Catholic Charities of Central Florida

We are the ministries of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, providing vital social services to children, families and seniors. Our mission is to embrace all those in need with hope, transforming their lives through faith, compassion and service.

Our vision is that every person’s basic human needs are met through love and empowerment. We passionately join forces with Catholic Charities USA and other social service agencies to provide hope and opportunity to children, families and seniors in our community. Community support makes our ministry possible. With help from donors and volunteers, we are able to provide food, financial assistance, access to medical care and more. Together, we are bringing hope to the hopeless. Please note: Comments left by others on this page do not reflect the views of Catholic Charities of Central Florida. The purpose of this page is to provide an interactive forum where readers can gather and discuss information about the wide range of issues addressed by the work and mission of the Catholic Church, specifically through Catholic Charities of Central Florida. Followers are encouraged to post questions, comments and concerns, but should remember this is a moderated online discussion hosted by Catholic Charities of Central Florida. The Diocese of Orlando appreciates healthy, constructive debate and discussion; that means we ask that comments be kept civil in tone and reflect the charity and respect that marks Christian discourse. Comments that may be deleted include those that contain: • Personal attacks/inflammatory remarks against a person or group • Content/comments off topic • Spam • Links to sites that contain offensive material or attack the Church’s hierarchy and its mission • Promotion of services, products, political organizations/agendas • Political discussions or endorsements • Information that is factually incorrect • Vulgar Language Catholic Charities of Central Florida reserves the right to remove comments that violate this policy.

Mission: Our mission is to embrace all those in need with hope, transforming their lives through faith, compassion, and service. Our vision is that every person’s basic human needs are met through love and empowerment.

Give thanks and give back with #GivingTuesdayNow!
Giving Tuesday Now is a global day of unity to respond to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. As brothers and sisters in Christ, let us join together to create an outpouring of gratefulness, generosity, community engagement, and philanthropy to support our Catholic community in Central Florida! Ways to donate: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/catchaocenflo/

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Hope in Turmoil E13: Mercy in Action

Gary Tester, President of Catholic Charities of Central Florida and Fr. Anthony Aarons, Chaplain of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, join the show to share the different ways they are physically and spiritually providing assistance to those most in need—especially during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/ApHNhB_2iS4

Gary Tester, President of Catholic Charities of Central Florida and Fr. Anthony Aarons, Chaplain of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, join the show to s...

Join us for the livestream tomorrow at noon, to pray for all workers! St. Joseph, the worker, pray for us! https://catholiccharitiesny.org/mass

Please join us on Friday, May 1 at Noon EDT via the livestream to pray for all workers, especially those responding to the coronavirus crisis, and thank God for their generosity and talents. https://catholiccharitiesny.org/mass

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Streamlined food drop helps clients faster, more efficiently

orlandodiocese.org KISSIMMEE | Holy Redeemer Parish in Kissimmee began Holy Thursday by facilitating a Catholic Charities of Central Florida Mobile Food Drop. The new streamlined operation provided food to families in more than 180 cars in record time.

Food Drop today at Holy Redeemer was a great success!

Semoran mission market will be open Monday (April 6th) and Wednesday (April 8th) from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Please note that the market will NOT be open on Thursday (April 9th).
Rosemont mission market will have regular hours on Wednesday (April 8th) and Thursday (April 9th).

Our Mobile Food Drop at Holy Redeemer on 3/17/2020 served 198 households and 795 individuals, with 22,220 pounds of food. We had a total of 18 volunteers.

Diocese of Orlando

Throughout the Dioceses within the state of Florida, effective at the end of day, regularly scheduled celebration of Masses and other liturgical events for the faithful in parish churches and other public sanctuaries are suspended until further notice in cooperation with efforts to contain the spread of the virus (COVID-19). Visitation to the churches to pray is also suspended. Any parish event or ministry event – e.g. prayer groups, bible studies, etc. – are suspended or postponed.

Read Bishop Noonan’s complete letter → https://bit.ly/3a0baxr

Diocese of Orlando

"Catholic Charities of Central Florida plans to continue providing our ministries to those in need. We will harmonize our ministries with other service providers to do all we can to help others. During the pandemic, the staff and volunteers stand ready to serve the most vulnerable within our communities.” - Gary Tester, President of CCCF
For more information on behavioral health services and how to care for your well-being during Coronavirus → https://bit.ly/2IYqbUN

Diocese of Orlando

Resources and updates in regards to Coronavirus can be found on our webpage: https://bit.ly/39VJPww
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God! ✟

Bishop Robert Barron

Friends, today’s Gospel exposes the pride of the Pharisees and concludes with the prescription of humility. I want to reflect on this virtue.

