E-Newsletter: January 26, 2016

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Diocese of Orlando Youth Brave "Snowmageddon" to Stand for Life

Youth from Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic, FL returned today from Washington after participating in the annual March for Life.  Despite the travel delays due to the snow storm, a lot of teens are hoping to go to the March next year. 

Youth Groups/School Groups wishing to participate in the annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life in Washington, DC on January 22, 2017 should contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice  to arrange for tickets.  Registration is usually due the first week in October for the ticket lottery. Call the Office of Advocacy and Justice at 407-658-1818 x2086.

Helpers Mass - St Augustine Catholic Church


The next Helpers’ Mass and Rosary procession will be held at St Augustine Catholic Church (375 Sunset Drive North, Casselberry, FL  32707) Saturday, February 6, 2016, beginning with Mass at 9:00 AM.   Following Mass, we will drive and pray the Rosary at the All Women's Center abortion at 431 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL. Following the Rosary, Life Choices Women's Center , a crisis pregnancy center located next door to the abortion clinic, has invited all participants to join them for lunch and a tour of their new facility.  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!

Michael Lambrix
Thursday, February 11, 2016


On Thursday, February 11, 2016,  Michael Lambrix, is scheduled to be executed at Florida State Prison, in Starke, Florida.

Your parish is encouraged to continue to pray for Mr. Lambrix, 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:

A bus will be leaving from the parking lot of Our Lady of Lourdes 201 University Blvd, Daytona Beach, 32118, at 2:30pm on February 11, 2016.


  • Pack a snack
  • Stops at Destination Daytona, Houligan’s parking lot at 3PM.
  • Bus pick-up at Winn-Dixie on SR 100 in Palm Coast, just off of I-95 at 3:30PM.


Other Prayer Services:

  • St Patrick Catholic Church, 6803 Old Highway 441 South, Mt. Dora, FL – 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 10, 201
  • St Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 526 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, FL  -  5:00 PM Tuesday, February 9, 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 .

Be A Part of It!

Through 40 Days for Life there have been 11,165 saved lives, 127 abortion workers converted and 64 closed abortion centers

The next 40 Days for Life Campaign will be February 10-March 20, 2016.  Sign up to pray in front of the Orlando Planned Parenthood or the Kissimmee Planned Parenthood anytime from 7AM to 7PM every day during the campaign.

Questions on the Orlando campaign?  Contact Lee at or text 407-222-1233.

Questions on the Kissimmee campaign?  Contact Mary Anne O'Shea at  or call 407-492-1592




Luncheon for Life

Join Pro-Life Advocates from Central Florida for a COMPLIMENTARY lunch and networking opportunity on

FEBRUARY 9, 2016

Kissimmee Bay Country Club
2801 Kissimmee Bay Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL 34744

Guest Speaker:  Kathy Gard of Life Choices Women's Center
REGISTER and More Information






January 29, 2016
             6:30PM-9:00PM -
Silver Ring Thing Chastity Program (Teens and Parents Only)

January 30, 2016
             12:30PM-4:30PM - Workshops for Adults, Teens (Ages 13-18) , and Youth (Ages 3-12)

Visit the website for descriptions of all the Workshops, a schedule for each day and bios of the presenters

More Information

Upcoming  Events

Requiem for the Innocents Concert: January 29, 2016 @Good Shepherd Catholic Church 7PM
2nd Annual Central Florida Celebration of Life:  January 29, 2016 - Teen Program Only - Evening
                                                                              January 30, 2016, First Baptist Orlando 1-4:30 PM

Fat Friday Benefit for Visitation House: February 5, 2016 @ Hester Bldg -Volusia Cnty Fairgrounds 6:30PM
Helpers Mass/Rosary Procession:
            2-6-16      St Augustine Catholic Church & All Women's Center on Maitland Avenue
Catholic End of Life Medical Care Seminar:  February 8, 2016 @ St Vincent de Paul Church, Wildwood 1-2:30PM 
Dementia Alzheimers & Related Disorders Caregivers Seminar:  February 9, 2016 @ Our Lady of Hope, Port Orange 3-4:30PM
Luncheon for Life:  February 9, 2016 11:30AM-1:30PM @ Kissimmee Bay Country Club

40 Days for Life:  February 10-March 20, 2016
Importance of Having A Will Seminar:  February 11, 2016 @ St Timothy, Lady Lake 10AM-12PM
Respite and Resources for the Caregiver Seminar:  February 11, 2016 @ Bishop Moore High School 6:30PM  RSVP Ana Crowe 407-293-7561 x261

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

CCHD Media Arts Contest:  March 1, 2016 Deadline for Submissions 
Prison Ministry Training: March 19, 2016 @ St Paul, Leesburg 9AM-2PM
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 

One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies Event:  May 6-8, 2016
Prison Ministry Training: May 14, 2016 @ St Peter , DeLand 9AM-2PM


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

Teachers, Youth Ministers, Catechists, & Homeschoolers

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 Faith Formation 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


 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM               Listen Live Here                           Podcasts of Past Programs
Upcoming Programs:

 February 1:
Topic:  Option for the Poor- Part I (one of two parts)

Interview with, Sheila Gilbert, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, National President of the National Council of the United States.  Our discussion centers on the needs of those who fall through the economic cracks in society and how individuals, through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, can begin the transformation out of poverty.


February 8:

Topic:  Option for the Poor - (Part II)

Continuing dialogue with Sheila Gilbert, National President of the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on the need for systemic change in the culture when looking at how to eliminate poverty in the United States.


February 15:

Topic: Release to Prisoners

Prison Ministry is basic call from scripture as described by Christ during his early ministry of  "release to prisoners" in Luke's gospel.  Bruce Strumbras of the St. Peter Claver Council will describe how their mission encompasses empowerment to those who are in prison and transitioning into the community.


February 29:

Topic:   Advocacy for the Vulnerable

An interview with Jack Murphy, National Board of Directors of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, leads the organization's efforts in advocacy, diversity and systemic change around the issues of hunger, poverty and homelessness.

The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for January

The Pope's general prayer intention for January is:
"That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice."
His mission intention is:
“That by means of dialogue and fraternal charity and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, Christians may overcome divisions."

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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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