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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.

ABCD Update

  • Goal: $ 104,740.00
  • Pledges So Far: $122,610.00

THANK YOU to everyone who has so generously made their commitment. If you have not pledged as yet, there is still time, payments can be made over 10 months.

“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest”

Matt. 11:28

Funds

The Second Collection TODAY provides funds to reduce your parish debt.

Please give generosity.

Faith Formation News

  • Classes for 2018 - 2019 Religious Education for children and for adults start on September 9th. Registration must be done in advance by applying at the Parish Office. This Sunday we will be receiving registra-tions until 2:00pm.
  • The Catechists Retreat will take place in the Parish Hall on Saturday, August 25th, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
  • Emmaus Men’s Retreat in Spanish: on the weekend of September 14th. For more information please contact the Parish Office.
  • Are you registered? Registration is important so when any of the services of the parish are needed it is easier if the person is registered.
  • Please call the Parish Office to request Com-munion for patients at home and in the local nursing home, we have Eucharistic Ministers that visit the sick of the parish every week.
  • Parish Pilgrimage: Fr. Gonzalez Invites you to a once in a life time experience to the Holy Land and the Greek Islands from October 5th through October 14th, 2018. Please call Daniel at (305) 510-9300 or the Parish Office if you are interested.

Gaudete ET Exsultate Chapter One the Call to Holiness. The Saints who Encourage and accompany us

The Saints “Next Door”

6. Nor need we think only of those already beatified and canonized. The Holy Spirit bestows holiness in abundance among God’s holy and faithful people, for “it has pleased God to make men and women holy and to save them, not as individuals without any bond between them, but rather as a people who might acknowledge him in truth and serve Him in holiness”.[3] In salvation history, the Lord saved one people. We are never completely ourselves unless we belong to a people. That is why no one is saved alone, as an isolated individual. Rather, God draws us to himself, taking into account the complex fabric of interpersonal relationships present in a human community. God wanted to enter into the life and history of a people.

Gala

Our Summer Youth Program has come to an end and we would like to thank all our parishioners who so generously donated to our program by sponsoring a child, purchasing a Gala ticket or supplying food for the activities.

Our Gala was a huge success, thank you to all our volunteers who gave of their time, talent and treasure.

Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life

The US bishops urge our participation each Friday in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life, August 3rd -September 28th.

Participants will receive weekly email or text reminders to pray and fast, along with little known facts about Roe v. Wade to share with others.

Please sign up at www.usccb.org/pray, for these call to prayer initiatives.

Important public policy issues

The Florida Catholic Advocacy Network (FLCAN) allows Catholics across Florida to stay informed and take action on important public policy issues.

During the weekend of August 19th, you will have the opportunity to connect with the network by completing the postcards found in your pew.

Next weekend is Scholarship Weekend

If you would like to contribute to this fund which awards $2,500. each year for 4 years to a Catholic High School, please use the special envelopes includ-ed in the bulletin next weekend.

Past recipients of the Don & Mary Anne Shula Scholarship fund are:
Alejandro Lambert, Eric Ghersi & Brianna Saboya.

Married Couples

  • How About Some Time for Just the two of You?
  • A weekend that will focus on love, caring & relationship?

It will be the best gift you'll give each other this year. Plan to go on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and come back with a marriage that is refreshed and full of passion.

The next weekend in this area is scheduled in Ft. Lauderdale, September 7 to the 9, 2018.

Call: Roberto & Maria Ibarra (954) 972-8129 / .

Apply on line FLSE-WWME.ORG, Or CALL: Frank & Fran Kulzer, (954) 804-0661.

Meeting of our Stewardship Council

Wednesday, August 22nd at 7:00pm.

In observance of Labor Day

September 3rd, the parish office will be closed and there will be NO 5:30pm Mass.

Feast of Our Lady of Charity

  • Celebrated by the Archdiocese of Miami on Saturday, September 8th.
  • The feast will be celebrated in our parish on Sunday, September 9th, during the 12:30pm Mass.

Funds for the Catholic University of America

The second collection on the weekend of September 9th will be taken up to provide funds for the Catholic University of America.

Taizé Prayer and Music Service

September 14th at 7:00pm.

There will not be any service during the month of August.

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon to Miami will make a US tour, with Miami as one of its five stops. Panamá Archbishop José D. UlloaMendieta, will accompany the cross in this Miami pilgrimage.

Mercy Night

Save the Date for Great Things, the First Archdiocese of Miami Middle School Youth Conference ending with Mercy Night, October 13th, from 9am to 9pm, special Guest M.C. Michael “Gomer” Gormley.

Archdiocese of Miami 60th Anniversary

The Archdiocese of Miami is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year with a White Gala in October.

How many times have you actually told all the clergy in your life how much you appreciated them?

Purchase a Tribute Ad celebrating or commemorating all those priest that have made a difference.

Visit: www.adomdevelopment.org/tributeads or call Grace Veloz at (305)762-1064.

Catholic Faith

Registration for the 2018-2020 Archdiocese of School of Ministry is now open.

Would you like to deepen your relationship with Jesus, gain a better understanding of the Catholic Faith, and strengthen your call and commitment to serve in the parish community. Classes are offered in English, Spanish and Creole online or classroom.

For more information contact the School of Ministry at (305) 762-1184.

Graduates from our parish include:
Cheryl E. Hodowud, Reyna Jovel, Gaby Baglietto, Tery Howard, Carmen Almirall, Hilda E. Diaz, Luz E. Duran-Jurado, Gloria Acuna, Joel Alonso, Leticia Bondoc & Elizabeth Espinosa.

PARISH FINANCES

June 2018

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 2,060.46
Utilities: $ 6,902.00
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Salaries: $ 28,209.65

Collections : $ 28,920.91

Totals : $ 46,632.01

Deficit : $ 17,711.10

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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