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Respect Life Conference: October 2nd, 2016

Respect Life Sunday is celebrated on the first weekend in October, (October 1st and 2nd) as designated by the U.S. Bishops. This year’s theme is: Moved by Mercy which reflects the Jubilee Year of Mercy of Pope Francis.  Every parish has received a USCCB packet with liturgical ideas and educational resources on timely social issues, including: Care of Creation, Infertility, End of Life Care, Losing a Child to Suicide, Post-Abortion, and Adoption.  

Begun in 1972, the Respect Life Program brings Church teaching on the value and dignity of human life to the Catholic community and the wider public. The program combines education, prayer, service and advocacy.  Respect Life Sunday is observed in virtually all of the 195 Catholic dioceses in the United States. All resources are available in English and Spanish and may be ordered by clicking on the buttons below or downloaded from: .  If your parish needs resources or assistance in planning an event or educational opportunity to celebrate the sacredness of human life during October, call the Office of Advocacy and Justice, 407-658-1818-ext.1084.

          Respect Life Program Catalog                 Order Form

Register Now for The 2016 State Respect Life Conference!

October 14-15, 2016

Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Winter Park FL


Please note that we will be offering CEU’s or (Continuing Education Units) at the Conference for those who may be interested. 

There will be nationally known and local presenters that include:


Most Reverend John Noonan, Diocese of Orlando
Most Reverend Felipe Estévez, Diocese of St Augustine
Reverend Miguel González, Pastor St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Orlando
Fr. David Garcia, Priest in the Archdiocese of San Antonio and Senior Advisor for Clergy Outreach on the national staff of Catholic Relief Services
Fr Tadeusz Pacholczyk, PhD, National Catholic Bioethics Center
Reverend Monsignor J Brian Bransfield, STD, General Secretary, USCCB
Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Executive Director, USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
Sister Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States
Dale Recinella, Catholic Correctional Chaplain for Florida’s Death Row
Deacon Fernando Molina, Coordinator for the Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force
Bruce Stumbras, St Peter Claver Prison Ministry Conference Head, Diocese of Orlando
Dr. Susan Ward Recinella,  Clinical Psychologist, Florida State University Counseling Center and Catholic Lay Minister to Families of the Executed
Louis Cantor, Music Director, Holy Redeemer Parish
John Littell, MD, Family Physician, Kissimmee and Ocala, FL




Rachel's Vineyard Post Abortion Retreat

October 28-30 @ San Pedro Center, Winter Park, FL

If you have been affected by abortion and need healing, community and the love of God, this retreat is for you.  This confidential retreat offers a safe, non-judgmental environment where women and men find healing and reconciliation for the most painful experience of abortion.  For more information or to register, please contact Jessica Cuadros at 407-504-0677 or at rachelsvineyardorlando@gmail.comYou may also visit for information about Rachel's Vineyard.

Attention Parish Respect Life Ministry Leaders - The 2016-2017 Parish Respect Life Packets Are In

Respect Life Sunday is October 2, 2016 and this year's theme is Moved by Mercy.  The Office of Advocacy and Justice has ordered the resource material packets for the parish Respect Life Ministry leaders and will be mailing them out next week.  Some materials are also available online at this

Respect Life Month Toolkit Available FREE from Catholic Mobilizing Network HERE!

Joseph's Tunic Workshop for Use with Youth and Families - Wonderful Faith Formation Resource


Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship


Diocesan Planning Suggestions

Tips for Conducting a Candidate Forum

Reflection: Party Politics and the Body of Christ

Additional materials are at A PowerPoint presentation for leaders, in both English and Spanish, is also available by requestA PDF of the document, forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, is available for download here.



Faithful Citizenship Workshop -  October 20, 2016 St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, St Cloud 7PM-9PM

Faithful Citizenship Workshop - October 22, 2016 St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 9AM-12PM

The Office of Advocacy and Justice will be taking advantage of the US Congressional recess until September 5, 2016 and will be scheduling meetings with our current senators and representatives and candidates for election to those offices in November 2016.  If you are interested in attending one or all of those meetings, please contact our office at 407-658-1818 x 1086 or email to let us know you are interested, which candidates you would like to meet with and the dates and times you will be available in the month of August.


