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DIOCESE OF ORLANDO Vol. 82
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CASSELBERRY COVID-19 is forcing parishes to seek new ways of staying connected to the people of God. For Father Toms Hurtado, pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Casselberry, short reflections on the upcoming Sunday readings via You- Tube and Facebook are making all the difference. Father Hurtado said he was looking for ways to remain close despite the social distance, and the parish knew it needed to improve its "technical audio-visual communications and social me- dia platforms." He added the par- ish is "still not ideally prepared to livestream Mass to reach the faith- ful at home." Currently, Masses are livestreamed through cell phones and an iPad. Faith Connection or Conctate con Tu Fe began in June 2020. Pa- rishioners were invited to donate online to help raise funds for new equipment and to improve inter- net bandwidth and digital trans- missions. The short reflections are
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based on Sunday Scripture read- ings. We hope people will realize the importance of evangelization by means of these new methods of social communication and will as- sist in funding the improvement of equipment needed to do so," Father Hurtado said. Parishioner Alonso Barboza composes the videos, working closely with Father Hurtado to in- clude the best images to convey his message. The reflections differ from the homily in that they are no more than five minutes. Father Hurtado challenges himself to make the homily different from the reflection, avoiding repetition. Reflections are filled with graphic illustrations en- hancing understanding and appeal. Father Hurtado's goal is to keep the congregation connected to the parish and with each other, along with reflecting on the Sunday read- ings. Reflections air the Wednesday prior to that Sunday's celebration of the Mass. Following the Mass, a short video follows, similar to that of the Wednesday reflection. Fa- ther Hurtado then poses a question for personal reflection. He invites the faithful to post responses and thoughts to create an interactive experience. The parish now reaches followers throughout the United States and abroad. The community appreciates and looks forward to the videos each week," said Father Hurtado who shares the messages both in English and Spanish. "The result has been very positive, glory be to God. We have been able to reach the faithful beyond our diocese."
Visit Conctate con tu Fe on St. Au- gustine Parish's YouTube page and via its Facebook @StAugustineCas- selberry.
Father Toms Hurtado, pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Casselberry, offers short reflections on the upcoming Sunday readings via YouTube and Facebook. (SCREENSHOT) STAFF REPORT
OCALA Trinity Catholic High School will start offering AP (Ad- vanced Placement) Capstone courses in fall 2021. Trinity is one of approximately 1,800 schools worldwide to implement the AP Capstone Diploma program, an innovative curriculum that allows students to develop skills for col- lege success. The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP Seminar and AP Research that encompass research, collaboration, and communication. Depending on their scores, stu- dents may earn the AP Capstone Diploma - showing outstanding achievement of college-level aca- demic and research skills or the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. Through research reports, writ- ten arguments, and presentations students will learn to identify cred- ibility and bias in sources and devel- op arguments. They will also learn to understand research methodol- ogy; employ ethical research prac- tices; and collect, analyze, and syn- thesize information to contribute to academic research. President/Principal Lou Pereira noted, "This innovative program gets a broader, more diverse student population ready for college and be- yond. The program adds to a robust academic college prep curriculum, so our students can access more challenging coursework and sharp- en their reading and writing skills."
Trinity Catholic offers new AP program
Around the Diocese
EVENTS WITH BISHOP NOONAN
White Mass: Bishop John Noonan invites all to the White Mass, recognizing the ministry of those who protect life and care for the ill and dying, such as physicians, nurses, compassionate care ministers, ministers of consolation, chaplains, mental health workers, and all in the medical profession. Saturday, Nov. 21, 5 p.m., Annunciation Parish, 1020 Montgomery Rd., Altamonte Springs. All attending will be required to wear masks and socially distance.
LIMEX Info session: Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-noon, Resurrection Parish, 333 Terrace Way, Lakeland, FL 33813. Acquire a certificate or master's degree in theology through the Loyola Institute for Ministry. Session is in English. Register by email: tevans@ orlandodiocese.org.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter (Virtual): Nov. 17 and 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Restore. Rekindle. Renew. Unlock the power of your relationship with new ways to do the "I do." To register go to flcn- wwme.org/applyWeekend.php Charismatic Mass: Monday, Nov. 16, 6-9:30 p.m., St. Mark the Evangelist, 7081 S.E. Hwy. 42, Summerfield. 352-347-9317. Holy Hour for Vocations: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6-9:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 15, St. Charles Borromeo, 4001 Edgewater Dr., Orlando. Join the community to pray for vocations. 407-293-9556. Conversando: The Secretariat for Laity, Family, & Life presents topics of interest relating to faith - Mondays at 7:30 p.m. via Facebook. Click to join the discussion www.facebook.com/ groups/983018745501489
Rosary: After daily Masses Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. St. Jude Parish, 443 Marion Oaks Dr., Ocala. Come and experience the power of the rosary as we pray as in community. 352- 347-0154
Separated and divorced: Surviving Divorce: Mondays on Zoom, 7 p.m. For all experiencing the after-effects of divorce, St. Margaret Mary Parish's program includes online access to program videos each week to view on your own, followed by secure, confidential discussion on Monday nights on Zoom with trained facilitators. Weekly schedule and confidentiality forms online at: https://stmargaretmary. org/ministries/family-matters/ catholic-ministry-for-separated- and-divorced/. Register at https:// stmargaretmary.org/divorce- support-group/ or call 407-645- 0284.
The following are virtual/non-virtual retreats offered at San Pedro Spiritual Development Center in Winter Park: Free Spiritual Resources: Self- guided retreats and downloads including Peace in Pandemic Times; Cultivating the Virtues: Faith; Jesus Calms the Teens; Priest, Prophet and King; and more. New resources added each week at sanpedro- center.org/spiritual-resources Franciscan Hermitage Retreat: Thursday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m. - Sunday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m. Silent retreat guided by Franciscan Father Vianney Cunningham and Jeanne and Tony Walter, members of the Secular Franciscan Order. Relationship Recharge Marriage Workshop: Saturday, Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m., St. John the Apostle Building 300. Are you tired of the dullness of everyday tasks and want a spark within your marriage again? Join Regina Boyd, licensed mental health therapist, to learn how to reconnect with your spouse; become more passionate about living; integrate Catholic spirituality to strengthen your bond; communicate effectively and more. $30. Christmas Celebration Family Night: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 6 -8 p.m. A night the whole family will enjoy featuring live animals, Christmas carols, food and holiday treats, Christmas crafts, photos with the Three Kings, and presentations of the Live Nativity throughout the evening. Free event with food and treats for sale. Para nuevos recursos en espa- ol, puede visitar a nuestra pgina de web! https://www.sanpedrocen- ter.org/recursos-en-espanol
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