1 Florida Catholic The Orlando Edition Parish celebrates rededication of church following renovation Martinez now serves at Mother CASSELBERRY of Good Counsel Parish in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Father Jim Mar tinez, OSA, The current church building can recall when Masses at St. was originally built in 1980 under Augustine Parish here were Father John Dear y, another celebrated at the Casselberr y Augustinian who attended the Women s Club and later at the rededication. It s totally different Cinema Theater that was located (from before), Father Deary said at the intersection of and of the renovated church. It s State Road 436. bigger; it s nice. Times have changed. Father Plans for the renovation began Mar tinez and several former two years ago, in the wake of Sept. pastors and 11 and a national associates of recession. the Casselberr y D e s p i t e parish joined e c o n o m i c Father Michael concerns, Father Hughes, OSA, the Hughes had current pastor, to expressed faith in celebrate the Feb. his parish, having 6 rededication of often stated, St. the parish s newly Augustine is not renovated church a wealthy parish building. The but cer tainly a rededication Mass generous parish. was led by Bishop With the help of Thomas Wenski. several lay leaders, It s a dream including Tom come true to see and Jane Lane and ever ything come Angie and Mark together, said Romagosa, who Father Martinez, served on ﬁnance who helped and pastoral found the parish councils for the in 1969 and led it parish, renovation through its early TFC PHOTOS BY CHARLES HODGES plans began to beginnings. He take shape. They was the first of Baptismal font in renovated St. called on Bruce G. Augustine Parish. four pastors from Blackman to serve the Augustinian as architect and religious community to lead Brasﬁeld and Gorrie Construction the parish and was responsible to serve as the primary contractors. for constr ucting the parish s Blackman had designed previous first worship space a 6,000- renovations for St. Margaret Mary square-foot multipurpose building Parish in Winter Park, St. Paul that now serves as the parish s Parish in Daytona Beach and St. administrative ofﬁces and meeting John Vianney in Orlando. space. Design changes included the I never dreamed I d live to addition of a new baptismal font see it, Father Mar tinez said, relocated near the entrance of not only the renovated church the church, a relocation of the but also the beautiful community See PARISH, Page A7 that has formed around it. Father Feb. 18, 2005/Vol. 66/No. 8 Bishop Wenski visits Bishop Moore on Ash Wednesday Julie Greene TFC PHOTO BY CHARLES HODGES Kristina Tullo, a freshman, receives ashes from Bishop Thomas Wenski during a schoolwide Ash Wednesday prayer service in the gym at Bishop Moore High School. Bishop Wenski urged students to reconcile with God and with each other during the Lenten season. See story, Page A5. Leaders gather for celebration of Christian unity Julie Greene ORLANDO Better late than never was how Bishop Thomas Wenski described the Feb. 2 ecumenical prayer ser vice at St. James Cathedral in which more than 50 people gathered to commemorate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Traditionally celebrated near the end of January, incorporating the Jan. 25 feast day of the conversion of St. Paul, this year s local festivities were postponed a week due to conflicts with celebrations for Dr. Mar tin Luther King Jr. s birthday and the presidential inauguration. Bishop Wenski hosted the prayer ser vice and luncheon, coordinated with the help of Father Larr y Lossing, director of the diocesan Ofﬁce for Ecumenism, for local Christian ecclesial leaders and lay representatives of local Christian outreach organizations. It ser ved as a way to not only promote unity among the various denominations but also as a way See INTERFAITH, Page A4 I N S I D E THIS ISSUE Pope receives worldwide prayers for his recovery Speculation continues over the pope s resignation. Young cancer patient sees pope in Rome hospital. Pope leaves Rome hospital after 10 days.
2 A2 The Florida Catholic Feb. 18, 2005 Catholic Schools Week COURTESY PHOTO COURTESY PHOTO TFC PHOTO BY CHARLES HODGES Top left, eighth-grader and student crew volunteer Jenna Bonura assists second-grader Fernanado Castellanos with his selection at St. Mary Magdalen School s book fair in Altamonte Springs held during Catholic Schools Week. Top right, Oaka, an Asian circus elephant, and her trainer John Wilson, visit the younger children of St. Anthony Catholic School in Lakeland Jan. 31 as two of several guests to visit the school during Catholic Schools Week. Bottom, left, Sister Jean René Mlodzikowski, SND, who coordinates pastoral ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Lakeland, shares her vocation story with students during a Vocation Awareness Day held during Catholic Schools Week. TFC PHOTO BY ANNE KLOCKENKEMPER Above, students at St. Andrew School in Orlando devoted one day of Catholic Schools Week toward honoring those engaged in public service. They started out the day with a special ﬂag