Interfaith Peace Prayer and Racial Peace Walk

The members of the St. Timothy Catholic Community in Lady Lake, Florida are doing everything in their power to help bridge the gap of racial and religious diversity in America. They host and participate in numerous programs that discuss race and religious relations in the minority communities.

The first program is the Interfaith Peace Prayer service. They highly encourage Catholics who are committed to peace to join their service in order to address the fears and misconceptions of different religions, particularly between Christians and Muslims. In addition to this, several religious leaders from Catholic and Christian churches, Islamic mosques, Jewish synagogues and Baha’i spiritual groups have offered combined interfaith prayer services in The Villages. These services stress the importance of learning, accepting and understanding that we share a common faith in God and desire for world peace. The next service will be held on September 20th with the location not determined yet.

The second program St. Timothy’s participated in is the racial peace walk. The purpose of this event is to bring together individuals from different congregations and walk for racial peace. This walk serves to unify the community by connecting and understanding each other through God’s love.

If you wish to participate or learn more about these programs, please contact the Director of Faith Formation, David O’Brien at or 352-753-0989.  

More Info on Interfaith Service...    More Info on Racial Peace Walk

What the USCCB is saying on Prayer for Peace in Our Communities...

USCCB Resources to Combat Racism...   

Participate in a Racial Justice Google Hangout on 9-14-16

On Refugees and Human Trafficking...

In recent years, the political, social, and economic instability of countries around the world have caused several million of individuals and families to flee their home country and relocate elsewhere. These individuals are known as refugees and among them are often children traveling alone. The recent influx of unaccompanied refugee minors has been termed a humanitarian crisis by Pope Francis. Those who enter the United States through the use of a smuggler, also known as coyotes, usually acquire expensive debts the children cannot pay off. Due to the lack of financial support and oversight from local authorities, these children are more susceptible to exploitation of either sex or labor trafficking. This situation poses great concern to not only the Department of Health and Human Services but also to the organizations who wish to assist the children in need. It is very difficult for local authorities to monitor the children due to the vast amount  who enter the country. Several facilities often double or triple their capacity in order to accommodate the children; however, some slip through the cracks and become victims of crimes within the United States borders.  To learn more about Human Trafficking, contact the Orlando Diocese Human Trafficking Task Force.


Human Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation

WEBINAR:  Fantasy or Reality:  The Pornography-Sex Trafficking Link 
9-13-16 @12PM or 9-22-16 @9PM

Eliminating Slavery Resource:  Made in A Free World

Anti-Human Trafficking Educational Toolkits

United Nations: Eliminating the Trafficking of Children and Youth

Catholic Relief Services: Policy Paper on Human Trafficking

Understanding Human Trafficking Mobile App


Immigration and Refugees

USCCB Migration Committee Chairman Reacts to Supreme Court Decision on Immigration

Cardinal O’Malley warns of dangers of Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric

Podcast of Cardinal McCarrick speaking about immigration reform

Bishop Flores of Brownsville: Deporting migrants ‘not unlike’ abortion

His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick: Podcast on Immigrant

About Unaccompanied Refugee Minors

Justice for Immigrants


Interfaith Collaboration

Resources for Collaborating With Other Faith Traditions

Justice, Peace and Human Development Resources

Notes for Neighbors

Environmental Justice

Video:  Pope Francis Calls Us to Pray for Creation on September 1st

Host A Feast of St Francis Program (October 4th):  Dial Down the Heat:  Cultivate the Common Good for Our Common Home

Catholic Climate Covenant

Leadership Conference of Women Religious 

Creation Care Team Program

Ministry to Persons with Disabilities

National Catholic Partnership on Disability Current Resources and News

Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders

Nominate a Parish for the 2016 Loyola Press Award


Poverty, Hunger & Peace


Catholics Confront Global Poverty   Join the Mailing List...

