October 2015 - Blessed are the Merciful
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Dear Friends of Catholic Charities of Central Florida,

Pope Francis will be opening the Holy Door on December 8, for the start of the Jubilee of Mercy. This will be a Door of Mercy, through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instills hope. The doorway into Catholic Charities of Central Florida is also a door of mercy for over 100,000 individuals and families annually. People who enter are in great need of the love of God, consolation and hope. 
 
On October 31 and November 1, the Annual Collection for Catholic Charities of Central Florida will be held at parishes throughout the Diocese of Orlando. Your support is critical to keeping the door of mercy open to our brothers and sisters in need throughout the nine counties served by Catholic Charities. Donations like yours provide direct support to sustain services that provide food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, healthcare for the sick and a refuge for those starting a new life.

As we prepare for the Jubilee of Mercy, please consider joining us by sharing God’s mercy with those most in need. Please support Catholic Charities of Central Florida by donating today.
 
God bless you today and always,
 
Gary Tester
Executive Director
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On October 14, the lobby at Catholic Charities of Central Florida was filled with people waiting for their names to be called. Some waited for over an hour with their young children who sat on the floor and colored. Others sat alone reading the newspaper. Some passed the time in conversation with family or others sitting nearby. All had one thing in common: they were seeking mercy and compassion in the form of food, rent assistance and guidance. Read more...
Thank you to McGee Auto Service & Tires for our new refrigerated truck at Agape Food Bank in Lakeland! Surrounded by Catholic Charities staff, volunteers, local priests, community members and the McGee family, Bishop Noonan blessed the truck and asked for God’s mercy on those who give generously to Catholic Charities of Central Florida and the families we serve.
On October 24, 430 guests raised over $200,000 at the Soup Bowl Supper fundraiser to support Pathways to Care in providing health, housing and hope to Central Florida’s most vulnerable homeless veterans and non-veteran adults. Thank you to our generous guests and our amazing volunteers from St. Stephen Catholic Church in Winter Springs! Photos by Jack D. Slack. 
On October 24, the Youth Ministry at Most Precious Blood in Oviedo hosted a pumpkin party for our newly arrived refugee families. There were fun games, tasty treats and pumpkin decorating. Thank you to our amazing volunteers from Most Precious Blood!

Empty Bowls is November 14

Join us Saturday, November 14 from 6-10 p.m. at Polk State College in Lakeland. The event includes a live and silent auction of hand-crafterd ceramic bowls and other works by local artists and community leaders to help alleviate hunger through Agape Food Bank.Tickets are $75 per person. Click here to purchase your tickets online.
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