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NewsNotes for January 19, 2015
Next regular edition: Feb 2. Deadline for submitting news items: 12 noon, Wednesday, Jan. 28. 
NOTE: NewNotes will publish every two weeks, on the following dates: Feb. 2, Feb. 16, March 2, March 16, March 30, April 13, April 27. Please submit announcements as early as possible to ensure inclusion in NewsNotes in time to make deadlines for parish bulletins.


Also, check our website calendar for announcements and events: www.ptdiocese.org.

What's new this week - latest announcements
       
Across the Diocese Pensacola/Fort Walton Beach Area Tallahassee/Panama City Area What's new  - latest announcements
Celebrate Faith 2015: Hearts on Fire! January 24, 2015 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Speakers include Dr. Scott Hahn, Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, and Sara Torres. SOLD OUT! Please note: A marathon scheduled for Okaloosa Island on the day of the conference is expected to cause congested traffic. Please plan to leave home early. Doors will open early at 7:30.

The Respect Life ministry of St. Paul invites you to a Holy Hour
from 7-8pm on Wed, Jan 21 at St. Paul (3131 Hyde Park Rd) in the church, hosted by the youth of the parish. We will pray for the respect of all life, but especially for an end to abortion as we commemorate the anniversary of Roe v Wade on Jan 22, 1973.

Spirit Nite “Pump Up Your Spirituality” Wednesday, January 21st and 28th and Wednesday, February 4th, 2015. 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit Family Life Center, Pensacola.
Brief description of event:  During this three week mini-course, we will study the book, Fire Within:  St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel on Prayer, by Fr. Thomas Dubay.  This book is the fruit of Fr. Dubay’s many years of study and experience in spiritual direction and in it he synthesizes the teachings on prayer of the two great doctors of the Church on prayer—St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila—and the teaching of Sacred Scripture.  It is meant for every Christian and is based on the Gospel imperative of personal prayer and the call to holiness.  Here is an outstanding book on prayer and the spiritual life written by one of the best spiritual directors and retreat masters of our time, and based on the wirings of the Church’s two greatest mystical doctors.  Dinner is available at 5:30pm for just $3 per person. Contact info:   Parish Office at (850) 492-0837, ext. 202 or office@hs.ptdiocese.org

Catholic Engaged Encounter: (Marriage Preparation Retreat) dates for 2015 announced:
  • January 30-February 1, 2015, Friday at 7 p.m. to Sunday at 2 p.m., Eastern time, St John Neumann Renewal Center, Tallahassee.
  • February 20-22, 2015, Friday at 7 p.m. to Sunday at 2 p.m., Central time. Shalimar Retreat and Conference Center, Panama City Beach, FL
  • May 29-31, 2015, Friday at 7 p.m. to Sunday at 2 p.m., Eastern time, St John Neumann Renewal Center
    Tallahassee, FL
  • September 11-13, 2015, Friday at 7 p.m. to Sunday at 2 p.m., Eastern time. St John Neumann Renewal Center, Tallahassee, FL
Contact info: www.cee-pens-tall.com; Cathie and Jamie Herzog (850) 562-4645 or cee.pens.tall@gmail.com

Presentation to the Public by Archbishop Octavio Ruiz Arenas, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, Feb. 9, 6:15 PM. Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Tallahassee. Presentation will be in Spanish with English translation. A Reception Dinner will follow. There is no cost to attend, but we will have a voluntary offering to cover costs. For additional information, contact Deacon Santiago Molina at molinas@clergy.ptdiocese.org.

Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) will continue their "Back to the Basics" theme for the year by its study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with a presentation on ¶325-384 "Creator of heaven and earth; Creator of man" by Father Eugene Pathe on Thursday, 5 February at 7:00 PM in the Marian Room of Little Flower's Family Life Center. Questions? Michael Brady 384-5495.

Saint Mary Catholic School’s Sixteenth Annual Brite Stars Gala, Charity Benefit & Dinner - Friday, February 6, 2015  6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, Saint Mary Catholic Church, Monsignor Mullins Parish Life Center, Ft. Walton Beach, FL. This is an evening of festive fellowship with delicious catered food, live music, cocktails and a Silent/Live Auction all while raising money for Saint Mary Catholic School. Tickets are on sale now in the school office or contact Kristin White at 243-8913 for more information.

