Category: Florida

2018 Eucharistic Congress: Catholics called to love, active service

JACKSONVILLE | Catholics are responsible for sharing Christ in an age and culture both ignorant of and hostile to the values of the Gospel. That was the consistent message presented to the 5,000 or more Catholic faithful during the 2018 Eucharistic Congress held March 16-17 at the Prime F. Osborn III Center in Jacksonville. Speakers… Read more »

It’s time to collect Long Sleeve shirts

Readers enlisted to donate to annual Lenten campaign ORLANDO | In the past 13 years, the Long Sleeve Relief campaign for farmworkers has done more than just collected tons and tons of shirts. The Florida Catholic started the campaign in 2005, and its goal was to provide clean, long-sleeved shirts to protect farmworkers. And people… Read more »

#TBT — What a relief! Shirts beginning to pile up

A reprinted story from our 2014 Long Sleeve Relief drive. For this year’s info on Long Sleeve Relief go here: ORLANDO I “My classroom looks like a warehouse,” joked Connie Heiselman at Boone High School in Orlando. And with the piles of shirts she works among, few would argue. But she and her Spanish… Read more »

Hispanics at Encuentro: ‘We belong here’

MIAMI | Gathered in Miami for three days of intense reflection, 300 mostly Hispanic Catholics pondered problems and proffered solutions to three overriding challenges: Speaking Spanish in an English-speaking Church. Being immigrants in a country that has turned increasingly hostile to their presence. Being believers in a progressively secular society. The delegates to the Southeast… Read more »

Parkland students arrive in Florida capital to urge action on gun reform

TALLAHASSEE | About 100 students from Parkland arrived in Tallahassee the evening of Feb. 20, highly motivated to press their state lawmakers in person to reform gun laws after the deadly shooting rampage at their high school. The afternoon shooting spree Feb. 14 at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County left at… Read more »

LSR: How a story about a pepper teaches a lesson about pesticides

Picture yourself as a farmworker. You are out in the fields picking vegetables. You get thirsty, and while there is water available there are no cups available. Bringing your own cup is not an option; it’s too difficult to work at a breakneck pace picking vegetables and worry about where you might find a cup…. Read more »

Florida Catholic bishops urge governor to spare life of death-row inmate

TALLAHASSEE | The Catholic bishops of Florida appealed to Gov. Rick Scott to spare the life of death-row inmate Eric Branch by commuting his sentence to a life sentence without parole. Branch was scheduled to be executed Feb. 22 for his 1994 conviction of murdering Susan Morris, a college student, in 1993 when he was… Read more »

Florida Catholic launches #FindAFamousShirt initiative

13th annual Long-Sleeve Relief Campaign adding new dimension to raise funds for farmworker associations in Central and South Florida   ORLANDO | As Lent begins, so does the Florida Catholic newspaper Long-Sleeve Relief campaign, which asks readers and people in the pews to donate used long-sleeved shirts to benefit Florida’s farmworkers.   In more than… Read more »

People in the pews head to Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE | For Margarita Feuerbacher, participating in the Catholic Days at the Capitol is nothing new. The parishioner from Our Lady of the Lakes in Deltona has attended Catholic Days at the Capitol for more than 10 years. She keeps coming back because she believes participating in the legislative event is “an extension” of living… Read more »

Awareness of human trafficking aids victims

ORLANDO | Katariina Rosenblatt was 13 years old when she experienced her first brush with sex trafficking in South Florida. She met a 19-year-old girl, who lured her into a false sense of friendship and tried to sell her to a 65-year-old man for $550. She attributed escaping her first encounter through the grace of… Read more »