February 2017 - Preparing for Lent
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Dear Friends of Catholic Charities of Central Florida,

As we prepare to enter the holy season of Lent which begins on March 1, Ash Wednesday, we remember our call to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. To help us answer this call and enter into this time of reflection more fully, we prepared the 2017 40 Ways to Mercy calendar.
 
The calendar includes a gratitude prayer and daily inspiration through scripture, service opportunities and more. From volunteering at a food pantry to offering a prayer for someone in need, each day will help you share God’s love with others.
 
We invite you to share this calendar with your friends and family and share your witness to mercy with us on social media with #MercyCFL. Also, we hope you enjoy reading about the ways we are transforming lives in Central Florida with your support!

God bless you today and always,

 
Gary Tester
Executive Director
Join us on a Lenten Journey

Help us share God's love through prayer, fasting and almsgiving during Lent with our 40 Ways to Mercy Calendar. Download the calendar here.

We're Introducing Mobile Services for Seniors

For more than three decades the Lakeland Activity Center for Seniors, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, has provided a second home for the area’s seniors; giving them a place to participate in activities, meals, health screenings, and most importantly, to socialize with other seniors. Now the organization is introducing “Mobile Services for Seniors” to serve more seniors through satellite locations. Read more...

We're Launching Behavioral Health Services

This spring, we are launching a new program to provide behavioral health services. Leading this new initiative is Catherine Galda, a licensed clinical social worker who will be educating staff and training them on the basics of understanding trauma. The program will launch first in Brevard County and a timetable for expansion into other counties will be announced later. Read more...

Our Food Donation of the Month is...

The food donation of the month is canned vegetables! Did you know that our Semoran Food Pantry serves more than 2,000 people each month? Your donations help keep our shelves stocked and our community fed. Donations are welcome Mon - Fri, 9 am - 4:30 pm. To schedule a pick-up for large quantities, please call 407-658-1818, ext. 2335.

Save the Date
Proceeds will support children, families and seniors served by Catholic Charities of Central Florida programs in Polk County! Sponsorship opportunities, tickets and more at www.cflcc.org/derby
Helpful Hearts in Our Community
Thank you to our dedicated volunteers from St. Stephen Parish who began a two-year service project at Pathways to Care. Click here to read about their extreme makeover plans.
Thank you to our parish partners who help us transform more lives through faith, compassion and service! Click here to read about our new partnership with Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.
Thank you to our friends at LEGOLAND Florida who helped us pack 532 bags of food for families with children in our SmilePak program.They also built all the pallets that will be delivered to 23 public schools here in Polk County that will serve over 800 children and families.
Thank you to students in Polk County Catholic Schools who volunteered at Agape Food Bank during Catholic Schools Week. 
Stay Connected
A special thank you to all who have volunteered or donated to support the families we serve! Please let us know if you have had a change of address or phone number by sending your updated contact information to Sally.Crawford@cflcc.org.
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