Children Caught in War: Take Action Now


More Pro-Life News

Welcome and Protect Life

The Conscience Protection Act

Alert:  Contraception Via APPs-Finding Its Way Under Political Radar

Resource: Pope Paul VI Institute

Living The Gospel Of Life: A Challenge To American Catholics  

Podcast: David Sterrett - Unity in the Defense of Life

Podcast: Steve Karlen- 40 Days for Life

Florida Supreme Court Will Decide if State Can Require 24-Hour Waiting Period Before Abortion

Knights of Columbus Run for Life: For more information call Dan Arndt 850-207-8779 or e-mail

CRS/Catholic Relief Services/Fair Trade

More Conferences/

Upcoming  Events

USCCB Appointed Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities: September 9, 2016
Memorial Service for Victims of Abortion: September 10, 2016 @ Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando, FL Following the 8:30AM Mass
National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children: September 10, 2016 10AM @ Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, Orlando, FL
National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children: September 10, 2016 @ St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Kissimmee, FL Following the 8AM Mass
National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children: September 10, 2016 @ Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Orlando, FL Following the 8:30AM Mass
Memorial Mass for Father Rene W. Robert: September 10, 2016 11AM @ Ascension Catholic Church, Melbourne, FL RSVP at 
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: September 11, 2016 7-8PM @ Good Shepherd Catholic Church Family Center, Orlando, FL
Luncheons For Life: September 13, 2016 11:30AM- 1:30PM @ Kissimmee Bay Country Club, Kissimmee, FL

Prison Ministry Training: September 17, 2016 @ Holy Cross 9AM-2PM
Faith Formation Day:  September 17, 2016 9AM-3PM @ Bishop Moore Catholic High School
Catechetical Sunday:  September 18, 2016 Theme:  Prayer: The Faith Prayed  CRS Resources for Celebration
40 Days for Life Begins: September 28, 2016
Pro-Life Novena For Unborn Babies Begins: September 29, 2016 Press Release Statement

JMJ Life Center Inc.  "Lifting Lives Gala" : October 1, 2016
Respect Life Sunday:  October 2, 2016  Theme:  "Moved by Mercy"
March for Life Washington DC and Youth Mass for Life Ticket Request Deadline:  October 3, 2016
Life Chain:  October 2, 2016 2PM-3:30PM @ Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando, FL
Catholic Charities Adoption Service Triad of Love Fundraiser:  October 7, 2016 5:30-9:00PM
Florida State Respect Life Conference - Diocese of Orlando: 
October 14-15, 2016   Theme:  "Merciful Like the Father"  @ Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Winter Park, FL
Carol Everett: October 20, 2016 @ True Life Choice
Faithful Citizenship Workshop: October 20, 2016 7PM-9PM @ St Thomas Aquinas, St Cloud
Faithful Citizenship Workshop: October 22, 2016 9AM-12PM @ St Francis of Assisi in Apopka
Rachel's Vineyard Post Abortion Retreat
: October 28-30, 2016 @ San Pedro Center

40 Days for Life Ends: November 6, 2016

March for Life St Augustine:  January 14, 2017
World Day of Migrants and Refugees:  January 15, 2017
March for Life, Youth Rally and Mass for Life, Washington DC: 
January 27, 2017* 
(Different due to Inauguration)  March for Life Trip Planners Facebook Group

CCHD Multi-Media Youth Art Contest Submission Deadline: March 1, 2017
CRS Rice Bowl Program Begins: March 1, 2017
40 Days for Life Begins:  March 1, 2017

Catholic Days at the Capitol:  April 4-6, 2017 in Tallahassee, FL

Catholic Social Ministry Gathering: July 1-4, 2017 in Orlando, FL

Teachers, Youth Ministers, Catechists, & Homeschoolers

Check Out the New Companion to the YouCat - The DoCat 

Ignatius Press is the publisher of the DoCat - a youthful presentation of the social doctrine of the ChurchGet a copy to use with your youth here!


