The Office of Advocacy and Justice wishes you a blessed Advent and would like to thank all our readers for the work you do for the glory of God's Kingdom! O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!
Helpers Mass 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 32701) Saturday, December 5, beginning with Mass at 8:00 AM with Bishop John Noonan. Following Mass, we will pray the Rosary in the garden outside the church. Please join us in praying for the protection of human life. Following the Rosary, Life Choices Women's Center has invited the participants for a complimentary lunch and a tour of their new crisis pregnancy center facility right next door to the All Women's Health Center abortion clinic. For more information, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice; 407-658-1818 x2086 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete 2015 - 2016 schedule here!
Oscar Bolin Jr
Thursday, January 7, 2016
On Thursday, January 7, 2016, Oscar Bolin Jr, is scheduled to be executed at Florida State Prison, in Starke, Florida.
Your parish is encouraged to continue to pray for Mr. Bolin, 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.
Please 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.
Prayer Service at Execution Site in Starke:
Other Prayer Services:
- St Patrick Catholic Church, 6803 Old Highway 441 South, Mt. Dora, FL – 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 6, 2016
- St Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 526 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, FL - 5:00 PM Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (In the chapel followed by the daily mass at 5:30PM)
Upcoming End of Life Presentation
January 16, 2016
Do you have any questions about Advanced Directives and Living Wills? What is the difference between a Living Will and a Catholic Living Will? When do ordinary means become extraordinary? What is an Advance Directive? Do you have a Health Care Surrogate who knows and understands your wishes regarding end of life issues? If you do, then plan to attend the End of Life Presentation on January 16, 2016 from 9AM-12PM at St Anthony Catholic Church in Lakeland, FL. The Presentation is sponsored by the Diocese of Orlando Office of Advocacy and Justice. For further information, please contact the church office at (863) 858-8047.
March for Life St Augustine - January 16, 2016
Washington DC is a long way and may be cost prohibitive, but we have our own March for Life right here in Florida only a few hours from Orlando…in St. Augustine! Every year, the Office of Advocacy and Justice charters a bus or buses to St. Augustine to join thousands of people from across Florida in Marching for Life. This year features keynote speaker Leah Darrow. This former model from America’s Next Top Model has an amazing message of how God created us to be unique, giving us each our own personal way of defending LIFE. (more information at http://www.marchforlifestaugustine.com/) There is also, music, food, and fellowship as we march from the grounds of the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at the Mission of Nombre de Dios to the center of St Augustine (down St George Street in the Old Town) in support of life. We already have scheduled pick-up locations at St Mary Magdalen in Altamonte Springs and Our Lady of the Lakes in Deltona.
Adults are $25, Youth (under 18) are $15 and children under 12 are free. Children and Youth MUST be accompanied by an adult (either parent or SAFE Trained adult). Registration, payment and signed release forms are required and due to the Office of Advocacy and Justice several days before the event. Lunch is NOT provided so you should bring money or pack a lunch to bring along. Pick-ups begin at 7:30 AM and continue through 9:00 AM to arrive in St Augustine between 10-10:30 AM. The march begins around noon (following speakers and music). The march ends at the gazebo in the park in front of the Cathedral with a keynote speaker. There is time for lunch and/or a bit of sightseeing before we board the buses at 2:30 PM to head home.
If you would like to join us, please download the PDF's below or call the Office of Advocacy and Justice to obtain registration forms and waivers (Youth Waiver here) and to reserve your seats and pick-up location.
Friday Evening , January 15, 2016 (Youth Night – Mass, Rosary and Music) – Transportation not available through our office
Saturday, January 16, 2016 – Buses Available (limited locations) – Deadline for registration is January 11, 2016
Catholic Days at the Capitol 2016
Catholics from around the state gather in Tallahassee each year 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. Participants are also invited to the annual Red Mass of the Holy Spirit con-celebrated by the bishops of Florida. Attended by state officials, lawmakers, judges, members of the legal profession and the community, the Red Mass is celebrated to pray for those working in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.
Registrations for Catholic Days at the Capitol 2016 are now rolling in. It is very early this year: February 16, 17, and 18, 2016 and so the DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION will be January 11, 2016.
Download a Registration Form and Waiver and send it soon to reserve your place!
"In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation." - Faithful Citizenship, no 1
Action Alert: TV Show Uses Silent Night As Backdrop for Abortion
The popular television show “Scandal” on ABC has pro-life people up in arms about the brash, pro-abortion messaging of its latest show.
The November 19, 2015 episode took on Congressional efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood and glorified main character Olivia Pope’s abortion to the tune of “Silent Night.” The show's creator, Shonda Rimes, sits on the board of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.
Please contact the Parents Television Council and ABC to let them know your concern.
Healing from Abortion
Silent No More Awareness Campaign
Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Initiative
Abortion is like an earthquake whose violent shockwaves unsettle the earth for hundreds of miles around. The loss of one child to abortion impacts everyone involved; the mother and father, the grandparents, the siblings, family and friends, even the abortion clinic workers and abortionists themselves...more
40 Days for Life
Response to Shootings at CO Planned Parenthood
Blessed Are the Peacemakers
COP21 - Climate Change in Paris
People of faith have rallied to urge negotiators in Paris to commit to a binding treaty on climate change. A coalition of faith groups, including Global Catholic Climate Movement, Religions for Peace, and Our Voices, collected 1.8 million signatures and presented them to the lead negotiators at the Paris summit. This collective action is a real sign of hope in the midst of our challenges. Read more
What is the Paris Climate Summit (COP21)?
A Call for A Month of Climate Action: The Faithful Respond to the Bishops' COP21 Appeal...
Pope Francis' shoes join the global climate campaign ahead of Paris talks...
Cardinal Peter Turkson invites world's bishops to support global climate march...
Action Alert: Ask Congress to support a national standard to reduce carbon emissions...
#Pray4COP21 Prayer Chain
Climate Change Synthesis Report 2014