The Daughters of Charity are offering a “Come and See” vocation retreat weekend February 13 – 15, 2015. Single Catholic women ages 18-40 interested in a vocation as a Sister are invited to attend.  The retreat will be held at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD.  If interested please contact: Sr. Denise LaRock, D.C. at 410-646-2074 or dcvoc@doc.orgwww.daughters-of-charity.com

Lenten Taizé Prayer Service: Hope and Reconciliation, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6:30-7:30 PM, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (12th Avenue and Mallory Street), Pensacola. Taizé Prayer is a meditative candle-lit service that centers around music, prayer, scripture, and silence. A time of quiet and solitude in the presence of God, simple chants sung repeatedly reinforce the meditative quality of prayer to quiet the mind, open the heart, and feed the soul. Contact information: Cathedral Office  (850.438.3131)                              

Annual Charismatic Conference sponsored by the Diocesan Commission for Charismatic Renewal.  March 13-15 at St  Mary Catholic Church Parish Life Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The Theme is from Luke 24:49: “You are clothed with power from on high.”  Guest Speakers:  Bishop Gregory Parkes, Fr. Scott McCaig, CC, Carol Marquardt of Renewal Ministries, Fr. Nicholas Schumm, XLT/High School Youth Track: Fr. Will Ganci. Cost:  $25 Individual, $45 Family, XLT Youth Track FREE.  For more Info and to register go to www.pt-dccr.org.


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What's going on in the diocese?

34th Liturgical Celebration Commemorating Black History Month, February 8, 2015, 2:00 PM Concert and 2:30 Mass. Saint Mary Parish, 110 Saint Mary Avenue, S.W., Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548. Points of contact:  Juanita Sanks - 850-499-0633, and Andy Simmons - 850-729-2573

The Loving Search for God with Father William Menninger, Cerveny Conference Center at Camp Weed, 11057 Camp Weed Place, Live Oak, Florida 32060. Dates: February 27 - March 1, 2015. Cost: Single Room - $310 Double Room - $245 per person. Based on the 14th Century book “The Cloud of Unknowing” and his own book “The Loving Search for God,” Fr. Meninger will talk about the “three levels in the growth of the child of God as he or she matures in the loving search - the purgative way, the illuminative way, and the unitive way.” The purgative way, when we are “aware of our attraction to God but perhaps, because of worldly attractions, habits of sin ... find ourselves now hot, now cold, in our loving search,” is the beginning of our search. We move then to the illuminative way, where contemplative prayer begins. We begin to understand that God loves us and we “fervently seek to love God in return.” The third stage is the unitive way, and is the “way of the saints.” It is the “call to greatness” to which all are called, but few follow. It is not something we earn. It is something we accept and run to with “open arms and eager heart.” “God loves you; just love God in return. Do this and everything else will be added unto you. Give the priority of life to whom it belongs, to God.” Contact Jeri Winkleblack, 850-562-3267

Men's Spring ACTS Retreat: March 5-8. Check-in will begin at 5pm. Bus will leave from St. Paul Catholic Church in Pensacola at 6 pm on Thursday March 5th. The bus will return to St. Paul at 10:30am Sunday morning for the 11 am mass. The retreat is sponsored by St. Paul Catholic Church in Pensacola. It will be held at Camp Baldwin in Elberta, AL. ACTS is an acronym for – Adoration, Community, Theology and Service. The Retreat focuses on activities to help you renew your relationships with God and other parishioners; a wonderful event planned by a Spiritual Team of loving people who want to help you grow spiritually and feel the peace that they experienced while on retreat. You will be sharing an amazing journey and will make many wonderful friends!  
There is a fee for the retreat that covers transportation, meals and lodging for three nights ($175.00). We ask that a deposit be made with each registration. Spots are limited to ensure a wonderful experience for each retreatant. Please register online at www.stpaulcatholic.net or for more information. Contact info: For more information, please contact St. Paul Catholic Church in Pensacola at 850-434-2551 or the Retreat Director, Mike Hodges by phone at 850-418-1500 and by email at bluecorossmike@hotmail.com

The Bowman-Seabrook Diocesan Youth Gospel Choir, sponsored by the African-American Catholic Commission - the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, invites youth in 2nd-12th grade to a music workshop. Instrumentalists welcome. Pieces learned from 2012-2014 will be reviewed  and new ones will be taught.   Saturday, January 31, 2015. New Member Registration- 9:45-10:00 a.m., Registration fee $10:00/child or $25.00/family (3 or more). Workshop – 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Lunch provided) Where:  St. Louis Parish- 3640 Fred George Road, Tallahassee. Director:  Carole Curry. For additional information:  cac4438@hotmail.com or 562-5414. This is the choir’s 4th year of ministering to the community through gospel music.

