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Church & Sacristy Upgrade

November 28, 2017

Join us on by visiting www.givecatholic.org and making a gift in support of your parish by “giving Catholic” on the one-day online giving event!
This “first time” event will provide all our parishioners and friends an opportunity to help our parish fund this very needed upgrade, which includes the electrical work that dates back to when the Church was built, our goal is $100,000.00.

If you don’t have access to a computer, we will have one available in the parish office from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

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. It is a four year program.

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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 im-age is also known as "Our Lady of Per-petual 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 Mi-chael and Gabriel, hovering in the upper cor-ners, 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 san-dals. Nevertheless, the icon also conveys the triumph of Christ over sin and death, symbol-ized 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.

“Speak out, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the poor and needy”

Proverbs 31:9

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Our St. Vincent de Paul Society are collecting nonperishable canned food (preferably 12 oz cans) on Sunday, November 19th.

Thanked the parish of St. Joseph for the recent donation

The Apostolic Administrator of the Patriarchatus Latinus in Jerusalem acknowledged and thanked the parish of St. Joseph for the recent donation they received to their scholarship fund, Christian Catholic children in the Holy Land.

Campaign for Human Development

The second collection Today will be taken up to benefit the Campaign for Human Development.

Thanksgiving Day

A Mass of Thanksgiving will take place at 10:30am on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd.

This will be the ONLY Mass this day and the Parish Office will be closed.

Advent night of Reflection

Mark Your Calendars: Join us for an Advent night of Reflection on Thursday, November 30th at 7:00pm.

Christmas Bazaar

December 3rd, 2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm in the Parish Hall.

All kinds of household items. Sponsored by our Parish Ministries. Feel free to make a donation of small household items at the Parish Office.

Mass Book for 2018

Open for intentions on Tuesday, December 5th.

Please note: from January 14th, the Sunday Mass will begin at 10:00am instead of 10:30am.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Holy Day of Obligation

Friday, December 8th is the feast of the Immaculate Conception and is a holy day of obligation.

Masses will be at 8:00am & 5:30pm in English and 7:00pm in Spanish.

Please Note

This year Christmas falls on a Monday, the 6:00pm Mass on Sunday, December 24th, will be the vigil Mass for Christmas Day, and will not fulfill the Sunday obligation to attend Mass, likewise the Morning Masses on December 24th, are for the 4th Sunday of Advent and do not fulfill the Christmas Day obligation.

Angel Tree coming soon!

We are excited to announce that Angel Tree will provide gifts for the Prison Ministry, Parish Children and St. Vincent de Paul Ministry. Start gathering your gifts to make this Christmas special for so many needy families. You can drop off an unwrapped gift at the Parish Office and it will be added to the Angel Tree.

You may nominate a child from the parish who may not have a toy this Christmas, starting the weekend of Thanksgiving.

See the forms in the welcome area.

Children Stewardship

This week our kids prayers for:

  • Lauren:I pray for world peace every night.
  • Anthony: prayed for my granddad who is not well.
  • Nel: prayed for friends and family.

How our kids used their talents this week:

  • Gabriel: served as an Altar boy.
  • Aaron: washed my clothes for the week.
  • Angeli: helped my mom around the house.

Follow the Archdiocese of Miami on Social

Media:

  • Facebook: @ArchdioceseofMiami
  • Twitter & Instagram: @CatholicMiami

St. Thomas University, Leaders for Life

Join STU Open House to win a Scholarship!

RSVP at STU.edu/STUOpenHouse.

ABCD: Give and You Shall Receive

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Be Prepared Secure the Future of Those You Love

Father Juan Sosa invites you to join him for an informative session on “Planned Giving”, offered by the Archdiocese of Miami.

The session is on December 10th at 11:30 in the Rectory. Please call the parish office if you plan to attend.

PARISH FINANCES

September 2017

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 4,068.94
Utilities: $ 7,603.09
General Assessment: $ 3,471.33
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Salaries & Benefits: $46,251.38

Collections : $21,155.00

Totals : $67,384.07

Deficit : $46,229.07

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