Welcome to the Diocese of Orlando Communications and Announcements section. This page is provided for the convenience of bulletin editors, pastors and other parish/school leaders so they can communicate information from the offices and ministries of the Diocese, to their audiences through weekly parish print and electronic bulletins, website, social media and newsletters. Check back weekly since new information will be added on a regular basis.

If you have questions about the information below, please contact the person listed at the end of the bulletin announcement. If you find that there is incorrect information, please contact Glenda Meekins at 407-246-4808 or gmeekins@orlandodiocese.org. Thank you for your support of Diocesan ministries and programs.


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First diocesan women’s conference –
Go Beyond! You Are Enough, Nov. 16

Join us for the first diocesan women’s conference. In this day retreat for women, keynote presenter Danielle Bean – author, blogger, and talk show host – shares what the women of the bible teach about women, their mission and worth. Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Holy Family Parish, 5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando. Hosted by the Secretariat for Laity, Family and Life of the Diocese of Orlando.  slfl@orlandodiocese.org; 407-246-4910.

Registration and check-in begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information go to: https://www.orlandodiocese.org/go-beyond-womens-conference/

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Annual diocesan Rise Up Men’s Conference:
Put On the Armor of God, March 28

Trends in today’s culture are calling men to take charge of our lives, our families, our communities and our faith. Through dynamic speakers, workshops, and resources, discover how to put on the armor of God and embrace today’s challenges with Fr. Miguel Gonzalez, Father Benjamin Lehnertz, Mel Martinez, Fr. Juan Osorno and Fr. Carlos Caban. Holy Family Parish, 5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando.

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Donate hurricane recovery supplies at designated Diocese of Orlando locations

Please help those in the Bahamas by donating supplies. Only bring items on this list and utilize the drop off center nearest you!

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Our Catholic Appeal focus on Catholic schools, full page, English – click here.
Our Catholic Appeal for on Laity, Family and Life Ministries, full page, English – click here.

Events with Bishop Noonan

Join Bishop Noonan for the dedication and blessing of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe’s new Schoenstein pipe organ, Nov. 23

Join Bishop John Noonan, rector Father Paul Henry, former Basilica rectors, and the Basilica Choir in the dedication of the new Schoenstein pipe organ at the vigil Mass, Saturday, Nov. 23, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando. Music of Perry, Handel, Widor, Rutter and more. maryqueenoftheuniverse.org/concerts/ or by calling 407-239-6600.


Join Bishop Noonan for the third night of the Simbang Gabi Novena Mass, Dec. 17

Bishop Noonan invites you to celebrate the first Novena Mass of Simbang Gabi, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7-8 p.m. Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, 5300 Old Howell Branch Rd., Winter Park. The Filipino Christmas tradition is a series of nine Masses celebrated in the days leading up to the birth of the Christ Child. For a schedule of Masses at other locations during the remaining eight days, go to filipinoministryorlando.org


Diocesan Announcements

Are you called to be a deacon?

The call to the diaconate is a call to service of Liturgy, Word and Charity. This call does not come to the individual alone, nor for his own sake. It is not a right, but rather it is a call affirmed and recognized by the Church in testimony of the man who is living a life of service to God, family, parish, and community.

The Diocese of Orlando, Office of the Permanent Diaconate is calling on the Church community to bring forth reputable men, servants, filled with the Spirit, to discern a call to the permanent diaconate. Men seeking to discern this call are encouraged to attend a Diaconate Discernment Night. Six discernment sessions will be held throughout the diocese in November:

  • Nov. 14 – Resurrection, 3720 Old Hwy. 37, Lakeland, 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 19 –  Annunciation, 1020 Montgomery Rd., Altamonte Springs, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 21 – Our Lady of Hope, 4675 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For more information: Deacon Dave Camous, dcamous@orlandodiocese.org, 407-246-4878.


Called by Name Discernment retreat for Men, Nov. 22-24

The Vocations Office of the Diocese of Orlando is offering this weekend retreat for men who are over 18 and interested in taking a deeper step in their discernment of a vocation to priesthood or religious life. If interested, please contact the vocations office 407-768-3113.


