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 incorrect information, please contact Glenda Meekins at 407-246-4808 or gmeekins@orlandodiocese.org. Thank you for your support of diocesan ministries and programs.

EVENTS WITH BISHOP JOHN NOONAN

Join Bishop Noonan for the Red Mass, November 4

Come join Bishop John Noonan and The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Central Florida in the Red Mass. Pray for members of the judiciary including judges, attorneys, and all members of the legal profession. During the Red Mass, Catholics reaffirm their commitment to justice and their faith. The name refers to the red vestments worn by the celebrants to signify the Holy Spirit as they pray for wisdom to seek justice. For more information call 407-422-2005. Parking available at the Jefferson St. Garage. Tickets will be validated after Mass. Please arrive early.

When: Thursday, Nov. 4, 12:10 p.m.
Where: St. James Cathedral, 215 N. Orange Ave., Orlando

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Diaconate Discernment Nights

Are you or someone you know being called to become a deacon? 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. Discernment sessions will be held throughout the diocese in September and October.

    • 10/26/21 Basilica of St. Paul, Daytona Beach – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    • 10/28/21 St. Catherine of Siena, Kissimmee – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

For more information, go to https://www.orlandodiocese.org/diaconate-discernment/

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Human Trafficking Task Force Training, Oct. 26

Do you have a passion for social justice? The Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force will host a free online training session for individuals who are interested in learning more about joining the task force on Oct. 26 from 7-9 p.m. Topics will include human trafficking stats on a statewide level, ways we address trafficking in the community and volunteer roles. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/37xz25de. For more information, contact Christine Commerce at ccommerce@cflcc.org or call 407-658-1818, Ext. 1122. Please feel free to share this opportunity or join us to learn more about how to end this affront to human dignity.


Legacy Planning Series – All Souls Parish

Planning for the future ensures that your final wishes are known and followed. If you have been too busy, worried that building a plan is too expensive or are simply procrastinating, this FREE seminar series will get you started. Get your questions answered by Catholic professionals on important topics:3-Part Legacy Planning Seminar Series hosted by All Souls Catholic Church.

Series 1 – Monday, Nov. 29th – Will & Estate Planning: Do you know the 3 documents every Catholic American needs to have.
Series 2 – Monday, Dec. 6th – Taxes & Estates: Protecting Your Family & Planning for Today for a Better Tomorrow.
Series 3 – Monday, Dec. 13 – Catholic Funeral Rites & Leaving a Legacy of Faith.

Seminars will be held at All Souls Catholic Church after Daily Mass. Seminars start at 9:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be provided for each session. To register for this event or for more information, please call All Souls Catholic Church (407) 322-3795 or email mvalente@allsoulssanford.org.

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40 Days for Life, Sept. 22 – Oct. 31

Join 750,000 volunteers worldwide to help protect mothers and children by joining through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach. To find local vigils and sign up, go to: https://www.40daysforlife.com/en/


Answer the Call Discipleship Retreat, Oct. 23

Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. We want to offer this kind of encounter to catechists, ministers, and lay faithful of our parishes. Answer the Call discipleship retreats lead participants to the heart of the Gospel. There, we will ponder anew the invitation of Christ to follow Him and make disciples of all nations. We invite you to bring a Bible and journal and come prepared to share and listen to others. We ask participants to follow all CDC and local guidelines to protect others. St. John Neumann Parish, 501 E. Carter Rd., Lakeland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration is $15.00 per person.
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Virtual Soup Bowl Supper, Oct. 23

Join us virtually Saturday, Oct. 23, for our next Pathways to Care fundraiser and help support homeless men and women, many of whom are veterans, as they recuperate from an injury or illness at Pathways to Care. This wonderful event is sure to inspire you! Learn more about Soup Bowl Supper and how you can help – call (407) 388-0245.


Catholic Charities 11th Annual Links for Health Golf Tournament, Oct. 30

Links for Health supports the St. Thomas Aquinas Medical Clinic and its ministry to uninsured families in Osceola County. The clinic has provided free healthcare to over 10,000 patients and, with your help, will care for more!

