E-Newsletter: August 26, 2015

View this email in your browser


2015-16 USCCB Respect Life Program

Respect Life Sunday is October 4, 2015 
This year’s Respect Life Sunday theme: Every Life is Worth Living, reminds us that  whether it lasts for a brief moment or a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift.  At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God's love.. Every person, from the tiniest embryo to the ailing and elderly, is created in God’s image and worthy of our love and respect. 

Every parish will be receiving a USCCB packet with liturgical ideas and educational resources in English and Spanish some of which may also be downloaded
, here.  

Attention Respect Life Ministry Leaders: 
To begin your planning, an outline of the materials in your packet may be found here!

Helpers Mass Schedule for 2015-2016


The next Helpers’ Mass and Rosary procession will be held at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church (4545 E Anderson Road, Orlando, FL) Saturday, October 3, beginning with Mass at 8:30 AM.   Following Mass, we will drive to the Orlando Women's Center abortion facility on Lucerne Terrace and pray the rosary. 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 2015 - 2016 schedule here!

For more information, please call the Office of Advocacy and Justice at 407-658-1818 x2086 or email

2015 FL Respect Life Conference 
October 23 & 24 in Tallahassee


Every year a different Florida diocese hosts the Florida Respect Life Conference to spread awareness of pro-life issues and bring pro-life advocates together from all over the state. This year the Diocese of Pensacola/Tallahassee will be hosting the 2015 Florida Respect Life Conference and the theme is “Every Life is Worth Living”. We will be hearing from a diverse group of speakers that will discuss life topics from abortion to the death penalty.

a Registration Form Here or Register Online H
For more information, please contact: 

Deacon Ray Aguado, 850-435-3531,

Rachel's Vineyard Post-Abortion Retreat

October 23-25, 2015 at San Pedro Center in Winter Park.  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.  The cost for this weekend retreat is $270.  *Do not let financial struggles deter you from applying, as scholarships are available based off of financial need.   

For more information or to register, please contact Michele Gill or Jessica Cuadros at 407-504-0677 or at  You may also visit for information about Rachel's Vineyard.


Facts of PRO-Life Movie Nights
Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM
Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Orlando 

August 26 - Blood Money: The Business of Abortion  (Includes very brief graphic images)

September 2 -
  22 Weeks  (Graphic images)

September 9 - 
Central America & Mexico: The Fight for Life, Faith and Family  (No Graphic Images)

September 16 - The Philippines: Preserving a Culture of Life 


For More information...
National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children
Saturday, September 12, 2015

This observation will be marked by simultaneous memorial services in multiple cities at gravesites and memorials of aborted babies. Events in our Diocese will be held at: 
  • Holy Family Church, 5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando will hold a prayer service of remembrance at the memorial of the unborn in the Stations of the Cross Gardens following the 8:30am Mass.  All are invited to participate.  Info- contact Ken Wochnik @  or 407-296-5418
  • St. Catherine of Siena, 2750 E. Osceola Parkway  in Kissimmee,  will celebrate Holy Mass starting at 8:00 A.M. followed by a procession to our Memorial Garden for the Unborn Children Victims of Abortion. Testimonies and stories to share.  8:00 A.M.11:00 A.M. More Info: Call Irma L. Dávila at (407) 301 0756 or email

More Pro-Life Resources


FL Planned Parenthood Clinics Caught Illegally Performing 2nd Trimester Abortions

Planned Parenthood's argument that defunding their organization will lead to a lack of affordable and convenient healthcare options for women is a lie that is perpetuated by the media and many in public office.  Download graphics that compare the mapped locations of Community Health Centers across the US and in Florida versus the location of Planned Parenthood facilities, as prepared by the Charlotte Lozier Institute.  An additional summary bar chart by state is available here.


Legislative Advocacy

Environmental Issues

September 1, 2015 Will Be First Annual Catholic Environment Day!

More Conferences/
FREE Human Trafficking Webinar Series



Physician Assisted Suicide in Florida

Florida is long overdue for a move to legalize physician assisted suicide.  Five states have legalized this form of assisted killing and with Compassion and Choices, the new and improved Hemlock Society, firmly rooted in Florida's retirement community, now there will be more emphasis in changing state law to facilitate death.

