E-Newsletter: December 1, 2014

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Theme : Belief And
Freedom Of Conscience

When:    Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:30PM
Where:   Winter Park Community Center Oak & Elk Ball 

Speakers:   Bishop John Noonan, Diocese of Orlando
                        Imam Abdullah Antepli, Duke Divinity School
                        Rabbi David Kay, Congregation Ohev Shalom

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Pass the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act

Recently, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) ordered all health plans under its jurisdiction to provide coverage for all abortions.   California's action violates federal law. The Weldon Amendment, a part of appropriations law since 2004,... [+] more
Recently, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) ordered all health plans under its jurisdiction to provide coverage for all abortions.
California's action violates federal law. The Weldon Amendment, a part of appropriations law since 2004, provides that governmental bodies receiving federal funding may not discriminate against a health care entity that "does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions." But the Weldon Amendment lacks effective enforcement and has been subject to legal challenges. The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) addresses these problems. Congress is urged to incorporate ANDA into must-pass funding legislation at the earliest possible opportunity.  Congress is now preparing funding legislation that must be passed by December 11, 2014. 
 Click here to let your voice be heard.



12PM - 2PM
St Margaret Mary Parish Hall 
December 13, 2014

Purchase Fair Trade Hand Crafts, Chocolate, and Coffee

(Available During Journey of Faith and Justice Retreat, but ALL welcome)


Helpers’ Mass and Rosary Procession, December 6th 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) Saturday, December 6th, beginning with Mass at 8 AM with Bishop Noonan. Following Mass we will process to the All Women's Center facility on Maitland Avenue and pray the rosary. 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

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 schedule here!



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.

Post Abortion Healing Resources
Creating a Safe is for helpers who wish to aid men and women experiencing difficulty due to reproductive grief and loss after abortion. This website features Safe Place training and Abortion Changes You after-abortion healing resources in English and Spanish. More...

Catholic Days at the Capitol, March 3-5, 2015,
Register Today!

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.
For more information and to register
please see our flyer here.


Rooms  Are Limited



Yesterday, the season of Advent and a new liturgical year began for the Church. Below are some resources for you and your family to participate in this liturgical celebration.
Next Sunday, November 30, begins the season of Advent and the beginning of a new liturgical year for the Church.
The many traditions, colors, decor, and celebrations within the Church invite us to prepare our hearts for
USCCB - The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides more information about Catholic traditions like the Advent wreath as well as special prayers and blessings for the season.

For Children - Holy Heroes presents "Advent Adventure," a free resource for children ages 3 and up that contains videos, prayers, and activities throughout the entire season.

For Adults - Fr. Robert Barron from Word on Fire is offering daily reflections for the season of Advent FREE in both English and Spanish!

Vatican & USCCB

Pope Francis:
2015 World Day of Peace - January 1st
Slaves No More, But Brothers and Sisters

 Resources for Parishes

 Living Subsidiarity, Serving the Common Good



Pope Francis:  Break Down Stigma of Autism


Civil Rights 



Confronting Poverty & Hunger


More Conferences/Educational Opportunities
Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
February 7-10, 2015

2015 Young Leaders Initiative Registration





We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.


On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.  It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. #GivingTuesday



Upcoming  Events

3rd         Table of Abraham - Bishop Noonan, Winter Park Community Center- 6:30 PM

6th             Helpers Mass and Rosary Procession at  St Mary Magdalen Catholic Church  
              with Bishop Noonan - 8AM

13th      Journey to Justice Seminar, St Margaret Mary Catholic Church 9AM-3PM

1st             WORLD DAY OF PEACE

3rd             Helpers Mass and Rosary Procession at  Annunciation Catholic Church - 8AM

17th       March for Life, St Augustine

24th          Central Florida Celebration of Life - Holy Family Catholic Church 1PM-4PM
              Youth Event - Fearless! Taking Charge in A Culture of Exploitation 2PM-4PM

st           Polk County Sanctity of Life Celebration Event  -  Faith Baptist Church, Winter Haven, FL 2PM
              Understanding Poverty Workshop, Sacred Heart, New Smyrna - 9AM-12PM

Celebrate a Fair Trade Christmas



By Stephanie Bosse, CRS Fair Trade Ambassador

I love fair trade because it affords us opportunities ...of KNOWING.  Before I was acquainted with the movement, I truly never thought about where my coffee or cocoa came from.  But fair trade opened my eyes and prompted me to ask questions like who am I buying gifts for?  Who am I buying gifts from?  Who made the gift?  Our fair trade campaign this fall comes from this very idea that knowing is love, solidarity, and justice.

