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This Week

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

Thank you to all those who have already made their pledge, so far we have received $120,106.00, which is in excess of our goal of $98,600.00. Pledges have to be paid in full by December 2015.

Funds to reduce your parish debt

Today, The second collection provides funds to reduce your parish debt. Please give generously.

Garage Sale

The Emmaus Women are hosting a garage sale and breakfast TODAY in the parish hall after all the Masses today.

Religious Education News

If you have not already registered your child for our classes, beginning on Sunday, September 13th, please call the parish office as soon as possible.

Spanish Mass

Beginning on Monday, August 31st we will return to our usual time of 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursday for our weekday Spanish Mass.

Virtus Workshop

We will be hosting a Virtus Workshop for volunteers in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, September 2nd in English and Wednesday, September 9th in Spanish.

Please call the parish office for registration information.

Feast of Our Lady of Charity

The feast of Our Lady of Charity will be celebrated in our parish on September 6th, during the 12:30pm Mass.

Baptism Classes

Spanish: Sunday, September 6th at 11:00am in the Chapel.

English: Sunday, September 13th at 9:30am in the Chapel.

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

Observation of Labor Day

Monday, September 7th, 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.

Spirit of TAIZE (Multilingual)

Experience a Candlelight evening of Songs and Prayers in the spirit of Taize (multilingual) on Friday, September 11th at 7:30pm in the Church.

Catholic University of America

The Second Collection on the weekend of September 13th, will be taken up to fund the Scholarship Program of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. for seminarians.

Missionary Cooperative Plan of the Archdiocese of Miami

On the weekend of September 20th, we will have Sr. Helen from the Mary Immaculate Order in Kenya, to share missionary experiences, successes and challenges in building up the Kingdom of God and serving those in need.

Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop is open for 30 minutes before and after the weekend Masses. If you would like to request a particular religious article to be sold in our store, please fill out the request sheet.

Emmaus Scheduled Retreats

Men's Retreat in English, on October 2nd - 4th.

Retreat for Men in Spanish will take place on November 20th - 22nd.

Retreat in Spanish for Women on December 4th - 6th.

Please call the parish office for more information.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

The traditional blessing of domestic pets, in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, will be on Sunday, October 4th at 12:15pm, by the south side entrance to the Church.

PARISH FINANCES

May 2015

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 5,435.44
Utilities: $ 4,233.06
Archdiocese General Assessment : $ 3,495.89
Prop. Liability : $ 7,238.75
Bank Loan : $ 7,099.81
Salaries & Benefits : $ 35,937.77

Collections : $ 25,532.50

Totals :$ 63,440.72

Deficit : $ 37,908.22

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