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July 14, 2014 E Newsletter of the Office of Advocacy and Justice


E-Newsletter:  July 14, 2014

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The E-Newsletter will be on hiatus until the second week of August!  We hope you are enjoying your summer and wish you blessings and peace!


Abortion Comedy???
Obvious Child and Obvious Propaganda

This month a new abortion comedy titled Obvious Child opens in theaters. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it, abortion comedy? Okay, how about a comedy with a story about abortion? That may be even more accurate, because for this film, written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, the comedy and the abortion story are quite separateRead more…


July 1, 2014
Re:       Religious Freedom after Hobby Lobby

As you know, the Supreme Court yesterday voted 5-to-4 to uphold the religious freedom of family-owned businesses with a religious objection to aspects of the HHS contraceptive mandate.  The USCCB’s public response, sent to you yesterday, is also available here:  Some other items that may be of help:

These last two items deserve some explanation.  While RFRA was approved by Congress almost unanimously in 1993 and signed into law by a Democratic president, there is now a campaign to weaken or repeal the federal RFRA and the similar laws enacted in at least 19 states, because such protection for religious freedom is supposedly a threat to “sexual and reproductive rights.”  The Supreme Court’s decision, finding that RFRA protects those with religious objections to the contraceptive/abortifacient mandate, will be used by our opponents on these issues to intensify this campaign.  But at least the religious community anticipated this strategy and was ready to write to Congress as soon as the decision was issued. At both the federal and state level we will need to be vigilant to preserve the freedoms we now enjoy.  So, I guess the time for resting on our laurels is already over!
Thank you for all you do to defend our God-given gifts of life and religious freedom.    


Date:      July 29, 2014

When:    11:30AM – 1:00PM

Where:   Embassy Suites –
               Downtown Orlando
Are you an advocate for the unborn?  Interested in protecting the sanctity of life? 

Join us for a complimentary lunch and networking opportunity featuring comments by Kathie Majerchin and Janine Marrone, managing partners of Luncheons for Life! 
Register Here!


Feast of ST. Francis 2014

From St. Francis, to Pope Francis, to YOU!
Creating a Climate for Solidarity

From St. Francis to Pope Francis to You! Creating a Climate for Solidarity is a 90 minute multimedia presentation combining short video testimonials with group reflection processes that highlight the impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people and communities. Each program will be offered in Parish, College, and Youth versions and in both English and Spanish. All materials will be FREE of charge!

Free, downloadable resources will be available by Sept. 1.  We’ll offer a detailed discussion guide as well as promotional materials to help announce your event and to encourage faithful engagement on caring for Creation and poor people.

BEGIN PLANNING NOW for your parish, school, campus ministry or other group to participate in this nationwide effort.  Sign up HERE to register your interest.

For more information contact:

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2010 Annual Educational Conference

Schedule of Events            Online Registration            Join the Catholic Medical Association


Free High School Youth Event!

More Than 30 Ministries, Catholic Colleges, and Vendors Present

Door Prizes


Register Your Youth Group NOW!




If your Youth Group would like to attend the


in Washington, DC, tickets MUST be ordered through the Office of Advocacy and Justice.  Here are some important deadlines for that event:


The Youth Rally and National March for Life will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 in Washington, DC


Ticket Requests for the Washington DC events must be made to the Office of Advocacy and Justice BEFORE October 6, 2014


All tickets will be allotted NO LATER than October 24, 2014




Helper’s of God’s Precious Infants Masses and Rosary Processions for 2014-2015

For schedules in English and Spanish, click here!



The Pope’s Prayer Intentions for July
The Pope’s general prayer intention for July is:
“That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.”
His mission intention is:
“ That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.”


Visit these websites for up-to-date news about the Holy Father:         L’Osservatore Romano         Rome Reports


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