adoption of children, and particularly children with special needs.

To learn more about Catholic Charities adoption services in Central Florida , contact Leesa Elliott, Adoption Services Manager for Catholic Charities, Diocese of St Petersburg, Adoption Services
 at (863) 670-6627 or visit



Vatican News

Civil Rights 



Confronting Poverty & Hunger
CRS  Staving Off Hunger in Sudan

Pope Francis Video on Caritas Food for All Campaign

Food For All Prayer

Faith Food & The Environment Symposium
More Resources

ACTION ALERT:  Food Safety Modernization Act

Influence of Election Results on Farm Policy

In order for our country to keep running and for programs that help people in times of natural disasters and conflicts, Congress must approve funding beyond the current Continuing Resolution that expires on December 11, 2014. There are three likely scenarios: Congress could 1) bundle all 12 spending bills (also known as appropriations) into one large bill called an “omnibus” and try to pass it that way; 2) opt for a short-term solution by passing another Continuing Resolution that keeps funding at FY14 levels until January or February, allowing the new Congress to figure out the rest of the year; or, 3) pass a Continuing Resolution for the remainder of the fiscal year (until September 30, 2015) and be done with it.



Environmental News


More Conferences/Educational Opportunities



Upcoming  Events


22nd      Understanding Poverty Workshop, St James Cathedral- 9AM-12PM

3rd         Table of Abraham - Bishop Noonan, Winter Park Community Center- 6:30 PM

6th             Helpers Mass and Rosary Procession at  St Mary Magdalen Catholic Church  
              with Bishop Noonan - 8AM

13th      Journey to Justice Seminar, St Margaret Mary Catholic Church 9AM-3PM

3rd             Helpers Mass and Rosary Procession at  Annunciation Catholic Church - 8AM

17th       March for Life, St Augustine

th          Central Florida Celebration of Life - Holy Family Catholic Church 1PM-4PM
              Youth Event - Fearless! Taking Charge in A Culture of Exploitation 2PM-4PM

st           Polk County Sanctity of Life Celebration Event 
              Understanding Poverty Workshop, Sacred Heart, New Smyrna - 9AM-12PM


FREE Presentations/Seminars Available from the Office of Advocacy and Justice
 We offer presentations on a variety of topics including:

Living Will Forum/End of Life Issues, Catholic Social Teaching, Faithful Citizenship, Stem Cell Research, Death Penalty, Human Trafficking, Living Wills, Environmental Stewardship, Post-Abortion, Sidewalk Counseling, Journey to Justice, Social Justice, Fair Trade, and more!

To schedule a workshop or for more information; contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice: 407-658-1818 x2086,

Tidbits for Teachers, Youth Ministers, Catechists, & Homeschoolers

2015 CCHD Media Arts Contest - PRIZE MONEY  AVAILABLE


Engage youth (grades 7-12) in learning about the causes of poverty and our Catholic response through the 2015 Multimedia Youth Contest. This year's theme is, "Do Justice, Love Goodness, Walk Humbly with God" (Micah 6:8).    Visit the contest materials, or call the Office of Advocacy and Justice for details and ways teachers can meet their class objectives through the implementation of the art project.   All artwork and media entries must be submitted to Deborah Shearer at the Office of Advocacy and Justice, 1819 N. Semoran Boulevard, Orlando FL  32807 by March 1, 2015.
Watch the recent interview with the 2014’s National CCHD contest winners, from St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School,  for ideas on how to get started on your art project submission,
here!  Or go to the Catholic Campaign for Human Develpoment tab on our website.  


2015 Atlantic Institute Art & Essay Contest - GREAT PRIZES

An art and essay contest for middle and high school students.  This year's theme is:  Kindness Without Borders: Open Eyes Open Hearts in our Global Village   Check out the contest rules and parameters here!

CRS Rice Bowl 2015 Materials Available
Is it ever too early to start preparing for Lent? New materials for CRS Rice Bowl 2015 are available now. As we celebrate our 40th year, we want YOU to be part of the journey-order FREE faith-formation resources today. Available in English and Spanish.


Participate in CRS FoodFast  '14-'15

The 2014-15 theme for CRS FoodFast, a hunger awareness experience for Catholic youth from Catholic Relief Services, is Enough!  The theme explores the issue of hunger in a world of plenty and connects to the Caritas Internationalis One Human Family, Food for All campaign. Visit the website or contact for more information.


FREE High School Youth Program


JANUARY 24, 2015


Holy Family Catholic Church

Join Vincentians and others in your parish community as we open our eyes and hearts to a better understanding of the poverty that surrounds us.  Saint Vincent de Paul works continually to alleviate the day-to-day challenges of poverty.  The National Society is working in conjunction with the Bridges Out of Poverty organization to provide training on a local level, to train you to understand poverty and to assist individuals who want and need a helping hand .

            November 22, 2014 9am-12pm (doors open at 8:30am)
            St James Cathedral              
            RSVP -  

            January 31, 2015  9am-12pm (doors open at 8:30am)
            Sacred Heart, New Smyrna            RSVP -


 Reliable Car Needed - Catholic Charities Adoption Services

Our mission is to assist pregnant women and families, not ready or able to parent, in choosing life and making an adoption plan. We also help adoptive parents find a baby to complete their family.  When many agencies are discontinuing adoption services, Catholic Charities Adoption Services, Diocese of St. Petersburg is serving four Dioceses. The key to our financial stability is having an agency vehicle for our workers. We need a four door sedan, automatic with air conditioning in good working condition. Please consider making a charitable donation to help us continue our mission.   Catholic Charities, DOSP is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.


For information call Rose Llauget at 727-599-9122 or email

Join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) for the premiere of the feature length documentary "Food Chains,” Friday, 11/21 at the AMC in Altamonte Springs (433 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701)!

The film, co-produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser (producer of Food, Inc. and author of Fast Food Nation) and narrated by Forest Whitaker, features the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food as the long-sought solution to the exploitation and abuse of farmworkers in the US. The film reveals the complicity of the supermarket industry in this abuse, and calls the viewers to action to call on food retailers like Publix to use their power to eradicate abuse in their supply chains by joining the Fair Food Program.

Watch the trailer
here. More specific show times and ticket sales are coming soon! A member of CIW will be hosting talkbacks after the evening shows on Friday 11/21 and Saturday 11/22. Then, join farmworkers in action for a peaceful picket on Sunday, 11/23 at 2 pm at the Publix on Lake Eola (400 E Central Blvd).



The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for November
The Pope's general prayer intention for November is:
"That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others."
His mission intention is:
“That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors ."

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Office of Advocacy and Justice
Diocese of Orlando
1819 North Semoran Boulevard
Orlando, FL  32807
or 407.658.1818 x 2086
407.282.2891 (Fax)

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