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.
“Salvation is to be found through Him alone, in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us”
(Acts of the Apostles ch. 4 vs. 12-13)
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Support the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development by giving generously to the second collection on November 23rd. Your support helps to end poverty one community at a time.
Visit usccc.org (search CCHD Collection Resources) to read more about their efforts to spread Christ's love by helping to break the cycle of poverty across the country.
Coffee and Donuts
Please support our fundraising efforts by joining us for Coffee and Donuts served by the members of our various groups in the Parish hall after the Masses on Sundays.
Third Annual Gala Banquet
We would like to thank all those who attended our Third Annual Gala Banquet, “Shooting for the Stars”, in the Miami Beach Resort & Spa Hotel.
Especially the Gala Committee who dedicated many hours in the preparation for this event and our donors and sponsors. We will publish the amount raised next week.
Women's Club Thanksgiving Basket
Raffle tickets are available
outside the Church
after the 10:30am Mass this weekend for the
Women’s Club Thanksgiving Basket,
taking place next weekend
If you are not in you can’t win.
Thank you to our Gala Committee and all the volunteers that helped make our Third Annual Gala last Saturday, a huge success.
We would also like to thank all those who donated items for our Silent Auction. Next week we will publish the net receipts for our event.
Mass of Thanksgiving
A Mass of Thanksgiving will take place at 10am on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 27th. This is the only Mass that day.
First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, November 30th
“Prepare a way for the Lord, make straight his paths” Mark 1:3
Oración en Acción
Advent is starting and plans are on the way for the annual visit to the Treasure Isle Nursing Home. All groups are invited to actively participate in the collection and distribution of the gifts on Saturday, December 20th.
The Divine Mercy ministry is coordinating the collection this year. Parishioners are invited to bring gifts starting next weekend.Suggested unwrapped gifts are items for personal hygiene, socks, blankets, stuffed animals, cologne, etc. Please no candy or clothes.
Thank you for your consideration in making someone happy during this very special time.
Mass book for 2015
The Mass book for 2015 will open for intentions on Tuesday, December 2nd. The donation per intention is $15.00.
Spanish: Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:30pm in the Church.
English: Monday, December 8th at 7pm in the chapel.
Please register in the parish office, there is a $15.00 fee if the baptism is not taking place here.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Monday, December 8th is the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holyday of obligation.
English: Masses will take place at 8am & 5:30pm.
Spanish: Masses will take place at 7pm.
Spirit of TAIZE (Multilingual)
Songs and Prayers in the Spirit of TAIZE (multilingual)
Friday, December 12th at 7:30pm.
Retirement Fund for Religious
Senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests have spent their lives ministering to others, often for little, if any, pay. Their sacrifices now leave their religious communities without adequate savings for retirements and health care.
Your gift to this collection supports the day-to-day care of roughly 35,000 senior religious, providing necessities such as prescriptions medications and nursing care. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.
Parish Penance Service and Anointing of the Sick
You are invited!
Parish Penance Service and Anointing of the Sick on Monday, December 20th at 7pm in the Church, an opportunity for healing and renewal.
Emmaus Men's Retreat (Coming Soon)
English: January 16-18, 2015.
Please stop by the rectory to complete an application or call Adam at (786) 348-5469.
Respect Life: Bulletin Briefs
Respect Life: Bulletin Briefs “God’s infinite love for each one of us helps us to grasp our identity and our worth. The recognition of this dignity leads us to respect and protect each person’s life”
Collection of November 16th
Debt. Reduction: $1,155.00
Thank you for your generosity.
Making a will isn’t expensive...but not having one may cost your family a great deal. Please be a good steward of your resources by using wisely the Lord’s gifts given to you. Make a will or revise the one you have, if you haven’t done so in the last five years. For more information on estate planning, contact the Rectory or the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.