E-Newsletter: December 2, 2015

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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  

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)

For more information on the prayer service, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice, or 407-658-1818 x 2086 .

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 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




A vote is expected in Congress no later than December 11 to fund government programs for the 2016 Fiscal Year. Now is the moment to demand that key conscience protections for pro-life health care providers be included in this must-pass legislation.

Vatican & USCCB

Poverty and Hunger

Prepare Now with These Resources 
Printable Calendars Daily Reflections and More


New Report on Statewide Homelessness in Florida

New Report on Current State of Family Homelessness in Central Florida


Five Ways to Thank Food Producers During the Holidays

Faith Food & The Environment


 #End45 Raise a Hand to End Poverty in America

The New US Poverty Statistics and Our Catholic Response Webinar

Poverty USA

USCCB Domestic Poverty



Immigration, Human Trafficking, & Sexual Exploitation

Web Resource: 

Whitehouse Resources on Syrian Refugees

5 Reasons Not To Punish Syrian Refugees for Paris Attacks

#AidRefugees:  How Can You Help?

Citizenship Resource Center  Citizenship Public Awareness Initiative 
USCIS Citizenship Outreach Partnerships


Death Penalty
New Catholic Mobilizing Network Resources
Includes:  Intergenerational Workshop: The Advent of Mercy; Death Penalty & Discipleship :  A Faith Formation Guide and More...

CRS/Catholic Relief Services/Fair Trade

More Conferences/

Upcoming  Events

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, 9PM-1AM in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel
Orlando Pro-Life Action Ministries Banquet: December 10,  Penny Lea - Author of Sing A Little Louder 7:00 PM
Pray the Rosary in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe to End Abortion:  December 13, All Orlando Area Abortion Clinics 3:00 PM

Coffee and The Prayer w/ the Author Jacquline von Zwehl December 19, St Maximilian Kolbe CCW @ Encore Assisted Living Facility 10:30 AM-Noon

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  
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
Service Projects In the Christmas Spirit 

Catholic Charities of Central Florida has many ways your youth can participate in giving during this Christmas season.  Take part in Cards for Caring, Food Donations, a Toy Drive, gather Personal Care Items or Health and Exercise Equipment.  For more information and contacts, please click here!

All I want for Christmas is...Formula?  Help JMJ Life Centers by collecting baby formula for their clients. Donations of Enfamil are preferred, but all brands accepted.

Resource for Teaching Scripture to Children Through Music

Understand How Your Daily Life Impacts Human Trafficking - How Many Slaves Work for You?


World Youth Day 2016 Materials Available

Get your World Youth Day materials here!
2016 CCHD Multimedia Youth Arts Contest (Grades 7-12)
Attention Middle and High School Social Studies, Religion, and Art Teachers, Homeschool Parents and Youth Leaders or CCD Teachers

Schools and parishes can engage youth (grades 7-12) in learning about the causes of poverty and our Catholic response through the 2016 Multimedia Youth Contest. This year's theme is Care for God’s Creation!!  Please see this wonderful summary of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' to assist your students with this project

In 2015, the  grand prize was $500 and a trip to a national awards event, plus matching gifts of $500 for the winner's Catholic school or parish and a CCHD funded group working to fight poverty. 

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, 2016 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 2016.

See this year’s winners on our
website or watch the interview with  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 Development tab on our website.  

Download the 2016 Educator Contest Packet here!         2016 Educator Contest Packet in Spanish here!
Download the 2016 Student Contest Packet
here         2016 Student Contest Packet in Spanish here!

Deadline for Submission March 1, 2016
2015-2016 Atlantic Institute Art and Essay Contest

Every year the Atlantic Institute holds an Art & Essay Contest to help promote mutual respect and brings issues and problems of the world to light through paintings, photographs, and essays. Students attending middle and high school are eligible to participate by submitting either a piece of artwork and/or writing an essay about a humanitarian theme that changes every year.

This year's theme is : Ten Days, Ten Weeks, Ten Months, Ten Years: What Can YOU Accomplish? 

Deadline for all submissions is Friday, December 4, 2015 by 11:59 PM.

Students must submit all essays online. Students must register artwork online, as well as, send in their artwork to the respective state's locations. 

For more information please visit the official website at or email the Educational Programs Coordinator, Ms. Feyza Tuzen at


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The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for December

The Pope's general prayer intention for December is:
"That all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving."
His mission intention is:
“That families, especially those who suffer, may find in the birth of Jesus a sign of certain hope."

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

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