St. Augustine said that all of us, made from nothing, tend toward nothing. We can see this in our frailty and sin and mortality. St. Paul said, “What do you possess that you have not received? But if you have received it, why are you boasting as if you did not receive it?”

To believe in God is to know these truths. To live them out is to live in the attitude of humility. Thomas Aquinas said “humilitas veritas,” meaning humility is truth. It is living out the deepest truth of things: God is God and we are not.

Now, all of this sounds very clear when it’s stated in this abstract manner, but man is it hard to live out! In our fallen world, we forget so readily that we are creatures. We start to assume that we are gods, the center of the universe.

The ego becomes a massive monkey on our backs, and it has to be fed and pampered constantly. What a liberation it is to let go of the ego! Do you see why humility is not a degradation, but an elevation?

Reflect: What do you possess that you have not received?

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031020.cfm

Consumers Have A Choice, Human Trafficking Victims Do Not
Read more on our website: https://bit.ly/2Ir1KPr

Diocese of Orlando

Please join us in praying for Nashville in the wake of last night’s tornado. Lord, hear our prayers! 🙏🏽 Diocese of Nashville
(Photo credit: Catholic News Service)

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Please join us in wishing birthday blessings and prayers for our bishop! May God continue to bless Bishop Noonan with more years of loving service. Happy Birthday Bishop Noonan – you are truly a gift from God to us! 🙏🏻🎉

Please join us in wishing birthday blessings and prayers for our bishop! May God continue to bless Bishop Noonan with more years of loving service. Happy Birthday Bishop Noonan – you are truly a gift from God to us! 🙏🏻🎉

Please join us this Lent to make a difference in the lives of our farmworker brothers and sisters in Christ. Visit https://thefloridacatholic.org/LSR/ to learn more!

CRS Rice Bowl

During this holy season, it is important to come together as a family and reflect on the cross of hunger and lack of proper nutrition, that so many of our brothers and sisters both near and far are forced to carry. In so doing, we pledge to stand alongside these members of our human family, supporting them as the Gospel calls us to do.
If you are interested in participating in this program, please collect your Rice Bowl Packet from our office at 1819 N Semoran Blvd, Orlando 32807.

To learn more about CRS Rice Bowl program visit: www.crsricebowl.org/

Do you live near or attend Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Apopka, FL or St. Andrew Catholic Community? This Food drop is for you! Join us on March 3rd at 7:30am!

Know someone who wants to learn English? Call us at 407-664-7897 or email [email protected] to register today!

¿Conoce a alguien que quiera aprender inglés? ¡Llámenos al 407-664-7897 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected] para registrarse hoy!

Answering the call to care for our neighbor, every year the Mary McKiernan chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, hosts a Powder Puff flag football game for a charitable cause. Both seventh and eighth grade girls took to the field to raise funds for Pathways to Care, an assisted living facility dedicated to helping homeless men and women who have been previously in the hospital recover from a serious illness or injury. The organization, a healthcare ministry of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, gives men and women a place to stay and the means to create a new life for themselves. At a school Mass celebrated Feb. 12, NJHS president, Emily (right), and Assistant Principal Milagros Morales (left), proudly called Dawn Zinger (center), Pathways director, to give her a check of more than $2,500 thanks to the generosity of the students and their parents.

St. Josephine Bakhita, patroness saint of human trafficking, pray for us! Let’s pray for all the women, men and children
who have been dehumanized through abuse,
degradation and exploitation!

Prayer card from USCCB: https://bit.ly/30qCdhz

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Great Opportunity to serve God and others! Please drop-off donations at Catholic Charities of Central Florida, 1819 N Semoran Blvd, Orlando 32807

Orange County, Florida Government

Did you know Central FL ranks #3 in the U.S. for human trafficking?

Join Orange County, Florida Government Community Action Division & Catholic Charities of Central Florida for an awareness session to learn how you can help and prevent human trafficking.

📆 Thursday, Feb. 27
⏰ 6:30-8 p.m.
📍 Taft Community Action Center, 9450 S. Orange Ave.