ceremony. Students: Catholic Schools Week not just about us Yvonne Martinez-Doyle TFC PHOTO BY YVONNE MARTINEZ-DOYLE Eighth-grader Heather Engle and Brandon Ramirez pause to reﬂect on the signiﬁcance of the teardrop memorial at Ascension Catholic School during Catholic Schools Week. The Student Services Council at Ascension Catholic School led the effort of erecting the teardrop memorial. Each teardrop represents one victim who died from the tsunami in Southeast Asia. ORL A2 MELBOURNE The wall of tears at Ascension Catholic School in Melbourne Feb. 2 spanned an entire hallway, perhaps 50 feet long. On it are hand-colored teardrops, 181,350 to be exact. One tear represents one victim of the devastating tsunami that hit southeast Asia on Christmas Eve. A banner stretching across the top reads, Remembering those who died helping those who survived. It is the school s way of not just memorializing the dead, but a way for everyone who passes by it to grasp the reality of just how terrible this tragedy was for so many people. The Student Services Council, at the urging of Principal Pauline Rowan, handed out sheets of paper with an outline of a teardrop to the school s 650 students. Each student colored 279 teardrops in varying patterns of black and yellow, the school s colors. When I walk by I think of all those who died and say a prayer, said fourth-grader Kasey Mimbs. Eighth-grader Heather Engle said seeing it makes you realize how terrible this tragedy was. It s incredible, she said. The students took about one week to complete the project and a small group of students spent four hours on a Saturday morning taping each sheet to the wall. It really makes you think, said Zoe Zimmerman, a fourth-grader at Ascension. We thought our hurricanes were bad, but this is much worse, she said. Rowan said the memorial was part of the school s focus for Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 31-Feb. 4. We are not just about celebrating ourselves we are about grieving and giving to others in need, she said. The school is also participating in a fundraiser for the tsunami victims in the way of collecting food, clothing and money. Call
3 The Florida Catholic Feb. 18, A7 PARISH From Page A1 reservation chapel behind the altar, and a suspended crucifix that captures the light from a woodframed skylight in the ceiling. Former classrooms in the back of the church can be converted for spillover seating during large liturgical celebrations. Liturgy has changed enough since the church was built that it was important to bring it up to date, said Blackman. Ironically, destruction of the old parts of the church and new construction coincided some with last summer s hurricanes, but had little impact, according to Father Hughes, who commented on it during the rededication Mass. I came out after one of the hurricanes to check on the church but I couldn t tell what damage was from the hurricane and what was from construction, he said. The church building was finished before Christmas and although unable to celebrate Mass there, the parish worked to reclaim the building as a worship space. From noon Dec. 22 to noon Dec. 23, the parish community held a 24-hour prayer service. All 26 books of the New Testament were read by some 96 parishioners in 15-minute intervals. Others came throughout the early morning hours to hear the Bishop Thomas Wenski joins the congregation in offering a standing ovation and acknowledgement of Augustinian Father Jim Martinez, St. Augustine Parish s first pastor, who attended the Feb. 6 rededication. word of God. We thought it was important to reclaim our church, since during construction, it wasn t treated as a place of worship, Father Hughes said. In the week just prior to the rededication, parishioners gathered for Benediction and vespers. Each parish family conducted a special prayer rite with emphasis on the life of St. Augustine in their homes. During the Mass, Bishop Wenski reflected on the part that Augustinians played in the parish s historical and spiritual life and the role that St. Augustine himself plays in the history and life of the church. We are still celebrating the jubilee year of the birth of St. Augustine who was born 1,650 years ago, he said. He is still an influence in the church today. The bishop expressed his appreciation to the parish s pastoral and lay leadership and all those whose generosity made the rededication possible. This holy place is a fitting place for prayer and adoration, he said. For those who follow you will be able to come and celebrate (Christ s) sacrifice. The new altar, which was blessed and anointed with chrism during the rededication, is made of wood which reflects the wood of the cross. Two new parishes announced for the diocese Bishop Thomas Wenski has announced the establishment of two new parishes to be developed in the Diocese of Orlando. Corpus Christi Parish will be located in Celebration, and Most Precious Blood Parish will be located in Oviedo. Masses will commence in both parishes in rented facilities beginning in March. Boundaries for Corpus Christi incorporate sections of Osceola County