So for the next few months on Twitter, on Facebook and here on the blog you are going to see us using the hashtag #YouAreKnown. Whoever the ‘yous’ are, however we can share their and your stories, we want to know.  Tell us what moves you about the fair trade movement, about economic justice – show us your pictures, your videos, write us stories and let’s all know each other a little better.   For the next three months we will be featuring facts, education, information and even an Advent contest (see below) where you can win beautiful fair trade gifts. I invite you to join me on this journey where simply being in relationship with each other really can make a world of difference.  Read More...

Win Fair Trade Products in our Advent Contest (Nov. 30-Dec. 28)


FREE Presentations/Seminars Available from the Office of Advocacy and Justice
 We offer presentations on a variety of topics including:

Living Will Forum/End of Life Issues, Catholic Social Teaching, Faithful Citizenship, Stem Cell Research, Death Penalty, Human Trafficking, Living Wills, Environmental Stewardship, Post-Abortion, Sidewalk Counseling, Journey to Justice, Social Justice, Fair Trade, and more!

To schedule a workshop or for more information; contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice: 407-658-1818 x2086,

Tidbits for Teachers, Youth Ministers, Catechists, & Homeschoolers

2015 CCHD Media Arts Contest - PRIZE MONEY  AVAILABLE


Engage youth (grades 7-12) in learning about the causes of poverty and our Catholic response through the 2015 Multimedia Youth Contest. This year's theme is, "Do Justice, Love Goodness, Walk Humbly with God" (Micah 6:8).    Visit the contest materials, or call the Office of Advocacy and Justice for details and ways teachers can meet their class objectives through the implementation of the art project.   All artwork and media entries must be submitted to Deborah Shearer at the Office of Advocacy and Justice, 1819 N. Semoran Boulevard, Orlando FL  32807 by March 1, 2015.
Watch the recent interview with the 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 Develpoment tab on our website.  


2015 Atlantic Institute Art & Essay Contest - GREAT PRIZES

An art and essay contest for middle and high school students.  This year's theme is:  Kindness Without Borders: Open Eyes Open Hearts in our Global Village   Check out the contest rules and parameters here!

CRS Rice Bowl 2015 Materials Available
Is it ever too early to start preparing for Lent? New materials for CRS Rice Bowl 2015 are available now. As we celebrate our 40th year, we want YOU to be part of the journey-order FREE faith-formation resources today. Available in English and Spanish.


Participate in CRS FoodFast  '14-'15

The 2014-15 theme for CRS FoodFast, a hunger awareness experience for Catholic youth from Catholic Relief Services, is Enough!  The theme explores the issue of hunger in a world of plenty and connects to the Caritas Internationalis One Human Family, Food for All campaign. Visit the website or contact for more information.


FREE High School Youth Program


JANUARY 24, 2015


Holy Family Catholic Church

Join Vincentians and others in your parish community as we open our eyes and hearts to a better understanding of the poverty that surrounds us.  Saint Vincent de Paul works continually to alleviate the day-to-day challenges of poverty.  The National Society is working in conjunction with the Bridges Out of Poverty organization to provide training on a local level, to train you to understand poverty and to assist individuals who want and need a helping hand .

            January 31, 2015  9am-12pm (doors open at 8:30am)
            Sacred Heart, New Smyrna            RSVP -


 Reliable Car Needed - Catholic Charities Adoption Services

Our mission is to assist pregnant women and families, not ready or able to parent, in choosing life and making an adoption plan. We also help adoptive parents find a baby to complete their family.  When many agencies are discontinuing adoption services, Catholic Charities Adoption Services, Diocese of St. Petersburg is serving four Dioceses. The key to our financial stability is having an agency vehicle for our workers. We need a four door sedan, automatic with air conditioning in good working condition. Please consider making a charitable donation to help us continue our mission.   Catholic Charities, DOSP is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.
For information call Rose Llauget at 727-599-9122 or email



The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for December
The Pope's general prayer intention for December is:
"That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will."
His mission intention is:
“That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith."

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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
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