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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: $122,610.00

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.

“Those who hope in the Lord, renew their strength”

Isaiah 40:31

Miami Catholic Young Adult

Young adult Champions Challenge on Saturday, July 21st, a fun filled community day, with fellow-ship and good old competition.

Catholic Young Professionals next series is on August 6th at 7:30pm, featuring Carmen Villafane.

This is a great way to network in Miami and be inspired. Join us for fellowship and free drinks.

For more details on both of these events: www.facebook.com/groups/MiamiCatholicYA/

Funds

The Second Collection TODAY provides funds to reduce your parish debt.

Please give generosity.

Faith Formation News

  • Pre-Registration for 2018 - 2019 Religious Education for children and for adults is now open! Applications are available in the Parish Office. We are Seeking Catechists for the upcoming year. Register now for the next training taking place on Wednesday, July 25th at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall. Stop by the Parish Office for more information.
  • Workshop for Adults on the Theology, The Sacrament and The Validity of Marriage in the Catholic Church: By Rev. Msgr. Dariusz J. Zielonka, J.C.D., on August 7 thru the 9th, in the Parish Hall. Please sign up at our Religious Store or at the Parish Office.
  • Emmaus Men’s Retreat in Spanish: on the weekend of September 14th. For more information please contact the Parish Office.
  • Virtus Trainings for all Volunteers and Ministry leaders who have never attended one of these courses or who has not kept up with the monthly bulletins, will be held in the Parish Hall on Saturday, August 18th from 9:00am to 12 noon in English and 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Spanish. Please register online or at the Parish Office.
  • Bible class in English continues on Thursdays at 7:00pm in the Library at the Parish Hall.

Garage Sale

Don’t miss our Garage Sale taking place in the Parish Lot next Sunday, July 29th from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

We are accepting household items, no clothes please.

Gravity

Our Summer Program “Gravity” for youth would like to invite you all to their Annual Gala, on Saturday, August 11th.

Tickets are $25.00 each and are available from the Parish Office or our youth members. Please help us collect funds for our end of the summer field trips. Thank you and may God bless you.

Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Wednesday, August 15th is a holy day of obligation.

  • Vigil Mass will take place on Tuesday, at 5:30pm.
  • Masses on Wednesday will be at 8:00am & 5:30pm in English and 7:00pm in Spanish.

Theology On Tap Miami

On Thursday, August 16th, Mother Adela, foundress of the order of Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, will speak at the Tank Brewery in Doral.

This event is an opportunity to enrich your faith while also meeting people.

Natural Family Planning

Find out more information on Natural Family Planning at www.miamiarch.org/familylife.

Visit the sick

Please call the Parish Office to request Communion for patients at home and in the local nursing home, we have Eucharistic Ministers that visit the sick of the parish every week.

Pictures of our Gala are available for sale

A limited number of CD’s containing the pictures of our Gala are available for sale in the Parish Office at a cost of $25.00 each.

In the event of a hurricane and Miami Beach is under evacuation

We follow the Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Miami:
No masses or parish activities will take place until the Evacuation order is lifted.

Married Couples

  • How About Some Time for Just the two of You?
  • A weekend that will focus on love, caring & relationship?

It will be the best gift you'll give each other this year. Plan to go on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and come back with a marriage that is refreshed and full of passion.

The next weekend in this area is scheduled in Ft. Lauderdale, September 7 to the 9, 2018.

Call: Roberto & Maria Ibarra (954) 972-8129 / .

Apply on line FLSE-WWME.ORG, Or CALL: Frank & Fran Kulzer, (954) 804-0661.

Parish Pilgrimages

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.

Mercy Night

Save the Date for Great Things, the First Archdiocese of Miami Middle School Youth Conference ending with Mercy Night, October 13th, from 9am to 9pm, special Guest M.C. Michael “Gomer” Gormley.

Archdiocese of Miami 60th Anniversary

Can you think of a priest, group of priests, who have been a constant in your life?

Show your appreciation by purchasing a 60th Anniversary Tribute Ad today at www.adomdevelopment.org/tributeads or call Grace Veloz at (305)762-1064 for more information.

Catholic Faith

Registration for the 2018-2020 Archdiocese of School of Ministry is now open.

Would you like to deepen your relationship with Jesus, gain a better understanding of the Catholic Faith, and strengthen your call and commitment to serve in the parish community. Classes are offered in English, Spanish and Creole online or classroom.

For more information contact the School of Ministry at (305) 762-1184.

Graduates from our parish include:
Cheryl E. Hodowud, Reyna Jovel, Gaby Baglietto, Tery Howard, Carmen Almirall, Hilda E. Diaz, Luz E. Duran-Jurado, Gloria Acuna, Joel Alonso, Leticia Bondoc & Elizabeth Espinosa.

PARISH FINANCES

May 2018

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 2,497.75
Utilities: $ 5,538.17
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Salaries: $ 30,743.76

Collections : $ 30,070.00

Totals : $ 48,239.49

Deficit : $ 18,169.49

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