One-day retreat for grieving parents, Nov. 23

Losing a child under any circumstances is horrendous. Focusing on the spirituality of the grieving process can help tremendously. Just as Jesus comforted his grieving disciples on the Road to Emmaus, Jesus comforts us and we comfort each other in this very special Catholic ministry. Join us in this one-day spiritual retreat for parents whose children, of any age, have died by any cause, no matter how long ago.

Join other Emmaus Parent Companions and our St. James Retreat team in a warm, loving place – to think, to talk, to feel, and to pray. Find compassion, rest, and peace… at least for a time. Presented by the Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents., the Diocese of Orlando, and St. James Cathedral.

$25/person or $40/couple. Fee includes three meals and all retreat material. Pre-registration required: www.emfgp.org.  Or call 617-542-8057 before Nov. 1

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Adult Mental Health First Aid-Pt.1 & 2, Dec. 3 and 5

Come join this 2-day workshop at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5300 Old Howell Branch Rd., Winter Park, FL 32792. This two-day training introduces risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate support. Participants will learn a 5 step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis. Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Central Florida Behavioral Health Services. Cost is $30 and covers course materials and refreshments. Payment can be made in cash or by check made out to Catholic Charities of Central Florida the day of the training.

Part One: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Part Two: Thursday, Dec. 5, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Contact Ms. Kyle Osborn, kosborn@cflcc.org or 407-969-8534. Course ID 00152245.


Advent Taize Prayer Service, Dec. 5

Begin the Advent season by prayerfully contemplating the Lord’s coming through music. Taize is a sung and silent participatory prayer service designed to achieve a contemplative state through music, song, and silence. Free. $5 love offering suggested. Thursday, Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m., San Pedro Spiritual Development Center, Mary, Mother of God Chapel, 2400 Dike Rd., Winter Park. For more information call 407-671-6322 or go to sanpedrocenter.org/retreats-programs.


Youth Mental Health First Aid-Pt.1 & 2, Dec. 9 and 11

Come join this 2-day workshop at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5300 Old Howell Branch Rd., Winter Park, FL 32792. This two-day training introduces risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews appropriate support. Participants will learn a 5 step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis. Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Central Florida Behavioral Health Services. Cost is $30 and covers course materials and refreshments. Payment can be made in cash or by check made out to Catholic Charities of Central Florida the day of the training.

Part One: Monday, Dec. 9, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m.; Part Two: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Contact Ms. Kyle Osborn, kosborn@cflcc.org or 407-969-8534. Course ID 00152250.


Advent Concert, Dec. 13

San Pedro Spiritual Development Center presents St. John Vianney Catholic Church Adult Choir and Handbell Choir. Free. Thursday, Dec. 13, 7-8 p.m., San Pedro Spiritual Development Center, Mary, Mother of God Chapel, 2400 Dike Rd., Winter Park. For more information call 407-671-6322 or go to sanpedrocenter.org/retreats-programs.


Abide With Me Ministry Formation Conference, Feb. 1

Parish Ministry Leaders, Staff and Volunteers-Through friendship with Jesus Christ we learn how to lead and accompany others to be disciples of Christ. Abide With Me is a day of formation for you; a day to equip you to say ‘yes’ to God’s invitation to boldly proclaim the Gospel and experience the fullness of life in Christ. Learn for national and local experts who share your passion for teaching and preaching the Good news, and meet others in ministry who have answered God’s call to serve. Bishop Moore Catholic High School, 3901 Edgewater Dr., Orlando. For more information, slfl@orlandodiocese.org.

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CALLED Youth Summit, March 7

Middle and High School students – Where are you being CALLED in your life? Are oyu feeling pulled in many directions? Come spend a few hours with Brian Shields, weatherman for Channel 9 as hes peaks about “Weathering the storm in your life” and musical entertainers Doug and Dave’s “Mass Confusion”. St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 4001 Edgewater Dr., Orlando. Register at: https://called2019.eventbrite.com/ $29.99 per teen/adult chaperone (lunch included).


ESL Classes for Catholic Charities Refugee Services clients

ESL is a free, 8-week English language learning program for adults with limited English skills. The classes are designed to help students learn how to read, write, speak and comprehend in English. Class schedule: Monday through Thursday (4 days a week, 3 hours a day / 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

For more information contact, Katherine Díaz, katherine.diaz@cflcc.org, 407-277-1938, Ext. 2101 or 2313.

