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.


Events with Bishop Noonan

BISHOP JOHN NOONAN INVITES ALL TO ATTEND THE 18th ANNUAL BLUE MASS ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

Bishop John Noonan invites the community to join their voices in prayer on the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, for the safety of our dedicated first responders who put their lives in harm’s way for the protection of people. A reception will follow in the Parish Center adjacent to St. James Cathedral. Limited free parking available on the corner of North Orange Avenue and West Robinson Street.

When: Friday, September 27, 12:10 pm
Where: St. James Cathedral, 215 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801

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Bishop John Noonan invites you to the 16th Annual Harvest Ball, Oct. 19

Bishop John Noonan invites you to attend the 16th Annual Harvest Ball to benefit Bishop Grady Villas, Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd., 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Bishop Grady Villas supports persons with disabilities to use their God-given gifts to achieve greater independence, physical and emotional well-being, and spiritual growth. The event includes silent and live auctions, live entertainment, dancing, and gourmet dinner. For more information, visit www.bishopgradyvillas.org or call 407-892-6078  or lisaac@bishopgradyvillas.org


Diocesan Announcements

NEW AIRPORT MASS LOCATION

Catholic Mass will now be 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 will be able to worship because the Hyatt Regency location is accessible to all. Father Robert Susann, MS, will be 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.


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Loyola Institute for Ministry Certification Information Night, Sept. 5

The Loyola Institute for Ministry, through its Extension Program (LIMEX), offers degrees and certificates in Theology and Spirituality in the Orlando area. Course offerings are Ignatian, practical, transformative and affordable. They are available in English and Spanish and are open to everyone. Students who complete the curriculum may receive a Certificate in Theology and Ministry. Please join us at St. James Cathedral Social Hall, 215 N. Orange Ave., Orlando and bring a guest! Contact Tomás Evans, tevans@orlandodiocese.org, or 407-246-4912.

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Adult Mental Health First Aid, Aug. 26 and 28

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: 8/26 12:30 PM-4:30 PM                  Part Two: 8/28 12:30 PM-4:30 PM

To register: Contact Ms. Kyle Osborn kosborn@cflcc.org or 407-969-8534 OR register online: To register for the course, please visit https://portal.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/firstaiders/signin?returnUrl=firstaiders and enter your Course ID 00139675


Catholic Charities offers English Classes

Catholic Charities of Central Florida is offering English classes for everyone. The 10-week sessions will take place Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 6200 Orange Blossom Tr., Orlando, FL 32809. Registration begins Aug. 20 through Aug. 27, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.For more information call 407-277-1938, Ext. 2101 or 2313. Payment plans available.


Orlando Liturgical Conference, August 22-24

Liturgy in Action: Crossing the Threshold, the 2019 Orlando Liturgical Conference, will explore how encountering Christ through the progression of the Mass leads to thresholds of transformation, inspiring us to become missionary disciples. Open to all clergy, music directors, liturgy directors, cantors, lectors, choir members, liturgy team members, art and environment team members, sacristans, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and hospitality team members.

Keynote speakers are Bishop Shawn McKnight of the Diocese of Jefferson City; Father Ricky Manalo, a theologian, liturgist, and composer from the Archdiocese of San Francisco; Dolores Martinez, composer and musician serving on the Hispanic Subcommittee of the Bishop’s Committee on Divine Worship; and Peter Latona, music director of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC. The conference will offer two institutes: a Liturgy Institute by Chris Ferraro, founder of the Liturgical Music Institute, and an RCIA Institute by Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal, founders of TeamRCIA. In addition, all Saturday workshops are available in English and Spanish.

Christine Shields, cshields@orlandodiocese.org, 407-246-4860, or www.orlandoliturgicalconference.org.

Dates: Thursday, Aug. 22, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 23, 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Location: Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Pkwy., Orlando.


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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Human Trafficking Info Session, Aug. 24

The Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force will host a free training session for individuals who are interested in learning more about this modern-day slavery on Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church, 1020 Montgomery Rd, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Topics will include human trafficking on a global and local level, how we contribute to it, and how to recognize the signs and protect our children. This training session will also provide an opportunity for those interested in joining the Task Force to learn more about its mission and ways to get involved. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to RSVP contact Bridgette Boyd at BBoyd@cflcc.org or call 407-658-1818, Ext. 1086.


Mass in honor of Our Lady of Charity

Monday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. there will be a Mass celebrated in honor of Our Lady of Charity (Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre), patroness of Cuba. The evening will begin with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. followed by Mass with Father Tomás Hurtado at St. James Cathedral, 215 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. All are invited. Limited free parking at the northwest corner of Orange Ave. and Robinson St.


Human Trafficking Awareness Presentation, Sept. 21

The Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force will host a presentation for individuals who are interested in learning more about this modern-day slavery on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. until noon at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 1310 Maximillian St., Deltona, FL 32725. Topics will include human trafficking on a global and local level, how we contribute to it, and how to recognize the signs and protect our children. For more information, contact Christine Commerce at ccommerce@cflcc.org or call 407-658-1818, Ext. 1122.  No RSVP is required for the presentation.

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Human Trafficking Awareness Volunteer Training, Sept. 21

The Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force will host a training for individuals who are interested in teaching others about this modern-day slavery on Sept. 21, 12:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m., at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 1310 Maximillian St., Deltona, FL 32725. To RSVP for DOHTTF training at 12:30 p.m., email Bridgette Boyd at BBoyd@cflcc.org or call 407-658-1818, Ext. 1086. No RSVP is required for the presentation.

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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


New app puts faith at your fingertips

The newly 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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