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This Week

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.

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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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“We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will take back with Jesus those who have died believing in Him”

1 Thessalonians 4 vs. 14

Planned Giving

Honor those who have died in military service by making a tribute gift in their name.

Payments guaranteed for life! That is what you receive by making a gift in exchange for a Charitable Gift Annuity. You receive guaranteed payments for the rest of your life, no matter how long you live or what future interest rates may be. Your gift gives twice: first to you with fixed payments and a tax deduction and second to when you are born to eternal life. Contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110 for more information on Charitable Gift Annuities.

“I am praying for them…” JOHN 17: 9

Prayer is the foundation of our Faith and the foundation of Stewardship. Pray is not limited to bad time, but also for praising in good times. Prayer is always the first and the best option, not just the last resort. Pray for your family and friends, and especially for those that aren’t friendly or you are having difficulties with. Pray to give praise, to thank and to ask God for help. Pray to God for discernment to see what He wants you to do with the gifts He has given you.

Religious Education News

Pre-registration for the new year 2017-2018 for children and adults is now open. If you still have an outstanding balance, please bring your registration up to date at the Parish Office.

Catholic Communications Campaign

The second collection TODAY provides funds to Catholic Communications Campaign.

Your gift will bring the message of the Gospel to people from all walks of life, all around the world. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th

There will be no 5:30pm Mass and the Parish Office will be closed.

CARA Survey

The results of the survey we conducted in December has arrived and a professional from CARA, Mary Ellen Fise, will be here on Tuesday, May 30th to help us to interpret more fully how these results will impact our parish in the next two to five years.

All Ministers, Volunteers and Parishioners are invited to this presentation in the Parish Hall beginning with refreshments at 7:00pm, please mark your calendar.

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery

The 7th corporal Work of Mercy teaches us to bury the deceased with dignity.

We have invited representatives from Catholic Cemeteries to visit our parish on June 3rd & 4th, to distribute information on advance planning.

Pentecost Sunday

Sunday, June 4, 2017

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.

PACT’s Justice Ministry would like to thank everyone who attended the past events and cordially invites you to the last meeting of the season with a Dinner Celebration on June 5th, starting at 6:30pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral, NW 2nd Ave & 75th Street, following the 7:30pm recognition and awards.

Kindly confirm your attendance to Rachel Prestipino, .

Taizé Prayer & Music Service

Take place on Friday, June 9th at 7:30pm. The group meeting will be on Tuesday, June 6th at 6:00pm.

Fearless 2017

Our Youth Summer Program “Fearless 2017” for 12 to 17 year olds, will be from June 16th to August 16th, Tuesday to Saturday.

Application forms are available in the parish office, the registration fee is $35.00.

For more information, please call our Youth Director, Mr. Gustavo Mejia at 786-308-0893.

Book Club

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

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.

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

March 2017

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 3,688.99
Utilities: $ 5,358.87
General Assessment: $ 3,471.33
Prop. Liability: $ 6,030.21
Bank Loan: $ 7,099.81
Salaries & Benefits: $ 43,552.50

Collections : $ 29,646.00

Totals : $ 69,201.71

Deficit : $ 39,555.70

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