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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.

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

Isaiah 12 vs. 2

Father’s Day Novena

Begin at the 8:30am Mass on June 17th, and continue for Nine days.

If you would like to have your father remembered in this Novena, please fill out the special envelopes attached to the bulletin today. The envelopes will remain on the altar all nine days of the Novena.

Funds to reduce your parish debt

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

Please give generously.

Youth Summer program “Gravity”

Begins this weekend, for ages 12 to 17 years. Registration is still available, applications are in the Parish Office.

Bible Class

English: Thursdays at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.

Peter’s Pence annual collection

Next weekend, during the second collection, envelopes will be in the pews for the Peter’s Pence annual collection.

Please use them if you would like to contribute to the charitable works of the Holy Father.

Pact Celebrating 30 Years

It was wonderful to reflect on the last 30 years of building a powerful community voice and all our victories as well as re-energize for the next 30 years and our current work with immigration, gun violence, and affordable housing.


The Archdiocese of Miami High School Leadership Institute, June 18th - 22nd.

Thrive aims to mentor talented youth in real leadership and personal management skills while equipping them to discern their vocation and to live their faith more fully in the public square.

Contact Rosemarie Banich at the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for more information: or (305) 762-1189.

Prayer Service

Please note: instead of the 7:00pm Spanish Mass on June 19th, there will be a Prayer Service celebrated by Deacon Roberto.

Catholic Faith

Calling all faithful who wish to grow in their understanding of the Catholic Faith, and discern their call to serve the parish community. Spanish and Creole in-classroom classes are offered as well as an online Program offered in English or Spanish.

Register at and click on the school of Ministry tab. For more information contact the Office of Lay Ministry at (305) 762-1184 or email .

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.

Life Line Screening Event

Have you taken control of Your Health Today?

Life line Screening Event taking place on Monday, June 25th from 9:00am in the Parish Hall, offering preventive health screenings.

St. Joseph Church will receive $25 back for each screening if you pre-register at 1-888-814-0416, or visit or text circle to 797979 or email and attend their scheduled appointment time for your screening.

Faith Formation News

Pre-Registration for 2018 - 2019 Religious Education is now open! Applications are available in the Parish Office.

Seeking Catechist for the upcoming year. Training available this summer. Stop by the office for more information.

Virtus Trainings for all Volunteers and Ministry leaders who have not attended

Held in the Parish Hall on Saturday, August 18th from:

  • 9:00am to 12 noon in English
  • 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Spanish

Please preregister at the Parish Office.

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 / .

Emmaus Men's Retreat

Coming up on the weekend of September 14th will be the Emmaus Men's Retreat in Spanish.

Parish Pilgrimages

Fr. Gonzalez Invites you to a once in a life time experience to the Holy Land and the Greek Islands from October 5 through October 14, 2018.

Please call Daniel at (305) 510-9300 or the Parish Office if you are interested.

Planned Giving

A properly prepared will can provide for two families your own and your parish family.

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

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.


April 2018

Building Repairs: $ 6,909.98
Utilities: $ 5,979.24
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Salaries: $ 33,447.20

Collections : $ 45,090.10

Totals : $ 55,796.23

Deficit : $ 10,706.13

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.

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