Human Trafficking is modern day slavery. Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human trafficking still exists today throughout the United States and globally when traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control other people for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex or forcing them to provide labor services against their will.
Sadly, Florida is commonly known amongst law enforcement personnel to have one of the highest incidences of human trafficking in the country. Moreover, Florida is commonly cited along with New York and California as being one of the top three destinations for trafficking victims in the United States.
This Lent, our faith community will be raising funds to offer a Lenten donation to Samaritan Village, Inc. If your family has not yet done so, please take a donation box home so that you may join in this simple yet powerful Lenten practice. Boxes are available in the Church Narthex.
Samaritan Village is a non profit Christ-centered ministry for women desiring freedom from sexual exploitation, located right here in Orlando, FL. When Jesus visited the Samaritan village of Sychar (John 4) and met the woman at the well, He revealed Himself to her as the Messiah, but He also revealed to the woman her true self. When she returned to her village with a message of healing and hope, the entire village was transformed.
Utilizing a holistic & trauma-informed model, Samaritan Village guides women on their journey to a life change. Therapeutic elements include both group and individual counseling, relapse prevention classes and community service, as well as training in life skills, fiscal responsibility, and goal setting.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.samaritanvillage.net
Our Catholic Appeal is an annual opportunity for every member of our faith family to support the life-changing work of the Diocese of Orlando.
Gifts to Our Catholic Appeal fund a wide variety of ministries that serve our nine counties in ways that no parish could accomplish alone.
In keeping with the Holy Father’s request that the Church focus in a special way on the consecrated life, Our Catholic Appeal 2015 will follow our religious sisters, brothers and priests as they live out their charisms through the ministries of the diocese and the stewardship of the faithful.
How Your Gift To Our Catholic Appeal
Your gifts to Our Catholic Appeal are the sole source of funding for 28 ministries that benefit every parish, mission and school in our diocese. In addition, your gifts provide critical support for outreach programs such as Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Hope CommUnity Center, and our schools in the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic.
Because of your generosity, we are able to:
For more information on the great work that is made possible through a gift to Our Catholic Appeal, please view the 2015 video and Frequently Asked Questions at: http://cfocf.org/
Envelopes are available in the Church pews on Sundays if you would like the opportunity to donate to the important programs and ministries supported by the Annual Appeal.
We invite you to consider our new electronic giving program as a way to automate your regular weekly offerings.
Electronic giving is convenient for you and provides much-needed consistency for our church. There is no cost for you to participate.
As an example, if you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write out 52 checks a year or prepare 52 envelopes. And when travel, illness, or other circumstances prevent you from attending mass, this program will allow your weekly offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis.
To find out more about our exciting new service, click here.
We are a Christ-centered, Spirit-filled family. Responding to the Father's loving invitation, we gather together as a diverse community to worship, to minister to others, and to celebrate our faith through the sacraments, community outreach, education, and personal witness.
To deepen and enhance the spiritual life of the parish through liturgy, personal prayer, and devotions.
To provide religious education and spiritual formation.
To minister to those within the parish family and community.
To reach out to returning Catholics and unchurched persons.
To deepen our commitment to stewardship of prayer, time and talent, and treasure.
To celebrate our diversity and our commonality.
Sts. Peter & Paul Parish was established on July 27, 1967. We celebrated our first Mass on August 13, 1967, on the grounds of Camp San Pedro. During the following two years, Pastor Michael Troy and 200 families were a community on the road, celebrating Mass in San Pedro Center, New Hope Baptist Church and Aloma Elementary School. On November 1, 1969, we celebrated the first Mass in the domed recreational building. It served not only as our church, but also the rectory, church offices, ministry meeting room and community auditorium.