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

Simbang Gabi Novena Mass, Dec. 14

Bishop Noonan invites you to celebrate the first Novena Mass of Simbang Gabi, Friday, Dec. 14, 7-8 p.m., Holy Redeemer Parish, 1603 North Thacker Ave., Kissimmee.  The Filipino Christmas tradition is a series of nine Masses celebrated in the days leading up to the birth of the Christ Child. For a schedule of Masses at other locations during the remaining eight days, go to www.filipinoministryorlando.com/index.html

For a full schedule of Mass locations during Simbang Gabi, click here.


Diocesan Announcements

Called by Name Vocation Discernment Retreat for Men 18+, Dec. 15-16

Called by Name is a discernment retreat for men 18+ who are interested in learning more about discerning priesthood. The retreat runs from 6p.m. Saturday evening, December 15th, and will conclude Sunday morning December 16th at the annual Mass and luncheon with Bishop John Noonan and seminarians. For more information or to RSVP please email Darcey Dinh at ddinh@orlandodiocese.org

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m. – Sunday, Dec. 16, 12 p.m.
Where: San Pedro Spiritual Development Center, 2400 Dike Rd., Winter Park.


Diocesan World Youth Day Delegation to Panama, January 2019

The Diocese of Orlando is sending a delegation to World Youth Day in Panama, Jan. 19-28, 2019. World Youth Day (WYD) is a gathering of young people from around the globe to celebrate Jesus Christ. It is a life-changing opportunity to gather, to pilgrimage, and to experience the universal Church through prayer, catechesis, and personal encounter. This year’s theme is from the first chapter of Luke: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

For more information go to: https://orlando.diocesanweb.org/ministries-offices/young-adult-ministry/world-youth-day-2019/


Mental Health First Aid, Jan. 30 and Feb. 1

Come join this 2-day workshop Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Friday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at San Pedro Spiritual Development Center.  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. $60, materials/lunch included. The center is located at 2400 Dike Rd., Winter Park. Call 407-671-6322 or register online at sanpedrocenter.org. This program is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Central Florida.


Seeking Applicants  for Catholic Volunteers in Florida

Catholic Volunteers in Florida is accepting applications for a year of full-time service beginning January. 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.


Become a Catholic Volunteer in Action

Catholic Volunteers in Florida is accepting applications for a year of full-time service beginning January 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.


Support the Collection for Disaster Relief Services

Help those recovering from Hurricanes Florence and Michael by supporting Disaster Relief Services provided by Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services – the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church. Your donation will help provide basic necessities to those impacted by the catastrophic flooding including: water, food, shelter and medical care. To give online, visit cflcc.org/donate and designate your donation “Disasters 2018.” Let us pray for the families who have lost loved ones, those injured and all first responders and medical personnel who bring God’s comfort to those who are suffering.


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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Wills & Estate Planning, Catholic Medical Care Seminar, Funeral Rites & Planning, Jan. 30

Don’t let the State of Florida make important decisions for you and your family. Learn about important documents, such as wills and Powers of Attorney, that you should have to help make plans for you and your family. Understand Catholic practice and teachings on medical care. Detailed information is provided on when nutrition and hydration is a benefit or a burden to your loved ones. Information on hospice care is also provided. Seminar is free and presented by professionals in the field.

Also learn about the many decisions that can be made now to ensure a personal and meaningful celebration of life. Early planning can also reduce the financial burden of loved ones. Understand the beauty of Catholic Funeral Rites and their meanings and receive guidance on planning a Catholic Funeral. Seminar is free and presented by professionals in the field.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: St. Theresa Parish, 11528 SE US Highway 301, Belleview
Call 352-245-2458 for more information.


Wills & Estate Planning, Financial Planning, Jan. 31

Don’t let the State of Florida make important decisions for you and your family. Learn about important documents, such as wills and Powers of Attorney, that you should have to help make plans for you and your family. Also learn about the many decisions that can be made now to reduce the financial burden of loved ones and reduce funeral expenses. Seminar is free and presented by professionals in the field.

When: Thursday, Jan. 31, 12:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Our Lady of the Lakes, 1310 Maximilian St., Deltona
Call 386-574-2131 for more information.


Faith Fit Enrichment Retreats

Have you completed a segment of Faith Fit Enrichment catechesis and are ready to go on retreat, before proceeding to the next level?

These Faith Fit Enrichment retreats gives participants a chance to meet others in fellowship while sharing their faith journey, uniting them as the body of Christ. Each day-long retreat offers participants a chance to reflect on their own personal faith journey, while receiving credit in order to proceed. Each retreat applies to any one level.

Retreat dates at San Pedro Center, 2400 Dike Rd., Winter Park:
Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 2019 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information, call 407-671-6322.


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.


Notre Dame AmeriCorps service openings

Notre Dame AmeriCorps, based at Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka, seeks people to serve in low-income communities of immigrants, people of color and working poor. Volunteers gain skills, earn a living allowance (about $900/month) for seven months of service, receive an education award of about $3,000 with successful completion of the contract, health insurance and child care subsidy if income eligible. Education and social justice-related positions. Bilingual English/Spanish helpful, but not essential. Service term runs January-July 2019. Requires 35-40 hours a week. Accepting applications now. Laura Firtel, 407-484-7736; 407-880-4673, ext. 231; lfirtel@hcc-offm.org. Learn more and/or apply: www.ndmva.org.


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


NEW – Volunteer medical professionals needed for mission trip

The Mission Office is in need of volunteer medical professionals to help give much needed medical attention to several communities on the mountains of our Sister Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic. We’re looking for doctors, nurses, dentists and translators to join the mission trip from January 26 – February 2, 2019. For more info or to volunteer, contact Caroline at cgenovesi@orlandodiocese.org, or call  (407) 246-4890.

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Support Disaster Relief Services

Help those recovering from Hurricanes Florence and Michael by supporting Disaster Relief Services provided by Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services – the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church. Your donation will help provide basic necessities to those impacted by the catastrophic flooding including: water, food, shelter and medical care. To give online, visit cflcc.org/donate and designate your donation “Disasters 2018.” Let us pray for the families who have lost loved ones, those injured and all first responders and medical personnel who bring God’s comfort to those who are suffering.


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.


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.


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.


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 jmjlifecenter.org or call 407-201-5085.


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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