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.




Virtual Mental Health First Aid Workshops

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to
signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training, provided by Catholic Charities of Central Florida Behavioral Health and Senior Wellness Services,  gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. To register, email cgalda@cflcc.org.
Dates are as follows:

Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid  (for adults who work with adults): $23.95, 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
Part Two: Tuesday 3/23/21 OR Thursday 4/29/21  

Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid (for adults who work with youth): Free, 8:30 AM-1:00 PM
Part Two: Thursday 3/11/21 OR Tuesday 4/13/21


Join us Wednesday, March 3, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. for an information night regarding the Spanish LIMEX Theology and Ministry Certification Program from the University of Loyola, here in Orlando. As part of the Institute for Ministry of Loyola University, the Diocese of Orlando hosts the certification program. The Zoom meeting will offer detailed information regarding the program, its requirements, and registration as well as courses covered. Former participants will share their experiences and how it changed their lives. The program is in Spanish and open only to those residing within the Diocese of Orlando. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/limex-noche-de-informacion-tickets-138671505205


Registration for the next discipleship retreat is now open! This day is designed to inspire and form Catholics throughout our diocese to embrace the mission of intentional discipleship. We invite all catechists, liturgical ministers, ministers to the sick, and anyone who feels called to ministry in some way. There is no cost to this event and we will follow all recommended safety precautions to protect participants. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

-St. John the Evangelist Parish, 5655 Stadium Pkwy., Viera, Sat., Feb. 20
-Blessed Trinity Parish, 5 SE 17th St., Ocala, March 13

Click here to register!

Rise Up Men’s Conference, March 27

“Renew the hope, bring Christ home.” (cf. Hebrews 10:23). Rise Up is a virtual conference for Catholic men in the Diocese of Orlando featuring dynamic talks, small group discussions, and faith sharing. Offered in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. All Catholic men and guests over 16 years old are welcome. Join us Saturday, March 27, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $10. https://mens-conf-2021.eventbrite.com.


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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Florida Catholic is now a weekly

The digital editions of the Florida Catholic can be found free of charge, allowing unfettered access to all our news and information at orlando.thefloridacatholic.org. For a graphic, click here.

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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

Pray for deceased priests
The Office of Senior Priests asks Pastors and their parishioners to pray for deceased diocesan priests on their anniversary dates and to include these dates the parish bulletin.

February 1, 2006–Rev. Brendan C. Donnelly   February 15, 1999 – Rev. Antonio Pons
February 2, 2012 –Rev. Anthony Palmese        February 20, 1969 – Rev. Patrick Malone
February 4, 1999 – Rev. Michael Hanrahan    February 21, 2013 – Most Rev. Norbert Dorsey
February 9, 1981 – Rev. Edward Condren         February 25, 2012 – Rev. Larry Lossing
February 11, 2016-Msgr. Edward Thompson  February 26, 1989 – Rev. Carlos Aizpun

For short bios on each priest in February, click here.

English Classes offered by Catholic Charities

English language learning program for adults with limited English skills is now offered every two months beginning Jan. 4th, 2021. 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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Calling all superheroes to summer camp

San Pedro Spiritual Development Center’s summer camp 2021 registration is now open. Themed Superhero Training, campers will discover how to use their unique gifts and talents as superpowers, trust in the armor of God for protection, and rely on the Holy Spirit as their sidekick. By the end of the week, participants will have knowledge and tools to defeat the ultimate villain, sin.

For pricing, dates and information, visit www.sanpedrocenter/summer-camp. Camp dates run June 6  through July 23.

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Hermitage Retreat, March 18-21

Experience the rhythm of solitude and quiet in the Franciscan way of life during this silent retreat March 18-21, 2021 guided by Franciscan Fr. Vianney Cunningham, TOR and lay Franciscans Jeanne and Tony Walter. Each day begins with Eucharist. The Divine Office is recited communally throughout the day and evening, and personal time with the Lord is spent in rest, personal prayer and enjoyment of the grounds & chapel. This retreat is limited to eight retreatants and fills up quickly.

The retreat begins at 6:00pm Thursday evening and concludes with 10:00am Mass on Sunday. Please eat dinner prior to arriving Thursday evening.


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.

5 Minutes a Day to a Better Marriage

Lynda Monckton, the Diocesan Director of Family Ministry, teamed up with San Pedro Center to create a new free video series for marriage renewal during this time of pandemic. Explore new ways to communicate with your spouse, learn about the complementarity of men and women, and become inspired by Catholic couples who want your marriage to thrive.

Videos on San Pedro’s YouTube Channel: https://tinyurl.com/SPCmay16

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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

Diocesan Announcements

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/

Called to serve on a mission trip

The Diocese of Orlando Mission Office invites you to consider joining any of its scheduled mission trips to our sister diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic.

For more information, please contact Caroline Genovesi at the mission office, cgenovesi@orlandodiocese.org or call 407-246-4890.  www.orlandodiocese.org/ministries-offices/mission-office-welcome/

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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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
(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.

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.

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 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
(Due to COVID-19 and safety regulations, no food donations are being accepted at this time)

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.


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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