E-Newsletter:  June 15, 2014

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A Preview to Pope Francis' Upcoming Environmental Encyclical: 
On May 21
during his general audience he focused on knowledge, a gift of the Spirit:

  •  When our eyes are illumined by the Spirit, they open to contemplate God, in the beauty of nature and in the grandeur of the cosmos, and they lead us to discover how everything speaks to us about Him and His love…
  • The Lord favors us! We must give thanks to him for this. The gift of knowledge sets us in profound harmony with the Creator and allows us to participate in the clarity of his vision and his judgment…
  • When we exploit creation, we destroy that sign of God’s love. To destroy creation is to say to God: “I don’t care”. And this is not good: this is sin.  Custody of creation is precisely custody of God’s gift and it is saying to God: “thank you, I am the guardian of creation so as to make it progress, never to destroy your gift”. This must be our attitude to creation: guard it for if we destroy creation, creation will destroy us! Don’t forget that.
Finally, there was also a hint on the plane ride home from the Holy Land that Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I may be “coming up with a joint initiative to deal with this [ecological] problem.” Read their  Common Declaration from May 25, 2014



 Tuition Equity for Children of Immigrants Becomes Law 


Florida's Bishops Urge Governor Scott to Commute Prisoner's Sentence


The Pastoral Project of Evangelii Gaudium


U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution To Stem Climate Change


Wage Peace in the Holy Land


Important Commissioner's Meeting Regarding
Planned Parenthood in Kissimmee!

As many of you may already be aware, there is a proposed mega-Planned Parenthood moving into the Kissimmee area, located at 610 Oak Commons Blvd. This will be a big one with over 8000 square feet and 21 rooms.

On Tuesday evening, June 17th, there will be another Commissioner's meeting at the City Hall in Kissimmee.  Let us join together as before to continue to let our voices be heard and our presence seen, alerting the community and the Commissioner's of our concern over the proposed Planned Parenthood opening.  Let us continue to encourage the Commissioner's to do what they can to STOP America's largest abortion provider from gaining access into Kissimmee!

Date:   June 17, 2014

Place:  Kissimmee City Hall

               101 Church St, Kissimmee, FL


Time:    Please meet at 5:30pm  
                 (We will pray and hold signs as an awareness to the community)

                Commissioners meeting begins at 6:00pm


For more information and to follow updates on the proposed opening of Planned Parenthood Kissmmee:  


Pro-Life Action Ministries Central Florida 

 Stopping Abortion--One Life at a Time!  


For available resources:  Click here!
Order at or call 407.246.4819
Catholics Celebrate Annual Fortnight for Freedom
June 21 begins the third annual Fortnight for Freedom. This year's campaign revolves around the theme Freedom to Serve and focuses on the Church's imperative that her members help the poor and vulnerable, even when faced with persecution and other challenges of the world. 

The Fortnight will occur at a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power.

These martrys include St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.

The Diocese of Orlando has produced a video and other resources about the freedom that is found in faith in Jesus Christ.  The video also explains how freedom is a gift and responsibility. The video and resources can be found here:

This Update Was Submitted by Parish Pro-Life Advocates in Our Diocese

Have You Seen These? 

This year with the support of private pro-life donors in the diocese of Orlando we have been able to lease billboards with a pro-life message throughout the metro Orlando area.  Currently there are 23 billboards displayed with an additional 15 to be added soon.   Several are large digital billboards, some are (paper) poster size (10’ x20’) and some are full size vinyls (10’  x30’ or 10’ x 40’).  Watch for them.  If you or someone you know would like to support (or know more about) this campaign you may contact Ralph Cory, or 407-812-9071(H) or 561-889-5971(mobile).

Free High School Youth Event!

More Than 30 Ministries, Catholic Colleges, and Vendors Present

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Wanted:  Principal for Mission School in Dominican Republic

Brief Description of Job/Qualifications:

The Diocese of Orlando is seeking a dedicated Catholic educator with a missionary heart and an understanding of the ministry of mission to fill the position of Principal of Nuestra Señora de las Lomas Schools, located at the mission site (rural central mountainous region with limited amenities) in the Province of San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic.  Find more information



John Henry Execution
June 18th 


On June 18, 2014, John Henry, is scheduled to be executed at Florida State Prison, in Starke, Florida.

Your parish is encouraged to continue to pray for Mr. Henry, his victims, his family, the victims’ family; for all the public officials involved in this scheduled execution; for Governor Scott, that he will discern God’s will and apply the teachings of our Catholic faith on the death penalty.

contact Governor Scott to voice your concern. Parishes are encouraged to participate in prayer services at the parish or to attend a prayer service at the execution site in Starke.

A bus will be leaving from the parking lot of Our Lady of Lourdes 201 University Blvd, Daytona Beach, 32118, at 2:30pm.

A prayer service will be held at St. Patrick’s Church in Mt. Dora at 3pm on June 18.

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 526 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789 will host a prayer service for Mr. Henry June 17th at 5:00 PM followed by the daily Mass at 5:30PM. 

For more information on the prayer service, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice, or 407-246-4819. 


Upcoming Prayer Services

Eddie Wayne Davis Execution  July 10th


A prayer service will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 526 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

A prayer service will be held at Church of the Resurrection, 3855 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland,  on Thursday, July 10 at 5:30pm.

A bus will be leaving from the parking lot of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 201 University Blvd., Daytona Beach on July 10 at 2:30 p.m. for a prayer service outside of the prison in Starke at 6:00 p.m.

Contact: Office of Advocacy and Justice, (407) 246-4819,


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15
An estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation every year. Still, experts believe that for every reported case, as many as 23 cases go unreported. For World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2014, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) put together a toolkit to support efforts to prevent, identify and respond to this serious, often hidden problem. To learn more, click here.



Visit these websites for up-to-date news about the Holy Father:         L’Osservatore Romano         Rome Reports

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