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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.

Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive 2019

Hope has a name… Jesus.

Thank you to all who have already generously responded to this year’s ABCD. If you have yet to respond, we need you! Please join us by making a gift now- even a small gift can make a big difference.

You can obtain a pledge envelope from the parish office or you can make a gift online at www.isupportabcd.org.

Thank you and God bless you!

The goal this year for our parish is $104,216. So far we have received $40,785.00.

“For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it”

Ephesians 2, VS. 8-9

Faith Formation News

Children’s Stewardship and what they pray for:

  • Jonathon-Prays for Venezuela
  • Lauren-prays by reading the Ten Commandments every day
  • Juan Pablo-Helped his mom set the dinner table
  • John-Helped his mom around the house

Funds

The second collection TODAY provides funds for your parish debt. Thank you for your continued generosity.

FORMED

Join us every Sunday at 11:15am in the Parish Hall. We will share a topic each week concerning our faith.

To register go to formed.org/ and use the code: 6KPTK3

Diocesan News

Fr. Raphael Mieszala from Camillus House has been transferred by his community to a ministry in New Jersey. Fr. Raphael was over 20 years serving in Camillus House. We wish him well in his new ministry.

Need to create a plan for your future or update an existig estate plan?
For a free online wills planner, go to www.adomgift.org and select “Plan Your Will.”

“But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend without expectig anything back.” (Luke 6:35)

Easier said than done, right? But, if we are to imitate Christ, most of us need to practie mercy and compassion more frequently. Start with the litte daily annoyances that we experience, the unkind word or hateful glance we receive. Instead of plotti revenge on that person, try saying a quick prayer for that person. Mercy and compassion will put us on the path to holiness.

Donation

Catholic Charitis are acceptig fiancial donatins, by check or online, that will provide resources to Caritas Cuba to assist victis of the January 27th tornado in Havana, Cuba.

Donatins can be made online at www.ccadm.org or by mail at Catholic Charitis of the Archdiocese of Miami, 1505 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, FL 33305.

Please note on the envelope/check: Cuba Relief.

Valentines Bazaar

February 24th, 2019, Parish Hall, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

We have great bargains. Proceeds will be for improvements projects in the church.

PACT

The members of our PACT-Justice Ministry would like to invite all our congregation to a meeting on, Monday, February 25th at 6:30pm in Temple Beth Sholom.

If you would like to attend there is a sign up sheet at the entrance of the Church.

212 Young Adults

Meet every Friday at 7:30pm and conduct a Bible Class on Sundays at 11:15am in the Parish Hall.

Sacrament

Reminder for parents whose child is receiving Sacrament this year, very important meeting March 3rd, at 11:15am in the Parish Hall.

Pastoral Council Meeting

Monday, March 4th, at 7:00pm in the Parish Office.

Lent

Wednesday, March 6th is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

Ashes will be distributed at all the Masses:

  • 8:00am & 5:30pm in English
  • 12:00 noon and 7:00pm in Spanish

The Stations of the Cross will take place on all the Fridays of Lent at:

  • 6:00pm in English
  • 7:00pm in Spanish

Scholarship

Don & Mary Anne Shula Scholarship awards $10,000.00 to a deserving student who wishes to pursue a High School Catholic education, and is in good standing with the Church.

Applications are available at the parish office, the deadline to apply is March 8th.

Spring Forward

Don’t forget to put your clocks one hour ahead before going to bed on Saturday, March 9th.

Religious Education Important Dates

Catechumens

  • March 9th: Rite Of Election Rehearsal 11:00am At St. Joseph
  • March 10th: Rite of Sending at St. Joseph Rite of Election at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 2:30pm
  • March 16th: 1st Scrutiny at 10:00am, St. Joseph
  • March 31st: 2nd Scrutiny at 10:00am ,St. Joseph
  • April 7th: 3rd Scrutiny At 10am,St. Joseph

Confirmandi

  • April 6th: Confirmation Retreat, 9:00am St. Joseph Parish Hall
  • May 2nd: Confirmation Rehearsal 7:30pm at St Joseph
  • May 5th: Confirmation Pictures at 8:30am, Confirmation Ceremony at 10:00am

First Holy Communion

  • March 16th: First Holy Communion Breakfast and Retreat 9:00am at the Parish Hall, Penitential Service 11:00am at St. Joseph
  • May 11th: First Holy Communion Rehearsal 11:00am at St. Joseph
  • May 18th: Communion Pictures at 3:00pm Parish Hall, First Holy Communion Ceremony Saturday at 5:30pm at St. Joseph

Those children and adults going for sacraments of communion and confirmation will receive both sacraments at the confirmation ceremony.

Novena to St. Joseph

Feast day March 19th will begin on Sunday, March 10th.

If you would like to honor a loved one, our St. Joseph Candles will be available for purchase.

Emmaus Retreat for Women in Spanish

March 29 to 31, 2019.

Please pick up an application at the front of the church or at the Parish Office.

Parish Pilgrimage

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Join our pastor, Fr. Juan J. Sosa on a pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines of France, departs June 18th for 12 days, returning June 29th.

Visiting: Brussels, Bruges, Paris, Lourdes, Lyon, Nevers, Taize. For more information please contact : Mr. Daniel Fedro at (305) 510-9300 or email, .

St. Josephs Spiritual Adoption Program

Beginning in March we would like to invite all our parishioners to spiritually adopt an unborn child in danger of abortion.

The unborn are so vulnerable these days, prayer is the best option to protect them. We will be updating you every month on the progress and stages of development of these precious children. In Jesus name we pray for them. Amen

PARISH FINANCES

December 2018

Collections: $69,300.18

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 4,124.76
Utilities: $ 5.786.72
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 6,148.32
Salaries: $35,558.01
Totals: $ 55,088.29

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection TODAY provides funds to benefit our St. Vincent de Paul Society to continue their work of distributing bags of food on Saturdays to the needy of our parish.

Thank you for your generosity.

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