Join, Like, Follow Florida Bishops: Connecting with the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops is an easy and reliable way to stay informed on public policies affecting Floridians, especially those most vulnerable and in need. Join the Florida Catholic Advocacy Network (FLCAN) at www.flaccb.org to get emails about issues at the heart of Gospel values, ‘like’ on Facebook (flaccb), or ‘follow’ on Twitter (@flacathbps). 

Catholic in America airs each week throughout the diocese. Learn more about the richness of our Catholic faith. Tune in as our panelists answer questions, and others share experiences about their faith. These programs address topics that are very relevant in today’s society and inspire viewers to remain faithful to Scripture and the teachings of Christ. You'll find Catholic in America at the following times and on the following channels:
WTLH – Sunday 11:00 a.m. (Eastern time – Tallahassee area)
WMBB – Sunday 10:30 a.m. (Central time – Panama City – Destin)
WQTN – Thursday 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time – Quincy area)
WJTC – Sunday 11:00 a.m. (Central time – Mobile-Pensacola-Ft. Walton Beach)

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What's going on in the Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach areas? 
 
Three Night Ministry with John Michael Talbot - Monday, March 23, Tuesday, March 24, and Wednesday, March 25th, 2015. 7pm each evening. Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, 10650 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola. This Lenten Mission includes a unique, inspiring message and sacred music each evening featuring Christian music legend, best-selling author and host of The Church Channel’s popular TV show “All Things Are Possible” John Michael Talbot.  Tickets are NOT required but a Love Offering will be received each evening to support the ministries of John Michael Talbot and the Brothers and Sisters of Charity.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Contact info:  Holy Spirit Parish Office at (850) 492-0837, ext. 202


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Worship, prayer, study and fellowship groups in the Pensacola/Fort Walton Beach area.

St. Ann Gulf Breeze Men of St Joseph, Thursday mornings, 7-8 AM, St. Ann Gulf Breeze Nicholson Hall, Pensacola, FL.  We are active Catholic men dedicated to becoming the spiritual leaders of our families through prayer and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Please join us for a cup of coffee, to read Thursday’s Magnificat readings, pray, read, contemplate, reflect on and discuss Sunday’s Gospel. We support each-other to become the “best version of ourselves” and to be the spiritual leaders of our family and faith community.  Contact: Morgan Rosas (850) 723-2323, Email: morganrosas@icloud.com

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in downtown Pensacola is now offering Daily Mass at 5:30 pm M-F. Confessions will be heard from 4:30-5:15 M-F.

Saints Series, Second Mondays: February 9, 2015; March 9, 2015; April 13, 2015; May 11, 2015. Two identical sessions on each date: 2:00-3:30pm and 6:00-8:00pm with potluck. St. Mary Pensacola parish hall, Pensacola. Learn from the lives of fascinating saints with this visually based Adult Faith Formation series. Call our parish office at 850 478-2797 for additional information.

Meeting of the Northwest Florida Guild of the Catholic Medical Association: the first Saturday of each month at St. Paul. Begin with 8:30 am Mass in the Church followed by presentation in the Giri Room until 11am. St. Paul Parish, Hyde Park Rd., Pensacola. The Northwest Florida Guild of the Catholic Medical Association is open to physicians, dentists, podiatrists, and allied health professionals and meets monthly for discussions to further our purpose to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine, to assist the Church in the work of communicating Catholic medical ethics to the medical profession and society at large, to support Catholic hospitals in faithfully applying Catholic moral principles in healthcare delivery, and to enable Catholic physicians to know one another better and to work together with deeper mutual support and understanding. Contact info: Diane Wilkinson, MD 850-516-0924 or babydocmom@gmail.com For more information about the Catholic Medical Association, please go to www.cathmed.org.