The tournament takes place at Kissimmee Bay Country Club, 2801 Kissimmee Bay Blvd., Kissimmee starting at 7 a.m.. Enjoy a  raffle, a silent auction, and an awards luncheon after the tournament. Register at: Links for Health – Catholic Charities of Central Florida (cflcc.org) or call Kelly Bender, (407) 325-3006.


Go Beyond Women’s Conference, Nov. 6

Save the date for this year’s Women’s Conference hosted by the Secretariat for Laity, Family, and Life. “Born for This” is based on Esther 4:14 and   St. Joan of Arc. In the same way that Esther and Joan of Arc were born with a specific mission within God’s plan, each woman in her role (mothers, daughters, wives, employees, etc.) despite the difficulties that may be encountered, is born for this: to fulfill a specific mission within God’s saving plan. Join Sister Josephine Garrett (English), Sr. Mariana De Jesus, O.P., (Spanish), and Márcia Bastos Da Silva (Portuguese), Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 861 Maitland Ave., Altamonte Springs. More information soon to https://www.orlandodiocese.org.

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DIOCESAN EVENTS AND INFO

Experienced construction volunteers needed to help build houses in the D.R.

Join our next construction mission January 1, 2022, and help build homes in our sister Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana. We are looking for people with extensive construction experience only for this mission. Trips are limited to 10 volunteers due to COVID-19 safety protocols. Adults must be at least 20 years of age.  Currently the mission is building 41 houses in La Cueva.  If you are interested in serving, contact the Mission Office, 407-246-4890 or email Zwamy Parra at zparra@orlandodiocese.org.


Project Rachel Hotline

If you or someone you know has been impacted by an abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available through the Diocese of Orlando Project Rachel dedicated helpline: call/text (407) 222-8584 or email projectrachel@cflcc.org


World Youth Day, August 1-6, 2023

The dates for World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal were made official last week, so we can begin cementing our diocesan plans. If you are interested in participating, I would love to hear from you. Please use the link below to submit your interest and let me know how many people you think might attend from your parish. You are not held to this in any way, we just want to get an estimate so we can plan our trip accordingly.

We are still working out details like price, length of trip, and additional excursions, but I will keep you updated as we go.
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 Monthly Memorial Mass

Join Queen of Angels Cemetery staff each month for a Memorial Mass at Mary, Mother of God Chapel, San Pedro Spiritual Development Center, 2400 Dike Rd., Winter Park. Mass includes special intercession for those who are buried in Queen of Angels Cemetery since the previous Memorial Mass and for the deceased diocesan priests and deacons remembered during that month. Liturgy of the Hours is at 8 a.m.; 8:30 a.m. Mass.

November 3, 2013 – Msgr. John Caulfield
November 9, 1994 – Rev. Charles Anderson
November 15, 1995 – Rev. James Fahey
November 17, 2004 – Rev. Thomas Bergin
November 20, 2000 – Rev. George Moreau
November 30, 1994 – Rev. William Killion

Please consider including this list in your parish bulletin during the month of October.  


Catholic Charities Needs Food Distribution Volunteers

Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers to help distribute food at its Agape Mission Markets in Orlando on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Visit cflcc.org/volunteer for more information and to sign up.

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Forming Disciples Certification Program (in-person)

Are you hungry to learn more about your faith? Whether a catechist or just a parishioner seeking to dive deeper into the faith, the Secretariat for Laity, Family, and Life offers classes on varied topics. Attendees may take courses for full certification or simply out of interest. For a full schedule of classes in English and Spanish, go to https://www.orlandodiocese.org/ministries-offices/laity-family-and-life-secretariat/adult-ministry/. For more information: Tomás Evans, Adult Ministry Director, 407-246-4912| tevans@orlandodiocese.org


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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Our Catholic Appeal 2021

For information, brochures, video link and/or full page fliers in English and Spanish, go to OurCatholicAppeal.org
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SAN PEDRO SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER

The following events can be found at https://www.sanpedrocenter.org/upcoming-events

 

Mini-golf Fundraising Event, Nov. 6

Have fun and help raise funds for San Pedro Spiritual Development Center by participating in their first ever Mini-Golf Tournament, Saturday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m.


