E-Newsletter: April 20, 2015

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Congratulations Diocesan 2015 CCHD Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest Winners

The Office of Advocacy and Justice is pleased to announce the diocesan winners of the 2015 CCHD Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest.  Our First Place winners are now competing at the national level with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) in Washington, DC.  Judging results for the national contest should be available within the next few weeks.

Please place the 2016 CCHD Multi-Media Youth Arts contest on your calendar (deadline March 1, 2016).  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.

Thank you to all the students and schools who participated in this project to understand the issues of poverty and justice in the light of our faith.

First Place Winners:
10-12 Grade Category – Crystal Xiong, Santa Fe Catholic High School (12th grade)
Title of art entry:  “Do Justice, Love Goodness, Walk Humbly with God” (Chalk on black)
Teacher:  Mrs. Lucille Pfund             Principal: Matthew Franzino

7-9th Grade Category – Mateo Dziedzic and William Lloyd – St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School (7th grade)
Title of art entry:  “Poverty and You” (video)
Teacher: Mrs. Gilda Brink                 Principal:  Ms. Lorianne Rotz
    Watch the "Poverty and You" video on our website  HERE!

Second Place Winner:
Jessica Bailes, Maddison Barry, Angelina Khourisader, Clare Lawrence, Danielle Nguyen
St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School (8th grade)
Title of art entry:  “The Change Two Feet Can Make” (video and music)
Teacher:  Mrs. Gilda Brink               Principal: Ms. Lorianne Rotz

Third Place Winner:
Callie Hildenbrand – St. Margaret Mary Catholic School (7th grade)
Title of art entry: “From the Bottom to the Top” (mixed medium)
Teacher:  Ana Forman/Sr. Rosemary Finnegan  
Principal:  Mrs. Kathleen Walsh

See a complete list of winners here!

2015 Florida Respect Life Conference
October 23 & 24 in Tallahassee


October 23th, Friday:        
5:15 pm - Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More
6:15 pm - Reception and Conference Check-In (Parish Hall)
7:00 pm - Conference Opening, Welcome (Church)
7:30 pm - Speaker (Church)
8:15 pm - Singing / Performance (Church or Parish Hall)
9:15 pm – Conclusion

October 24th, Saturday:   
8:00 am – Mass at the Co-Cathedral
9:30 am - Rest of conference at Grand Ballroom.
                FSU Alumni Center. Catered lunch and dinner

A block of rooms has been reserved at several different hotels. Attendees may book their rooms here!

For more information, please contact:
Deacon Ray Aguado


Rachel's Vineyard Post-Abortion Retreat 

October 23-25, 2015 at San Pedro Center in Winter Park.  If you have been affected by abortion and need healing, community and the love of God, this retreat is for you.  This confidential retreat offers a safe, non-judgmental environment where women and men find healing and reconciliation for the most painful experience of abortion.  For more information or to register, please contact Michele Gill or Jessica Cuadros:  

You may also visit for information about Rachel's Vineyard.

Presentations Available from the Office of Advocacy and Justice
Are you a Teacher?...Director of Religious Education?... Catechist?...Youth Minister?...or Ministry Head?    As schools and parish groups are planning their events this year, consider bringing in a speaker from the Office of Advocacy and Justice. We offer presentations on a variety of topics including:

  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Faithful Citizenship
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Death Penalty
  • Living Wills
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Post-Abortion
  • Social Justice
  • Fair Trade
  • Food Packaging Events with Catholic Relief Services
  • and more!

To schedule a workshop or for more information; contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice: 407-658-1818 ext. 2086

The Alliance for Fair Food & Student/Farmworker Alliance Are Hiring

The Alliance for Fair Food (AFF) and the Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) are seeking 1-2 Immokalee-based staff members to help coordinate the national Campaign for Fair Food. Staff members are compensated with a modest, livable salary with health benefits. A commitment of at least two years and proficiency in English/Spanish are required.

Click here to read the full description and apply. Deadline for the staff application is April 30, 2015.

Intern Position

The ally team is seeking 1-2 summer interns. Interns should be flexible to organize with a diverse 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 CIW and other allies, regular communication with the Fair Food network, office assistance, and on-the-ground support for members of the Immokalee community.

A minimum commitment of 3-5 months is preferred; start date is flexible.  Interns receive free housing and a modest monthly stipend.


