Welcome to the Diocese of Orlando Communications and Announcements section. This page is provided for the convenience of bulletin editors, social media and communications staff, 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.

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EVENTS WITH BISHOP NOONAN

 

Join Bishop Noonan for the Red Mass, January 26, 2023

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. Free parking available at the northwest corner of Orange Ave. and Robinson St. (MAA Robinson Garage). Please arrive early.

When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, 12:10 p.m.
Where: St. James Cathedral, 215 N. Orange Ave., Orlando


 

Bishop John Noonan honors and blesses married couples in Mass for Marriage, Feb. 11

The Mass for Marriage is an annual celebration held during National Marriage Week to highlight the Sacrament and vocation of marriage. Married couples, their families and all who support marriage are invited to attend. The Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando on Saturday, February 11 at 12 p.m.


Rite of Election, Sunday, Feb. 26

Bishop John Noonan recognizes catechumens pledging their desire to enter the Catholic Church at the Rite of Election, Sunday, Feb. 26, 3-4 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando. At this service, catechumens seeking Baptism at the Easter Vigil sign their names in the Book of the Elect and receive the tile “member of the Elect”.


DIOCESAN EVENTS AND INFO

In Your Hands – Healing and Suicide Awareness, March 18

You are invited to the “In Your Hands – Healing and Awareness of Suicide: A Pastoral Response” Mass. Come from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to Holy Family Parish, 5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando for the celebration of Mass, confession and to learn from individuals trained to share God’s Divine Mercy. Hosted in partnership with Catholic Charities of Central Florida and the Diocese of Orlando Secretariat of Laity, Family and Life. Stay for lunch: $10. For more information contact Tomás Evans, tevans@orlandodiocese.org.

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Legacy Planning Series, Feb. 1, 8, 15

The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, in partnership with St. Joseph Catholic Church, Palm Bay, is hosting a Legacy Planning Seminar Series in February 2023.  Each session will last approximately one hour. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  To register for one or more sessions, please contact Annie O’Neill at oneilla@st-joe.org or call (321) 727-1565 x. 414.

Those who register for the seminar will receive a folder filled with FREE planning resources and the opportunity for a FREE on-hour consultation with each speaker.

Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 a.m. – Will & Estate Planning: Learn about the key estate planning documents every Catholic American needs to have.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 9:30 a.m. – Financial Planning: Protecting your family & planning today for a better tomorrow.
Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m. – Catholic Funeral Rites & Leaving a Legacy of Faith.

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Virgin Mary series, First Saturdays (Feb. 4)

Meet us every first Saturday of the month at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando, for our new monthly speaker series. Talks focused on the spirituality of the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place on the first Saturday of every month, at 10:30 a.m., confession is available for those desiring it. Followed by Mass. This month’s speaker is Deacon German Romero shares how “Mary Speaks to Us Through Her Apparitions”.


Catechist Formation Day, Feb. 18

Join us for a faith-filled day where you will gain significant insight regarding Faith Formation and ways to be more effective in your journey of sharing with others our Catholic faith.

Afternoon enrichment sessions include: Teaching Strategies for Catechists with Dr. Jackie Flanigan; How to Address Mental Health Issues in Catechesis with Catherine Galda; The Calling to Be a Catechist with Jody Breaud, and Using Scripture in Catechesis with Joe Paprocki.

9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Check in and exhibits open at 8 a.m. at Bishop Moore Catholic High School, 3901 Edgewater Dr., Orlando. Registration opens Jan. 13, $25. https://CFD2023.eventbrite.com

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Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid Courses 2023

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Available dates are below. We hope that splitting the Adult course into 2 days will make it easier for staff to step away from their other responsibilities to attend training.  The course is 6.5 hours total.

Part One: 2 hours on your own, online, must be completed before taking Part Two
Part Two: 4.5 hours with Instructors from Behavioral Health Services, via Zoom

Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid Training with Instructors (for adults who work with adults)
-Part 1 of 2: Part 2 of 2: 1/31/23 9:00 AM-11:30 AM (must attend both parts)
30 spots available
-Part 1 of 2: 2/9/23 9:00 AM-11:00 AM, Part 2 of 2: 2/23/23 9:00-11:30 AM (must attend both parts)
30 spots available

Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid Training with Instructors (for adults who work with youth)
-02/15/23 8:30 AM-1:00 PM, Registration Deadline 2/8 5:00 PM (6 spots available)
-03/08/23 8:30 AM-1:00 PM, Registration Deadline 3/1 5:00 PM (7 spots available)
-04/26/23 8:30 AM-1:00 PM, Registration Deadline 4/19 5:00 PM (10 spots available)
-05/10/23 8:30 AM-1:00 PM, Registration Deadline 5/3 5:00 PM (19 spots available)

To register, or if you have any questions, please contact Kyle Osborn at kosborn@cflcc.org


Basilica Eucharistic Cenacle, Jan. 27

Join the Servants of the Pierced Heart of Jesus and Mary at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe for Mass, Adoration Praise and Worship and Prayer – Friday, Jan 27, 2023 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.! The night begins with Holy Mass followed by praise and worship, then Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. https://www.sanpedrocenter.org/upcoming-events

Location: Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando


Medical Clinics need volunteers-Now more than ever

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. Also seeking volunteers: St. Luke Free Medical and Dental Clinic in Eustis, and La Guadalupana Clinic in Ocala. Please contact Erin.Burley@cflcc.org . For St. Thomas Free Medical Clinic in St. Cloud,  Kelly.Bender@cflcc.org.


