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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 image is also known as "Our Lady of Perpetual 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 Michael and Gabriel, hovering in the upper corners, 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 sandals. Nevertheless, the icon also conveys the triumph of Christ over sin and death, symbolized 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 2020

Christ has no body, but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he walks to do good, yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.

Thank you to all who have already generously responded to the call to be the eyes, hands and feet of Jesus through your gift to the ABCD. As Scriptures remind us, “Give and it shall be given to you”.

If you have yet to respond to this year’s ABCD we need you! Please prayerfully consider mirroring the love of Christ by putting your faith into action and make a gift to this year’s ABCD appeal. 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

Thank you and God bless you!

Two new incentives this year to allow the parish to receive additional funds: Increase the number of donors with $365.00 per year ($1 a day), or Surpass the ABCD stretch goal. We need you!

Our Parish Goal is $108,516.00

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“Salvation is to be found through Him alone, there is no one else whom God has given who can save us”

Acts of the Apostles, 4:12-13

Sanctuary Lamp

The Sanctuary Lamp burns this week with love for +Charles H. Buckwalter.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras here at St. Joseph, Saturday, February 22nd 7:00pm - 11:00pm at Parish Hall. DONATION: $25.00

It includes dinner, dancing, music, a glass of wine or water, and dessert. Buy a table and get a bottle of wine.

Call the Parish office for a ticket, or go online by texting Stjoseph to 555888. If you wish to donate items or monetary contribution please contact the Parish Office.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is on February 26th, and is the beginning of Lent. Ashes will be distributed at all the Masses, 8:00am, 5:30pm in English and 7:00pm in Spanish.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Chapel.

On all the Fridays of Lent we will have the Stations of the Cross; 6:00pm in English, 7:00pm in Spanish and 8:00pm in Portuguese.

Spiritual Spa

Road to Emmaus, A Spiritual Spa for Women, in English, on February 28th to March 1st, at Morningstar Renewal Center, contact St. Rose of Lima Church in Miami Shores to register, Barbara Ortiz (305) 785-6835.

Registration flyers are by the bookstore.

Pilgrimage to Poland, Prague & Germany

Our Pastor, Reverend Juan J. Sosa invites you to join him on a parish pilgrimage to Poland, Prague & Germany which includes the Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany, departing September 17th for 12 days. Please call the Parish Office for more details.

Religious Education

Please close out any balances due for Religious Education Program.


Catechumens are reminded to save the date for the Rite of Sending and Rite of the Elect. Rehearsal will be held on Saturday, February 29, at 11:00am in the Church.

The Rite of Sending, on Sunday March 1st, at 10:00am Mass, followed by the Rite of the Elect at St. Mary’s Cathedral that afternoon at 3:00pm.

Shoreside Stories

Salem K. Theatre and the Miami Radio Players are back with an hour of comic shorts in a live radio performance at the Surfside Community Centre, 9301 Collins Ave., on Sunday, March 1st at 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

Set again in the mythical town of Shoreside, Miami Beach, come and join in the live podcast recording fun. /p>

Tickets are $10, for reservations, call 1-310-259-9620.

Second Collection

The second collection this weekend provides funds to benefit your parish debt. Thank you for your generosity.

Faith Formation for Adults

Every Sunday at 11:15am in the Parish Hall.

Child’s Envelopes

Please pick up your child’s envelopes as we use them to confirm Mass attendance and in teaching your children the importance of stewardship. Look below at the wonderful things our children are doing...

2020 Motorcycle Ride

Join Archbiship Wenski on his 2020 Motorcycle Ride on Sunday, February 23rd, 7:30am registration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, in Doral,

Grandparents Ministry

Grandparents Ministry, passing on the faith and keeping prayer at the heart of family life: The Archdiocese of Miami is holding a session on Friday, 2/21 in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Miami.

Register today!.

Coffee and Donuts

The Coffee and Donuts service has been resumed in the Parish Hall every Sunday.

Stewardship cards

Stewardship cards for 2020. If we haven't received your pledge, the cards are available at the book store. Please return the card to the Parish Office for budget planning as soon as possible. Donating to the Parish is now easier when using Online Giving.

Children’s Stewardship

what children pray for:
Joanna - prays for her mom and dad.
Michael - prays for his grandmother.
John - helped his mom around the house.
Gabriela - prays for her family.
Sophia - prays for peace.

Donate Online Giving

Text the word stjoseph to 555888 or type

Repairs of St. Joseph Plant

As you know an older set of buildings present ongoing challenges to the community. So far, so good on the following completed “issues”.

  • Sound System in the Church.
  • Better sound system in the Parish Hall of the School.
  • Generator in the Parish Rectory.
  • Church bathroom area, install Gates.
  • Partitions in the hall are currently working.
  • Front door of the Parish Rectory is new.
  • Painting of the ceiling of the Church by the Men’s Emmaus.
  • New Floor Inside the Church.
  • Stucco Repair and Paint touch up on School Building.

Other Items that are in progress or need to be completed

  • Repairs of the Sprinkler System (Church and Rectory).
  • Painting of the Church and the Parish Rectory.
  • Church roof section to be replaced.

Thank you for your ongoing support. - Rev. Juan J. Sosa, Pastor

The St. Joseph Don & Mary Anne Shula Scholarship

The St. Joseph 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.

Planned Giving

Every parish and all people within them benefit from the ABCD, as well as those who turn to the archdiocese for charitable and spiritual assistance. Make a gift in support today!

What do bequests, life insurance gifts, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and life-time giving have in common? They're ways you can pass on your Catholic Heritage, Faith, and Love for your parish. Please contact the Office of Planned Giving for more information (305) 762-1112.


December 2019

Building Repairs: $ 814.19
Utilities: $5,880.50
General Assessment: $3,482.44
Prop. Liability: $6,066.04
Salaries: $34,322.94

Collections : $62,772.66

Totals : $50,566.11

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection will be taken up for the benefit of our St. Vincent de Paul Society to assist those in need.

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