Senior Day with Fr. Anthony Aarons, Nov. 11

“We Remember” – Veteran’s Day is often called Remembrance Day – explore how and why we should remember. Thursday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St. John the Apostle, Building 300. $15. Coffee and danish are served at 9:00am. The program begins at 9:30am followed by lunch. Mass ends the day! Must RSVP.


Hermitage Retreat, Nov. 18

St. Francis would withdraw to a hermitage or place of solitude in order to be with the Lord. In silence he would spend time praying. If you would like to experience this rhythm of solitude and quiet, come to this silent retreat guided by Franciscan Fr. Vianney Cunningham, TOR and Jeanne and Tony Walter and experience a Franciscan Hermitage deeply rooted in the Franciscan tradition.  Thursday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m. – Sunday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m.  Limited to eight retreatants.


Virtual Retreats through San Pedro

San Pedro Spiritual Development Center is providing virtual retreats to facilitate ongoing spiritual growth throughout and beyond this pandemic. A retreat is an opportunity to draw away from the world for intentional time of prayer and reflection. Our Virtual Retreats offer similar content to our in person retreats by offering an online forum of presentation, discussion, and Q&A. To see what retreats are available virtually go to https://www.sanpedrocenter.org/virtualretreats or https://www.sanpedrocenter.org/spiritualresources for the free at-home retreats. Cost $10.


New Free Spiritual Resources

Check out the new, free spiritual resources on our website. New resources are added each week! https://www.sanpedrocenter.org/spiritualresources

 

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Catholic Charities New Website

Check out Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s new website for news, volunteer information, services and more. cflcc.org

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AIRPORT MASS OPEN

Catholic Mass is now offered each Sunday at 12:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport (off the lobby, before arriving at security) 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 Mass will continue to serve travelers as a place of respite in the Lord.


English Classes offered by Catholic Charities

English language learning program for adults with limited English skills is now offered every two months. Learn to read, write, speak, and comprehend in English. For more information contact, Shaimaa Elawdan, Shaimaa.Elawdan@cflcc.org, 407-277-1938

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Conversando, weekly conversation on faith topics with Tomás Evans

The Secretariat for Laity, Family, & Life presents topics of interest to the faith every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. via Facebook. Click to join the discussion – https://www.facebook.com/groups/983018745501489


Queen of Angels Cemetery is open in Winter Park

The new Queen of Angels Cemetery is open, right next door to San Pedro Spiritual Development Center. Queen of Angels is in a beautiful, serene setting. Monthly Masses for the souls of the departed are offered at Mary, Mother of God Chapel and several options are available for burial. Make an appointment to get a tour today.
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Spiritual Resources AVAILABLE

During this time of self-quarantine, know that the Church still thrives through the light of Christ within each of you. To help you worship as one people, you may find a variety of spiritual resources compiled by the Diocese of Orlando, from Live Stream Masses and prayers to at-home retreats such as “Peace in Pandemic Times” and more. Go to: https://www.orlandodiocese.org/under-your-protection-we-seek-refuge-holy-mother-of-god/resources/

Opportunities for Mercy

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
(Due to COVID-19, clinics are closed)

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.


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


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.


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/


St. Vincent de Paul Orlando Thrift Stores are open

We are open and accepting your donations. Our new Resupply app allows you to schedule a FREE pick up of large appliances or furniture directly from your smart phone. We’ve partnered with Resupply to make donating more convenient. Or, call our Donation Hotline at 888.986.4483 or schedule via svdporlando.org. Visit us at St. Vincent de Paul Orlando Thrift Store in Apopka at 770 S. Orange Blossom Trail or St. Vincent de Paul Orlando Thrift Store in Clermont at 601 E. Highway 50. Thank you for helping us help others!


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.


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, and Cocoa. 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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