Floridians for Dying with Dignity is a new organization started in Boynton Beach, FL by Libertarian Activist, Karl Dickey, who is meeting with legislators to remove penalties from physicians who participate in physician assisted suicide.

The issue of dying with dignity with the help of a physician came to the forefront of the national media when 29-year-old Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  She and her family had to move from CA to OR to die with dignity.  In January of 2014, she was treated for a grade 2 form of brain cancer but the cancer returned more aggressively to a grade 4 and she was not expected to live past six months.  Maynard was the focus of a CNN special called "My Right to death with Dignity at 29".  Although the effort to legalize physician assisted compassionate death is moving forward in CA, it has been a bumpy road during Maynard's effort while she was alive and today still is not legal in her home state.

The effort is not intended for those who are simply depressed or those without a terminal illness, but targets helping those without hope of recovery or treatment end their lives in a dignified manner.  The petition essentially copies what has become law in Vermont, Washington, Oregon, as well as one county in New Mexico.  In those areas of the country, a terminally ill patient would need to meet certain criteria before a physician would prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to end a patient's life in a painless manner.

Specifically, the proposal being put forth by Floridians for Dying with Dignity states the following:

"A physician shall not be subject to any civil or criminal liability or professional disciplinary action if the physician prescribes to a patient with a terminal condition medication to be self-administered for the purpose of hastening the patient's death and the physician affirms by documenting in the patient's medical record [the required information].  A patient with a terminal condition who self-administers a lethal dose of medication shall not be considered to be a person exposed to grave physical harm...and no person shall be subject to civil or criminal liability solely for being present when a patient with a terminal condition self-administers a lethal dose of medication or for not acting to prevent the patient from self-administering a lethal dose of medication."

It would be up to Florida's legislature what rules to adopt and the main focus by supporters is to see an end to jailing those helping people with terminal illnesses fulfill their wishes.  
Your voice on this issue is more important than ever.  We are creating a coalition of people who could help work on educating and advocating on behalf of those who are most vulnerable in our state and may be victimized by this movement.

If you would like to assist or could refer any individuals or groups who represent the elderly, people with disabilities and/or conservative Christian organizations, please contact us at the Office for Advocacy and Justice at 407-658-1818 x2086 or


Upcoming  Events


Legislative Visits during US Congressional Recess:   Various Dates August 10-September 7, 2015

An Evening of Global Discipleship CRS Event:  September 10, 2015 @ Holy Family 7-9PM
National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children:  September 12, 2015 @ Holy Family
Sparing the Little Ones KOC Bowling Fundraiser for JMJ Pregnancy Centers: September 19, 2015
             Boardwalk Bowl 6:30-8:30PM

Catechetical Sunday:  September 20, 2015   Theme:  Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person
40 Days for Life:  September 23 - November 1, 2015

 Helpers Mass/Rosary Procession:
10-3-15    Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Orlando & Orlando Women's Center on Lucerne
Respect Life Sunday October 4, 2015  Theme:  Every Life is Worth Living!
Life Chain: October 4, 2015 (Alternate Date 10-25-15)

Florida State Respect Life Conference - Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, October 23-24, 2015
Rachel's Vineyard Post Abortion Retreat:  October 23-25, 2015 - San Pedro Center

Helpers Mass/Rosary Procession:
          11-7-15    Holy Family Catholic Church & Planned Parenthood on Tampa Avenue
Youth for Life Rally: November 7, 2015, Holy Family Catholic Church 4:30-9:00PM

Helpers Mass/Rosary Procession:       
w/ Bishop Noonan
at St Mary Magdalen & All Women's Center on Maitland Avenue

National Night of Prayer for Life:  December 8-9, 2015, Holy Family Respect Life Ministry

Helpers Mass/Rosary Procession:
            1-2-16      Incarnation Catholic Church & Planned Parenthood on Tampa Avenue
CDAC & March for Life Registration Deadlines:  January 11, 2016
March for Life St Augustine:  January 16, 2016
Registration Deadline January 11, 2016
Living Will Forum:  January 16, 2016,  9AM-12PM @ St Anthony, Lakeland 
Christian Unity Celebration:  January 22, 2016 @ St Jude Maronite  7PM-9 PM
Youth Rally & Mass for Life & March for Life, Washington DC:  January 22, 2016  (Ticket Request for
                                   event DUE NO LATER THAN October 5, 2015 to Office of Advocacy and Justice)

