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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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“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”

Romans 5:8

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Day of Prayer

Day of Prayer for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the
Synod of Bishops, scheduled to take place from the
5th to the 19th of October to treat the topic:

The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization
.

The special prayer to be recited at all the Masses this
weekend is on page 5 of our bulletin this week.

Second Collection

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

Why Catholic?

Representatives from our Why Catholic?
Team are outside the Church after all the Masses this weekend to encourage our parishioners to join us on Saturday, October 4th, for our Annual Parish Assembly.

The Assembly takes place in the Parish Hall, from 11:30am to 3pm and is presented by Why Catholic? The theme is Lunch-Talk-Learn-N-Pray,
All are welcome. There is a registration flyer in the bulletin this week.

Why Catholic?
Will have a brief meeting on Friday, October 3rd, to plan the upcoming Assembly. Please attend this important meeting.

We Now Have an Intern in the Parish Office

In order to meet the needs of our parishioners, St. Joseph Parish has teamed up with Barry University’s Social Work Department and we are pleased to announce that we now have an intern on site.

Jasmine is in the parish office on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:00am to 12:00noon (notice format of time) and on Saturdays during our St. Vincent de Paul food program in the parish hall to assist our parishioners.

Prison Ministry

If you are interested in getting involved with this new ministry, please fill out your information on the clipboard on the Welcome Table, or call the parish office for more information.

Religious Education Classes

Registration is in progress for our Religious Education Classes beginning :

Sunday : 11:20am,

Monday : 3:15pm.


A copy of your child's baptismal certificate (if child is not baptized, a copy of the birth certificate), plus the registration fee and any unpaid balance from last year, is required to register. This year we will have Seminarians in our Monday program.

For Adults:

if you have not received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion or Confirmation or if you were baptized in a Christian Church and you wish to join the Catholic Church, please fill in the application form inserted in the bulletin this week and return to the Parish Office by September 21st.

Baptism Classes in Spanish

Spanish: Wednesday, October 1st, at 7:30pm in the Church.

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

Please register in the parish office, or over the phone by credit card, there is a $15.00 fee if the baptism is not taking place here.

Pastoral Council Meeting

Pastoral Council meeting will take place on Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00pm in the Parish Office.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

The Traditional blessing of domestic pets,
In honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi,
will be on Sunday, October 5th, at 12:15pm,
by the Grotto of the Blessed Mother.

A free will offering will be taken up for the benefit of Almost Home Dog Rescue & Rehab in Vermont that saves disabled dogs from Miami-Dade & Broward County who have been abandoned at the shelters.

Spirit of TAIZE (Multilingual)

Songs and Prayers in the Spirit of TAIZE (multilingual)
Friday, October 10th at 7:30pm in the Church.

Celebration of America

Sunday, October 12th, we will be hosting our parish festival and Ministry Fair, International Day - A Celebration of America, in the Parish Hall from 10am to 2pm.

All are welcome. Check out the flyer in the bulletin this week.

Annual Health Fair

Free Screenings, don't miss our Annual Health fair event on
Sunday, November 9th.

Save the date

St. Joseph III Annual Gala Banquet
Saturday, November 15th,
at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa, on 4833 Collins Avenue.

This year St. Joseph Church is recognizing Don & Mary Anne Shula for their commitment and dedication to the community.
Please contact the parish office for information on sponsorship and advertisement opportunities in our Gala booklet.

PARISH FINANCES

Mass Attendance
5:30pm 109
8:30am 140
10:30am 297
12:30pm 511
6:00pm 345
Total 1402

Collection of September 21st
First:
$4,389.00
Debt. Reduction: $1,278.00
Thank you for your generosity.

Stewardship

Make a gift that will make a difference. Your gifts of cash, stock and insurance are needed to ensure that our endowment will grow, giving our church a perpetual source of income.

Contact the Rectory or the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110 to learn more about how a gift today can be transformed into an eternal gift to help pass on our Catholic heritage.

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