Attention Married and Engaged Couples: Has anyone every clearly explained for you WHY the Catholic Church does not approve of unnatural birth control? For most of us, the answer is NO. Learn about your faith and discover a natural method of family planning that goes beyond the physical. A course starts February 7 in Pensacola. For more information and registration, go to ccli.org or call Martin and Emily Hanley 317-797-2082.

Un Rápido Recorrido por la Biblia, Domingos, 10 am-11:30 am. St John the Evangelist, Pensacola. Charlas de Fe, Contact info: Enrique Licona 850-619-0159.

Interested in learning an all natural, convenient, and morally acceptable way to achieve or postpone pregnancy without contraceptives? Sign up for the Couple to Couple League natural family planning class series in Niceville. Contact Ben and Karina Orr at kandborr@gmail.com or 309-678-4368 for more information and to schedule a class. Check out www.ur113.com under The Events for more information or register for the next series at www.ccli.org.

Ignatian prayer classes at Christ Our Redeemer.  Wednesday mornings at 9:15.  For information, contact Maurie Ockerman at mauriedon@yahoo.com.

St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Pensacola offers the Tridentine or Gregorian Rite Mass on Thursdays at 6 p.m. followed  by Benediction.

The Third Option: A program for married couples who are looking to increase or rekindle intimacy in their marriage and learn effective communication skills.  Join us Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 at St Joseph Catholic Church, Pensacola.  Located at 133 Intendencia Street.  For more information contact Tom Pileggi @ 850 450-9695 or Ron Johnson @ 850 602-8210

St. Ann Gulf Breeze Community of Praise Monday Nights beginning at 7p.m. in Nickelsen Hall. Second Monday each month we hold Healing Mass in the Chapel, 7:00 p.m. Joseph & Deborah Cross 934-3011~~~e-mail is Deborahlee222@gmail.com

Women's Study Groups: (many on summer hiatus - please check with sponsors)  prayer and fellowship. Parish, contact person and meeting times are as follows:
Basilica of St. Michael, Pensacola, Wednesdays 9:30-11:50 am.  Contact St. Michael’s 850-438-4985
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Pensacola, Sandy White, 850-986-1503, 2nd Sunday of the month, 3 - 4:30 pm
Christ Our Redeemer, Niceville, Jan Manship, 850-678-0023, every Thursday,  9:15-11:15 am
Resurrection, Miramar Beach, Barbara Rezmer, 850-654-1046.
St. Ann, Gulf Breeze, Mary Noblin  850-932-8205, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:15 - 11:15 am
St. Anne, Pensacola, "Women of Grace" Wednesdays at 9 am.  Contact St. Anne’s, 850-456-5966.
St. Jude, Cantonment,  Arlene Johnson, 434-8622, Wednesdays 9:15 am
St. Mary, Pensacola, Joyce McDaniel, 850-478-8193, every Thursday after 9 am Mass
St. Paul, Pensacola, (Evening), Tristan DeSorbo, 850-474-9863 2nd Thursday of the Month 7 - 8:30 pm
St. Paul, Pensacola, (Spanish Rosary), Alicia Teed, 850-476-4352, every Wednesday 10 am - noon
St. Peter, Mary Esther, Nanette Bell, 850-664-0361, every Thursday 9:30 - 11:30 am
St. Rose of Lima, Milton, Linda Burkhalter, 850-454-7417, 3rd Sunday of the month 3-4:30 pm
St. Sylvester, Gulf Breeze, Janet Streacker, 936-1000, 1st and 3rd Tuesday 9 -11 am
Please contact the individual listed for the parish you're interested in for additional information.

Attention Married and Engaged Couples: Attend a course and learn a natural method of family planning that is safe, effective, morally acceptable and good for your marriage. Great for achieving as well as postponing pregnancy. Have you wondered about what is this natural family planning? The Couple to Couple League offers ongoing natural family planning class series at Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola.  Find information and register at www.ccli.org or contact Dr Mark & Debra Kummer 850-607-6037.