south of Highway 192 to the Polk County border, west to Lake County and east to Poinciana Boulevard. Most Precious Blood Parish boundaries will include portions of far east Seminole County, including parts of Oviedo, along State Roads 426 and 434 east of State Road 417, extending as far north as State Road 46 east of the Orlando Sanford Airport and almost to the Seminole- Volusia County border. Parishes nearest the new parish The altar leads us to prayer and adoration and prayer and adoration will lead you back here, he said. He described St. Augustine as a man who stood out among his contemporaries as well as theologians who succeeded him. He let himself be open to the transforming power of God s grace, Bishop Wenski said. We should learn from St. Augustine s example there s no saint who doesn t have a past and his is well known. He testifies to God s grace that there is no sinner who doesn t have a future. The bishop urged the congregation to look to St. Augustine as an example of someone who blended intellect with heart and was able to make faith a part of every aspect of his life. As we dedicate this altar and rededicate this church let us rededicate ourselves to God s work, he said. What unites us is greater than anything or anyone that can attempt to divide us and what unites us is Jesus Christ. designations were consulted prior to establishing boundaries. These are the second and third parishes established by Bishop Wenski since he became diocesan bishop Nov. 13, The first parish was St. Philip Phan Van Minh, a personal parish for the Vietnamese community. OR4
4 ORL A8 A8 The Florida Catholic Feb. 18, 2005 First-ever diocesan art show honors aspiring young artists Julie Greene ORLANDO Paintings of landscapes and animals, sculptures, mosaics and drawings more than 100 artworks in all were on display Jan. 29 at Leu Gardens as part of the first-ever Diocesan Art Show and Contest for Catholic elementary school students. Students, parents, teachers and administrators from most of the 27 elementary schools that took part in the contest were on hand as students were honored for their artistic talents. Sponsored by the Office of Catholic Schools, the art show was the brain child of Reba Fritz, a teacher at Good Shepherd School in Orlando, who approached the diocese about ways to support the visual arts, which sometime take a back seat to athletics and more traditional academic disciplines such as science and math. For someone like me who, when asked to draw something, usually makes stick figures, I had no idea how to coordinate something like this, admitted Dr. Harry Purpur, superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese. Thankfully, he had experienced resources to turn to. Purpur called on Vince Balaguer, an art teacher from Bishop Moore High School, to help coordinate the effort. Balaguer recruited his colleague at the high school, Cindy Bell, and art teachers from St. Mary Magdalen School in Altamonte Springs and St. Theresa School in Titusville to assist in getting the word out and to serve as judges. Over the past few months, requests went out to the diocese s Catholic schools encouraging them to get students involved. Each school had the opportunity to submit four TFC PHOTO BY JULIE GREENE Sabrina Ray, a kindergartner from Good Shepherd School, proudly shows off her smile and her Mask, which she created from a palm frond, for the Diocese of Orlando s first-ever art show and contest for Catholic elementary school students. entries in various categories and age groups. Categories included painting, 3-D (or sculpture), drawing and mixed media. Age groupings included ungraded to second grade, third through fifth grades and sixth through eighth grades. In several cases, schools held their own individual art contests to help determine the best four submissions from their school. Once artworks were received, the pieces were judged on originality, medium and the age of the artist. Ribbons were presented to the top three in each category and age grouping. Honorable mention honors were also presented. During the Jan. 29 reception gathering, students learned the results of their hard work. Julia McInerney, a fifth-grade student at St. Mary Magdalen School, received Best of Show for her untitled depiction of birch trees in a field and a first place in mixedmedia for the third through fifth grade category. Runner-up honors went to Sabrina Ray, a 6-year-old kindergartner at Good Shepherd School in Orlando, who created and painted a colorful mask from a palm frond she found after one of the hurricanes. She also received a firstplace ribbon in the 3-D category for her age group. Both students were a little shy in talking about their work, although Julia said she used techniques she learned in art class and completed her painting over a two-week period. Sabrina said she spent a few hours painting her mask using reds, greens and yellows in decorative swirl designs. To see the level of talent displayed here from children at this age is truly amazing, said Balaguer, who admitted this was the first time he had agreed to judge an elementary art contest. I