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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. The first meeting of our 15 members took place on Wednesday, February 26th. It is a four year program.

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"May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit"

Romans 15:13

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

The second collection is for the benefit of our St. Vincent de Paul Society to fund the ministry of feeding the needy on Saturdays.

Coffee & Donuts

Please support our fundraising efforts by joining us for coffee & donuts served by the members of our various groups in the Parish hall after the Masses on Sundays.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Monday, August 10th through Thursday, August 13th, EWTN radio station, will be taping a broadcast from 8am to 6:00pm in the Church.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place as usual.

Visiting our Parish

Fr. Antonio Altarejos and Fr. Marcos Argelys will be visiting our parish for the month of August. This enables us to offer our 7:00pm Spanish Mass Monday through Friday beginning August 3rd.

Intentions are available for these Masses.

Meeting of our new Spanish Legion of Mary

Our new Spanish Legion of Mary, Santa Maria Estrella del Mar meets on Saturdays at 9:00am in the school.

Baptism Classes

Spanish: Sunday, August 2nd at 11:00am in the Chapel.

English: Sunday, August 9th 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.

Why Catholic is here!

Our sessions are based on "What we believe" . In order to prepare for the upcoming sessions, a meeting has been set for Wednesday, August 5, 2015 in the Parish Hall, at 7:00pm.

We invite anyone interested in assisting as a "Team Leader". As a leader, you will be prepared to lead one of the small communities in Faith Sharing. Please notify Adam Irizarry, at the Rectory, to register for this meeting. Looking forward to seeing a great number of people.

Youth Group Retreat

Join us for a Youth Group Retreat on the weekend of August 8th & 9th in the parish hall.

Pick up a flyer for more information at the entrance to the church.

Annual Seminary Burse Collection

On the weekend of August 9th, the Annual Seminary Burse Collection will take place in our parish. This fund provides for the formation of those whom God is calling to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.

This year St. John Vianney Seminary will have more than 80 seminarians discerning God's call and preparing to serve the Church.

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.

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saturday, August 15th is not a holyday of obligation this year. There will be two Vigil Masses on Friday, August 14th at 5:30pm in English and 7:00pm in Spanish. Masses on Saturday, August 15th will be at 8:am in English and 11am in Spanish.

Religious Education

Our Religious Education Office will re-open on August 15th. Catechists are needed please call Adam in the parish office.

Please note:

A Baptismal Certificate is required in order to register your child for our classes, no exceptions. Also, any fees outstanding from the previous year must be paid up at the time of registration.

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.

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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