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Lenten Schedule and Holy Week

  • April 19th, Good Friday,
    Morning Prayer at 8:30am (Spa.),
    Stations of the Cross at 12 noon in Spanish and 3pm in English.
    The Passion of the Lord at 6:00pm., followed by a Parish
    Procession at 7:30pm. The Passion of the Lord in Spanish at
    8:30pm., followed by Adoration in the Chapel.
  • April 20th, Holy Saturday,
    Morning Prayer at 8:30am (Eng.),
    Blessing of the Easter Basket at 12 noon, Easter Vigil Mass (Multilingual)
    at 8:00pm.
  • April 21st, Easter Sunday,
    Masses at 8:30am & 10am in English
    and 12:30pm & 6:00pm in Spanish,
    Polish Mass at 3:30pm.

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

Our parish is short $14,000.00 to meet our goal of $104,000.00.

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

Luke 24: vs.7


The second collection TODAY provides funds to reduce your parish debt.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

FORMED Sessions

FORMED sessions will not take place Easter Sunday.

To register go to and use the code: 6KPTK3

Diocesan News

St. Thomas University invites High School youth to participate in “STU Impact: Empowering Young Disciples” on June 15th to June 22nd. During this week, they will explore their Catholic Faith. For more information visit or call 305-474-6842

Virtus Update: Since 2002, the Catholic Church in the U.S.A. has followed a set of rules initiated by the bishops of the country and approved by the Vatican for dealing with sexual abuse of minors by priest or deacons: The Essential Norms for Diocesan/eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons. In the Archdiocese of Miami the policy includes vulnerable adults.

Every U.S. diocese/eparchy must meet a specific set of requirements. We will share a couple of them each week throughout April during Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Archdiocese of Miami is in compliance and has been each of the 17 years since the inception of the Charter.

To establish a review board of at least five persons, mostly members of the laity, who counsel the bishop on allegations and review local policies dealing with sexual abuse of minors.

To protect the rights of the accusers and of the accused.

Prayer for Protection and Healing from abuse

God of endless love, ever caring, ever strong, always present, always just: You gave your only Son to save us by his blood on the cross.

Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, join to your own suffering the pain of all who have been hurt in body, mind and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.

Hear the cries of our brothers and sisters who have been gravely harmed, and the cries of those who love them. Soothe their restless hearts with hope, steady their shaken spirits with faith. Grant them justice for their cause, enlighten by your truth.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts heal your people’s wounds and transform brokenness into wholeness. Grant us the courage and wisdom, humility and grace, to act with justice. Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors. Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace in justice. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Hotline numbers

Statewide (DCF) Abuse Hotline
1-800-96-ABUSE 1800-962-2873

Archdiocesan Abuse Hotline
1-866-80-ABUSE 1-866-802-2873

Victim Assistance Coordinator
Peter Routsis-Arroyo 1-866-802-2873

Easter Flowers

The Easter Flowers on the Altar were donated in loving memory of +Jean & +Pat Carrano offered by their daughter, Nikki.

2019 LPS Early Bird Offer

The New Challenges and Opportunities Facing Advisors Today

Patricia M. Annino, Esq.
Rimon, P.C.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
8:30 AM - Networking Breakfast
09:30 AM - 11:30 AM Program

St. Thomas University
Miami Gardens, Florida

Early Bird Offer
$55 before April 15th

For more information download the flyer here or visit

Respect Life Ministry

They recommend you to go see the movie: Unplanned.

It is presently in a movie house near you. Please make every effort to go see this movie and invite your friends as well.

Catholic Home Missions

Next weekend the annual appeal for the Catholic Home Missions will take place during the second collection.

Your generosity supports campus ministry students and a large college population, those attending trade and vocational schools and cadets from the US Air Force Academy. If you would like to contribute please use the special envelopes in the pews.

Meeting of our Stewardship Council

Wednesday, April 24th and our Parish Council will meet on Monday, May 6th both at 7:00pm in the Rectory.

Second Florida Statewide Stewardship Day

The Archdiocese of Miami is hosting the second Florida Statewide Stewardship Day on Saturday, May 4th in the Hilton Miami Downtown from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

All our parishioners are welcome to attend. Please call the parish office for more information.

Religious Education

Remember that today Easter Sunday there will be no classes.

Spring Bazaar

Postponed: please keep an eye out for the new scheduled date. Donations of household items still accepted.

Rice Bowls

Remember to return your Rice Bowls on Easter to the Parish Office.

Horizontes De Cristiandad

April 27th at 11:30am in the Parish Hall.

Please Note

We do not celebrate Baptisms during Lent, the next Baptisms will be on:

  • Sunday, May 12th in Spanish.
  • Sunday, May 19th in English.

Please call the Parish Office for registration information.


  • Catechumens:
    Saturday April 20th, rehearsal at 11:00am in the Church.
    Ceremony Arrival Time: 7:00pm in the Church.
  • Confirmandi: Rehearsal:
    Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00pm in the Church.
    Sunday May 5th, Ceremony Arrival Time: 8:30am.
    Pictures in the Parish Hall.
  • First Holy Communion: Rehearsal:
    Saturday May 11th, at 11:00am in the Church.
    Saturday May 18th, Ceremony: Arrival Time, 3:00pm for pictures in the Parish Hall.

Religious Education Important Dates


  • April 20th
    Rehearsal at 11:00am in Church
    Candidate & 1 Sponsor
    Vigil at 7:15pm, in Church


  • May 2nd
    Rehearsal 7:30pm Parish Hall
    Candidate & 1 Sponsor

    May 5th
    Confirmation Pictures 8:30am, Parish Hall Candidate & 1 Sponsor

    Confirmation Ceremony 10:am, Church,
    Candidate & 1 Sponsor

First Holy Communion/Primera Communión

  • May 11th
    First Holy Communion Rehearsal 11:00am at St. Joseph Church
    Child & 1 Parent Or Representative

    May 18th
    First Holy Communion Pictures at 3:00pm, Parish Hall
    Child Only, Parent Seated In Church

    First Holy Communion Ceremony
    Saturday at 5:30pm in Church

Those Children and Adults Going For Sacraments of Communion and Confirmation will Receive Both Sacraments at the Confirmation Ceremony.

Parish Pilgrimage

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Join our pastor, Fr. Juan J. Sosa on a pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines of France, departs June 18th for 12 days, returning June 29th.

Visiting: Brussels, Bruges, Paris, Lourdes, Lyon, Nevers, Taize. For more information please contact : Mr. Daniel Fedro at (305) 510-9300 or email, .

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.

Next meeting April 23rd, at 7:30pm, Parish Hall.

Attention Parishioners

The Archdiocese of Miami has been hearing reports of people receiving text messages and emails from scammers impersonating clergy, asking for gift cards from Amazon and other retailers. If you, your friends and family receive text messages or emails like this, please do not respond or buy the requested gift cards. Clergy would not ask for gift cards.

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

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection TODAY provides funds for our St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Thank you for your generosity.

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