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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.

"Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

Romans 5:1

Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th: Please remember with respect and gratitude, all those who died in our country’s service.

There will be no 5:30pm Mass and the parish office will be closed.

Second Collection

The Second Collection today provides funds to reduce your parish debt. Please give generously.

Bethlehem Nativity Group

This weekend, our bookstore is closed as we will have representatives from the “Bethlehem Nativity Group” selling Holy Land made religious articles from olive wood.

This group provides jobs to Christians in Bethlehem who otherwise would not have employment. Your contribution is appreciated.

Do you own stock that has appreciated?

You can make a gift of stock to St. Joseph Parish and receive a tax benefits this year.

Contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.

Catholic Faith

Calling all faithful who wish to grow in their understanding of the Catholic Faith, and discern their call to serve the parish community.

Traditional Spanish and Creole in-classroom classes are offered at:

  • St. Brendan H.S. (Spa.) - Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm.
  • St. Bartholomew (Spa) - Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm.
  • Notre Dame D’Haiti (Creole) - Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm.

There is an online Program offered in English or Spanish.

All necessary registrations forms may be found at and click on the school of Ministry tab. For more information contact the Office of Lay Ministry at (305) 762-1184 or email .

Graduates from our parish include:

  • Reyna Jovel,
  • Hilda E. Diaz,
  • Luz E. Duran-Jurado,
  • Gloria Acuna,
  • Joel Alonso,
  • Leticia Bondoc,
  • Elizabeth Espinosa.

Please Note

We have extended the deadline to apply for the St. Joseph Don & Mary Anne Scholarship to June 1st.

This Scholarship awards $10,000.00 to a deserving student who wishes to pursue or continue a High School Catholic education, and is in good standing with the Church. Applications are available from the church office.

Emmaus Retreats


When was the last time you gave yourself a gift, that lasted a lifetime?
The Emmaus Retreat is the ideal gift…

Taking place on the weekend of June 1st to the 3rd, to participate please register at the parish office, or call Ana (954) 249-6868 or Yolanda (305) 864-6107.

Coming up on the weekend of September 14th will be the Emmaus Men's Retreat in Spanish.

3rd Annual International Congress in Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Taking place on June 8th - 10th at the Doubletree by Hilton Miami Airport and Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Avenue.

The Main Celebrant of the 8:00pm opening Mass will be His Excellency Most Reverend Thomas Wenski.

The event will feature 18 different speakers. Tickets are $50.00 per person.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please call (305) 444-7437 or visit or

A free concert featuring Grupo Emmanuel will be open to the community from 9:30pm to 12:30am on Saturday, June 9th as part of the Third International Congress.

All are welcome.

Youth Summer program “Gravity”

Starts June 9th, for ages 12 to 17 years.

Registration is now open, applications are in the Parish Office.

Bible Class

  • English Bible class:
    Thursdays at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.
  • Spanish Bible class:
    Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00pm in the Church.

Bilingual Memorial Mass

Celebrated by Archbishop T. Wenski on Saturday, June 16th at 10:00am in St. Mary’s Cathedral in honor of the patients served by Catholic Hospice and their families.

Catholic Hospice is a not-for-profit health care organization providing end-of-life care to terminally ill patients and their families.


The Archdiocese of Miami High School Leadership Institute, June 18th - 22nd.

Thrive aims to mentor talented youth in real leadership and personal management skills while equipping them to discern their vocation and to live their faith more fully in the public square.

Contact Rosemarie Banich at the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for more information: or (305) 762-1189.

Life Line Screening Event

Have you taken control of Your Health Today?

Life line Screening Event taking place on Monday, June 25th from 9:00am in the Parish Hall, offering preventive health screenings.

St. Joseph Church will receive $25 back for each screening if you pre-register at 1-888-814-0416, or visit or text circle to 797979 or email and attend their scheduled appointment time for your screening.

Faith Formation News

Pre-Registration for 2018 - 2019 Religious Education is now open! Applications are available in the Parish Office.

Seeking Catechist for the upcoming year. Training available this summer. Stop by the office for more information.

Confirmation Group pictures are in. All those who received Confirmation this year should pick up their complimentary copy, in the Parish Office.

Sistine Chapel Choir (Pope’s Choir)

Special performance by the Archdiocese of Miami Jubilee Choir, Friday, July 13th at James L. Knight Center, 7:00pm.

A celebration of the Divine and the Human Spirit an unforgettable evening of timeless music. Serving as the Pope’s personal choir, the 1500 year old Sistine Chapel Choir is the oldest and most respected active choir in the world today. Through its liturgical music, the Choir communicates a message of peace and closeness among all people.

Ave $10 per ticket and receive a $5 donation to your parish.

Excludes $50 tickets, while supplies last. Create a parish event, contact Group Sales for these offers .

More information and VIP packages available at:

Virtus Trainings for all Volunteers and Ministry leaders who have not attended

Held in the Parish Hall on Saturday, August 18th from:

  • 9:00am to 12 noon in English
  • 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Spanish

Please preregister at the Parish Office.

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.


April 2018

Building Repairs: $ 6,909.98
Utilities: $ 5,979.24
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Salaries: $ 33,447.20

Collections : $ 45,090.10

Totals : $ 55,796.23

Deficit : $ 10,706.13

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection TODAY provides funds to reduce your parish debt. Thank you for your generosity.

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