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    • In the news
      2014 Labor Day Statement Focuses on Unemployment Among Young People : 
      Archbishop Wenski reiterates Pope Francis’ call for an inclusive economy; says college debt, lack of stable jobs keeping young people from starting families; calls for increased solidarity, more and better jobs, immigration reform.  
      WASHINGTON—The high unemployment rate of young adults, both in the United States and around the world, is the focus of the 2014 Labor Day Statement from the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. The statement, dated September 1, draws on Pope Francis’ teaching against an “economy of exclusion” and applies it to the millions of unemployed young adults in the United States. The full text of the 2014 Labor Day Statement is available online in English: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/labor-employment/labor-day-statement-2014.cfm
      Spanish: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/labor-employment/declaracion-del-dia-del-trabajo-2014.cfm  

      Sister Robert Anne Jones, SSJ: It is with sadness that we announce that Sister Robert Anne Jones, SSJ, died August 26 following an extended illness. Sister Robert Anne served as principal of St. Michael Interparochial School in Pensacola from 1992 - 2004, and on the staff of St. Mary Catholic School in Fort Walton Beach from 2004 - 2013. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Buffalo in New York, where Sister Robert Anne resided with her congregation in recent weeks. The funeral vigil and Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the St. Joseph Community Residence Chapel at 4975 Strickler Rd., Clarence, NY 14031. The vigil will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 29, 2014.  A rosary will be prayed at 1 p.m. by her religious sisters.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 30, at the chapel.  The burial will be in Buffalo, NY following the funeral. There will be a memorial Mass for Sister Robert Anne at St. Mary Catholic Church, Fort Walton Beach, Florida on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 8:15 a.m. The students, staff and faculty of the school will all be present for this Mass. A memorial Mass for Sister Robert Anne will be celebrated at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel on October 14, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.  The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph suggest that memorial donations might be made to their Development Office at the above address. 
      Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may the perpetual light shine upon her! May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

      The "Ice Bucket Challenge" and Catholic moral teaching: What's the story? What's the connection to embryonic stem cells? Click here for information from the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

      Observing the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement: Bishop John H. Ricard narrates a video on the Church's role in the struggle. For additional resources, click here.

      'Catholics Come Home' series to debut Sept. 4 on EWTN - (CNS) -- Catholics Come Home, an organization based in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell, will premiere a new TV series that features individuals who have joined the Catholic Church or returned to the Catholic faith after many years away. The "Catholics Come Home" series, which was filmed in more than a dozen locations in the U.S. and Canada, will debut Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. Eastern time on the Eternal Word Television Network. Episodes will air every Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern time, with additional airings on Sundays at 6 p.m. Eastern time. More information on the show can be found at www.catholicscomehome.org. The EWTN website, www.ewtn.com, has scheduling information.

      Register now for the 3rd Annual Bishop John Ricard Conference - October 4, 2014 at St. Sylvester Parish in Gulf Breeze - for all in parish ministry! (Full brochure English Spanish) (Flyer English Spanish) (Online Registration).

      Ministry for Divorced Catholics
      At the Bishop’s Envisioning Listening Sessions there was a repeated request for ministry to Catholics who are divorced. In response, we are beginning a twelve-week program that features 30-minute DVDs followed by discussion.  Beginning Tuesday, August 26, we will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8 pm at the Pastoral Center at 11 N. B Street in Pensacola. For more information about the program, go to CatholicsDivorce.com. The registration form may be found under the "Event Registration" tab on the website. The cost is $20 to cover materials but cost should not keep you from registering. You may pay by check or bring the payment with you to the first session. For more information, call Sister Beth at 850 435-3553.

      The Instrumentum Laboris, the agenda of the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, is now posted on the Vatican's website. Entitled, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. This document provides a substantive reflection on the major challenges facing the family in the early twenty-first century as well as articulates certain pastoral challenges. Please pray for our bishops as they look forward to the Extraordinary Synod!

      Catholic Charities provides emergency assistance including medication replacement, gift cards for food, and help finding housing. Call 850-436-6425 for emergency assistance.

    • Calendar
      • Sep 6, 2014
        Fall Reflection Morning
      • Sep 12-14, 2014
        $80 open to all high school youth. Contact Lisa Kurnik @kurnikl@ptdiocese.org or 850-435-3513.
      • Sep 13, 2014
        On Saturday, September 13, pro-life Americans throughout the country will gather at the gravesites of aborted babies and other memorial sites dedicated in their honor for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Solemn vigils will be held at these sites to commemorate the more than 55 million children who have lost their lives to legal abortion since 1973, and to remind our society of the humanity of the unborn child. Please join us for the memorial service in our community
      • Sep 20, 2014
        6th Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk a Charity Walk Sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. There is no registration fee. Walkers are encouraged to make a monetary donation and collect donations from friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to benefit our ministry. We will have a morning of fresh air, exercise, free hamburgers and hotdogs, as well as, music, face painting, balloon sculpture, a make and take craft table hosted by a local artist, and Zumba demonstrations! T-Shirts for those who participate the day of the Walk! For more information about the FOP Walk or to register, log on to: For more information about the FOP Walk or to register, log on to: www.svdpusa.net/walk/1061, or call (850) 393-7733.
      • Sep 20, 2014
        10:30 AM
        The Church welcomes with joy and compassion the parents who, recognizing that all life is a gift from God, come to the Church seeking a blessing for their unborn child. The blessing of the child in the womb will occur during Mass with Bishop Parkes will celebrate.
      • Sep 23, 2014
        6:00 PM
        Join us as we kick-off the next 40 Days for Life Campaign and host a baby-shower for a mother who chose life this past May! St. Paul Gymnasium, 3131 Hyde Park Rd. Pensacola.
      • Sep 30, 2014
        7:00 PM
        Join Bishop Parkes as he leads a rosary in front of the abortion facility in Pensacola.
      • Oct 11, 2014
        10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        at Seville Square, downtown Pensacola. All 20 mysteries of the rosary. Rain or shine. Please bring chair and umbrella. For information: mildbill2626@aol.com.
      • Oct 24, 2014
        4:00 PM
        A collaboration of civic and faith-based groups will be coming together on Friday, October 24th, from 4 - 6 p.m. on the Old Capital steps in Tallahassee to call for an end to Florida's death penalty. Sponsored by Pax Christi Florida.