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Subscribe to E-Scroll

Enkindle a deeper faith in your heart and mind, become a leader in Christ, and help us harmonize ministries to the mission of the Catholic Church by signing up for E-Scroll, the Diocese of Orlando online newsletter. Go to www.orlandodiocese.org/e-scroll/ to subscribe for free.

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NEW AIRPORT MASS LOCATION

Catholic Mass is now offered each Sunday at 8:15 AM and 12:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency Orlando  International Airport located inside of the main terminal. With the change, more travelers are able to worship because the Hyatt Regency location is accessible to all. Father Robert Susann, MS, is the celebrant. The airport chapel beyond the security checkpoint in Terminal B will continue to serve travelers as a place of respite in the Lord.


Become a Catholic Volunteer

Catholic Volunteers in Florida is accepting applications for a year of full-time service beginning August 2019. Applicants should have college degree or equivalent life experience, and a heart for serving marginalized communities in Florida or the Dominican Republic. Volunteers serve in teaching, community development, special education, social work, youth programs, immigration and legal services, and more. Benefits include housing, health insurance, monthly living stipend, quarterly retreats, leadership training, and AmeriCorps Education Award for qualifying positions. Apply now at cvif.org.


Calling all dentists and dental hygienists:
Newly opened Lazarus Dental Clinic

The newly opened Lazarus Free Dental Clinic at St. Paul’s Parish in Leesburg  is looking for volunteer dentists and dental hygienists. Join a team of dedicated people helping our neighbors in need! If interested, please contact Myrta Aviles at 352-748-4567.


Florida Catholic newspaper: Because the TRUTH matters!

Can you find the truth online? You can, if you subscribe to the Florida Catholic e-Edition. For $20 a year, receive our e-Edition and get all three diocesan editions of the newspaper on your PC or tablet. Subscribe toll free at 1-888-275-9953, or visit us at www.thefloridacatholic.org for you or for a gift subscription. Prefer our paper delivery? Get 24 issues of the Florida Catholic delivered to your home for $26 a year. Any level of donation support is appreciated for our ministry of Catholic news and the truth. Visit www.thefloridacatholic.org, or call toll free 1-888-275-9953.

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Lazarus Clinic needs receptionist

The Lazarus Free Medical Clinic in Wildwood is looking for a volunteer receptionist to help answer and return calls, schedule patient appointments, confirm volunteer schedules and other clerical work. Bi-lingual needed. Join a team of dedicated people helping our neighbors in need! If interested, please contact Myrta Aviles at 352-748-4567.


Our Catholic Appeal

To assist parishes with their Our Catholic Appeal collection, we have provided various announcements. Some are general and can be used at any time, others are date specific such as Prayer for Vocations Week, and World Day of Peace. We pray that these might assist you.

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Legal Immigration Assistance Available in Polk County

Catholic Charities of Central Florida is provides Legal Immigration Services in Polk County. Family-based services include consultations, preparation of immigration applications, and legal representation. The goal is to ensure that all individuals and families have access to affordable and professional legal immigration services. Appointments are available with case managers at our Lakeland office (801 Florida Ave. S., Lakeland) by appointment only. To make an appointment, email legalservices@cflcc.org or call (863) 686-7153. For more information visit http://cflcc.org/legal-immigration-services.

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Considering Adoption? Catholic Charities Can Help!

For the life of your precious baby, consider adoption and Catholic Charities can help. Adoption counselors from Catholic Charities of Central Florida help birth mothers who are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy and are seeking life for their child.

We provide caring, nonjudgmental and loving support to educate birth mothers about the adoption process and to honor their requests regarding the many options that are available for open and closed adoptions.

Our adoption counselors are licensed counselors with extensive training on the adoption process. We travel throughout the nine counties of the Central Florida. For more information, call: 866-973-8638 or visit http://ccadoptfl.org/


Opportunities for Mercy


St. Vincent de Paul Orlando Needs You – Great service hours!

Volunteer opportunities are available in our stores and food pantries – great for young people needing community service hours! Continues through the end of July. Check us out at svdporlando.org.


