E-Newsletter: February 10, 2016

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On this day, we reflect on our shared humanity, our common brokenness, and the universality of God's mercy and healing. Ashes symbolize all these things and visibly mark our communion as followers of Christ.

As we are reminded of our shared fragility and enter the season of Lent in the Year of Mercy, may we remember those on death row and those living on the margins after incarceration. As we ask for forgiveness, may we remember no one is excluded from the mercy of God. Let us join today together in prayer and be empowered to start our Lenten journey.  Visit Catholic Mobilizing Network for more resources.


Holy Saturday Helpers Prayer Service and Rosary with Bishop John Noonan


The next Helpers’ Prayer Service and Rosary procession will be held at St James Cathedral (215 N Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL  32801) Holy Saturday, March 26, 2016, beginning with a Prayer Service at 8:00 AM.   Following the Prayer Service, we will pray the Rosary at a local abortion clinic.  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  

This is our last Helper's event until the fall.  The Helper's Masses and Rosary Processions will resume in October 2016.  Please call the Office of Advocacy and Justice (407-658-1818 x2086) if you are interested in hosting one of the 2016-2017 events at your parish.


Be A Part of It! 40 Days for Life Starts Today!

Through 40 Days for Life there have been 11,165 saved lives, 127 abortion workers converted and 64 closed abortion centers

The next 40 Days for Life Campaign will be February 10-March 20, 2016.  Sign up to pray in front of the Orlando Planned Parenthood or the Kissimmee Planned Parenthood anytime from 7AM to 7PM every day during the campaign.  Life Choices Women's Center will also be hosting a 33 Days for Life Event at the All Women's Center on Maitland Avenue next to their crisis pregnancy center. 

A Kick-Off Rally is planned for this Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11:00AM in the grassy field next door to Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, 726 S Tampa Avenue, Orlando, FL. 
The theme is "The Young Pro-Life Generation Speaks". Five young people ages 15 to 28 will share their personal testimonies of why they are so passionate about defending the lives of babies in the womb.

Are you or is someone you know unsure about praying in front of an abortion clinic?  If so, download this resource brochure that will answer many of your questions or concerns.

Questions on the Orlando campaign?  Contact Lee at or text 407-222-1233.

Questions on the Kissimmee campaign?  Contact Mary Anne O'Shea at  or call 407-492-1592

Questions or to participate in the 33 Days for Life Event in Altamonte Springs, contact Norma Stives at

Mother Angelica's Prayer for Women Considering Abortion 

World Day of the Sick - 2-11-16
An Opportunity to Plan for Advance Care

In his Message for the 24th World Day of the Sick, February 11, 2016, Pope Francis both acknowledges the difficulty of encountering sickness and reminds us of the opportunity it provides when he says faith in God during illness, “offers a key by which we can discover the deepest meaning of what we are experiencing.”
In keeping with the Holy Father’s sentiment, the FCCB provides resources to assist with advance care planning. Designating a health care surrogate and providing guidance for end-of-life decisions is the best way to ensure that morally acceptable procedures are followed if you become incapacitated or unable to express your own wishes in the event of a medical emergency.
Three items, approved by the bishops of Florida, are particularly useful: 
  • NEW! A Catholic Introduction to End-of-Life Planning is a new brochure that may help you as you begin your discussions with family, friends, health care providers and clergy.
  • The Catholic Declaration on Life and Death (CDLD) combines a designation of health care surrogate and living will into one document and is designed to be completed and shared with your health care provider(s).
  • Understanding the Catholic Declaration on Life and Death (UCDLD) is the companion to the CDLD and addresses common concerns and questions.
    All the documents are available for downloading and printing from the FCCB website in both English and Spanish.





Aging & Elder Care

Bone Health  Available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Free Credit Report:  To learn fraud prevention tips, read the Fraud Prevention Resource Guide.

Best Stretches for People Over 50.


Death Penalty

The Florida Supreme Court has issued an indefinite stay of execution for Cary Michael Lambrix, who had been scheduled to die Feb. 11. The order came after the court heard oral arguments that focused on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month that found Florida's system for sentencing a person to death unconstitutional because it allows judges, not juries, to decide whether the circumstances of a crime warrant a sentence of death. The Florida legislature is addressing the Hurst v. Florida ruling during its current legislative session.

Environmental Justice
Download FREE Resources for Environmental Justice


CRS/Catholic Relief Services/Fair Trade

This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Lenten Rice Bowl.  Check out more resources to use with your Rice Bowl Program here...

