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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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"To love and serve the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and to keep the commandments"

Deuteronomy 10:12

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

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We need YOU.

ABCD is our one opportunity during the year to reach out in support of all of the people of God beyond the boundary of our parish. We are one.

Thank you to all those who have already made their pledge to this. If you haven't done so as yet, please place your pledge envelope in the collection basket or return to the parish office.

Thank you to all those who have already made their pledge, so far we have received $112,821.00, which is in excess of our goal of $98,600.00. Our parish will receive the pledges paid in excess of our parish goal. If you haven't made your pledge as yet, there is still time, please place your pledge envelope in the collection basket or return to the parish office.

Second Collection

The second collection provides funds to reduce your parish debt.

Please give generously.

Donation

The youth ministry of St. Joseph in their monthly mission will be visiting Pro-Life House on May 9th, they are asking for the support of the entire community to donate diapers, formula, clothing and baby items.

Donations will be accepted for the next two weeks after Mass on Sundays and in the Parish Office. Remember May is Mother's Month, help us by supporting this cause and put a smile on the face of a mother.

International Cookbook

Some of our parishioners have decided to write an International Cookbook from the diverse cultures of our parish. Everyone is invited to participate by sending in their favourite recipe (typed please, word document preferred). We know you would like to share your favourite dish from your country. 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. Deadline has been extended to April 15th.

Catholic Home Missions

The second collection on the weekend of April 26th will be taken up for the benefit of the Catholic Home Missions. Proceeds from this collection funds home mission dioceses and seminarian formation.

Please give generously.

Planned Giving

Did you know that your estate can make unlimited gifts to St. Joseph and those gifts are deducted before estate taxes are realized?

Contact the rectory or the Office of Planned Giving at 305-762-1110 for more information.

Religious Education News

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Thursday, April 30th, by Bishop Fernando Isern at 7:30pm. The rehearsal for all the candidates and their sponsors will be on Monday, April 27th at 7:30pm.

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be celebrated during the 10:30am Mass on May 17th. The rehearsal will be on Thursday, May 14th at 7:30pm.

Baptism Classes

Spanish: Wednesday, May 6th at 7:30pm in the Church

English: Monday, May 11th at 7:00pm in the chapel.

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

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, May 8th, at 7:3pm in the Church.

Mother's Day Novena

Begin at the 8:30am Mass on Sunday, May 10th, Mother's Day.

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.

PARISH FINANCES

February 2015

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 3,103.48
Utilities: $ 4,151.85
Archdiocese General Assessment : $ 3,142.65
Prop. Liability : $ 7,238.75
Bank Loan : $ 7,099.81
Salaries & Benefits : $36,155.12

Collections : $ 28,613.50

Totals :$ 60,891.66

Deficit : $ 32,278.16

*Does not include Salaries or benefits.

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