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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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“Those who hope in the Lord, renew their strength”

Isaiah 40:31

Strengthening the Church at Home

The second collection TODAY provides funds for the Annual Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Through your donations home missions will receive the resources they need to support their parishes. Thank you for your generosity.

The Sanctuary Lamp

The Sanctuary Lamp burns this week in loving memory of +Elra Small offered by Ramon & Tessie Sicam and family.

Religious Education Classes

Resume Sunday the 23rd and Monday the 24th of April.

Cheers to Charity at Joe’s

Benefitting Archdiocese of Miami at Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Avenue, MB, on Sunday, April 30th at:

  • 11:00am Cocktails;
  • 12 noon Lunch.

RSVP to Martha Velasquez 305-762-1051.

Faith Formation News

  • Celebration of Confirmation: May 7th during our 10:30am Mass. Confirmandi please remember to be here at 9:00am for pictures.
  • First Holy Communion: Will be on May 20th at the 5:30pm Mass.

Taize Prayer & Music Service

Take place on Friday, May 12th. The group meeting will be on Tuesday, May 9th at 6:00pm.

The Archdiocese of Miami and the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary invite you to the events that will be taking place each 13th of the month from May 13th to October 13th

May 13th at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 2987 West Flagler Street in Miami from 2:00pm to 10:00pm. Candlelight Procession at 9:00pm.

Mother’s Day Novena

The Mother’s Day Novena will begin on Sunday, May 14th, at the 8:30am Mass.

The Novena will continue at the Morning Mass for 9 days. If you would like your Mother remembered in this Novena, the special envelopes will be attached to the bulletin next week.

Retreat dates

Women’s Emmaus Retreat in Spanish will be May 19th to the 21st, registration is still open, please contact the Parish Office for more information.

Ave Maria University

Two upcoming conferences for those of any age to learn more about their Catholic faith.

  • 6th Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference, May 19th - 21st, “100 years of Fatima - A Message for Today”. Featured speakers include Fr. Bill Casey and Dr. Mark Miravalle, STD. The cost is $150 per person and includes lodging, meals and conference fee. To register call 239-348-4725.
  • 10th Annual Ave Maria Youth Conference, July 14th -16th– PROCLAIM. All high school age youth from incoming freshman to outgoing seniors are invited to join us for this conference. Featured speakers include, Fr. Chris Argano, Fr. Eric Scanlon. The cost is $175 and includes lodging, meals and conference fee. To register call 239-348-4725.

Feast of the Ascension

Mark your Calendars!! Sunday, May 27th we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension and Sunday, June 4th is Pentecost Sunday.

Memorial Day

Monday, May 29th: Please remember with respect and gratitude, all those who died in our country’s service.

There will be NO 5:30pm Mass and the parish office will be closed.

Spring Luncheon

Join us for our Spring Luncheon event at the Sea View Hotel, 9909 Collins Avenue in Bal Harbour on Saturday, June 3rd at 12:30pm.

Featuring music & entertainment with a Silent Auction and a Raffle. Cash Bar. Proceeds will support the St. Joseph/Don and Mary Anne Shula Scholarship Fund. The cost is $70.00 per person and includes mimosas with lunch. Dress is Elegant Spring attire. Sponsorship Opportunities are available.

Let Justice Roll!

  • What was accomplished at PACT's 2017 Nehemiah Action?
  • What did we win at the Nehemiah Action?

Because you came to the 2017 Nehemiah Action at St. James Catholic Church on Monday, March 27th - over 1,400 people stood in unity to make serious changes to school discipline, gun violence, and affordable housing. LET JUSTICE ROLL!

Juvenile Justice

  • Dr. Gallon, Dr. Bendross Mindingall, Dr. Karp and Superintendent Carvalho all committed to a Success Center comprehensive plan that included a uniform procedure for assessing a child upon entering the center, a transitional plan for a child reentering their home school, and for children to be separated by grade levels.
  • Dr. Gallon committed to champion and Dr. Bendross Mindingall committed to supporting the expansion of Restorative Justice in 9 other middle schools by January 2018. We are disappointed that Superintendent Carvalho and Dr. Karp did not commit to supporting or carrying out an expansion of Restorative Justice. We did get a commitment for a meeting between Superintendent Carvalho and PACT in follow up from the Action.

Gun Violence

  • Miami Dade Police Director Perez, City of Miami Chief Llanes, Miami Gardens City Manager Benson, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and Public Defender Carlos Martinez all agreed to form a joint exploratory committee to investigate the three proven programs (Group Violence Intervention, Cure Violence and the Office of Neighborhood Safety), pick the best suited program for Miami Dade, decide on three pilot neighborhoods, and prepare a preliminary timeline and budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Affordable Housing

  • Commissioner Jordan and Commissioner Suarez committed to supporting the inclusion of a line item in next year’s County budget guaranteeing 10 million dollars from general revenue for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
  • We are disappointed that Commissioner Bovo and Mayor Gimenez did not make this commitment.
  • Mayor Gimenez committed to bring together the 6 entitlement cities - those that receive money for housing from the federal government - and the County to create a 5-year plan to address the affordable housing crisis. He committed to bringing this group together by PACT’s next assembly, June 5th, 2017, and to complete this plan by June 5th, 2018.

"Rev. Robert Brooks & Linda Adderly address our affordable housing crisis at the 2017 Nehemiah Action. 'We need Mayor Gimenez to lead efforts to tackle the CRISIS, not problem, not casual issue, affordable housing CRISIS! Intead of being one of the worst in the country, our county deserves to be amongt the best.'"

Mark your calendar:

  • North Celeberation - Monday, June 5th at 6:30pm dinner & 7:30pm Agenda.
  • South Celebration - Tuesday, June 6th at 6:30pm dinner & 7:30pm Agenda.

Did you Know?

Reporting abuse is the right thing to do Published on 2/6/2017.

Child abuse can happen anywhere, even in the home, and for families placed in this horrible situation, reporting abuse can be very difficult, but it is critical to do so in order to protect children. Adults must first act to stop the abuse by being alert to warning signs. If discovered, report abuse to the proper authorities.

To report abuse or the suspicion of abuse call DCF at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).

Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a 10 day

October 1st to October 10th

Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Jesus!! Don’t be left out reserve your seat today, call Daniel Fedro at 305-510-9300.

Book Club

Starting soon, please sign up at the Welcome Table or at the Parish Office.

ABCD: Give and You Shall Receive

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Our Goal $106,971.00
Pledges So Far $115,967.00

Thank you to all our parishioners for your generous pledges.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Distributes bags of food to the needy on Saturdays from the Parish Hall at 9:30am. The second collection on the first weekend of every month helps to fund this program.

PARISH FINANCES

February 2017

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 8,894.61
Utilities: $ 5,220.26
General Assessment: $ 3,471.33
Prop. Liability: $ 6,030.21
Bank Loan: $ 7,099.81
Salaries & Benefits: $ 32,017.18

Collections : $ 29,646.00

Totals : $ 62,733.40

Deficit : $ 33,087.40

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