had always felt in the past that it was not worth my time but this has changed my mind. This was such a rewarding experience. Marie Redling, a senior advancedplacement student at Bishop Moore High School, served as a guest artist and speaker at the event. Along with describing three of her own creations, Marie encouraged the students to continue growing as artists. I feel so honored to be here, to share what s inspired me, she said. From her early fascination with coloring books and crayons, Marie said by the time she had reached middle school she had started to take her art more seriously thanks to the encouragement of an art teacher in Virginia. She later competed and won countywide art contests and has since continued to take art classes through high school. Mr. Vince provides a great atmosphere and has been very supportive, she said. Hopefully doors will open as I move on to college. Officials from the Office of Schools are considering offering a similar opportunity for Catholic high school students in the diocese next year. For a list of all the winners, visit Retreat reaches out to deaf Catholic community Teresa Lantigua Peterson ALTAMONTE SPRINGS The roomful of enthusiastic Catholics would have been abuzz with voices of praise and worship. But here, the word of God was not spoken; it was signed. People raised their hands to heaven when praying the Alleluia. Such was the scene at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Altamonte Springs where a small group of deaf Catholics, representing dioceses across the state, gathered to share and grow their faith. They gathered for a retreat sponsored by the Diocese of Orlando to reach out to the deaf community and provide spiritual rejuvenation in a language they prefer. Father Michael Depcik, OSFS, of Brooklyn, Mich., presented the entire retreat in sign language. Father Depcik one of only a handful of deaf Catholic priests in America was able to relate to his audience on many levels and communicate the spiritual word of God without the help of an interpreter. The focus of the retreat, held Jan , was the importance of Mass and the messages of the Virgin Mary. Many Catholics, hearing or deaf, don t see the importance of going to Mass, signed Father Depcik. How does the Mass help us? The Mass is so important to us as Catholics. We really meet Jesus here in the Mass. That s a solid link that we have. If they realized that, many more people would want to go. Father Depcik asked the participants, Have any of you really met Jesus before? Some people were not sure. Father Depcik answered, Yes we have. We have met Jesus really in the Eucharist. When we receive Jesus in the body of Christ we are actually meeting Jesus. The importance of Mass is also one of the five messages Mary has given to the world through her apparitions. The other four Father Depcik discussed during the retreat are Mary s call to pray, have confessions once a month, fast and read the Bible. Through the messages of Mary we can bring people to the church, Father Depcik signed. Barbara Reuter, a volunteer with the Diocese of Orlando s Respect Life Office, organized the retreat in hopes of bringing the deaf community together for a special weekend of prayer and reflection. She is not deaf, but has been involved in working with the deaf for close to 25 years, starting out in New York when she was asked to teach religion to deaf children. Besides being a liaison to the deaf community, she also interprets Mass for the deaf at two churches: St. Clare Catholic Church in Deltona and St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Orlando. There are 12 churches in the Diocese that offer interpreters for signed Masses. There s a great need for evangelization among the deaf here in the diocese, said Reuter. We know there are many deaf people in the area. Reuter and others attending the retreat hope that more churches will offer signed Masses and more opportunities for the deaf community to come together and learn about their faith. Christine Rusher of Church of the Nativity in Brandon drove herself and three friends to the retreat. She was eager to see a priest sign Mass and wanted to learn about Mary s message to Catholics. She s been to several retreats for the deaf over the past few years and she says the first family retreat she attended in 1996 changed her life. I realized there were so many things I didn t know about being Catholic and that there were so many opportunities to become more involved in my church, Rusher signed. Since then she has organized two retreats for the deaf at her church and become an extraordinary minister of holy Communion. Dot Madsen and her husband Will attend St. Anthony Church in Lakeland. They attended the retreat in hopes of learning more about Mary. Will is the author of two published books about sign language and the poem, You have to be deaf to understand. He appreciated the opportunity to spend time with a deaf priest who can communicate the faith so precisely. He also relished the chance to be in the company of other Catholics who are so different and yet so similar. I enjoy being part of this