Donations needed for Agape Mission Markets – Orlando and Lake Wales

Catholic Charities’ Agape Mission Markets in Orlando and Lake Wales need donations. Please consider donating personal care items such as: tooth brushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, hand soap, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, feminine care products, toilet paper, diapers and baby wipes. Many of these items can be found in the travel aisle of your local Target, Publix or Walmart. Agape Mission Market, 1771 N. Semoran Blvd., Orlando. Donations accepted Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 407-658-1818, ext. 2335 and Agape Mission Market, 644 S 9th St, Lake Wales on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. and 12-4 p.m. and  Fridays, 5-7 p.m. 863-676-1556.


Agape Mission Markets in Orlando and Lake Wales need volunteers

Catholic Charities of Central Florida is looking for hospitality volunteers to staff the front desk of their Mission Market (formerly the food pantry) in Orlando. Volunteers are needed 3-4 hours each week to greet guests, gather food bags, organize the reception area and restock the front counter.

The markets are also looking for individuals or groups (maximum of five) to sort and stock food donations.
-Volunteer shifts in Orlando are at 1771 N. Semoran Boulevard, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information, call 407-658-1818 ext. 2335.
-Volunteer shifts in Lake Wales are at 644 S. 9th St., on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. and 12-4 p.m. and  Fridays, 5-7 p.m. 863-676-1556.


Donate to St. Vincent de Paul Orlando

Help us help others! You can make a difference by donating or shopping at any St. Vincent de Paul Orlando Thrift Store. Your donations allow us to provide furniture and furnishings at no cost to families in need and your purchases provide us the resources to help keep the lights on and people in their homes. Check us out at www.svdporlando.org. To make a tax-deductible donation of large furniture or appliances that help people in need, call our Donation Hotline at 888-986-4483.


Car Donations Help Those in Need

That old clunker sitting in the garage helps St. Vincent de Paul Society of Orlando help others. Donating your vehicle is simple; the pick-up is free and we provide a tax receipt. Please contact us now: 800.322.8284 or visit svdporlando.org


Be a mentor. Change a life.

Catholic Charities of Central Florida Refugee Youth Services Program is seeking adults to serve as mentors for refugee children.  Many of the children we serve have suffered traumatic violence, loss of family and friends, war, and life in a refugee camp. They need your help.

Mentors help our youth with: learning English, understanding homework assignments, and making sense of a new culture. But most of all, mentors are a caring friend and positive role model.

Mentor Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old, participate in mentor training and safe environment training, background check and commit to volunteer at least three hours per week.

Sign-up to make a difference today! Contact Jacob: Jacob.miller@cflcc.org, 410-218-4041.

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Medical Clinics need volunteers

Catholic Charities of Central Florida is seeking MDs, PAs, RNs, OBGYNs, EKG Technicians, endocrinologists, orthopedic surgeons, certified health educators, general and nurse practitioners to volunteer at the Lazarus Free Medical Clinic located at the San Pedro de Jesus Maldonado Mission in Wildwood, Monday through Thursday.

Please help us to bring forth God’s mercy to those who are ill and are struggling financially. Our clients are uninsured and living at 200% or below the poverty level. To learn more about serving at the Lazarus Free Medical Clinic, please contact Myrta.Aviles@cflcc.org. Two other clinics also seek volunteers: St. Luke Free Medical and Dental Clinic in Eustis, contact Erin.Burley@cflcc.org and St. Thomas Free Medical Clinic in St. Cloud or Kelly.Bender@cflcc.org.


Volunteers are needed to help prevent Homelessness

Clerical and administrative volunteers are needed in Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s Family Stability Program in Orlando, Winter Haven, Cocoa and Indialantic. Volunteers help with a variety of areas that can range from answering phones, greeting guests, scheduling appointments, operating copy machines, assisting with data entry, copying, filing and organization. Volunteer hours range between 9 am and 4pm Monday-Friday.

For more information visit cflcc.org/volunteer/.


Volunteers Needed at the JMJ Pregnancy Center

Do you have a passion for helping women and babies in need?  JMJ Pregnancy Centers are looking for volunteer ultrasound technicians. Bilingual is a plus!  Must be a Certified Ultrasound Technician proficient in abdominal ultrasound imaging and measurements. Visit jmjpc.org or email info@jmjpc.org.


Communications


App puts faith at your fingertips

The redesigned Faith Fit app puts prayers, spiritual reflections, videos, podcasts and the latest news from the Diocese of Orlando right at your fingertips. Search “Faith Fit App” in the Google Play or App Store and download it today! If you previously had the older Faith Fit app, please delete it and download our newest version.

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