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Vigil For Immigrants Friday at 7:30pm

Dear friends of Taize'

We have had sad news today regarding the status of our dear friend Aldo Ordonez who is being taken back to his country. We are especially concerned about his wife Eva and his daughter who so much need his presence and support.

Although we had chosen to recess our monthly Taize' Prayer for the month of August, we believe that those circumstances require us all to be united in prayer.

Therefore the Taize' group along with the Emaus brothers and sisters will hold a bilingual prayer candlelight vigil in the spirit of Taize' this coming Friday the 11th of August at 7:30pm.

We will offer our prayer for the Ordonez family of course, but mostly for all immigrants, here and all over the world. We hope you can join us.

May God bless them and comfort them in their journey to find a safe and peaceful home.

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.

“If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; It is by our confession that we are saved”

Romans 10 vs.9

RCIA Registration is now open, for adults

18 years and over, who need to complete their sacraments of initiation. Register at the Parish Office.

Funds to reduce your parish

Our second collection TODAY will provide funds to reduce your parish debt. Thank you for your generosity.

Visit to Ronald McDonald House by some of our volunteers

Photo Left: Ralph playing with child. Photo Right: Ralph playing for child.

Photo Left: Ralph Playing Piano. Photo Right: Julia, Marian with mother and children.

The Ronald McDonald House would like to thank all our parishioners who so generously supported their recent Wish List drive. The mission of this charity is to provide a “home-away-from-home”, for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

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.

News from the Parish Rectory

I had knee replacement surgery on August 9th and am feeling much better now, although physical therapy is still a challenge.

I am not sure how long I will be "in therapy" and unable to pray with you at the altar, but I would like to thank those of you who knew about my surgery and all of you for your prayers and support, before, during and after the operation.

With God's help and your prayers, I hope to be "on the go" very soon.

Rev. Juan J. Sosa

Congratulations to Mrs. Paulette Loza

A long time parishioner and Women’s Club member, who celebrated her 100 birthday last Sunday, August 13th.

Please Note

The Finance Council will meet on August 21st at 7:30pm in the Parish Office.

Virtus Class

We will hold a Virtus Class in English on Monday, August 21st, and in Spanish September 18th, for all volunteers who have not yet completed this required course.

Class will begin at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall, please register on their website,

Healing Mass

Friday, August 25th, at 7:00pm in the Church, celebrated by Fr. Adonis Gonzalez and Deacon Luis Entriago.

All our parishioners are welcome to attend.

Catechists Retreat

On August 26, 2017 we have our St. Joseph’s Catechists Retreat from 9:00am to 2:00pm in the Parish Hall.

In observance of Labor Day

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

Please pray that all nations and states ensure fair labor laws, safe working conditions and just pay for workers.

Emmaus Men's Retreat in Spanish

September 8th to the 10th.

Seeking Catechists

Join us, we need Teachers and Teachers Aides, for Monday classes, 3:15pm to 4:15pm.

We will assist in training you. Pre-registration for the New Year 2017-2018 is now open.

Classes begin September 10th.

Feast of Our Lady of Charity will be celebrated in our Parish

Sunday, September 10th during the 12:30pm Mass.

Taizé Prayer & Music Service

Take place on September 15th at 7:30pm.

Registration is open for The School of Ministry

Classes will begin in mid-September from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in St. Brendan High School, Notre Dame D’Haiti and St. John the Apostle.

Please call 305-762-1184 to register.

Catholic Psychotherapy Association National Conference

Sepetmber 21st-23rd at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.

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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.

Salvation Drop box

The Salvation Drop box is back on our property on the North Side Parking Lot. If the box is full, please do not dump bags around the box, there is another drop box in the Normandy Isle area.

Archdiocese Missionary Program

October 28th & 29th, a representative from the Redemptorists, Denver Province Diocese, will give our parishioners an opportunity to collaborate financially for their needs.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Planned Giving

Matching gifts are an excellent way to maximize the impact of your personal donation.

For more information contact 305-762-1112.

Do you have an insurance policy you no longer need?
Donate it to St. Joseph Church. The process is simple and it will help the parish for many years to come. You will receive a nice tax deduction based on the cash value in the policy.

For more information, contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at 305-762-1110.

“For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.” ROMANS 11:29

Each of us is part of God’s dream and a such He has a special mission in mind for each of us. He has given us the gifts we need to accomplish that mission. We are called to be good stewards by using those gifts to do the work that He has planned for each of us. If we deny our gifts or fail to use them as God calls us to use them, then some part of His dream and works will be left undone.


June 2017

Building Repairs: $ 947.11
Utilities: $ 6,550.19
General Assessment: $ 3,471.33
Prop. Liability: $ 6,030.21
Bank Loan: $ 7,099.81
Salaries & Benefits: $ 31,258.76

Collections : $ 20,851.00

Totals : $ 55,357.41

Deficit : $ 34,506.41

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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