Click here to read the full description and apply. Deadline for the intern application is April 30, 2015.

Are You Looking for a New Novena?

The Mary, Undoer of Knots Novena Begins April 22nd.  More information....



Please enjoy reading Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis’ April 11 papal bull announcing the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy!

Maggie's Story...A Voice Against Physician Assisted Suicide  View Video HERE!


 Aging & Elder Care


Disabled Ministry


Confronting Poverty & Hunger

Death Penalty

CRS/Fair Trade

More Conferences/
Educational Opportunities



Upcoming  Events

25th            Bob Rifle Golf Classic for JMJ Life Centers - 7AM

18th            LCWC Golf Tournament- 7:30AM-3:30PM

Important Upcoming Dates:

Fortnight for Freedom: June 21-July 4, 2015

40 Days for Life:  September 23 - November 1, 2015

Helpers Masses/Rosary Processions
10-3-15    Location TBD

            11-7-15    Holy Family Catholic Church & Planned Parenthood on Tampa Avenue

w/ Bishop Noonan at St Mary Magdalen & All Women's Center on Maitland Avenue

            1-2-16      Location TBD

            2-6-16      St Augustine Catholic Church & All Women's Center on Maitland Avenue

Holy Saturday Prayer Service w/ Bishop Noonan @ St James Cathedral & 
                            Orlando Women's Center on Lucerne Terrace

Respect Life Sunday:  October 4, 2015
Life Chain: October 4, 2015 (Alternate Date 10-25-15)

Florida State Respect Life Conference - Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, October 23-24, 2015
Rachel's Vineyard Post Abortion Retreat:  October 23-25, 2015 - San Pedro Center

Youth for Life Rally: November 7, 2015, Holy Family Catholic Church

CDAC & March for Life Registration Deadlines:  January 11, 2016
March for Life St Augustine:  January 16, 2016 Registration Deadline January 11, 2016
Youth Rally & Mass for Life & March for Life, Washington DC:  January 22, 2016
FL Pilgrim Mass at MFL in Washington DC (Basilica Crypt): January 23, 2016 (Tentative)
Central Florida Celebration of Life:  January 30, 2016

40 Days for Life:  February 10-March 20, 2016
Catholic Days at the Capitol:  February 16-18, 2016 Registration Deadline January 11, 2016
Laps for Life:  February 27, 2016 @ Bishop Moore High School

CCHD Media Arts Contest:  March 1, 2016 Deadline for Submissions 

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


Teachers, Youth Ministers, Catechists, & Homeschoolers

Helpers Masses & Rosary Processions
First Saturdays:  10-3-15, 11-7-15, 12-5,15
1-2-16, 2-6-16, 3-26-16
Various Diocesan Parishes & Nearby Abortion Mills

High School Youth for Life Rally
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando, FL

March for Life, St Augustine, FL
Saturday, January 16, 2016
10 AM-2PM

March for Life Youth Rally & Mass for Life, Washington DC
January 22, 2016
*Ticket Request Deadline Early October 2015

Central Florida Celebration Life  (Youth Program offered)
January 30, 2016

Catholic Days at the Capitol (Youth Welcome)
February 16-18, 2016
Tallahassee, FL

Laps for Life
Bishop Moore Catholic High School
February 27, 2016

CCHD Media Arts Youth Contest (Grades 7-12)
Deadline for Submission March 1, 2016
Resources for Catechesis with Hispanics

Are you involved in Hispanic Ministry?  If so, be sure to check out the resources available with the Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics HERE!

New Children's Books on Putting Love in Action; Win a Free Copy


Children's books about putting faith in action are now available from the USCCB and Loyola Press! Green Street Park is a story about Philip and his community, who imitate the model of St. Francis of Assisi by caring for creation in their own neighborhood. In Drop by Drop, Sr. Mary Jerome's classroom receives a visit from Mr. Mike, from Catholic Relief Services, who helps the students "journey" to Burkina Faso, where they learn about how lack of water affects a little girl name Sylvie and her family. 


The books are available here. Care for God's creation is a theme of both books, so they also help families, parishes and schools prepare for Pope Francis' environmental encyclical this summer. A USCCB social media contest during the week of Earth Day, April 20-24, 2015 will include giving away some books.  

The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for April

The Pope's general prayer intention for April is:
"That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God."
His mission intention is:
“That persecuted Christians may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church."

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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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