The Men of St Joseph, Tuesday mornings, 6 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Ave Maria Hall. The Men of St. Joseph is a group of active Catholic men dedicated to becoming the spiritual leaders of our families. Through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Men of St. Joseph have dedicated themselves to the following mission:  “Put family in the hands of the Father.”  The men meet weekly to read from the Magnificat, pray for the intentions of various members of the group, read and discuss the Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday. For more information please contact Cavet White 334-362-3948 or Danny Agnew at 850-572-1299.

The Creighton Model is a reproductive science that teaches couples about their fertility, and offers natural medical treatment for infertility and other woman's health issues in a holistic manner.  Classes for The Creighton Model are now being offered at St. Ann, Gulf Breeze. For more information, please contact Jenny Craft at jjwicraft@yahoo.com, or call 850-221-2052.

Televised Mass is available in the Pensacola area at 10:30 a.m. Sundays on Cox cable channel 12, (WJTC/UPN Mobile). Following the Mass, Catholic in America, produced by the television ministry at St. Dominic Parish in Panama City, will air. This program uses a newsmagazine format to promote the activities and ministries found at our parishes. Tune in at 11 a.m. (Central) to channel WJTC44. The program is available in the Pensacola, Mobile and Fort Walton Beach areas on local cable networks.

Tridentine Mass, Sundays, 10:30 a.m. with rosary beginning at 10 a.m.; St. Stephen Church, Pensacola. 850-432-9362.

Adoration, Fridays, following the 8 a.m. Mass until 12:00 noon. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Pensacola.  Held in the chapel.

Perpetual adoration of the Eucharist, St. Mary perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, 401 Van Pelt Lane, Pensacola. Open 24/7.  Participate in this devotion anytime. Goal: two adorers per hour. Those able to commit to late night hours are especially needed. Call Ruby Schuetz, 850-478-7051 or visit the chapel and sign up.

The Men of St Joseph, Tuesday mornings, 6am – 7am, St. Paul Catholic Church (in the cafetorium)  The Men of St. Joseph is a group of active Catholic men dedicated to becoming the spiritual leaders of our families.  Through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Men of St. Joseph have dedicated themselves to the following proposition:  “Put the family back in the hands of the Father.”  The men meet weekly to read from the Magnificat, pray for the intentions of various members of the group, read and discuss the Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday and dismiss.  In the course of the prayer intentions and scripture discussion, we support one another in our effort to become the “best version of ourselves” and to be the spiritual leaders of our family and faith community.  Mike Mangrum (850) 748-2264, mmangrum1@cox.net

Centering Prayer Group, Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Resurrection Parish, Miramar Beach.  Barbara Rezmer 850-654-1046.

Centering Prayer Group, Saturdays, 9 a.m., St. Mary Parish, Fort Walton Beach, in the Father Sherman Room. Deacon Dan McAuliffe, 850-582-1877.

Ignatian Exercises.  Small group format.  Christ Our Redeemer Parish, Niceville.  September-May.  Thursdays 9:10-11:00 A.M. Maurie Ockerman 850 897-1463 or mauriedon@juno.com.

The Hearts & Hands Ministry, formerly known as the Prayer Shawl Ministry, of Resurrection Parish, Destin, meets  for prayer, fun, knitting, crocheting and sewing on Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 PM in the parish hall.  We help supply clothes for those in Africa, shawls for those in nursing homes, and baby clothes for those in need.  Call Eileen at 850-650-6188 for more information.  

Maliit na bulaklak Filipino prayer group of Little Flower Catholic Church meets every Friday at 5:30 p.m. 850-455-5641.

Attention Married and Engaged Couples: Attend a course and learn a natural method of family planning that is safe, effective, morally acceptable and good for your marriage. Great for achieving as well as postponing pregnancy. Have you wondered about what is this natural family planning? For more information and registration, go to www.ccli.org

Cursillo Ultreya: All are welcome to attend as we gather to share our faith and enjoy Christian fellowship.
- Fort Walton Beach: St. Mary Parish, Parish Life Center, Second Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. Contact Mike Symons, syschief@cox.net or (850) 862-0658. 
- Niceville: Holy Name of Jesus, Last Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. Contact Elizabeth Conrad, elconrad@hotmail.com (850-897-2554).

