Seeking justice through service

An Advent Reflection for Tuesday of the First Week of Advent, December 5, 2017 by Gary Tester, Executive Director "Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever." (Psalm 72:7) Today’s psalm, written thousands of years ago in adoration and praise to our God, is a blueprint for the ...
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10 ways to grow in faith this Advent season

By Carly Matthews, Manager of Mission Effectiveness at Catholic Charities of Central Florida  1. Make an Advent wreath for your home. 2. Attend daily Mass – click here to find Mass times at a parish near you in the Diocese of Orlando. 3. Learn about a new saint and pray ...
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Staying Safe: recovering from Hurricane Irma

From Marco Rubio, US Senator for Florida - September 12, 2017 Tips for keeping you and your family safe Stay off the roads. Emergency workers may be assisting people in flooded areas or cleaning up debris. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way ...
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Understanding emotional responses to natural disasters

By Catherine Galda, Director of Behavioral Health Services at Catholic Charities - September 15, 2017 Natural disasters can be sudden and overwhelming. It’s common to experience powerful feelings before, during and after the storm and yet, there is no “one size fits all” reaction to natural disasters. Some people will ...
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Respect for Life

A Reflection on Respect Life Month by Gary Tester, Executive Director Have you ever watched the news and said how can things be this bad, or, is it possible that the problems and violence of the world could get any worse? This is exactly what the Prophet Habakkuk says, “How long, O ...
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Give a Gift of Hope this Mother’s Day!

Imagine being a mother who can’t feed her child. She goes into the kitchen and realizes that there is nothing in the cupboard or in the refrigerator of nutritional substance. This mom is trying to keep a roof over her family’s head, and keep the lights on, and her budget ...
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The Joy of Love

A Reflection on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on "The Joy of Love" by Gary Tester, Executive Director Pope Francis recently released a letter to families and those who minister to families called: “The Joy of Love.” In this document, Pope Francis affirms Church teaching that stable families are the building blocks ...
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Open Arms

A Gospel Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent by Gary Tester, Executive Director As I read today’s Gospel about the Prodigal Son I recognize that I’ve often thought how the love of the father in this story is so beautifully portrayed.  We read nothing about harsh words when his younger son ...
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Catholic Charities is a Doorway to Mercy

In a reflection taken from “Through the Year with Pope Francis”, our beloved Holy Father states that the Church must be a place of mercy. As a part of the Diocese of Orlando, Catholic Charities of Central Florida must be, and is, a place of mercy. Coming through our doors, ...
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Thank You Day

We are thankful for you - our donors and volunteers - who make our mission possible. You sacrifice your time and treasure to make this ministry of charity possible. We thank you for the many ways you hear the cry of the poor and provide a compassionate response. You offer ...
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