Advocacy & Justice Updates



E-Newsletter: August 25, 2014


The Office of Advocacy and Justice has moved to:

 1819 North Semoran Boulevard
  Orlando, FL  32807


 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 will receive a USCCB packet with liturgical ideas and educational resources in English and Spanish that may be downloaded, see:

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

Life Choices Women’s Center’s 6th Annual Celebration of Life –  Born of Love, a concert experience with Internationally celebrated singer/songwriter/story-teller, Tajci   Saturday, September 13, 2014 – 6:45 – 9:30 pm  at St. Augustine Parish Center, 375 N. Sunset Drive, Casselberry, FL

JMJ Pregnancy Center is expecting!  JMJ will be opening our fourth office at the University of Central Florida this Fall.  We feel very Blessed to be expanding our outreach to the students on Campus.  For more information about our newest center, please visit

Pray for Victims of Drought
US Drought Monitor shows regions of the country parched and longing for more water.

Other News:



Resources for Addressing the Humanitarian Emergency of Unaccompanied Children



Labor Day 2014 Bishops’ Statement
and Resources

Quotes from St Francis

Spanish Version

CCHD Supports Immigrants
See How

Visit the USA Poverty Map

Join the USCCB Advocacy Community

Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
2015 Young Leaders Initiative Registration


Upcoming Events

30th             Sidewalk Counselor Training at Our Lady of the Lakes, Deltona FL  9:15AM

31st             World Water Week Begins – More information here Conservation  resources!
 7th               Grandparents Day – Get Ideas to Celebrate here!  Nominate a grandparent here!

13th              National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children – Holy Family, Orlando– 8:30AM

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

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

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


Where Do the Candidates Stand on the Issues?

Be an Informed Early Voter
Early voting for the August 26 Primary Election will be available in ALL Florida counties beginning Saturday, August 16

Each election cycle, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops conducts the Candidate Questionnaire Project to assist Catholics and the broader community with the obligation to become informed voters. Being familiar with candidates’ positions on issues involving human life, dignity and the common good is essential to responsible, faithful citizenship.  Check the answers to the questionnaire here.

National Day of Remembrance For Aborted Children
National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children:  Sat., Sept. 13, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd.,  Orlando at the memorial of the unborn in the Stations of the Cross Gardens following the 8:30am Mass. This observation will be marked by simultaneous memorial services in multiple cities at gravesites of aborted babies. 

All are invited to participate.  For information contact Ken Wochnik at  or 407-296-5418. 

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!

407-658-1818 x2086 or

Celebrating 35 Years of St. Francis, “Patron of Ecology”

2014 marks the 35th anniversary of St. Francis named as the Patron Saint of those who promote ecology by St. John Paul II.  Pope Francis, equally inspired by St. Francis, highlighted early in his pontificate how the poor are disproportionately and unjustly harmed by environmental degradation, including climate change.

 From St. Francis to Pope Francis to YOU! CREATING A CLIMATE FOR SOLIDARITY 

A FREE 90 min. multi-media presentation with Discussion Guide will be offered in Parish, College, and Youth versions and in both English and Spanish.  Sign up HERE to register your interest.  For more information contact:

From St. Francis to Pope Francis to You! A Climate for Creation: available for Earth Day 2015


Recently the U.S. Senate voted on a bill called the “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act” (S. 2578). The measure is an unprecedented attack on conscience and religious freedom. The vote failed by a narrow margin. You were requested to send follow-up messages, thanking Senators who opposed S. 2578, and urging those who supported the bill to reconsider their position.  

Find out more here!                 Send a message to Congress here!

The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for August
The Pope’s general prayer intention for August is:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.”
His mission intention is:
“That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.” 

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Office of Advocacy and Justice
Diocese of Orlando
1819 North Semoran Boulevard
Orlando, FL  32807
407.658.1818 x 2086
407.282.2891 (Fax)

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