E-Newsletter: October 28, 2015

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Scheduled Execution

Jerry Correll for Thursday, October 29, 2015

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, Jerry Correll, is scheduled to be executed at Florida State Prison, in Starke, Florida.  Your parish is encouraged to continue to pray for Mr. Correll, 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, October 28, 2015
  • St Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 526 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, FL  -  5:00 PM Tuesday, October 27, 2015 (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.

Read the Catholic Bishops' Appeal to Governor Scott to Spare the Life of Jerry Correll

Respect Life Month 2015 News

As we celebrate Respect Life Month 2015, it is important to realize that Respecting Life includes ALL stages of life from conception to natural death. 

See USCCB:  How to Celebrate Respect Life Month 

New CST Video:  Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Helpers Mass Schedule for 2015-2016


The next Helpers’ Mass and Rosary procession will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church (5125 S Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL) Saturday, November 7, beginning with Mass at 8:30 AM.   Following Mass, we will drive to the Planned Parenhood abortion facility on 726 Tampa Avenue 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!


40 Days for Life Orlando 
September 23-November 1

40 Days for Life Orlando is STILL in need of people to sign up for prayer times during the remaining days of the campaign from 7AM-7PM. If you feel that the Lord is touching your heart to be a part of this year's campaign (even for just an hour or two), please join us as a Prayer Warrior on the sidewalk! You can sign up for any hours you choose.  
For more information or discuss any concerns you may have as a first-time participant, please  contact: Lee Cloud at OR leave a message at 407-222-1233

Diocese of Orlando CCHD Annual Collection - November 15, 2015

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence. You are essential to its success. Your generous donations through parish collections on the weekend of November 15, 2015 will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes.

Together, we can make a difference in families and communities across the United States. Please donate prayerfully and generously. Thank you.

For More Information...

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.
Additional buses and locations can be added through December 2015 if we have groups large enough to cover the cost of bus rentals (a bus holds 55-57 passengers).  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 call the Office of Advocacy and Justice to obtain registration forms and waivers and to reserve your seats and pick-up location.

If you will be chartering your own bus from your parish, please call our office and let us know!  We may have other parishes or people  in your area who may want to join you (if you have room) and you can share costs and planning.  Also, we may get a better deal from a bus company if we book using the same providers.
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 starting to trickle 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
Human Trafficking Awareness Training
November 14, 2015

Date:         Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time:         9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location:  Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
                  1603 North Thacker Avenue
                   Kissimmee, FL  34741
Room:       Social Hall

If you have any questions, please contact
Deacon Fred Molina at:




Legislative Advocacy

Action Alert:  Protect the Rights of Pro-Life Health Care Workers ANDA (Abortion Non-Discrimination Act)

Past Alerts:

Vatican & USCCB
 USCCB: November 15-21, 2015 is National Bible Week
Resources for Parishes and Families Here


 #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

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Hyatt Hotel Corporation has changes its policy and will now remove all on-demand pornography from their guestrooms worldwide!  Tweet at @HyattTweets and thank Hyatt for their policy change and their commitment to oppose sexual exploitation. When we thank companies that are making the right choices, it gives others more incentive to follow suit and to create a culture of valuing dignity above profits. 


CRS/Catholic Relief Services


More Conferences/
National Catholic Office for the Deaf
Pastoral Week Conference
January 15-19, 2016
New Orlaeans, LA

Catholic Social Ministry Gathering 2016
January 23-26, 2016 in Washington, DC


Sister Ann Kendrick, Hope CommUnity Center Director
To Receive Public & Community Service Award

The annual Peace & Dialog Awards Dinner is an opportunity for community leaders of all cultures, backgrounds, faiths, and professions to share their views on a selected topic; this year, ”The Role of Education in Fostering Mutual Respect Across Global Civilizations.”​ 

The dinner will be held on
November 17, 2015 at 6PM at the Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Orlando.  Buy tickets here!

Catholic Charities and the Children with their forever families invite  you to save the date for the:
 Seventh Annual Fundraising Dinner,
 “Adoption, A Triad of Love”
Dinner and Silent Auction

If you have not made your reservations  please contact us as soon as possible. Individual Dinners are $50.00 per adult and $15.00 per child
Lakeland’s Very Own, “Sister Act”
October 30, 2015
The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland 5:30-9:00pm
For more information call: Leesa Elliott: 863-670-6627


The Alliance for Fair Food is seeking 1-2 spring interns. Interns should be flexible to organize with an array of Fair Food allies including but not limited to students and youth, communities of faith, and food justice organizations. Responsibilities include development of campaign strategy together with the CIW and other allies, regular communication with the Fair Food network, office assistance, and on-the-ground support for members of the Immokalee communityMore…

Applications are due on November 15, 2015

Upcoming  Events


Exposition of Major Relics of St Maria Goretti:  10-30-15, Basilica of Mary, Queen of the Universe  10AM-12PM   Mass offered at 7PM on 10-30-15
FREE Requiem for the Innocents Concert11-1-15 Holy Redeemer Catholic Church 5PM
Hope and A Future Fundraiser w/ Lou Holtz for True Life Choice11-5-15 Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Helpers Mass/Rosary Procession:

          11-7-15    Holy Family Catholic Church & Planned Parenthood on Tampa Avenue 8:30AM
Youth for Life Rally: November 7, 2015, Holy Family Catholic Church 4:30-9:00PM
Human Trafficking Awareness Training:  Holy Redeemer Catholic Church 9:00AM
Annual Atlantic Peace & Dialogue Awards Dinner:  November 17, 2015 @ Doubletree by Hilton
Downtown Orlando @ 6PM


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

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

Our Common Home; Not a Game!

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.   

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


Upcoming Scheduled Guests:
 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM   Listen Live Here

11-02-15   TBA
11-09-15   Trace Trylko, Society of St Vincent de Paul Orlando, Executive Director

The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for October

The Pope's general prayer intention for October is:
"That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated."
His mission intention is:
“That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it."

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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)

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