Looking for Theme's For Youth Ministry in October? - Faith and Sports
An international congress will be held at the Vatican in October to reflect on the collaboration between faith and sport to improve man’s life. The meeting is organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Laity.  Especially since the 20th century, the Church has held that sports activities, whether professional or recreational, constitute a unique opportunity to strengthen not only the body but also the spirit. And this is the work of the “Church and Sport” Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, a department created by the express wish of Saint John Paul II in 2004. The work carried out is twofold. On one hand, the international representation of the Church in the world of sport and, on the other, the promotion and organization of projects that promote faith and values in sport and in society through sports.  See more....


October is Respect Life Month - FREE Resource for Faith Formation Programs, Youth Ministry and Families - Joseph's Tunic

Catholic Vote and Faithful Citizenship Resources

Catholic School Principals and Teacher Recommendations  also en Español

Family Guide to Faithful Citizenship also en Español

Youth Ministry Discussion and Learning Activities also en Español


2017 CCHD Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest Open to ALL Diocesan Youth in MIddle School and High School - Plan to Participate Now!

Schools and parishes can engage youth (grades 7-12) in learning about the causes of poverty and our Catholic response through the 2017 Multimedia Youth Contest. This year's theme is Being Neighbors in our Common Home!!  In 2016, 3 students from St James Cathedral School won second place NATIONALLY and not only won $125 each, but $250 for their school and an additional $375 for a local CCHD funded group.  The contest is sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (the domestic, anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops) and by RCL Benziger.  Educators lead participants through 5 easy steps to learn about U.S. poverty, CCHD's response, and the Two Feet of Love in Action.  Our office staff members are available to meet with teachers over the summer or during the school year to explain the guidelines and goals of this program.  See more at the CCHD website.  
The contest is open to ALL middle and high school diocesan youth.  Entries can be made through our Catholic Schools, Parish Faith Formation Programs, Parish Youth Groups, and Diocesan Homeschool Groups. 
All entries, including registration, short answer questions and signed waivers are due to Deborah Shearer at the Office of Advocacy and Justice, 1819 N Semoran Boulevard, Orlando FL 32807 NO LATER than March 1, 2017 to be eligible for the contest and prize money.  Only first place winners in the Middle and High School categories will be submitted for the National Contest  in Washington, DC at the end of March 2017. We look forward to working with more schools and parishes this coming year.  Contest Packets in both English and Spanish, for planning purposes, are available here:

•  Young Artists | Artistas Jóvenes 

•  Educators | Educadores

More information...

Planning a Trip to the March for Life Youth Rally & Mass for Life, Washington DC?
Every year the March for Life in Washington DC has a special youth component, a Youth Mass and Rally.  This is a FREE, ticketed event although  there is limited availability.  If you are considering a trip to Washington and want to be a part of the Youth Mass and Rally, you will need to enter the ticket lottery through the Office of Advocacy and Justice.  In early October, you will need to submit the total number of tickets you would like to our office and we will enter the lottery on your behalf.  Please DO NOT overestimate your ticket need, as every year people are turned away.  Submitting for tickets is NOT a guarantee that you will receive all (or any) of the tickets you requested.  Groups planning for the trip will need to have a waiting list and parameters/plans in place in case they do not receive all their tickets.  Please note:  our office does not assist with any other plans for your trip to Washington (lodging, transportation, or food).
For ALL those who are thinking of attending the March for Life in Washington, DC, please let our office know ASAP so we are certain to forward important  dates and deadlines to you as they come available.

January 27, 2017

*Ticket Request Deadline October 3, 2016 through Office of Advocacy and Justice – more information upon request
Check Out the Website for the Events here:



The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for August

The Pope's general prayer intention for August is:
"That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world."
His mission intention is:
“That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor."

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Office of Advocacy and Justice
Catholic Charities of Central Florida
1819 North Semoran Boulevard
Orlando, FL  32807
407.658.1818 x 1086  407.282.2891 (Fax)

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