group. You get many different perspectives from people who have something in common: being deaf. During his Homily at the Mass celebrated during the retreat, Father Depcik shared Mary s special message for hope and peace in the world. EUCHARIST From Page A6 makes present the sacrifice he made once and for all on Golgotha, he said. In Eucharist Christ still carries the marks of his passion, the bishop continued. Catholics acknowledge this sacrifice in the eucharistic acclamation in which we acknowledge Christ has died and he will come again. Father Dunne said he has been amazed by the response to the initiative which often brings 300 to 500 people to the Monday gatherings. Neighborhood groups of eight to 12 parishioners have brought together people who previously never knew each other. Groups are not just for adults, Father Dunne said. An effort is made to bring all ages together. Donna Wartski, who serves as a neighborhood facilitator and host, said taking part in the Eucharist program has made her more attentive to the Mass and has opened up a whole new respect for people in her community, most especially the children. It s been really beautiful, she said. The biggest surprise has been the insights that the children have about Eucharist our neighbors are so open; they ve felt comfortable to talk personally about things. I ve learned a lot. It s been a renewal of my faith. The neighborhood gatherings are structured as well, featuring prayer, discussion of questions provided for that week s theme and ending with a meal. Both Father Dunne and lay leaders have noticed a new vitality and closeness among parishioners. The next talk will take place Feb. 18 and will be led by Father Vianney Cunningham, TOR, from San Pedro Retreat Center in Winter Park. The theme will be Being Eucharist to each other. Bishop Wenski is expected to return to the parish for a Corpus Christi procession from the church to Tuskawilla High School where he will celebrate an outdoor Mass. Other parishes across the diocese have opted to celebrate the Year of the Eucharist in other ways, including additional opportunities for eucharistic adoration, Benediction and other commemorations.
5 The Florida Catholic Feb. 18, A9 GETTING TO KNOW YOUR PRIESTS What schools did you attend? Elementary: Kilfian National School; St. Mary s College in Athlone; De La Salle Teachers College in Waterford (diploma in education); University of Portland, Ore. (M.A., education); and Barry University, Miami, (M.A., religious education). What did you do before becoming a priest? I was a teaching Marist Brother for five years at Marion College, Dublin. What do you do on your days off? I like to play golf and relax at the ocean. Favorite movie: Gone with the Wind Favorite TV series: Monday Night Football When did you know you wanted to be a priest? At about age 23. Vocation moment: Ordinations were always motivating to me. I always admired the courage of newly ordained priests and the dedication of their lives to the Lord. I had dedicated my own life, in a different and restricted kind of way, and I really wanted to work with people to help build up God s kingdom. What would you be doing if you had not become a priest? I probably would have remained with the Marist Brothers who had a great devotion to Our Lady. Favorite priestly assignment: Sunday Eucharist Greatest joy: The day I was ordained to the priesthood. How would you describe the ideal priest: There is so much a priest can be there is no ideal priest other than Christ the Lord. I want to have his zeal, his enthusiasm and his compassion. I have a long way to go before I arrive anywhere near where I should be! What priestly stereotype should be discarded? I think every priest should allow the Holy Spirit to guide him, and the people should accept us, failings and all. Who was most surprised by your vocation? I don t know who was surprised, but my mother cried. What did the seminary not prepare you for? The church changed so much just after we were ordained that it would be difficult to blame the seminary for anything. I recall a seminary liturgy professor one day when we were discussing the Mass saying Gentlemen, you will never see the Mass in English. It was in English within six or seven years after we were ordained. If I had any advice to give to seminaries, I would tell them to try to turn out men of prayer who have a great love for the Eucharist. When you pray, somehow you get through TFC PHOTO BY DEBRA TOMASELLI Msgr. F. Joseph Harte Rector of Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine, Orlando, since Born Feb. 21, 1930, in Kilfian Parish, Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland. Fourth of seven children of Timothy Harte and Elizabeth O Neill. He was ordained June 18, 1961, by Archbishop Thomas Morris of Cashel, at All Hallows Seminary, Dublin. your problems. And if you pray to the Mother of God, she really takes care of you. What is your greatest accomplishment? I don t know. But I scored a great goal one time playing Irish football that not only won the game but we also won the championship afterwards. I had done a 