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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.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”

2 Corinthians 5:21

Faith Formation News

Registration is now closed for our Religious Education Classes, today (Sunday) we have class as scheduled.

What our children are saying and doing, through their weekly envelopes:

  • John, helped his Mom around the house.
  • Brandon, helped his Mom cook.
  • Gabriel, served as an Altar Boy.
  • Maya, helped a friend calm down after an anxiety moment.
  • Lauren, says the Our Father daily.
  • Gino, took care of his brother.

On Thursday, November 1st, our Deacon, Rev. Mr. John Ermer, will give a presentation on the Life of St. Augustine, and the following Thursday, November 8th, Cheryl E. Hodowud, Lay Ecclesial Minister, will present “The Life of Mother Teresa St. Teresa of Calcutta”. Both of these presentations take place at 7pm in the library of the school. There is no charge to attend.

Angel Tree is back again for the 4th year. Please remember to buy that extra gift to donate to our Angel Tree program. Gift cards are also accepted, you are welcome to drop off the toys and gifts at the Parish Office. Once again we will donate the gifts to children whose parent/s are incarcerated, and those in our parish whose families are facing financial difficulties.

Gaudete ET Exsultate Chapter One the Call to Holiness. The Saints who Encourage and accompany us

For You Too

At times, life presents great challenges. Through them, the Lord calls us anew to a conversion that can make His grace more evident in our lives, “in order that we may share His holiness” (Heb 12:10).

At other times, we need only find a more perfect way of doing what we are already doing: “There are inspirations that tend solely to perfect in an extraordinary way the ordinary things we do in life.” When Cardinal Francois-Xavier Nguyen van Thuan was imprisoned, he refused to waste time waiting for the day he would be set free. Instead, he chose “to live the present moment, filling it to the brim with love.” He decided: “I will seize the occasions that present themselves every day; I will accomplish ordinary actions in an extraordinary way.”

World Mission Sunday

Celebrated on October 21st, envelopes will be the pews if you would like to contribute, during the second collection, to the work of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Seeking new choir members

We are preparing for our Christmas Concert and Christmas Liturgies.

Contact Mr. Ralph D’Ovidio, Director, through the Parish Office, at Mass, or simply come to rehearsal on Mondays at 8:00pm.

Remember: when you pray, you are blessed once. When you praise God in song, you are twice blessed.

Annual Parish Festival - A Celebration of the Americas and Ministry Fair

Join us on Sunday, October 21st, for our Annual Parish Festival - A Celebration of the Americas and Ministry Fair, from 9:30am to 3:00pm, in the Parish Hall.

Upcoming Retrouvaille weekend for couples facing challenges in their marriage

October 26th, please call 1-800-470-2230 for more information.

Archdiocese of Miami 60th Anniversary

The Archdiocese of Miami invites you to join the fun at their 60th Anniversary Picnic: Sunday, October 28th: 11:30am Mass, 12:30-5:00pm picnic; on the grounds of Nativity Church, 5220 Johnson St., Hollywood.

There will be complementary face painting, balloons artists, rides, rock climbing, field games, bingo, and battle of the worship bands. Come and join the fun.

Second Collection

Next weekend the second collection will be taken up to assist the churches in the areas affected by Hurricane Michael so that they can continue to serve and help the people to recover.

The Diocese of Pensacola- Tallahassee lost 4 parish churches and a school. Thank you for your generosity.

All Saints Day

Thursday, November 1st is All Saints Day, Vigil Mass will be at 5:30pm on October 31st, Masses on Thursday will be at 8am, 5:30pm in English and 7:00pm in Spanish.

All Souls Day

Friday, November 2nd is All Souls Day, our Novena will begin at the 8am Mass and continue for nine days.

The special envelopes for the Novena will be attached to the bulletin this weekend.

All Saints Festival

The Young Adults are hosting an All Saints Festival on Saturday, November 3rd, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall for adults 18+.

Dress up in an appropriate costume, and enjoy our DJ with music and great food for sale, Admission is $10.00 and includes one refreshment. Tickets are on sale from our Youth Group. Come and join us to celebrate the Feast of All Saints.

National Vocation Awareness Week

November 4-10, 2018.

Celebrating their first, twenty-fifth and fiftieth and plus wedding anniversaries

Next year the Archdiocese Wedding Mass for couples celebrating their first, twenty-fifth and fiftieth and plus wedding anniversaries in 2019 will take place on February 16, 2019

PARISH FINANCES

August 2018

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 2,206.15
Utilities: $ 7,045.84
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 6,148.32
Salaries: $ 44,622.52

Collections : $ 27,478.50

Totals : $ 63,493.31

Deficit : $ 36,014.81

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection TODAY provides funds to benefit our St. Vincent de Paul Society to continue their mission of feeding the needy of our Parish.

Thank you for your generosity.

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