Our Catholic Appeal 2022

For information, go to OurCatholicAppeal.org

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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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SAN PEDRO SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER

The following events can be found at 95 Bishop Grady Ln., Winter Park (same location, new address) https://www.sanpedrocenter.org/upcoming-events

 

Eucharistic Cenacle, Feb. 3

Join the Servants of the Pierced Heart of Jesus and Mary for the Eucharistic Cenacle in the Mary, Mother of God Chapel. Mass, Adoration Praise and Worship and Prayer! This Eucharistic Cenacle happens on the First Friday of every month. No registration required.


San Damiano Society – Virtual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Feb. 9 (Feb. 23, 7-9 p.m.)

As we prepare for the season of Lent, come and walk (albeit virtually) in the very footsteps of Jesus! Join us and discover what it is like to go on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land … from the time you depart on your flight to Tel Aviv, Israel, to your prayer of thanksgiving at the conclusion of your pilgrimage, and all of the important and most holy sites in between, see where Jesus walked, taught, died, and rose. Prepare to encounter Him along The Way. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus … you will never be the same! (Also, Feb. 23, 7-9 p.m.,  as part of the Fill Your Cup presentation, St. Augustine Bldg. 100).

Thursday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Coffee and Breakfast are served at 9:00 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Hall. The program begins at 9:30 am followed by lunch and ends with Mass at 1:00 pm. Cost: $18 per person.


VIVET — Youth and Young Adult Adoration, Feb. 21

Tuesday, Dec. 20, at a special time, 7-8:30 p.m., Mary, Mother of God Chapel. Join us every third Tuesday for Eucharistic Adoration and praise led by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. No registration required. Free. https://www.sanpedrocenter.org/upcoming-events/vivet


Movie Night, St. Catherine of Siena, Jan. 26

To fill your cup means to replenish your stores of spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical energy. Join us Thursday, January 26 in St. Augustine Bldg. 100 from 7 – 9 p.m. for the movie, St. Catherine of Siena. Though the fourteenth century mystic never studied theology, and never learned how to read or write, her life constitutes a powerful challenge to the flattened-out secularism of our time. Join us for a 1-hour movie followed by discussion.  $10 per person, popcorn included.


Monthly Memorial Mass, Jan. 27, Feb. 24

Join Queen of Angels Cemetery staff each month for a Memorial Mass at Mary, Mother of God Chapel, San Pedro Spiritual Development Center, 95 Bishop Grady Ln., 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. 

Please consider including this list in your parish bulletin during the month of January:
Jan. 1, 2021 – Rev. Eamon Tobin          Jan. 16, 1988 – Rev. Michael Flynn
Jan. 4, 2021 – Rev. Luiz Bastos             Jan. 23, 1972 – Rev. Michael Reynolds
Jan. 8, 1975 – Rev. Hugh Flynn             Jan. 27, 2007 –Rev. James F. Edwards
Jan. 13, 1982 – Rev. William Holmes  Jan. 30, 2016 – Rev. Peter Quinn
Jan. 13, 2015 – Rev. Mark Wegg            Jan., 2015- Dcn. Robert Kinsey
Jan. 15, 2007- Dcn. Miguel Alvarez     Jan., 2001- Dcn. Homer Swart
Jan. 27, 1996- Dcn. Raymond Byers   Jan., 2013- Dcn. Joseph Wortman

And for the souls recently laid to rest at Queen of Angels Cemetery.


Nazareth- Vocational Discernment Group for Young Women, Saturday, January 28

The Sisters of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary have started a Discernment Group for young women from the ages of 16–35 who are interested in learning more about Religious Life. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2:45 PM 5:00 PM


San Pedro is open for wedding receptions

Are wedding bells ringing in your future? Now you can celebrate that momentous occasion at San Pedro Spiritual Development Center’s newly renovated St. Anthony of Padua Hall. The entire hall was revamped and modified with new flooring, lighting, two indoor bathrooms, a catering kitchen and room for 192 people. Exterior bungalow style columns were added along with modern outdoor lighting. Guests may roam the beautiful grounds or sit out on the porch. San Pedro is perfectly located in Winter Park along Lake Howell. Package includes bakery, DJ, lighting and florist vendors. In addition, San Pedro Center has 48 guest rooms and three private cabins available for you and your overnight guests (subject to availability). To make this serene setting the backdrop to your wedding reception, call Dina McKee at 407-671-6322, ext. 109 or email her at dina@sanpedrocenter.org.


Free At-Home 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 At-Home 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/at-home-retreats or https://www.sanpedrocenter.org/spiritualresources for the free at-home retreats. Cost $10.

Free Spiritual Resources

Check out our free spiritual resources on our website.  https://www.sanpedrocenter.org/spiritualresources

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Catholic Charities Website

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

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Project Rachel Helpline

If you or someone you know has been impacted by an abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available through the Diocese of Orlando’s Project Rachel helpline. Call or text (407) 222-8584 or email projectrachel@cflcc.org. Retreats are available in English and Spanish throughout the year. For more information, please visit cflcc.org/culture-of-life.

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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. Also seeking volunteers: St. Luke Free Medical and Dental Clinic in Eustis, and La Guadalupana Clinic in Ocala. Please contact Erin.Burley@cflcc.org . For St. Thomas Free Medical Clinic in St. Cloud,  Kelly.Bender@cflcc.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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St. Luke Medical and Dental Clinic needs professional volunteers

Catholic Charities of Central Florida operates medical and dental clinics throughout the Diocese of Orlando – including the St. Luke Medical and Dental Clinic in Eustis. It is supported by volunteer medical and dental practitioners. To offer your time, please visit cflcc.org/volunteer or call (352) 602-4640.

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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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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.


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

We are also 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!


Clinics calling all dentists and dental hygienists

St. Luke Free Medical and Dental Clinic in Eustis, and Lazarus Free Dental Clinic at St. Paul’s Parish in Leesburg  are 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 or contact Erin.Burley@cflcc.org


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


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/


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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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.

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