Office of Advocacy & Justice Updates

 

Defend Unborn Life! Great Opportunities to be Witnesses to the Gospel of Life

Life Chain: October 6th, 2:00 pm — 3:30 pm.

Stand with thousands of pro-lifers throughout the USA and Canada and be a light in a darkened world as you help put an end to abortion through prayer! Join the local Orlando chain at Apopka-Vineland Rd and Conroy Windermere. Pick up signs at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando. For more info contact Ken Wochnik at ken.wochnik@att.net or 407-296-5418.

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Defend Unborn Life! Great Opportunities to be Witnesses to the Gospel of Life

Life Chain: October 6th, 2:00 pm — 3:30 pm.

Stand with thousands of pro-lifers throughout the USA and Canada and be a light in a darkened world as you help put an end to abortion through prayer! Join the local Orlando chain at Apopka-Vineland Rd and Conroy Windermere. Pick up signs at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando. For more info contact Ken Wochnik at ken.wochnik@att.net or 407-296-5418.

Helpers’ Mass and Rosary Procession
The next Helpers’ Mass and Rosary procession will be held at St. James Cathedral (215 N. Orange Ave. Orlando) on Saturday, October 5th, beginning with Mass at 8am. Following Mass we will process to the nearby abortion clinic on Lucerne Terr. Please join us in praying for the protection of human life. For more information, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice; 407-246-4819; advocacyjustice@orlandodiocese.org

Respect Life Sunday, October 6th

This year’s Respect Life Sunday theme: Open Your Hearts to Life, reminds us that life is all about sharing God’s love with one another. Every person, from the tiniest embryo to the ailing and elderly, is created in God’s image and worthy of our love and respect.  Every parish has received a USCCB packet with liturgical ideas and educational resources in English and Spanish that may be downloaded, see: http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/.  

Annual Diocesan Youth for Life Rally

Parish Youth Ministry groups are invited to this event at Holy Family Parish on October 5 (Respect Life Weekend) from 3pm – 8:30pm.  The theme, “LifeCraft” Kingdom Builders, is based on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11). Workshop topics will highlight the beatitudes and how we can help build God’s Kingdom in our own lives and communities. Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Jorge Torres. Cost is Free.  Space is limited so please register early.  For more information, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice at advocacyjustice@orlandodiocese.org or see:  www.advocacyjustice.org.

Execution of Marshall Gore Re-Scheduled

On October 1, Marshall Gore, is scheduled to be executed at Florida State Prison, in Starke. Parishioners are encouraged to continue to pray for Mr. Gore, his victims, his family, the victims’ family; for all the public officials involved in this scheduled execution; for Governor Scott, that he will discern God’s will and apply the teachings of our Catholic faith on the death penalty. Please contact Governor Scott to voice your concern. Parishes are encouraged to participate in prayer services at the parish or to attend a prayer service at the execution site in Starke. A bus will be leaving from the parking lot of Our Lady of Lourdes 201 University Blvd, Daytona Beach, 32118, at 2:30pm. For more information contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice, advocacyjustice@orlandodiocese.org or 407-246-4819. 

Youth Arts Contest 2014!

Educators lead participants through 5 easy steps to learn about U.S. poverty, CCHD’s response, and the Two Feet of Love in Action.  Visit the contest materials, or call the Office of Advocacy and Justice for details and ways teachers can meet their class objectives through the implementation of the art project.  Call 407-246-4819 or email: advocacyjustice@orlandodiocese.org for more information.  DEADLINE is March 1, 2013. Watch the recent interview with 2012’s contest winner, Harley June Smith from St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School and her teacher Mrs. Gilda Brink for ideas on how to get started on your art project submission, click here!  Or go to our CCHD page in our website.   

From the USCCB!

Sept. 19 – The New U.S. Poverty Statistics and Our Catholic Response

The U.S. Census Bureau will release new poverty data just a few days before this webinar. What will we learn? Is poverty on the rise? How are children, the elderly, and other vulnerable populations faring? Join Tom Mulloy, policy advisor for Domestic Social Development at the USCCB to explore the new data and what it means for our national and local advocacy efforts. We will also hear from a Catholic parish that is taking seriously Bishop Blaire’s call in his 2013 Labor Day statement to promote human dignity through economic justice. This free webinar is Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Register now.

