A Baby’s First Breath
And all heaven watches as God so loved the world that he sent his precious, only Son to give new life to earth.
Tiny fingers grasped the straw. Little baby hands shot up in praise! A cry broke the still night air as the Savior shed His first tears this side of Heaven.
The Stars danced, The Angels praised, When God came to live among us.
With a heartfelt prayer that every blessing of this Advent and Christmas season may touch your spirit, deepen your faith, and light your world with Christmas joy.
Yours in Christ,
The Office of Advocacy and Justice
Helpers’ Mass and Rosary Procession, January 3, 2015
The next Helpers’ Mass and Rosary procession will be held at Annunciation Catholic Church (1020 Montgomery Road, Altamonte Springs, FL) Saturday, January 3rd , beginning with Mass at 8 AM. Following Mass we will drive to St Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, park and then process to the All Women's Center facility on Maitland 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Complete schedule here!
After the rosary, all participants are invited to join us for lunch compliments of:
Life Choices Women's Center
600 E. Altamonte Drive, Suite 1200
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
March for Life St. Augustine! Register Now to Stand up for Life in Florida!
Every year since 2007 thousands of pro-lifers from all over Florida have met in our nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, to defend the dignity of human life. Please join our group this coming January 17th in standing up for the unborn. The Office of Advocacy and Justice will have buses from our diocese going up to St. Augustine on January 17th for the march.
For more information and a copy of our flyer and registration form, click here!
Florida's Abortions Report 2006-2013 English and Spanish.
Central Florida Celebration of Life is a FREE EVENT
Visit the website for descriptions of all 10 Workshops plus the High School Youth Program (FEARLESS), a schedule for the day and bios of all 13 presenters including:
Greg Robeson, Chief Campaign Speaker for ThriVe St Louis
Jannique Stewart, Founder of Love Protects and Featured Speaker for Scott Klusendorf’s Life Training Institute
BE AN ADVOCATE!!!
Catholic Days at the Capitol, March 3-5, 2015,
Catholics from around the state gather in Tallahassee 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.
View video highlights from last year's trip here!
Register NOW! Please see our flyer and registration form here.
IMPORTANT FYI: DEADLINE for HOTEL REGISTRATION IS FEBRUARY 1, 2015
Rooms Are Limited
Special Elections to Be Held for Vacant Seats
Pursuant to the Florida Constitution, the Florida Legislature convenes 14 days following the general election for the purpose of organization, election of officers and adoption of rules. On November 18, Florida state senators and representatives gathered in Tallahassee for this Organization Session, during which new and re-elected lawmakers took their oaths of office and leaders were elected.
Sen. Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) was elected as the President of the Florida Senate and Rep. Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) was elected as House Speaker. Sen. Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) and Rep. Mark Pafford (D-West Palm Beach) were selected as minority leaders in their respective chambers.
More information on additional leadership positions and committee chair assignments can be found on the Florida Senate and House websites.
Special elections are scheduled for several vacant House seats and one Senate seat:
Senate District 6, House Districts 17 & 24 - primary Jan 27, 2015/general April 7, 2015
House District 13 - primary Dec 16, 2014/general Feb 17, 2015
House District 64 - primary Feb 10, 2015/general Apr 21, 2015
The regular legislative session is scheduled to begin March 3, 2015 and conclude May 1, 2015.