FL Pilgrim Mass at MFL in Washington DC (Basilica Crypt): January 23, 2016 (Tentative)
2nd Annual Central Florida Celebration of Life:  January 29, 2016 - Teen Program Only - Evening
                                                                              January 30, 2016, First Baptist Orlando 1-4:30 PM

Helpers Mass/Rosary Procession:
            2-6-16      St Augustine Catholic Church & All Women's Center on Maitland Avenue
40 Days for Life:  February 10-March 20, 2016

Catholic Days at the Capitol:  February 16-18, 2016 Registration Deadline January 11, 2016

CCHD Media Arts Contest:  March 1, 2016 Deadline for Submissions 
Helpers Mass/Rosary Procession:
            3-26-16    Holy Saturday Prayer Service w/ Bishop Noonan @ St James Cathedral & 
                            Orlando Women's Center on Lucerne Terrace

Laps for Life:  April 16, 2016 @ Bishop Moore High School   8 AM - 2PM

Florida State Respect Life Conference - Diocese of Orlando:  October 14-15, 2016     

Teachers, Youth Ministers, Catechists, & Homeschoolers

Useful Tool to Gauge Cooperation with Evil - "Is my connection to an evil act proximate or remote?  What are my obligations?"

Check out the useful flowchart here...

Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, September 22 to 27 provides the church a wonderful opportunity to reach out to its neighbors in the spirit of the New Evangelization.

To build on the excitement surrounding the historic event you are encouraged to
host a Welcome Day at your diocese or parish.

USCCB’s just-released “Welcome Day“ kit provides the resources to help you plan, prepare and organize a Welcome Day in your parish.

Youth for Life Rally 2015 - November 7, 2015, 4:00-9:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando, FL


Based on Pope Francis' new encyclical, Laudato Si', this FREE event is open to all Diocesan High School Youth and will feature MUSIC, FOOD, SPEAKERS, GAMES, and EXHIBITORS

Youth MUST be accompanied by appropriate number of Safe Environment Trained Adults or Youth Ministers.  


We already have several hundred tickets reserved...Seats are limited, so don't delay!

For More Information or to Register, call the Office of Advocacy and Justice @ 407-658-1818 x 2086 or email at


Catholic Social Ministry Gathering 2016 Diversity Outreach Scholarship and the Young Leaders Initiative

  • Diversity Outreach Initiative: CSMG Diversity Committee awards scholarships to assist leaders and emerging leaders from under-represented ethnic, cultural and disability communities who are also active in Catholic institutions, parishes, schools, and social service agencies to attend the Gathering.  DOI application and recommendation forms are due by November 6, 2015.
  • Young Leaders Initiative: We invite Catholic social ministry leaders at colleges and universities, specifically students, to participate in this unique and valuable opportunity. Integrate faith, education, and action in pursuit of a better world. Interest forms are due November 21, 2015





The Diocese of St. Augustine has released a planning guide for the upcoming 450th anniversary celebration of the founding of the city of St. Augustine and America's first parish!

Events include an historical reenactment of the landing of St. Augustine's founder, Pedro Menéndez, a grand procession from Mission Nombre de Dios to the Cathedral, and Mass, solemn vespers, and a reception with Cardinal Sean O'Malley    More information can be found here!

Additionally,  St Augustine will have a First Class Relic of St Augustine of Hippo for the festivities.  The St Augustine of Hippo Council 15266 of the Knights of Columbus (based here in Orlando) will be hosting TWO trips to St Augustine to venerate the relic and to visit the Father Miguel O'Reilly House Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios.


Buses are reserved for:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
10 AM-10 PM

Saturday, August 29, 2015
9 AM-8:15 PM


For more information and for ticket prices, please visit their website!


Benefiting JMJ Pregnancy Centers

For more information or to register a team, please contact Dawson C Wright IV @ or call 321-352-7598



The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for August

The Pope's general prayer intention for August is:
"That volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the needy."
His mission intention is:
“That setting aside our very selves we may learn to be neighbors to those who find themselves on the margins of human life and society."

Copyright © 2015 Office of Advocacy and Justice at the Diocese of Orlando*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
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)

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp