E-Newsletter: September 8, 2014

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Happening Around Our Diocese...

Helpers’ Mass and Rosary Procession, October 4

The next Helpers’ Mass and Rosary procession will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (1603 N. Thacker Ave, .Kissimmee) Saturday, October 4th, beginning with Mass at 9am. Following Mass we will process to the Planned Parenthood facility 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; 407-246-4819;  Complete schedule here!

Respect Life Sunday, October 5th

This year’s Respect Life Sunday theme is: Each of Us is A Masterpiece of God's Creation. Every person, from the tiniest embryo to the ailing and elderly, is created in God’s image and worthy of our love and respect.  Every parish received a USCCB packet this week with liturgical ideas and educational resources in English and Spanish that may be downloaded here!

2014 State Respect Life Conference 

Masterpieces of God’s Creation

October 24 & 25, 2014 at the Bethany Center, Lutz, FL
Friday, Pre-Conference 1:30 -4:30 PM –
"Pastoral Care with Post-Abortive”
Youth Leadership Conference – Saturday, October 25th (Grades 9-12)

 More Information & Register Here!  
Deadline - October 9th

 or Contact Sabrina Burton Schultz, Diocese of St. Petersburg, at or 727-344-1611.

Join the Life Chain
LIFE CHAIN: October 4th, 2:00pm--3:30pm. Stand with thousands of pro-lifers throughout USA and Canada and be a light in a darkened world as you help put an end to abortion through prayer! Join the local Orlando chain at Apopka-Vineland Rd and Conroy Windermere. Pick up signs at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando. For more info contact Ken Wochnik at or 407-296-5418

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 visit and to register please call our office at 407-246-4819 or email and write “March for Life FL” in the subject line.

March for Life, Washington D.C. Youth Rally-
January 22nd, 2015

Each year on the morning of the National March for Life; 28,000 youth gather from around the nation to attend the Youth Rally and Mass for Life hosted by the Archdiocese of Washington. Once again this year, young Catholics will gather at two locations to celebrate the gift of life and pray for an end to abortion.


The March for Life is attended by hundreds of thousands of people each year to remember the many lives destroyed by abortion and advocate (and pray!) for the least among us; the unborn. If you have a group that would like to attend the Youth Rally for Life on the morning of the march, January 22nd 2015, please contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice to request your tickets: 407-246-4819 or email us at: advocacyjustice@orlandodiocese.orgALL Tickets MUST be ordered NO LATER THAN October 6, 2014! 

CCHD Youth Arts Contest 2015!

Educators lead participants through 5 easy steps to learn about U.S. poverty, CCHD's response, and the Two Feet of Love in Action.  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.  Call 407-246-4819 or email: for more informationDEADLINE is 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 CCHD page on our website.  

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.
Participants are also invited to the annual Red Mass of the Holy Spirit con-celebrated by the bishops of Florida and 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. For more information and to register
please see our flyer here.


Happy Birthday Blessed Virgin Mary!


Archbishop Kurtz Provides His Initial Response to the Revised HHS Mandate

Disappointed that regulation will not expand exemption, only modifies ‘accommodation’.  Extending ‘accommodation’ to exempted businesses reduces religious freedom.  More thorough study and detailed comments to come
Read the full text here!

Pain. Injustice. Brokenness. Hope. Love. Faith. Wisdom. will confront the issues of the day with the insights of the Catholic social teaching tradition, human stories and the perspective of the bishops of the United States.

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Pope Francis

Quotes from St Francis

Spanish Version


Death Penalty News

FL Catholic Conference Supports 'Yes' to All Life

Help End Florida's Notorious Death Penalty

Posters to Promote Catholic Death Penalty Teaching

CNN - Highlights Ministry
of Sr. Helen Prejean



CRS & Fair Trade News

CRS Fair Trade New Fall Arrivals


Upcoming  Events

2nd               Nine Week Novena for Election Day Begins  Find the Prayers here!

10th              Justin Fatica, Journey to Joy at St Peter Church, Deland 6PM

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children – 
                    Holy Family, Orlando– 8:30AM
                    St. Catherine of Siena, Kissimmee, FL - 9:00AM

15th             Doug Barry, of EWTN's Life on the Rock, at All Souls in Sanford, FL - 7PM

          Walk for the Poor- St Mary's of the Lakes, Eustis, FL 8AM

 29th             Pro-Life Novena for Unborn Babies Begins  - More information here!
4th               Helpers Mass and Rosary Procession at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church - 9AM

4th               Life Chain - Holy Family Catholic Church - 2PM - 3:30PM

5th               Respect Life Sunday Each of Us is A Masterpiece of God's Creation

         Deadline to Order Tickets for National Youth Rally and Mass for Life in Washington through 
                   Diocese Office of Advocacy & Justice

7th               Feast of the Most Holy Rosary & Pro-Life Novena for Unborn Babies Ends

20th             Diocese of Orlando Chancery Open House

24-25th       State Respect Life Conference Sponsored Diocese of St Petersburg – Bethany Center
1st               Helpers Mass and Rosary Procession at Incarnation Catholic Church – 8AM

1st               Youth for Life Rally at Bishop Moore High School 4PM-10PM


National Day of Remembrance For Aborted Children

On Saturday, September 13, pro-life Americans throughout the country will gather at the gravesites of aborted babies and other memorial sites dedicated in their honor for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.  Locally, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, there will be a Mass at 8:30am and a Memorial Service following the Mass in the Stations of the Cross gardens at the Memorial of the Unborn.  We will gather for this service to commemorate the more than 55 million children who have lost their lives to legal abortion since 1973, to pray for a final end to this injustice in our land, and to pray for healing for all those who have been part of an abortion decision.  Please come out and prayerfully give witness to the sanctity of life and the humanity of our unborn brothers and sisters, as we join in spirit with fellow pro-lifers across the country.  For more info contact Ken Wochnik at or 407-296-5418.  


St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Kissimmee, FL will also be joining this effort.  The Memorial Service on Saturday, September 13, 2014 will start with Mass at 9:00 AM followed by a procession to our newly opened Garden for the Unborn Child.  Blessings and prayers will take place at the site where we will be installing a plaque and flowers.  After the Memorial Service, we will join the group (Concerned Citizens of Osceola County Pro Life) that will be walking and praying towards the new Planned Parenthood facilities located at 610 Oak Commons.  Please pass the word and joins us.

Free High School Youth for Life Rally!

Tickets are Going Fast!

Bishop Moore High School
Saturday, November 1, 2014 4 PM -10 PM

More Than 30 Ministries, Catholic Colleges, and Vendors
Door Prizes

Contact The Office of Advocacy and Justice to Reserve Tickets Now!

407-246-4819 or 407-658-1818 x2086 or


The Foundation For California,
the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Orlando Christian Preparatory will open “The Courage To Remember”, a world-acclaimed educational exhibit on the Holocaust.


WHEN:        Opening Ceremony 
                   Wed., Sept. 17, 2014

WHERE:      Smith Worship Center, 
                   Orlando Christian Prep, 
                   500 S. Semoran Blvd.,
                   Orlando, FL 32807

COST:          Admission is FREE!

To RSVP & ask questions about this event, contact:

(562)355-1325 or

Journey to Justice

This all day free retreat will challenge you to put your faith into action while providing times for prayer, reflection, and dialogue. If you would like to learn more about Catholic social teaching and living your faith in the world, contact the diocesan Office of Advocacy and Justice to bring this creative and engaging program to your parish. For more information; 407-246-4819 or

Word of Life Intercessions and Bulletin Briefs

 This USCCB resource contains Intercessions and Bulletin Briefs for every Sunday Mass during the year. You may find items for September and October in English and Spanish at:

Please forward this information to your parish liturgy coordinator as well as the person designated to create the bulletin.

Central Florida Healthy Relationship Preach In

We invite you to join us on the weekend of October 3-5, 2014 as we celebrate the 1st Annual Central Florida Healthy Relationship Preach In

Imagine a community where every faith leader opens the discussion on what God expects of us in our relationships and offers support to those who are struggling. Together we can make that happen. Leaders have already stepped forward to help us provide you with sample sermons and everything you might need to participate.  For more information, please contact Manny Ayala at


The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for September
The Pope's general prayer intention for September is:
"That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life."
His mission intention is:
“That Christians,inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering."

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Diocese of Orlando
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