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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. 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.

St. Joseph Church Celebrating 75 years, 1942 to 2017, video can be purchased from the parish office.

“God indeed is my savior; I am confident and un-afraid. My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my savior.”

Isaiah 12 vs. 2

Emergency collection for the victims of Hurricane Irma

Today, as per Archbishop Wenski’s request an emergency collection for the victims of Hurricane Irma will take place during the second collection.

These funds will be used in the affected areas to support humanitarian aid, assistance with long-term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction, and for the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church in US and the Caribbean. Thank you for your generosity.

A Message From Mr. Aldo Ordoñez, A Former Parishioner

“Thank you Father Sosa for your unconditional support to me and to my family. May God keep you and bless you always; please extend my profound gratitude to all of St. Joseph’s community for their prayers. I hope that we will see each other again some day. I give thanks to God for allowing me to meet you, for your homilies, for your counsel and for everything. Please, greet those who work with you in my name an especially Fr. Adonis, Deacon Roberto, Adam, Father Carlos, Hope and everyone else.”

NOTE: Mr. Aldo Ordoñez, a former parish lector and coordinator of the Men Emmaus ministry was unjustly incarcerated in the month of June as an undocument-ed alien. In the month of September, he was deport-ed to his native Peru despite the 400 hundred letters mailed by our parishioners, the involvement of several lawyers and the Archdiocese of Miami. His wife Eva and his twelve year old daughter, Melissa, born in the United States, recently joined Aldo in Lima. Our parish is deeply grateful to all who assisted Aldo and the family throughout this ordeal, especially the families of Marta Amieva, Pedro Peralta and Danoushka Cap-poni.

Catechist Certification Courses

We are happy to announce the course that will be held here at St. Joseph, Life in Christ.

The course will begin Wednesday September 6th and continue until the 27th, at 7:00pm at the Parish Hall Library.

Catechist will receive credits towards their certification. You must register at once in the Parish Office. There is a fee involved for non-catechists.

Seeking Catechists

Join us, we need Teachers and Teachers Aides, for Monday classes, 3:15pm to 4:15pm. We will assist in training you.

Classes begin September 17th. RCIA classes for adults, 18 years and over, begin on Monday, September 25th at 7:00pm.

Meeting of our Stewardship Council

Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:00pm in the Parish Office.

In continuation of our 75th anniversary…..

Faith Formation Classes for adults

If you wish to learn more about your faith, join us every Sunday from 11:15am to 12:15pm in the Parish Hall.

Classes begin October 1st, you need to preregister in the Parish Office.

Parish Envelopes

As of our October mailing, we have chosen a new offering envelope company, Our Sunday Visitor of Huntington, Indiana, a publisher of many Catholic periodicals, books and pamphlets.

The change was made for several reasons: the first is economic, as good stewards of our financial treasure, the parish makes every effort to spend wisely, plus they offer us a better means of address corrections, and now your envelopes will be mailed out monthly instead of bi-monthly.

Sacrament of First Holy Communion

If you have received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and would like to be trained as an Altar server, please call the Parish Office or sign up on the clipboard at the Bookstore.

Blessing of domestic pets

The traditional blessing of domestic pets, in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, will be on Sunday, October 1st at 12:00 Noon.

Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

October 1st to October 10th Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a 10 day Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Jesus!!

Contact Daniel Fedro at 305-510-9300.

St. Ignatius Exercises, in Spanish

Begins October 16th, registration is now open.

Please call Pilar Fernandez for more information at 305-864-5308.

Reboot! Live! With Christ Stefanick

St. Mark the Evangelist Church, SW Ranches on Thursday, October 19th from 7:00 - 9:30pm.

Call 954-434-3777 for more information.

70’s dance in the Parish Hall

On October 28th we will be hosting a 70’s dance in the parish hall at 7:00pm.

Dress to the Best, 70’s outfit, music, food and dance, for tickets and more information check with the parish office.

Archdiocese Missionary Appeal Program,

October 28th & 29th, Fr. Patrick Keyes, C.Ss.R., from the Redemptorists evangelization team based in Minneapolis, MN, will speak to our parishioners about the vital work being done in their overseas missions in Brazil and Nigeria.

ABCD: Give and You Shall Receive

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Planned Giving

One way we can be “missionary disciples” is through supporting the ABCD. The Archbishop’s Charity and Development Campaign is our annual appeal to support the world of the Church above and beyond what happens in our parishes.

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 trans-formed into an eternal gift to help pass on our Catholic heritage.

“For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” - ROMANS 14:8

This is the essence of stewardship everything we have and everything we are is a gift from God. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts that God has given us, especially our very own lives. Pray to God daily for His guidance and ask Him how He wants you to use the gifts He has given you.

PARISH FINANCES

July 2017

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 7,727.43
Utilities: $ 7,188.97
General Assessment: $ 3,471.33
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Bank Loan: $ 7,099.81
Salaries & Benefits: $ 31,167.16

Collections : $ 27,129.50

Totals : $ 62,655.03

Deficit : $ 35,514.53

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection TODAY provides funds to benefit our St. Vincent de Paul Society to continue their mission of feeding the needy of our Parish. Thank you for your generosity.

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