E-Newsletter: January 5, 2015

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Happy New Year!


Helpers’ Mass and Rosary Procession, February 7, 2015
The next Helpers’ Mass and Rosary procession will be held at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church (526 N Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL) Saturday, February 7th, 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    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!

Central Florida Celebration of Life is a FREE EVENT 

January 24, 2015
Holy Family Catholic Church

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


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.

View  video highlights from last year's trip

Register NOW! Please see our flyer and registration form here.


Rooms  Are Limited

Special Elections to Be Held for Vacant Seats

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.


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Vatican & USCCB



Death Penalty

Restore Justice Conference- Encounter and Mercy
Notes and Transcripts
Environmental Issues

Immigration & Human Trafficking

Faith Leaders Sign Declaration to #EndSlavery



Upcoming  Events



13th      Luncheon for Life - Free Pro-Life Networking Event
             Prayer Vigil for Execution of John Wayne Kormondy - St Margaret Mary at 5:00PM

14th      Prayer Vigil  for Execution of John Wayne Kormondy - St Patrick Catholic Church, Mt Dora 11AM

15th      Prayer Vigil  for Execution of John Wayne Kormondy - Bus from Our Lady of Lourdes, Daytona at 

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


7th           Helpers Mass and Rosary Procession at  St Margaret Mary Catholic Church - 8AM



Johnny Shane Kormondy
Thursday, January 15, 2015


On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Johnny Shane Kormondy, is scheduled to be executed at Florida State Prison, in Starke, Florida.

Your parish is encouraged to continue to pray for Mr. Kormondy, 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.

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.

A bus will be leaving from the parking lot of Our Lady of Lourdes 201 University Blvd, Daytona Beach, 32118, at 2:30pm on January 15, 2015.

A prayer service will be held at St. Patrick’s Church in Mt. Dora at 11 AM on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 526 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789 will host a prayer service for Mr. Kormondy on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 5:00 PM in the chapel followed by the daily Mass at 5:30 PM. 

For more information on the prayer service, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice, or 407-658-1818 x 2086 . 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EST) 

Sweetwater Golf & Country Club
2700 Sweetwater Country Club Dr
Apopka, FL 32712

Join us for a complimentary lunch
and networking opportunity.


RSVP to LaVon LeGrand at or 407-406-4169

by January 6, 2015 or Register HERE

Luncheons for Life, a program of Angels Among Us in Florida 5277 N. Tamiami Trail  Sarasota, Florida 34234941-421-9859

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.  



FREE High School Youth Program

Register Now!


JANUARY 24, 2015


Holy Family Catholic Church



Where Justice and Mercy Meet

Are you looking to add the death penalty issue to your high school curriculum? CMN is delighted to offer a comprehensive study guide to accompany our award winning book Where Justice and Mercy Meet. Created by high school educator Rochelle Hubbard, the guide contains everything from discussion questions to homework assignments. View the study guide. Also, be sure to visit our Lenten Resources page to find more materials for use in parishes and schools for this season.




Our Lady of Guadalupe

This December, CMN is introducing an exciting new addition to our selection of plays. Nuestra Señora de la Vida, written by Petra Alexander, is a Spanish language monologue which is a perfect tool to open up dialogue about life issues from the perspective of a young Latino American. Request a copy of the script.

Are you planning your Lent curriculum? Be sure to check out more resources appropriate for Lent here.

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 -






The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for January
The Pope's general prayer intention for January is:
"That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace."
His mission intention is:
“That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal."

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Office of Advocacy and Justice
Diocese of Orlando
1819 North Semoran Boulevard
Orlando, FL  32807
or 407.658.1818 x 2086
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