40-yard run to score. Last book read: Re-read Man s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. I had read it in the seminary and wanted to revisit it. There are some great thoughts there from someone who had to suffer a lot. Favorite type of music: Classical. I love especially Chopin s piano music. Person you most admire: The Holy Father and the courage he has in the face of illness. Greatest hope: That Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine will always be a place of eucharistic devotion, prayer and reconciliation for the many who come there. And that it will always remain an oasis for visitors from far and near. Msgr. Joseph Harte talks with his secretary, Libby Yost, at Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine. TFC PHOTO BY DEBRA TOMASELLI Diocese of Orlando 50 East Robinson Street Orlando, FL Fax
6 ORL A10 AROUND A10 T Diocese The Florida Catholic Feb. 18, 2005 H E Spiritual events Anniversary Mass 2005: 2 p.m., Feb. 20, Blessed Sacrament Church, Clermont. Celebrant: Bishop Thomas Wenski. The Mass is to honor couples celebrating 25, 50 or other significant anniversary Healing service: 7 p.m., March 8, Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, 4675 Clyde Morris, Blvd., in Port Orange. Leader: Maria Rocha p.m., March 1, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, U.S. 41, Dunnellon. Maria Rocha has been leading an apostolate of prayer and healing for more than 25 years with approvals from her bishop in Rhode Island and the bishop of Orlando HIV/AIDS bilingual Mass: 7:30 p.m., March 1, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 5900 Oleander Dr., Orlando or Meetings, other events Our Lady of Hope adult education seminars: 7:30-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Our Lady of Hope Parish, 4675 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange. Part of ongoing adult religious education seminars. Presentations: Feb. 22 Why Be Catholic? Eight Reasons for Being Catholic by Deacon Bob Kinsey; and March 1 A New Twist on the Spirituality of the Eucharistic Prayer, by Father George Dunne, SSS Shrine concert: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 24, Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando. The professional, in-residence Shrine Choir, will perform a concert of sacred choral favorites ranging from baroque to classical to Gospel. $7 for adults and If you: free for children under , ext. 38 or enoftheuniverse.org. Course on Basic Catholic Doctrine: 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, All Souls Catholic Church, Sanford. Program is taken from one written for Mother Teresa s Missionaries of Charity. Instructor: Dorothy Walker, member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate founded by Father John A. Hardon, SJ, and now directed by Archbishop Raymond L. Burke of St. Louis , or Scranton alumni reception: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 22, Chapter s on Park, 358 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Guest of honor: Father Scott R. Pilarz, SJ, president of The University of Scranton. Sponsored by the Scranton Club of north Florida. Reservations requested: SCRANTON or edu/alumnievents. Morning Star arts and crafts bazaar: Noon-4 p.m., March 13, Morning Star School, 954 Leigh Ave., Orlando. The 15th annual Spring Arts and Crafts Bazaar to benefit Morning Star School will feature a variety of arts and crafts items for sale, a silent auction, a raffle, food and entertainment Living Will forum: 9 a.m. -2 p.m., March 5, Sacred Heart Parish, 988 Father Donlan Dr., New Smyrna Beach. Free, but reservations requested Lenten retreat for women: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 26, Our Lady of Grace, Palm Bay. Speaker: Sister Paula Hagan, OSB, founder and national director of Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS). 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Fax: (toll free) Captain of the Krewe person before Feb. 20 and $25 after. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Advance registration requested or ODCCW personal development day for women: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Holy Spirit parish center, Lake Wales. All women welcome. Coffee, doughnuts and lunch provided. Theme: Celebrating the Seasons of a Woman s Life. Advance registration requested. $25. Make checks payable to ODCCW. Send to: Pauline Farley, Highway 27, Lot R93, Frostproof, FL or Family Life Ministry workshop: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, March 5 at St. Mary Parish, Rockledge. For anyone in parish ministry who works with families, including religious education, marriage preparation, parenting Fashion show and luncheon: 11 a.m., March 5, St. Joseph of the Forest Mission, E. Highway 40, Silver Springs. Fashions by Bon Worth s. Tickets: $6 per person. Reservations CCHD youth art contest urges awareness of poverty issues The deadline is fast approaching for youths wishing to participate in the Catholic Campaign for Human Development s Youth Arts contest. All entries must be received at the Orlando Diocese s Respect Life