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Our Lady of Perpetual Help

The image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is an icon, painted on wood, and seems to have originated around the thirteenth century. Traditionally, the image is also known as "Our Lady of Perpetual Succor." The icon (about 54 x 41.5 centimeters) depicts our Blessed Mother Mary, under the title "Mother of God," holding the Child Jesus.

The Archangels Michael and Gabriel, hovering in the upper corners, hold the instruments of the Passion- St. Michael (in the left corner) holds the spear, the wine-soaked sponge, and the crown of thorns, and St. Gabriel (in the right corner) holds the cross and the nails. The intent of the artist was to portray the Child Jesus contemplating the vision of His future Passion. The anguish He feels is shown by the loss of one of His sandals. Nevertheless, the icon also conveys the triumph of Christ over sin and death, symbolized by the golden background (a sign of the glory of the resurrection) and the manner in which the angels hold the instruments, i.e. like trophies gathered up from Calvary on Easter morning.

In a very beautiful way, the Child Jesus grasps the hand of the Blessed Mother. He seeks comfort from His mother, as He sees the instruments of His passion. The position of Mary's hands- both holding the Child Jesus (who seems like a small adult) and presenting Him to us- convey the reality of our Lord's incarnation, that He is the true God who became also true man. In iconography, Mary here is represented as the Hodighitria, the one who guides us to the Redeemer. She also is our Help, who intercedes on our behalf with her Son.

Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive 2019

ABCD UPDATE: Our parish is short $9,076.15 to meet our goal of $104,000.00.

Thank you to all our parishioners who responded so far to this appeal. If you haven’t made your gift as yet, there is still time for you to help us make our goal.

“Do not allow yourselves to be condemned by anyone who claims to be superior because of special visions and who insists on false humility and the worship of Angels”.

(Colossians 2, vs.18)

Horizontes de Cristiandad ministry for Seniors in Spanish

Next meeting on Saturday, August 24th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

Missionary Cooperative Program

This weekend the second collection will be taken up to fund the Missionary Cooperative Program of the Archdiocese of Miami to benefit the Passionists Missionaries.

For over 60 years these missionaries have served the people of the rainforest of Papua New Guinea to bring the name of Jesus to remote stone-age tribes. Please give generously.

Feast of Our Lady of Charity

Sunday, September 8th, celebration during the 12:30pm Mass.

If you would like to join us at the celebration of the Archdiocese of Miami for Our Lady of Charity at the Watsco Center on the campus of the University of Miami, please call the Parish Office for more information.


Join our Choir on Friday, September 13th, at 7:30pm in the Church for a free Concert featuring American Composers.


In the event of a hurricane and Miami Beach is under evacuation, the Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Miami are: No Masses or parish activities will take place until the evacuation order is lifted.


We are seeking Catechists for the upcoming year 2019-2020. We offer training. To register please visit the Parish Office.

Attention all Volunteers

We have a Virtus Class for Adults who have not taken this class, or who has not kept up with their monthly bulletins, on Saturday September 7th here at St. Joseph in the Parish Hall. In English will be at 9:00am and in Spanish 1:00pm.

Preregistration online is required, please call the Parish Office for more information.

Save the Date!

World renowned speaker and author Christopher West, along with musician, Mike Mangione are coming to our parish with an event called Made For More: Visions Of The Promised Land.

Don’t miss this awesome and inspiring event on Wednesday, October 2nd, at 6:00pm.

Go to for tickets.

Religious Education

Registration has begun for the new program year. Classes are available for grades K-12. Two years of instructions are required to receive the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. Pick up your registration today at the Parish Office. Parents orientation will be on Sunday September 15th at 11:15am in the Parish Hall.

Classes begin on Sunday September 22nd at 11:15am in the Parish Hall.


R.C.I.A., the rite for Christian Initiation for Adults, registration for the new class year is now available in the Parish Office, for adults who want to complete their sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

Classes begin Sunday September 22nd in Spanish and Monday September 23rd in English.

Pilgrimage in Spanish

St. Joseph Catholic Church Pilgrimage in Spanish from the 20th to the 30th of September 2019 with the Spiritual Direction of Fr. Adonis Gonzalez.

For more information please contact the Parish Office or Daniel Fedro at (305) 510-9300.

Pilgrimage to Italy

You are invited to join Archbishop Thomas Wenski on his Ad Limina Pilgrimage to Italy on February 8th to the 15th, 2020.

For more information please call Pilgrimages by Corporate Travel at 1-866-468-1420.

Diocesan News

I thank you for your generosity – a generosity already shown in your support of the Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive (ABCD). Your generosity is the answer to someone’s prayer. Thank you!

You do not need to redo your entire will to make a provision for a charitable bequest to St. Joseph. See your attorney about preparing a Codicil (a written change or addition) for you. For more information contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.

“Do you think I have come to give you peace on Earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” (Luke 12:51)

Living a stewardship lifestyle means stepping out of our comfort zone when needed. Many of us like to play it safe, not cause waves, stay in the middle of the road. The Lord is asking us to take a stance in our believes, no matter how difficult it might be in today’s world.

Super Bowl

**Super Bowl will be in Miami next year and the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee is seeking 10,000 volunteers to be the face of So. Florida.

For more information email

Wedding Anniversary Mass

Archdiocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass for couples married in the Catholic Church celebrating during 2020 their 1st, 25th, 50th or 50th plus wedding anniversary On January 25th, 2020, 4:00pm photos with Archbishop Wenski, 5:30pm Mass at t. Mary Cathedral in Miami.


The Archdiocese of Miami has been hearing reports of people receiving emails from scammers impersonating clergy, asking to verify personal information on a document titled Archdiocese of Miami Proposal.

If you, your friends or family have received emails like this, please do not open the attachment, do not respond, and delete the email. Clergy would never ask you to verify personal information online.

You can report the scam to Florida’s Consumer Protection Division, by visiting and filling out a complaint form, or calling the Fraud Hotline, 1-866-966-7226.


May 2019

Collections: $33,129.81

Building Repairs: $ 1,952.63
Utilities: $ 6,458.48
General Assessment: $ 3,482.44
Prop. Liability: $ 6,148.32
Salaries: $31,343.30
Totals: $49,385.17

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection TODAY provides funds for our St. Vincent de Paul Society to assist the needy of our parish. Thank you for your continued generosity. Our Parishioners who need financial assistance are welcome to apply on Fridays ONLY at 2:00pm in the Parish Office.

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