Office of Advocacy and Justice Updates



Support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Collection 11/21
Help make CCHD a success: make sure your parish is planning to participate in the annual collection in support of this vital ministry serving the poorest communities in the U.S.  The special collection is held on the Feast of Christ the King, November 21, the weekend before Thanksgiving.  It provides an opportunity to educate Catholic parishioners about poverty in the U.S. and how CCHD supports self-help anti-poverty organizations. Learn more here

New CCHD resources are available to spread the word about CCHD’s good work to address poverty in communities. On the CCHD home page ( you can find:

  • A new animated video, “Meet Mary” to illustrate how CCHD helps communities.
  • Rotating photos and stories of victories by CCHD-funded groups across the U.S.
  • Information about the exciting Review and Renewal of CCHD
  • A one-pager about the mission and purpose of CCHD
  • The press release for this year’s CCHD Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award winner, Janine Carreiro, a young woman who works with Brockton Interfaith Community to address community issues, including impacts of the economic crisis.

Helpers of God’s Most Precious Infants Mass and Rosary Procession

The next Helpers’ Mass and Rosary Procession will be held Saturday, December 4 at the newly renovated St. James Cathedral, Orlando. Mass will begin at 8:00 a.m. Following the Mass we will process to the nearby abortion clinic on Lucerne Terrace. Helpers’ Vigils are scheduled on the first Saturday of the month. See our web site for a full schedule: Please join us in praying for the protection of human life.  For more information, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice; 407-246-4819;  Individuals who feel called to a very special ministry to the men and women seeking abortion as a sidewalk counselor are invited to call the Office of Advocacy and Justice for training. 

Special Mass: Recognizing All People with Disabilities

On Saturday, November 13 at 4 p.m., Our Lady of the Lakes Church (1310 Maximillian St., Deltona) will hold a liturgy for all people with physical or intellectual disabilities. The Mass will be interpreted for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For more information contact Margarita Feuerbacher at 386-574-3719. 

Coalition Honorary Chairman, Bishop William Skylstad, Lauds Gonzaga University’s Climate Commitment

“[This] is one way of demonstrating true solidarity with our brothers and sisters on a finite yet abundant planet,” said Bishop Skylstad (who is the honorary chairman of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change) upon hearing that Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.  President McCulloh said that this step reflects Gonzaga’s dedication to environmental stewardship as part of its Jesuit identity. Gonzaga is among some 650 institutions of higher education nationwide to sign the commitment. “In signing this Climate Commitment, President McCulloh is demonstrating that being men and women for others isn’t just a slogan at Gonzaga; it is a concrete demonstration of how our commitment to social justice compels us to take significant steps to become more responsible environmental stewards,” said Brian G. Henning, associate professor of philosophy and co-chair of the Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability.  Read more here. Learn more about the Presidents’ Climate Commitment


  • Advent

As we prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we call to mind the places in our world where peace is not yet a reality. Perfect for all audiences, this two-page resource reflects on peace in Sudan, the Holy Land, and the U.S. and gives ideas for action. Also visit the USCCB Advent page for daily reflections.

  • World Day of Peace – January 1

“Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace,” is the theme of Pope Benedict XVI’s 2011 Message for the World Day of Peace, celebrated on January 1 each year. A new resource on religious freedom and peace in the Holy Land and Iraq is available to help you celebrate this day.