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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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"Grass dies and flowers fall, but the word of God lasts forever"

Isaiah 40:8

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

Thank you to all those who have already made their pledge, so far we have received $117,156.00, which is in excess of our goal of $98,600.00. Pledges have to be paid in full by December 2015.

Second Collection

Provides funds to reduce your parish debt. Please give generously.

Coffee & Donuts Served

Please support our fundraising efforts by joining us for coffee & donuts served by the members of our various groups in the Parish hall after the Masses on Sundays.

Memorial Day

May 25th, please remember with respect and gratitude, all those who died in their country's service.

There will be NO 5:30pm Mass and the parish office will be closed.

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Miami, will celebrate a Mass on Memorial Day at 10am in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery.

International Cookbook

Thank you so much for all the recipes that have started to come in for our cookbook. If you haven't submitted yours as yet, there is still time, send your favorite one today!! (typed please, word document preferred). Your name will be published beside your recipe.

Please email to or mail to Julia Tirella, 8850 Collins Ave., #4B, Surfside, FL 33154. Sponsorship opportunities are available, please call the parish office for more details.

Breakfast and Lunch

The Emmaus Men's Group in Spanish are having a Breakfast and Lunch after the Masses on May 31st, where they will also select the raffle winner of the IPad, tickets are on sale after all the Masses.

Please join us as we are raising funds for our next retreat.

Annual Tootsie Roll Sale

The members of the Knights of Columbus will be hosting their Annual Tootsie Roll sale to raise funds to assist people with intellectual difficulties after all the Masses on May 31st.

Baptism Classes

Please note our New Summer dates and times:

Spanish: Sunday, June 7th at 10:30am iin the Chapel.

English: Sunday, June 14th at 9:30am in the Chapel.

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

Vocation Chalice

We would like to sincerely thank all of our parishioners who prayerfully participated in our vocation chalice ministry.

Through your prayers we will have 6 new ordained priests in our dioceses.

If you would like to receive the chalice, please call Carmen at 305-903-5124.

Emmaus Retreat for Men in Spanish, June 12th-14th

For more information please call Adam Irizarry at 786-348-5469 or Jorge Mirabent 305-496-2918.

Songs and Prayers in the spirit of Taize (Multilingual)

Experience a Candlelight evening of Songs and Prayers in the spirit of Taize (multilingual) on Friday, June 12th, at 7:30pm in the Church.

Second Collection

June 14th will benefit the Church in Central & Eastern Europe. Please give generously.

The Church doesn't go on Vacation, but when YOU do, don't forget….

Mass every Sunday:

God never takes a vacation from loving us and caring for us. With a little effort you can usually find out Mass schedules wherever you are, so you do not miss Holy Communion. Check the phone directory of online at www.parishesonline.com

Stewardship:

Parish expenses continue even when you are away for vacation. Contribute ahead for the Sundays when you will be absent. And when you return, come to thank God for a safe trip.

PARISH FINANCES

March 2015

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 414.39
Utilities: $ 5,546.30
Archdiocese General Assessment : $ 3,142.65
Prop. Liability : $ 7,238.75
Bank Loan : $ 7,099.81
Salaries & Benefits : $34,649.46

Collections : 32,440.00

Totals :$ 58,091.36

Deficit : $25,651.36

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