Theology classes, Wednesdays, 7 p.m. St. Stephen Parish hall, Pensacola.  With Father Héctor R.G. Pérez, STD. This year's topics: the Liturgy of the Eucharist in  both Roman Rites, .  Sacrosanctum Concilium  after fifty years.. For more information, call 850-432-9362 or request by e-mail.

The Fun Bunch for senior citizens, third Mondays, 11:30 a.m., St. Ann Parish Hall, Gulf Breeze. Enjoy food, fellowship and bingo. RSVP requested. Emily Olsen, 932-4574.

Bereavement Support Groups:
  • Pensacola- Third Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., St. Mary Parish Hall.  Toli Barraca, 477-3096 or the office, 478-2797.
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News for Young Adults and Youth in the Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Niceville areas:

St. Rose Life Teen. Location: Milton, St. Rose of Lima, Life Room.  All high school youth are invited to join us for Life Nights with fellowship, faith, fun and friends following 4 p.m. Life Teen Mass. Contact Crystal Warren 623-3600 ext 16.

Young Adults: Volunteer Opportunity: Alfred Washburn Homeless Center, First Saturdays 8:30am-1pm, and other Saturdays as needed. This center is always looking for Saturday volunteers.

Young Adult Theology on Tap will be third Thursdays at 7 pm at Goatlips Deli, Pensacola.

St. Thomas More Parish, Pensacola  American Heritage Girls Troop invites Catholic Girls ages 5-18 to join a Christ-centered Scouting program. Our troop meets two times per month on a Monday at 6:30pm at St. Thomas More Parish, Pensacola.  For more information contact Kathleen Elijah. (850)457-0358 Email: ashersmom99@yahoo.com

Young Adult service project: Check ur113.com for details.

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Want to get involved, want to help others? Check out these opportunities in the Pensacola/Fort Walton Beach area:

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, relies on your generous donations of clothing and household goods to help keep our thrift stores stocked.  Our thrift stores are a “special work” of the Society, providing low cost goods to our neighbors and clients in an atmosphere of love and thanksgiving to the Lord for all that he bestows on us.  The stores also provide jobs in our communities and an opportunity for volunteers to participate in the “good works” of helping the poor.  Please join in this mission of charity by donating, volunteering and shopping with us!  For pick-up of large items or loads, please call 850-434-6615.  For volunteer opportunities, please call Martha 850-206-3312

Young Adults:  Volunteer Opportunity: Alfred Washburn Homeless Center, First Saturdays 8:30am-1pm, and other Saturdays as needed. This center is always looking for Saturday volunteers.

The Refugee Program at Catholic Charities (Pensacola) is in need of volunteers to work with the refugees. There are several capacities in which a person can work with a refugee. We need ESL tutors, help for children with their school homework, help with transportation (either teaching refugees how to ride the bus or offering a ride), help with application for their social security card, help with finding employment, help with cultural orientation, etc. In kind donations are also needed. The most pressing needs include bikes and household items, including furniture. For more information please call Maria Roswold at 850 436-6420.

Hospice Craft Workshops: All are welcome to join the women of St Sylvester on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  Everyone can assist in their own little way.  The mission is to make end of life a little more toleterable for folks by giving them little gifts.  We work on  different projects making lap blankets, hats, booties, walker bags and many other great gifts.  We would love to have you join us....all talents are welcome.  Donations of fabric or yarn we can always accept. For more information please call Angela at 939-3020.

Volunteers for St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores and Warehouse: need is ongoing. Any day of the week Mondays thru Saturdays; half days or full  days at the Stores and Warehouse locations in Pensacola, Fl - Volunteers to sort and tag clothes, knick knacks, linens, etc. Contact info:  Martha  850-206-3312

Alfred-Washburn Center (AWC) urgently needs your help!  AWC is a homeless facility operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Each day, this remarkable mission serves 100-130 homeless who visit to eat, shower, obtain clothing or to do their laundry. AWC currently needs male volunteers on Saturdays to provide these much-needed services. If you can spare a few hours, one Saturday a month, or would like further information contact Deacon Bob Gregerson at gregersonr@clergy.ptdiocese.org.

