Hello Young Adults in the Diocese of Orlando!
“I desire that my whole life be but one act of thanksgiving to You, O God.” Saint Faustina
As you reflect upon your Thanksgiving meals and celebrations, I encourage you to examine the ways the Lord has blessed you over the last year. What relationships have begun? What relationships have been healed or strengthened? In what ways have you seen the Lord in the big and small things? Take a few minutes each day this week to replay the blessings you have received, and thank God for them. They were his personal gifts to you! As we begin the season of Advent, keep considering these gifts that the Lord is giving you as you wait in joyful hope!
Be sure to continue checking out the YA website here to find YA events going on near you. I am excited to share a few of the things we are offering from the Diocese and hope you will ask the Lord which of these things He is calling you to attend.
Diocesan Young Adult Events
Young Adult Adoration: Thursday, December 15: with Bishop Noonan for young adults from across the Diocese. Annunciation Catholic Church – Altamonte Springs, 7-9 PM. We will begin with social time at 7 PM and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be at 8. Spread the word! Let’s pack the church for this awesome night of adoring the Lord during Advent with our Bishop. O Come Let Us Adore Him! See AND SHARE the attached flyer.
Wanna go to Rio? Last summer 60 young adults from our Diocese had life altering experiences at World Youth Day…so we’ve decided to do it again! In July of 2013, the Diocese of Orlando will be sending a group to RIO to join over a million other young adult Catholics from around the world. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for further information on WYD, contact Amanda at ALivermore@orlandodiocese.org . Join us as we “Go and make disciples of all the nations” in Rio de Janeiro.
SAVE THE DATE: Young Adult Retreat: “Take Up Your Cross”
February 17-19, FFA Retreat Center, Haines City, FL
More information in upcoming newsletters but MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!
Religious Vocations Information: Are you feeling a call to the religious life? Have you ever thought about it? Fr. Jorge Torres, our Vocations Director for the Diocese of Orlando, is a great person to talk to! Contact him at 407-246-4876 if you would like some more information or just to talk about what the Lord has been putting on your heart.
2012 St. Augustine March for Life
Join the Diocese of Orlando on Saturday, January 14 as we travel to St. Augustine Florida to mark the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade legalizing abortion in the United States. The March begins at the Mission Nombre de Dios—The Great Cross— and concludes in the public plaza with talks by nationally recognized Pro-Life Speakers. The Diocese of Orlando will have buses leaving from Brevard, Orange, and Volusia county. The cost for the bus is $25 per person; children under 12 are free. Call the office of Advocacy and Justice at 407-246-4819 for more information or to register. To read more about the march, visit: www.marchforlifestaugustine.com.
Around the Vineyard There are lots of additional activities happening around the diocese for all young adults. Be sure to check out our website to see many of them. Here are a few that I was asked to share:
That Man Is You! Meetings will take place every Friday morning starting at 6:30am until 8am in the St. James social hall. There is no cost to enroll. Breakfast will be provided. I would invite you to learn more about “That Man is You!” by visiting their website at http://www.thatmanisyou.org. For more information, contact Alec Sithong from St. James YAM, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS
An Advent Night of Worship and Prayer on Sunday, December 11th at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic
All are invited to join us for a night of music, prayer & worship during the Advent season with speaker Paul George and musicians Josh Blakesley & HNJs own Sarah Kroger…. (see attached flyer)
5 PM – Mass, 6 PM – Dinner in the Hall ($5 per person or $20 per family, dinner tickets should be purchased in advance)
7 PM – Night of Worship
in the Church (ADVANCE: $10 per person or $35 per family, AT DOOR: $15 per person)
Group discount available for groups of 10 or more
Tickets will be available after Sunday Masses or at HNJ Parish Office during the week…Email email@example.com or call 321-773-2783 ext. 106 for more info
College & Young Adult Men’s Retreat: Dec 16-18th. (see attached flyer)
“Men Made for Greatness” is a men’s retreat directed by the Brotherhood of Hope. Gathered together as men seeking God, the retreat will include time for Prayer, Talks, Fellowship, Sports and Food! Times of both Spiritual and physical exercise! This retreat will be a time to Impart this Vision of Greatness; Equip you with tools, weapons and training in Christian manhood; and Empower you to live in the greatness for which you were made.
The registration flyer is attached & for more info, click here. Fr. Michael will be the chaplain for the retreat and there will be college students & young adults from all over FL.
Opportunities for Speakers:
Holy Name of Jesus is bringing in Jackie Francois the first week of March. If your parish would be interested in having her speak, this would be a great way to get a discounted rate! Her website is http://www.jackiefrancois.com/ Contact her agent: Douglas Q. Hutchings W: 615.333.2561 for more information
Ingrid Delgado works with refugee resettlement for Catholic Charities of Orlando. Ingrid would love to do a TOT for your parish called, “Jesus was a refugee too”…this night would include Ingrid, Mirta Perez (her partner in these presentations) and a refugee who would tell their story. Email Ingrid at Ingrid.firstname.lastname@example.org