Office by March 1 to be considered for the diocesan and national initiative. To enter, youths in grades 7-12 can work individually or in a group to express the theme Unlock Opportunities: End Poverty, through various media within one of three categories: visual arts, literature or audio-visual. Schools and religious education programs traditionally participate but the contest is open to any youth from parishes in the diocese. Through CCHD, the Catholic Church in the United States supports community-based self-help groups of empowered low-income people who join with others in the community in order to reverse the root cause of poverty. CCHD also assists Catholics in the United TFC PHOTO BY CHARLES HODGES Father Brian Sheridan, pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Orlando, portrayed the Captain of the Krewe of Good Shepherd in the parish s annual Mardi Gras Parade Feb. 5. requested Holy Name of Jesus fall festival: March 3-6, 3050 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic. Thursday, March 3, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Featuring rides all weekend and a live auction March 5. Discount ride tickets can be purchased after weekend Masses until Feb. 26th Blessed Sacrament Parish Best Wurst festival: March 3-6, 5135 N. U.S.1 Cocoa. Rides, food extravaganza every night, raffles, face painting, clowns and games. Discounted ride tickets on sale until 5 p.m. March 3. St. Patrick s Day dinner dance: 6-9 p.m., March 5, St. Brendan Church, 1000 Ocean Shore Bvd., Ormond Beach. Traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, followed by dance. Cost: $ or Pipe organ concert: 3 p.m., March 6, St. Joseph Parish, 1501 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando. Featured organist: Dr. News briefs States to understand better and to respond appropriately to the root causes of poverty. Entries should be sent to the Respect Life Office, P.O. Box 1800, Orlando, FL (by mail), or 50 E. Robinson St., Orlando, FL (for drop-off). On the diocesan level, the grand prize winner will receive $100 cash award and a $100 gift will be designated in the winner s name to a CCHD-funded project. Second- and third-prize winners will receive $50 and $25 cash awards, respectively. Gifts in the same amounts will be designated in the winner s name to a CCHD-funded project. An honorable mention will receive a $10 cash award and a certificate. One entry will be selected in each category and sent to the national CCHD office in Washington, D.C. The national grand-prize winner will be honored at a reception held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership. CCHD will cover the cost of travel and one overnight stay for the winner and guardian. Ray Adams, director of the Vero Beach Choral Society th annual Father Peter Quinn golf classic: 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, March 13, Huntington Hills Golf and Country Club, Lakeland. Golf tournament benefits St. Anthony School. Participation is limited to 144 golfers. Teams and individual participants encouraged to participate. $90 per golfer, includes greens fees, golf cart, lunch, dinner and refreshments on the course , or St. Patrick s Day luncheon, card party and silent auction: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., March 15, St. Mary Magdalen Church, 861 Maitland Ave., Altamonte Springs. Tickets: $25. Sponsored by St. Gerard Women s Circle. All proceeds will be donated to local charities. Reservation requested or Secular Franciscan meeting: A Secular Franciscan fraternity meets monthly at Queen of Peace Church in Ocala. Secular Franciscans commit themselves by promise, not vow, to live the Gospel life of Jesus Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi or Secular Franciscan Order, St. Francis Fraternity: First Sunday, 12:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Church, youth building, Apopka and leave a phone number for a return call. Remarriage preparation: Now offered in Spanish Sts. Peter and Paul Spanish ministry: Spanish small Christian community meetings, third Fridays, 7:30 p.m Scripture rosary recited in Spanish on Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m Widows and Widowers Society of Central Florida: 5 p.m., March 4, at the Goldenrod Civic Center, located at the intersection of Aloma and Palmetto Avenues or The national CCHD office will select a grand-prize winner (worth $1,000); second prize (worth $750); and third prize (worth $500). For a contest entry form and information, call Hurricane relief Catholic Charities Orlando was recently awarded a grant for hurricane relief from Catholic Charities USA. The purpose of these funds is to address the unmet needs in the community. If you are a storm victim or become aware of storm victims with needs that have not been met with available resources, contact the Catholic Charities office closest to your home for an appointment. Catholic Charities: Orlando Daytona Cocoa Lakeland Winter Haven Ocala F e d e r a l E m e r g e n c y Management Agency recently announced that it had extended its filing deadline for new hurricane claims to Feb. 28.