Catholic Charities Adoption Services is in need of families that are willing to provide a temporary home and care for infants receiving services through our program. You will be required to go through a full licensing process with our assistance similar to the foster care system; however, these homes are available strictly for Catholic Charities’ use. Please call 850-436-6411 or email simsk@cc.ptdiocese.org if you are interested or have additional questions.The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is an organization composed primarily of volunteers who act as advocates in the court system for abused, abandoned or neglected children.  The volunteer works with a case coordinator and attorney, to address the best interests of these children.  The time commitment is very flexible and is usually only a few hours a month.  Training for new volunteers is held every month. Volunteers develop relationships with children who often have had no stable adult in their life, showing these children that someone truly cares about them. If you have a love for children and the ability to commit to walking with a child through a difficult time in his/her life…the Guardian ad Litem Program needs you.   To learn more about the program or to register for training, call 1-866-341-1GAL (1425) or log onto www.guardianadlitem.org.

Mary's Shelter Gulf Coast, St. Thomas-by-the-Sea Catholic Church, Orange Beach, AL.  Mary's Shelter Gulf Coast is seeking representatives from Pensacola area Catholic Churches to serve on its Outreach Committee. This committee works on ways to make homeless pregnant women aware of services offered.  Input is needed from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, both of which are in the Mary's Shelter service area.  For more information, call 251-986-6200 or toll free 866-823-4674.

Help ESL Students- By Teaching or Providing Childcare. (On summer break - check back in the fall!) St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church is looking for volunteers to work with adults learning English as a Second Language (ESL), as well as those willing to provide childcare for parents taking ESL classes.  Never worked with an ESL student before?  Don't worry; training will be provided.  ESL classes are given weekly, Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., St. John’s School Cafeteria. Holiday schedule follows parish school schedule. Margaret, 435-0356.
 
 
What's going on? Check out these events in the Tallahassee/Panama City area:
 
Trivia Game Night - a fundraiser event benefitting St. John the Evangelist Catholic School - Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Check in from 6:00-6:30 PM. St. Dominic Catholic Church Parish Hall - 3308 E. 15th St.
Panama City, FL 32405. Join us for a fun night of trivia, food, and prizes!  Form a team of 8 players.  Minimum registration is $250 per team.  All proceeds help support the mission of St. John Catholic School. Contact Fr. Steve Olson at fr.sxiso@gmail.com if you are interested in sponsoring this event. Note: registration inquiries should be send to St. John Catholic School.  The event itself will take place at St. Dominic Parish Hall.
Register today: Online: http://stjohncatholicschool.com/trivia-night/ (click on "Register Online Now" or "Download Registration Form Now" and send a check to St. John School.) In person: 1005 Fortune Avenue, Panama City, Florida 32401 or by phone: 850.¬763.¬1775

 


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Worship/prayer/study/fellowship opportunities in the Tallahassee/Panama City area:

The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Community, meets the third Sunday of every month at 2:00 pm in St. John's School Media Center in Panama City.  For more information contact David at matt61013@yahoo.com.

Retreats at St. John Neumann Renewal Center offer spiritual enrichment: Contact 850-224-2971.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, Divine Mercy Chapel, St. Dominic, Panama City.  For more information please contact Diane, 850-785-4574.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, Blessed Sacrament Chapel, 624 Miccosukee Rd, Tallahassee.  Open for Adoration 24/7. Jean Nixon 850-445-3793.

Centering Prayer Groups:
 
 
  • Santa Rosa Beach- Saturdays, 9 a.m., St Rita.  For more information call 850-267-2558.
  • Tallahassee- Wednesdays, 9:45 – 11:00 a.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Church.  Meets in Room 309.  For more information call 850-893-1837.
  • Tallahassee - St. John Neumann Renewal Center, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Joyce Elder, 850-562-5441.

Seven Sorrows of Mary Chaplet, Wednesdays: 5:45-6:00 p.m., Tallahassee: Good Shepherd - "Wednesdays in the Chapel", 850-893-1837.

St. Louis Charismatic Prayer Group, Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Contact: Gloria Keeney, 850-562-8730.

Cursillo Ultreya: All are welcome to attend as we gather to share our faith and enjoy Christian fellowship.
- Tallahassee: St. John Neumann Retreat Center, Last Sunday of each month, 5 p.m. Contact Theresa Leslie at tkleslie@gmail.com or (850) 877-2319.