Sept. 23 – New Evangelization Webinar Part 1: Living our Baptism, Transforming Our World

How does the New Evangelization connect with our work for life, dignity, justice and peace? Join Sr. Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF, Director of the Office for Mission Education and Animation for the Archdiocese of Chicago, to explore the New Evangelization and living out our baptismal call as Christ’s disciples on mission in the world. We’ll also hear from an inspiring on-the-ground example of discipleship in action. Come ready to be challenged and motivated! This free webinar is Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Register now.

Oct. 29 – New Evangelization Webinar Part 2: Aparecida’s Call to be Missionary Disciples

What is the Aparecida document?  How is it reflected in Pope Francis’ teachings? The historic Aparecida document, of which Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) was a primary author in 2007, sheds important light on our work for the New Evangelization.  We are called to be missionary disciples who proclaim God’s love to transform hearts-and unjust structures that perpetuate poverty and suffering. Join Sr. Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF, Director of the Office for Mission Education and Animation for the Archdiocese of Chicago, as she explores themes from Aparecida that have major implications for our work for life, dignity, justice and peace. This free webinar is Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET.  Register now.

Bring JustFaith to your parish!

JustFaith Ministries offers programs that empower small faith-sharing groups to develop a passion and thirst for kinship and justice, and to express this passion in concrete acts of social ministry in their parish or church and in the community at large. They are exciting opportunities for parishes, churches, dioceses, agencies and small faith communities interested in expanding and promoting social ministry. Visit www.justfaith.org.

GoodNewsPeople:  a parish-wide program that builds communities of faith, hope and love in action

JustFaith:  a small-group program that develops leaders for parish- and community-based social ministry

EngagingSpirituality:  a small-group spiritual journey that explores the connection between prayerful presence and social action

JustMatters:  a series of topical modules that allow small groups to give sustained attention to a specific area of social concern or social ministry, culminating in a call to engaged action

JusticeWalking:  a small-group process that forms communities of older teens or young adults who experiment with living the Gospel message

 

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Farm Bill action starting again next week in House

Rep. Eric Cantor is preparing to introduce a stand-alone bill next week as a proposed substitute for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This proposal — titled Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act

follows an unprecedented omission of SNAP from the House-passed Farm Bill earlier this summer. Read more about the status and advocacy of the Farm Bill. The new legislation would cut SNAP by $40 billion over ten years, just after the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that 14.5% of the people in our nation are not able to afford more than one meal per day. Rep. Cantor’s bill will diminish the already insufficient $4 per day the average SNAP recipient receives.

Take Action! Ask your representative today to protect and support SNAP.

 

Sept. 18 – Speak Up for Conscience Rights Today

This webinar, hosted by the USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, aims to equip diocesan leaders with digital resources about: the need for the Health Care Conscience Rights Act; the action alert/email campaign; a new English-language video, new USCCB resources such as a Spanish-language video, web ads, and Facebook memes; and tips on integrating resources in local digital media. This webinar is Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. Register now.

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America Magazine on Hydraulic Fracturing

In a recent article titled Unnatural Gas: The spiritual implications of fracking, Ken Homan, S.J., reflects on whether the practice of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to recover natural gas is consistent with the teachings of the Church.  Writes Homan: Amid the promises of jobs, environmental stewardship and economic growth, I have to ask, ‘Is this truly for the greater glory of God?’ Given the non-industry-funded studies I have seen, the answer is absolutely not.

He continues: The gas-burning required and encouraged by fracking contributes to climate change, and points out that [f]racking demands the use of millions of gallons of water, blasting sand and a scary cocktail of lead, benzenes, volatile organic compounds and other chemicals—many of which remain publicly unidentified because they are considered industry secrets.

For more on Catholic approaches to fracking and other energy issues, click here.

Caritas Pakistan Karachi Tree Planting

As part of its relief, development, and social services work, Caritas Pakistan Karachi’s Livelihood Program seeks to foster environmentally sustainable development across the seven Catholic dioceses of Pakistan. Tree planting has been part of these efforts since 2009, and in late June the project was extended to include the house of Archbishop Joseph Coutts.  185 trees, including coconut, papaw, guavas, banana, neem and conocarpass, were planted in the garden of the Archbishop’s House, and the plating was attended by Archbishop Joseph Coutts, Rev Fr. Peter John, Mr. Dominic Gill, Executive Secretary and team of Caritas Karachi.