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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: $ 98,958.00
  • Shortfall: $ 5,782.00

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.

2018 Legacy Planning Summit: Strategies for Professionals

Estate Planning to Die For® : How to Be a Valuable Member of the Legacy Planning Team.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

  • 8:00am : Networking Breakfast
  • 9:00am - 11:00am : Program

Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School, Auditorium, 6600 Miami Lakeway North, Miami Lakes, FL 33014.

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Blessing for Children before School

May God our Father bless you this day May He keep you in good health and guide you to school in safety.

May He give light to your mind and love to your heart.

May He provide you with devoted teachers and with friends who care.

May He keep you in His peace and bring you safely home, Amen.

Church Yard Sale

Saturday March 24, 2018 from 10:00am - 3:00pm, Furniture Sale in Church Lot.

Taizé Prayer & Music Service

Wednesday, March 28th at 7:00pm in the Church.

Way of the Cross

Join us in a procession of the Way of the Cross, along the streets of Miami, on Good Friday, March 30th at 8:30am.

Gather at the Missionaries of Charity, 724 NW 17th Street, Miami.

Volunteers needed

On Holy Saturday, March 31st from 9:00am we will be cleaning the Church and Chapel, please call the parish office if you can help.

Good Friday:
The Church invites us to make a community penance by abstaining from eating meat on Fridays for those 14 and older. Fasting is asked of Catholics from ages 18 to 60 on Good Friday. Fasting implies having one major meal.

Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land, by supporting Catholics there in parishes and schools, maintaining Christian shrines and caring for refugees in the Holy Land. Please be generous.

Annual Gala

Held this year at The Indian Creek Country Club, April 7, 2018.

All proceeds will be used to fund the restoration of our Church and the Don & Mary Anne Shula Scholarship. Invitations are available from our Bookstore and the Parish Office.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second colection Today provides funds to reduce your parish debt. Thank you for your generosity.

The St. Vincent de Paul collection will take place on the weekend of April 8th.

Save the Dates: Stewardship Day

April 14, 2018 at ADOM.

Check with Parish Office for more information.

Job Fair

The Archdiocese of Miami is hosting a Job Fair on Saturday, April 14th from 10:00am until 1pm at Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School Stu-dent Center, 5451 South Flamingo Road, SW Ranches, FL 33330.

Faith Formation Save the Dates

  • No class on Easter Sunday or Monday, classes will resume on April 8th and 9th.
  • April 14th, Stewardship Day, ADOM– Check with Parish Office for more information.
  • May 5th, Confirmation Rehearsal, at 11:00am.
  • May 6th, Confirmation Mass at 10:00am.
  • May 12th, First Communion Retreat & Rehearsal.
  • May 13th, Last day of class.
  • May 19th, First Holy Communion, 5:30pm Mass.

Children Stewardship

This week our kids prayed for:

  • Anthony: Prayed for his mom.
  • Gino: Prayed for world peace.
  • Maria— Prayed for health.

How our kids used their talents this week:

  • Nicole: Helping people in need.
  • Dayana: gave to the poor.
  • Nel: I was kind to my friends.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

April 27th to the 29th in Ft. Lauderdale.

To participate contact John & Debra Truman, (954) 326-1621 or email them at

Parish Pilgrimages

Our Pastor is organizing a pilgrimage, June 13rd to June 23rd, to Paris (St. Vincent de Paul and the Miraculous Medal), Lourdes, Taize, Ars (St. John Vianney), Lissieux (St. Theresa of the Little Flower) Nevers (St. Bernadette) and Barcelona, then on June 24th a cruise from Barcelona.

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.


January 2018

Building Repairs: $ 8,618.43
Utilities: $ 6,550.37
General Assessment: $ 3,471.33
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Salaries: $ 32,865.98

Collections : $ 40,964.33

Totals : $ 57,495.44

Deficit : $ 16,531.11

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