Neumann Center Book Club. Location: St. John Neumann Renewal Center, 685 Miccosukee Rd., Tallahassee. Meets second and fourth Mondays of the month, 7:30 p.m. New and occasional readers welcome. Jackie Hallifax, 850-878-5826.

The Men's Group of St. Dominic, Second and fourth Saturdays, St. Dominic, Panama City.  Meets for breakfast in the parish hall.  For more information please contact Steve Butler, 850-872-1382.

Pax Christi meets the second Thursday of the month at the Co-Cathedral Thomas More at 5:15 pm. Peace Liturgy, followed by a meeting in Room 3 Student Center. Pax Christi meets at Good Shepherd, Thomasville Rd., after the 9am Liturgy in Room 201 the 4th Wed. of the month. Information: bpoore@earthlink.net  850-893-6838.

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Faith, fun and fellowship for youth and young adults in the Tallahasse/Panama City area

Frassati Society of Tallahassee -- All young adults, ages 21-39, single or married, are welcome to join us for our monthly Theology on Tap event. Guest speaker, food & fellowship with other Catholic young adults. Bring a friend, and come on out to join us! E-mail tallahasseefrassati@gmail.com for more info. Also, search "Frassati Society of Tallahassee" to find us on Facebook!

Young Adult Women’s Group meets in Tallahassee on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm.  Come pray and hang out with us!  Email tallahasseefrassati@gmail.com for directions or questions.

Good Shepherd Life Night. Location: Tallahassee, Good Shepherd Church, following 6 p.m. Life Teen Mass. Fellowship, faith, fun and food for high school youth. 893-1837.Catholic Young Adults of Tallahassee are Frassati Society of Tallahassee at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/31615298370/.

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Volunteer opportunities in the Tallahassee/Panama City area.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Service Project: SVdP provides one lunch each month, on the last Monday, from 10:30AM - 12:30PM, at The Shelter, 480 West Tennessee Street, Tallahassee.   Volunteers are needed to setup, prep, plate and serve lunch to about 150-200 homeless individuals in Tallahassee. Volunteers are also needed to make sandwiches the Sunday before at 4:00pm at St. Thomas More Parish Center in order to keep this project going.  Parking at The Shelter is in the lot off of Macomb Street. Follow volunteers into The Shelter kitchen for a parking pass. SVdP Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More Conference, 850-405-6885.

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Marketplace 

The Best of Sicily: Join a  9-Day Perillo Tours journey to Sicily with  Fr. John Kelly from St. Sylvester's Parish -   April 13th - 21st, 2015. Price per Person  - $3306/ (price based on 40 minimum and could slightly increase based on # of participants). Includes: Airfare / 4-star hotels / Daily Breakfast / Welcome Dinner / Farewell Dinner / Tour Escort through the  entire week / Motor coach services / All sightseeing tours / Entrance fees when applicable / Roundtrip airport and hotel transfers /   2 Masses at historical cathedrals / Luggage handling at hotels. Sicily is a holiday on the beach.........a historical cultural experience that simply cannot be matched to anyplace else in the world.  The tour is designed for travelers with diversified tastes and interests. If you are looking to explore an exotic island that holds an irresistible mystique, this is the trip for you!  You will experience exciting history, creativity of artisans and scenic beauty as you explore beautiful buildings, taste Sicilian delicacies, meander down quaint streets and view the wonders of Mount Etna and the Mediterranean Sea.   Highlights of the tour will include sightseeing in Palermo, Monreale, Cefalu, San Vito lo Capo, Erice, Argigento, Catania, Taormina, Syracuse, Noto, Ragusa Ibla and Piazza Armerina. Contact Mary Kort for more details or to sign up!
850-206-7277  or  ckort@mchsi.com

Knights of Columbus Hall is available for rent.   If you are needing to rent a hall for Weddings, Funerals, Organizations, Dances, or any Special Event, please consider supporting your local Knights of Columbus.  Our Hall is located at 519 North Palafox, just south of Cervantes, Pensacola.  Contact 3rd Degree Knight Andy Chambers at 777-0376 or andyrchambers@gmail.com.

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Employment Opportunities
For a complete list of employment opportunities, please log onto http://ptdiocese.org/index.cfm?load=page&page=221.


 


 
 
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