CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, WORKING FOR YOU, DID YOU KNOW?... Catholic Charities is our social services coordination arm for the people of central Florida. The service portfolio is four-fold: homelessness prevention, hunger alleviation, healthcare access, and immigrant/refugee care.
This week the Bishop's Cabinet was asked to meet with the key leadership from Catholic Charities to grow awareness and to engage possibilities for mutual support and collaboration. There are numerous opportunities to partner to ensure that every person's basic needs are met through love and empowerment.
In this Season of Lent, and during this Year of Mercy, I encourage you to think about how you and your parish might seek ways to partner and support our Catholic efforts. If you have ideas, let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will seek to bridge you with an appropriate agency connection.
Watch out! During the meeting I had a brief moment for personal conversation with one of the Board Members. I asked him how he got involved with Catholic Charities and he told me that his pastor encouraged him to seek out a volunteer opportunity and now he is all-in. Maybe you, or someone you know, is looking for ways to partner!
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We are very proud to offer a short 3-week seminar in “Theological Reflection” as a part of the Dayton Face-to-Face certification program in partnership with the Diocese of Orlando. This course will guide the student through the fascinating topic of Theological Reflection and how to understand God in our own life and time. This is a wonderful opportunity to enrich your spiritual and personal life.
This class will be held at:
Central Deanery South
Holy Family Catholic Church located at 5125 South Apopka Vineland Rd. Orlando, FL 33819. The class starts with orientation on February 25, 7:00 pm and ends on March 14.
Scheduled Classes through the end of the
2015-2016 academic year shown below:
**Please contact the parish to enroll.
Family Ministry Update
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT MARRIAGE THIS WEEK?
Register yourself and spread the word about the following conference.
“Together in Holiness”- An Inspiring Event
March 5, 2016 * 8:00am-2:30pm
St. Mary Magdalen, Altamonte Springs, Florida
The theme for the day is “Family as a School of Love”. It includes inspiring presentations by: Danielle Bean, author; Arland Nichols, Pres. of St. JP II foundation; and Deacon Norm and Cindy Levesque of Orlando. Also included are opportunities to attend Mass, Eucharistic adoration, and Reconciliation. Registration includes breakfast and lunch: $45/couple or $25/individual, $10/child. Learn more and register at www.TogetherInHoliness.org.
How can I assist you with the marriage ministry in your parish? Please call me at 407-246-4882 or email at email@example.com and we can arrange to meet, talk or whatever works best with your schedule.
“Love is not easy… but the most beautiful thing is when a man and a woman can offer each other true love and offer it for life.”
Pope Francis, February 19, 2016
Youth Ministry Update
SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDTABLE
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Roundtable Discussion on social media! There was great discussion and sharing. My big takeaway was the reality that we need to train the young church to be evangelizers of the gospel in the language of the times, which includes social media. I was encouraged by the heartfelt response of those present to undertake this challenge!
FOCUS 11 is happening next week! I look forward to seeing many of you at this five day event. If you aren’t attending this year, please keep all of us in your prayers! Here’s the run down:
Saturday 2/27: Youth Groups (evening)
Sunday 2/28: Young Adults (evening)
Monday 2/29: High School 11th Graders (day)
Tuesday 3/1: Middle School 6th Graders (day)
Wednesday 3/2: Middle School 6th Graders (day)
One of the recurring topics while meeting at the parishes and learning about them is how to engage the parents while their kids attend Faith Formation Class and beyond that. As a parent myself I recognize it is a challenge for the parish staff to find ways to involve them. The busyness of the day gets in the way of them taking that step of being fully engaged in their kids’ faith development as they should. In some cases, the parents even feel they do not have the right tools to help their kids. As disciples ourselves we need to help them want to grow in their faith and knowledge of it, but how?
Looking into the upcoming NCCL conference sessions, I found very interesting topics that could help us find some answers. Although there are plenty of sessions, I included below some of the topics that called my attention, and that I believe could help us all with this particular subject.
Baptism, Reconciliation, and Eucharist Preparation: Your Biggest Opportunities to Engage Parents! by Paul Canavese
The Home: First Aid Station for Mercy, Forgiveness and Healingby Beth Mahoney
Empowering Parents as Disciples and Teachersby Jared Dees
The Future of Adult Faith Formationby Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP and Mary Ann Ronan
E-Z Parent Supportby Sr. Patricia McCormack, IHM
Engaging Families in Missionary Work: How to Contribute to a Missionary Churchby Marilyn Santos
I will be attending the conference and I look forward to seeing you there as well. I am sure this opportunity will enrich our ministries while providing a wonderful atmosphere to share and grow together.
For registration visit: http://www.nccl.org/event-2007922/Registration
Bible Verse of the Week
" Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many."
STUDY THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY IN ORLANDO!
Are you inspired by Pope Francis’s commitment to the “freshness and fragrance of the Gospel”? Do you want to better answer the call to holiness in everyday life and bring disciplined study to your Catholic faith? Come and see about master’s degrees and certificates in theology and ministry offered in Orlando by the Loyola Institute for Ministry of Loyola University New Orleans. They combine in–person study (commonly known as LIMEX) with online learning.
Information sessions are scheduled as follows: Annunciation Catholic Church
Padre Pio Center 1020 Montgomery Rd.
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 February 25th at 7 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church Newmann Conference Center, Meeting Room 6 5125 South Apopka Vineland Road,
Orlando, FL 32819 Wednesday March 16th at 7 PM.
To help you prepare for Lent, theUnited States Conference of Catholic Bishopsis pleased to share a downloadable resource to foster your reflection for the First Sunday of Lent. This lectio divina resource on the readings for the First Sunday of Lent focuses on themes of the Jubilee of Mercy and can be used by individuals or in group settings.
Registration now available, Click Here.
The Diocesan Calendar is now set up to include all Diocesan events. If you have an event which you would like the rest of the Diocese to know about, submit your event to the Communications Office using the link below. Once processed, your event will end up on the main calendar on the Diocesan website, categorized by ministry.
Use the color coded tabs along the bottom to view events pertaining to a particular ministry. We hope this will aid communication about events between different parish communities. Let us know what you think!
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