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NewsNotes for December 8, 2014
Next regular edition: Dec. 22. Deadline for submitting news items: 12 noon, Wednesday, Dec. 17. 
NOTE: NewNotes will publish every two weeks, on the following dates: December 22, January 5, and January 19. 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! registration is open.
January 24, 2015 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Speakers include Dr. Scott Hahn, Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, and Sara Torres. $20 per individual/$50 per family. Seating is limited: register today! Sponsorships also available. To register, log onto www.ptdiocese.org, then Event Registration.

The Haiti Parish Twinning Committee at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More
will be participating once again in an Alternative Christmas Market to support our sister parish, Ste. Elisabeth, in Fond Tortue, Haiti.  Shoppers can honor loved ones with a donation in their names by visiting us during this market: Friday, December 12, 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, December 13, 8 am to 1 pm, Christ Presbyterian Church, 2317 Bannerman Road, Tallahassee, FL. "Honoring those who have enough by giving to those who are in need"

Trinity Catholic School is hiring for an Middle School Advanced Math Teacher.  This is a full-time teacher position with homeroom teacher responsibilities. You will be responsible for all aspects of instruction and classroom management. This candidate must be qualified to teach Algebra I and Advanced Math for Grades 6 and 7.  You should have a desire to work in a Catholic school with a caring community and mission of excellence in spirituality and academics.  Qualifications: Must be a Florida certified teacher in the content area with a degree in education; Demonstrated successful classroom experience; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; Experience and interest in curriculum development and collaboration; Energy, enthusiasm, and desire to teach in a Catholic school; Talent to assist with extra-curricular activities helpful. Please send resumes, along with a cover letter to: Mr. Tommy Bridges, Principal, at bridgest@trinitykights.org

Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) will continue their "Back to the Basics" theme for the year by through its study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with a presentation on ¶268-324 "The Almighty; the Creator" by Father Joe Fowler on Thursday, 8 January at 7:00 PM in the Marian Room of Little Flower's Family Life Center. Contact Michael Brady 850-384-5495.


What's going on in the diocese?

"TREASURES OF OUR FAITH RETREAT" with IMMACULEE ILIBAGIZA Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculée Ilibagiza, will host a two-day retreat on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12th (4pm - 9pm) and SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13th (8:30am - 12:30pm) at St. Paul Catholic Church, 1700 Conway Dr, Pensacola, FL 32503. In 1994, she survived a holocaust in which nearly a million innocent Rwandans were ruthlessly slaughtered by a rival tribe. Immaculée emerged from her ordeal with the mission of spreading God's message of love and forgiveness and is now regarded as one of the world's leading speakers on peace and faith. Please join us as Immaculée leads us into deeper communion with our loving God who enters into our homes and hearts, most particularly during the Advent and Christmas seasons. You will leave the retreat refreshed and renewed, ready for the coming of our Savior. Register for the retreat now at www.immaculee.com Cost per person: $57.00 each (Save 16% per ticket if you buy two) For more information, contact: Cathy McLaughlin cwmc27@gmail.com Local Contact: Sara Edwards sara.edwards2911@gmail.com

House Of St. Joseph the Workman Open House. Are you looking to increase your prayer life and spirituality? The House of St. Joseph is a community of Catholic professed men and women who live under a Rule to inspire a closer walk with Jesus through prayer and the sacraments. We also have a family of Oblates, who live under their own Rule. We live a secular life in our own homes, but rely on our brothers and sisters for inspiration and encouragement. As a ministry, we operate a Catholic book and gift store. We also provide a lending library, prayer rooms, and a chapel. Attend an information session on January 17, 2015 from noon to 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.  .319 Racetrack Rd NE, Fort Walton Beach, 850-862-4664/9039

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

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)


What's going on in the Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach areas? 
Presentations on the Eucharist by the Lay Dominicans of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, Three Tuesdays - Dec. 9th, and 16th. 6:45 pm - Rosary with Presentation and Q & A to follow ending at about 8:15 pm. St. Mary Pensacola Catholic Church, 401 Van Pelt, Pensacola. The Lay Dominicans of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist centered in Pensacola, FL will be giving a series of Presentations on the Eucharist discussing the Biblical and Jewish roots of the Eucharist and the importance of the Eucharist in our Catholic faith. Contact info:  Martin Hanley, O.P. of the Lay Dominicans. cell:  (317) 840-4551.

Advent Retreat @ St. John Neumann Center, Fathers of Mercy. December 13 & 14, 2014. The perfect way to prepare for Christmas!  Through a series of conferences, a Holy Hour, and private prayer time, Fr. Chuck will help us prepare for Christmas by becoming more aware of God’s presence all around us as we patiently wait for the joyful celebration of that day when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The cost is $75, which includes lodging and all meals, or $50, for meals only. To register, contact Dasha Nixon via email dasha@neumanncenter.org or call 850-224-2971.
Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service
will be held at the Basilica of St Michael, 19 No. Palafox St., Pensacola, on Tuesday, November 25th at 6:30 p.m. Homilist is Rabbi Joel Fleekop, Rabbi at Temple Beth El.  All are welcome.

Marian Grace Advent Concert @ St. Paul Catholic Church in Pensacola. A FREE concert to prepare for Christmas with Sacred Hymns & Original Songs. Sunday, December 14th @ 4PM.

Bunco Party to help our seminarians: The NW Deanery of the DCCW will be holding a BUNCO PARTY to help raise money for our seminarians.  Location for this fun filled event is in the Family Life Center at St Anne - Bellview located at 5200 Saufley Field Road in Pensacola. The event will take place on Thursday January 15, 2015 @ 1:00pm-4:00pm. Cost is $10.00 per person at the door.  Women, men and children over 10 years of age are invited to participate.  If you do not know how to play BUNCO no problem, we will show you how to play, its a very easy game learn. Any questions please contact Kathy Bullard at 850-455-3245 or NW Deanery President, Martha Seep at 850-587-6007. For reservations please call the office at St Anne's at 850-456-5966.  Refreshments will be available during the event.


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: January 12, 2015; 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.
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.


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:

Advent Retreat @ St. John Neumann Center, Fathers of Mercy. December 13 & 14, 2014. The perfect way to prepare for Christmas!  Through a series of conferences, a Holy Hour, and private prayer time, Fr. Chuck will help us prepare for Christmas by becoming more aware of God’s presence all around us as we patiently wait for the joyful celebration of that day when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The cost is $75, which includes lodging and all meals, or $50, for meals only. To register, contact Dasha Nixon via email dasha@neumanncenter.org or call 850-224-2971.


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.


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/.


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.



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.


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

Director of Youth Ministries: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Tallahassee is accepting resumes for an experienced, full-time Director of Youth Ministries to foster in high school youth a yearning for spiritual growth, devotion to a Christian life and dedication to service in the parish and Church as a whole. The Youth Minister serves as principal assistant to the Pastor for planning, coordinating, marketing, and conducting religious education and social programs for high school youth and Confirmation preparation programs. In addition, he/she will augment the junior high (grades 6-8) CCD program, managed by the parish Director of Religious Education, with events that support the student’s spiritual and social enculturation into the Catholic Church.  He/she is a key member of the parish staff and reports to the Pastor.  Compensation will be based upon experience. To inquire or apply, please e-mail resume, references and cover letter to Fr. Matthew Busch: buschm@clergy.ptdiocese.org


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