REGISTER for CRS Rice Bowl and CST Webinars 
More Conferences/


Upcoming  Events

An American Knight Author & Speaker Norman Fulkerson:  February 10, 2016 @ Incarnation Catholic Church 8PM
40 Days for Life:  February 10-March 20, 2016
Importance of Having A Will Seminar:  February 11, 2016 @ St Timothy, Lady Lake 10AM-12PM
Respite and Resources for the Caregiver Seminar:  February 11, 2016 @ Bishop Moore High School 6:30PM  RSVP Ana Crowe 407-293-7561 x261
40 Days for Life Kick-Off Rally: February 13, 2016 @11:00AM Grassy Knoll next door to Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando 726 S Tampa Avenue

Catholic Days at the Capitol:  February 16-18, 2016 Registration Deadline January 11, 2016

CCHD Media Arts Contest:  March 1, 2016 Deadline for Submissions 
Prison Ministry Training: March 19, 2016 @ St Paul, Leesburg 9AM-2PM
Helpers Mass/Rosary Procession:
            3-26-16    Holy Saturday Prayer Service w/ Bishop Noonan @ St James Cathedral & 
                            Orlando Women's Center on Lucerne Terrace

Laps for Life:  April 16, 2016 @ Bishop Moore High School   8 AM - 2PM 
Walk for Life: April 30, 2016 @ Baldwin Park for True Life Choice


One Million Rosaries for Unborn Babies Event:  May 6-8, 2016
Prison Ministry Training: May 14, 2016 @ St Peter , DeLand 9AM-2PM


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

Teachers, Youth Ministers, Catechists, & Homeschoolers

Life Essay Contest

The Legacy Project is accepting applications for its 16th annual Listen to Life Essay Contest until March 25. To enter, a person ages 8-18 interviews someone older than 50 years (not a parent), then writes a 300-word essay based on that chat. For contest details, suggested questions and past essays, visit Big things happen when you listen to a life.
2016 CCHD Multimedia Youth Arts Contest (Grades 7-12)

Attention Middle and High School Social Studies, Religion, and Art Teachers, Homeschool Parents and Youth Leaders or Faith Formation Teachers

Schools and parishes can engage youth (grades 7-12) in learning about the causes of poverty and our Catholic response through the 2016 Multimedia Youth Contest. This year's theme is Care for God’s Creation!!  Please see this wonderful summary of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' to assist your students with this project

In 2015, the  grand prize was $500 and a trip to a national awards event, plus matching gifts of $500 for the winner's Catholic school or parish and a CCHD funded group working to fight poverty. 

The contest is sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (the domestic, anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops) and by RCL Benziger.  Educators lead participants through 5 easy steps to learn about U.S. poverty, CCHD's response, and the Two Feet of Love in Action.  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. 

All entries, including registration, short answer questions and signed waivers are due to Deborah Shearer at the Office of Advocacy and Justice, 1819 N Semoran Boulevard, Orlando FL 32807 NO LATER than March 1, 2016 to be eligible for the contest and prize money.  Only first place winners in the Middle and High School categories will be submitted for the National Contest  in Washington, DC at the end of March 2016.

See this year’s winners on our
website or watch the interview with  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 Development tab on our website.  

Download the 2016 Educator Contest Packet here        2016 Educator Contest Packet in Spanish here!
Download the 2016 Student Contest Packet here         2016 Student Contest Packet in Spanish here!

Deadline for Submission March 1, 2016


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February 15:

Topic: Release to Prisoners

Prison Ministry is basic call from scripture as described by Christ during his early ministry of  "release to prisoners" in Luke's gospel.  Bruce Strumbras of the St. Peter Claver Council will describe how their mission encompasses empowerment to those who are in prison and transitioning into the community.


February 29:

Topic:   Advocacy for the Vulnerable

An interview with Jack Murphy, National Board of Directors of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, leads the organization's efforts in advocacy, diversity and systemic change around the issues of hunger, poverty and homelessness.

The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for February

The Pope's general prayer intention for February is:
"That we may take good care of creation-a gift freely given-cultivating and protecting it for future generations."
His mission intention is:
“That opportunities may increase for dialogue and encounter between the Christian faith and the peoples of Asia."

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Office of Advocacy and Justice
Diocese of Orlando
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Orlando, FL  32807
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