Visit https://cflcc.org/three-new-training-courses-for-mental-health-first-aid/ to sign up for our February mental health first aid courses.

Put aside which distracts you. Spend time focusing on what you need to do today for the glory and honor of God. If you find yourself easily distracted or unable to control the amount of time you spend watching TV or scrolling through social media, set yourself an alarm clock. Give yourself some free time to relax and unwind, but be cautious when it comes to spending countless hours doing nothing productive. You are in control – not our devices! Bad habits are hard to break. God is waiting for you to ask him for His help. Choose a time and place where you can talk to God about how to use your time wisely!

Visit https://www.orlandodiocese.org/faith-fit-daily-inspiration/ to receive daily inspirations!

Catholic Charities USA

Today is Day 4 of the #9DaysforLife novena: May expectant fathers courageously answer the call to support and protect both mother and child. https://www.respectlife.org/day-4

Mercy in Action: Human Trafficking Awareness Month E12

Gary and Fr. Anthony bring awareness to human trafficking with the help of Christine Commerce. Learn how you can make a difference!
Available on ⬇︎
SoundCloud: https://bit.ly/36SAofV
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2NpvfEg

Diocese of Orlando

More than 56 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” However, we have great trust in God’s providence. We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard. Join us in prayer! For more information, prayers and reflections: https://bit.ly/2GfI7ss

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Catholic Charities welcomes the stranger

“You ask yourself every day whether or not you should have come when your life in one place was in danger, and you arrive at another and are still at risk,” said José, who fled Cuba last May. “It’s been hard to adapt. When I came, I thought I would be treated differently. I thought they would see what I was like and then judge me; not judge me first, then see who I was.” It wasn’t until José arrived in Orlando and worked with Catholic Charities of Central Florida that he felt welcomed.

orlandodiocese.org Editor’s note: The U.S. Catholic Church observed National Migration Week January 5-11. Acknowledging the “… more than 70 million people across the globe who have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to political instability, violence, and economic hardship.” Catholic bishops aske...

Catholic Charities USA

Today is #MigrationMonday. Catholic Charities is committed to welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating migrants and refugees into communities throughout the country. Learn about our efforts and read stories on our website: https://ccusa.faith/mm

Catholic Charities of Central Florida stands in solidarity against Human Trafficking by participating in #wearblueday and #Nationalhumantraffickingday #January11

Diocese of Orlando

Since September, 17.9 million acres of Australia have burned in one of the country’s worst fire seasons on record. Please join us in praying for those who are affected and the heroic first responders on the front lines! St. Michael, pray for us!

Catholic Charities USA

Please join us in supporting our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico who are suffering from devastating earthquakes. 🚨 Donate today: http://ccusa.online/supportPR

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January Blog | Catholic Charities of Central Florida

cflcc.org January Blog Happy New Year! Still Looking for a New Year’s Resolution? Read More Here … As we ring in 2020, many of us have made our New Year’s resolutions, to eat healthier, lose weight, etc. Here’s one more to consider – committing to abolishing slavery by becoming an informed and ethic...

Our Story

Whether they are young or old, hungry or homeless, Catholic Charities of Central Florida sees the face of God in those in need. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25: 35-40)

Guided by faith, we care for others through the Corporal Works of Mercy regardless of a persons’ religious, social, or economic background.

Our ministry is made possible by the incredible community partners, volunteers and donors who passionately support our mission. Want to help? Volunteer with us, sponsor an event or make a donation!

Comments left by others on this page do not reflect the views of Catholic Charities of Central Florida. The purpose of this page is to provide an interactive forum where readers can gather and discuss information about the wide range of issues addressed by the work and mission of the Catholic Church, specifically through Catholic Charities of Central Florida. Followers are encouraged to post questions, comments and concerns, but should remember this is a moderated online discussion hosted by Catholic Charities of Central Florida. The Diocese of Orlando appreciates healthy, constructive debate and discussion; that means we ask that comments be kept civil in tone and reflect the charity and respect that marks Christian discourse. Comments that may be deleted include those that contain: • Personal attacks/inflammatory remarks against a person or group • Content/comments off topic • Spam • Links to sites that contain offensive material or attack the Church’s hierarchy and its mission • Promotion of services, products, political organizations/agendas • Political discussions or endorsements • Information that is factually incorrect • Vulgar Language Catholic Charities of Central Florida reserves the right to remove comments that violate this policy.

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