Office of Advocacy and Justice Updates




“What is needed is an effective shift in mentality which can lead
to the adaptation of new lifestyles in which the quest
for truth, beauty, goodness and communion with others
for the sake of common growth are the factors
which determine consumer choices, savings and investments.” 
                                                                                     Caritas in Veritate, 51


Helpers’ Mass and Rosary Procession
The next Helpers’ Mass and Rosary procession will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (4001 Edgewater Dr., Orlando) on Saturday, March 5, 2011 beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. Following Mass we will drive to downtown Orlando to process to the nearby abortion clinic on Lucerne Terrance. Please join us in praying for the protection of human life. For more information, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice; 407-246-4819; 

40 Days for Life
A peaceful prayer vigil will be held during Lent in Orlando and Ocala. If you are interested in participating in the Orlando event, please contact Mary Broom at The Ocala contact is: Fred Herbert,

Human Trafficking Awareness Training:  Modern Day Slavery in Our Community
Is scheduled to take place on February 26, 2011 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Barry University Dwayne O Andreas School of Law in the Modular Classroom, 6441 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando.  

The course objectives for this training are:

· Develop an understanding of the many faces of human trafficking

· Explore the issue of forced labor, sex trafficking, and domestic minor sex trafficking

· Discuss the scope of the problems involved in human trafficking including international and domestic cases

· Identify the nature of victimization and discuss the indicators of human trafficking

· Develop an understanding of the need for community involvement and review resources. 

Space is limited. Email to reserve you seat, or contact: 407-246-4819 for more information.  

Good Stewards of the Earth
Preparing for Lent: Study Resource on Christian Simplicity

The Passionist Earth & Spirit Center offers Lent 4.5, a seven-week faith formation program of conversion. It inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, bring forth a just society, and nurture a fulfilling spiritual life. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Gospel simplicity to their everyday lives. 

Why “Lent 4.5”?  If the Earth were divided equally among all of us, each person living on the planet would receive 4.5 acres. Now consider that everything you need — food, energy, home, clothing, appliances, gadgets — must come from those 4.5 acres. Lent 4.5 offers a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation and bring forth a just society by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. The program includes bulletin inserts, online resources, small group discussion course books, and an optional component for Catholic schools grades K-8. 

Christian Role in Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Global Pollution
A five-part series in the Seattle Examiner takes a look at the need for Christian support in efforts to confront potentially serious environmental concerns associated with climate change.  The series will discuss how solutions to climate change would have lasting benefit to the planet, and a welcoming hand is extended to Christians whose support and leadership is urgently needed in order to fully exercise environmental stewardship.  Read more here. 

Notre Dame: Green Summit
This year’s Green Summit is titled “Purchasing Power” and will take place on Friday February 25th on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.  Keynote speakers will discuss topics ranging from how Notre Dame is trying to green its purchasing to how individuals can accurately sort through the dizzying array of eco-advertising.  The highlight of the fourth annual Green Summit is an interactive market in which participants make real-life choices between consumer products and do their best to make the most eco-friendly decision by identifying the “greenest” options among a selection of cell phones, t-shirts, and notebooks. Read more here. 

Notre Dame: Christian Role in Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Global Pollution
Notre Dame’s Procurement Services has partnered with Kimberly-Clark Corporation to introduce bathroom tissue and paper towels on campus with significantly higher average recycled content and less packaging waste. Overall, the product changes will result in 543 million BTU of energy savings and 513,000 gallons in water savings annually. That’s the equivalent of over 2,100 days worth of energy for a typical American household and 25 swimming pools worth of water. Read more here. 

Clarke University:  ‘Crusaders for Justice Week’ Will Highlight Stewardship
Clarke University aims to raise awareness on issues linked to human dignity.  “The common theme in all of Catholic social teaching is the dignity of the human person,” said Sister of Charity Amy Golm, director of campus ministry at the Dubuque, Iowa school. “As a Catholic university that highlights justice as a core value, Clarke educates members of the campus community and beyond about situations in which human dignity is jeopardized and how we can take action to reverse them.”  Among the events will be a showing of the film “Crude” followed by conversation about the issues it raises and the relationship between religion and science. The showing will include a simple supper and discussion relating the film to Catholic social teaching about stewardship of the environment and care for the poor. Read more here. 

Two Catholic Universities Receive STARS rating form Higher Ed Group
Congratulations to Santa Clara University in San Jose, CA, and St. John’s University in Queens, NY, for achieving a “Silver” rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  AASHE’s goal is to empower higher education to lead in sustainability efforts by providing resources, professional development and a network of support.  Six Catholic colleges and universities are in the process of completing their STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) rating.  They include: College of Saint Benedict, Loyola Marymount University, Saint John’s University, Saint Louis University, Saint Mary’s University and University of Notre Dame.  Learn more here.

New ProLife Web Resource
The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA) is launching the “beta” version of its
web page. It has been 38 years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its infamous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion. The need to overturn these cases is as great as ever. The re-launch is just the beginning in the development of the new web site. Through it is our intention to present accurately what the U.S. Supreme Court said and did in Roe and Doe, and related cases, and to explain why Roe and Doe are fundamentally erroneous decisions that must be corrected through appropriate Court or legislative action.

Prayer for Hope and Patience
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 

I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
Lamentations 3:21-26