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This Week

We are a Why Catholic Parish!

One of the greatest benefits of Small Faith Communities (SFC) is their witness as Catholics taking responsibility for their own faith life and spiritual growth. Recently I was an observer at a parish Small Christian Community meeting that was setting its vision for the future. The members felt that the Church's call for the new evangelization and the witness given by Pope Francis in living out the faith was an opportunity to revisit their roots.

At the conclusion of the conference, the following vision emerged: "The root of the Small Christian Community is responding to being called to live a life of Christian values, to carry a sense of the Lord today, and witness a renewal of vision."

The Why Catholic program was implemented by the Archdiocese of Miami in our parish in February 2014. The first meeting of our 15 members took place on Wednesday, February 26th. It is a four year program.

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"The Son of Man must be handed over to sinful men, be crucified and three days later rise to life"

Luke 24: vs.7

ABCD - One in Faith, One in Hope, One in Charity

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We need YOU.

Goal $98,600.00
Pledges So Far $96,911.00
Shortfall $1,689.00

ABCD is our one opportunity during the year to reach out in support of all of the people of God beyond the boundary of our parish. Through the ABCD, we follow the example of Christ to serve our brothers and sisters here in the Archdiocese of Miami. Jesus Christ is the common thread that binds us all. We are one.

Thank you to all those who have already made their pledge to this. If you haven't done so as yet, please place your pledge envelope in the collection basket or return to the parish office.

Second Collection

The second collection today provides funds to reduce your parish debt. Please give generously.

Sanctuary Lamp

The Sanctuary Lamp burns this week in loving memory of Enrique Latoja offered by Ramon & Tessie Sicam and family.

Filipino Spring Fest

Please support our fundraising efforts by joining us for our Filipino Spring Festival, in the parish hall after all the Masses Monday, March 29th from 8:00am to 2:00pm, which includes a Garage Sale and the best selection of Filipino food in Miami.

Annual Taste of St. Joseph Festival

Thank you so much to all the volunteers who gave of their time, talent and treasure to participate in our Annual Taste of St. Joseph Festival.

The gross receipts was $20,332.90, and after expenses of $8,789.00 we had a net profit of $11,445.00.

The Grand Raffle Prize Winning Tickets were: 1st prize-#3501, 2nd prize-#18765 & 3rd prize-#0221.

Congratulations to the winners. Also, St. Joseph Candles and Novena receipts amounted to $1,200.00.

Good Friday

On Good Friday you will have the opportunity to support Christians in the Holy Land by contributing to the special collection.

Don't forget - Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence from meat (one full meal and two lesser ones) for those who are between the ages of 18 & 59.

Holy Week 2015

Baptism Classes

Spanish: Wednesday, April 8th, at 7:30pm in the Church

English: Monday, April 13th at 7:00pm in the chapel.

Please note: NO Baptisms will take place during Lent.

Please register in the parish office, there is a $15.00 fee if the baptism is not taking place here.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The monthly collection for our St. Vincent de Paul Society will take place on the weekend of April 11th/12th.

Vocation Chalice

We encourage all our parishioners to sign up to receive the Vocation Chalice and continue to pray for Vocations to the priesthood, religious life and amongst the laity.

Thank you to the following parishioners who received the Chalice in February:
Alfredo Marian & Michael Lopez
Moises Chavez Anna & Nelson Gutierrez
Marquez Alvarez Sivori
Farina Galvez
Lopez Contreras & Cobo families

Family Service program

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery:

The 7th Corporal Work of Mercy teaches us to bury the deceased with dignity. The Church has consecrated our Catholic Cemeteries to ensure that we have the appropriate place to fulfill this teaching. We have invited representatives from Catholic Cemeteries Family Services program to visit our parish on April 11th and 12th.

The counselors will have information available to help you make your own decisions. We encourage your to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about advance planning in a Catholic Cemetery.

We invite you to visit us online at www.catholiccemeteriesmiami.org.

Planned Giving

A living will can ensure that your healthcare wishes will be carried out.

Contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at 305-762-1110 for information.

PARISH FINANCES

January 2015

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 703.92
Utilities: $ 4,635.89
Archdiocese General Assessment : $ 3,142.65
Prop. Liability : $ 7,238.75
Bank Loan : $ 7,099.81
Salaries & Benefits : $ 37,932.67

Collections : $35,433.00

Totals :$60,753.69

Deficit : $25,320.69

*Does not include Salaries or benefits.

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