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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 image is also known as "Our Lady of Perpetual 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 Michael and Gabriel, hovering in the upper corners, 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 sandals. Nevertheless, the icon also conveys the triumph of Christ over sin and death, symbolized 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.

Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive 2019

ABCD UPDATE: Our parish is short $8,900.63 to meet our goal of $104,000.00.

Thank you to all our parishioners who responded so far to this appeal. If you haven’t made your gift as yet, there is still time for you to help us make our goal.

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

Isaiah 40:31

St. Joseph Festival of the Americas and Ministry Fair

Today we celebrate St. Joseph Festival of the Americas and Ministry Fair, from 11:00am to 3:00pm, in the Parish Hall. All proceeds from the festival will go towards the “new” floor in the Church.

World Mission Sunday

This weekend is World Mission Sunday and our second collection will be taken up for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Please use the special envelopes in the pews to contribute.

Thank you for your generosity.


Fred Astair Dance School, Mexico, Colombia, Peru & Cuba dancers, Dr. Jose Jose Luis Cestari from Venezuela, Children of Jesus and Mary Ministry, Philippine Choir, Latin Mix musical group. Join your parish family.

Repairs of St. Joseph Plant

As you know an older set of buildings present ongoing challenges to the community. So far, so good on the following completed “issues”.

  • Sound System in the Church.
  • Better sound system in the Parish Hall of the School.
  • Generator in the Parish Rectory.
  • Church bathroom area, install Gates.
  • Partitions in the hall are currently working.
  • Front door of the Parish Rectory is new.

Other Items that are in progress or need to be completed

  • Painting of the ceiling of the Church by the Men’s Emmaus.
  • New Floor Inside the Church.
  • Repairs of the Sprinkler System (Church and Rectory).
  • Painting of the Church and the Parish Rectory.
  • Stucco Repair and Paint touch up on School Building.

Thank you for your ongoing support. We are asking you to be generous at our Annual Ministry Fair and Hispanic Month Celebrations on October 20th. We aim at using this event to reduce some of the costs of our repairs. - Rev. Juan J. Sosa, Pastor

A Middle school conference

To the Heights! A Middle school conference with special Michael Gormley and author Matt Fradd on October 12th, from 1:00pm-9:00pm at Archbishop McCarthy High School, SW Ranches.

Free Bereavement Camp

Join Camp Erin South Florida at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park for a free Bereavement Camp for youth ages 6- 17 grieving the death of a significant person in their lives, October 18th-20th.

Call Gian Carla at (954) 944-2709 for more information.

Horizontes de Cristiandad Ministry

Next meeting will be on Saturday, October 26th, at 11:30am in the Parish Hall.

Month of the Rosary

October is the month of the Rosary. Please pray the rosary for peace in the world, for our leaders, for our children, for our parishioners who are ill, and those that have passed. To Jesus, through Mary.

Respect for Life

October is Respect for Life Month. Please join us in prayer for those people who need support and prayers in order to make the right decision. Respect life in all forms of God’s Creation.

Disaster Relief

#WeWillRebuild In aftermath of natural disasters, please help the Archdiocese of Miami through its Catholic Charities and other entities to help those in need by visiting their web address:


Work on the Church ceiling and the installation of the new floor tiles has already begun.

During this time the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Chapel.

Religious Education

Registration new program year for Religious Education is now closed. Classes are on Sundays at 11:15am in the Parish Hall.


Rite for Christian Initiation for Adults. Registration for adults who want to complete their sacraments of initiation is now closed.

Classes are held, Sunday (Spanish) at 11:15am in the Parish Hall. Monday nights (English) in the Parish Office.

St. Joseph as a partial beneficiary of your IRA

Have you considered St. Joseph as a partial beneficiary of your IRA, deferred compensation, or 401(k)?

The can be some of the best assets to leave to charity, as they can be fully taxed to your heirs.

To learn about your options, contact the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110 or visit us on the web at

Many of us compartmentalize our Faith, we bring it out only when we attend Mass or when we attend a parish event. Being a good steward requires discipline and striving to put God first in everything, all the time.

The next time you are at a neighborhood party, at work or out shopping, would your actions signal to others that you are a good and faithful servant of our Lord?

Catechetical Conference

Catechetical Conference to be held on November 2nd, 2019 at the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel. For registration, please stop by the Parish Office A.S.A.P.

This year’s theme: Family, be who you are!

Christopher West event

The Christopher West event has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 21st, previous purchased tickets are valid for this change.

Online Giving

Online Giving to our parish is easier then ever. Coming December 2019 need to write checks or goto ATM.

Stay tuned for more information in our bulletin for the following weeks.

Wedding Anniversary Mass

Archdiocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass for couples married in the Catholic Church celebra!ng during 2020 their 1st, 25th, 50th or 50th plus wedding anniversary.

January 25th, 2020, at 4:00pm there will be photos taken with Archbishop Wenski, and the Mass will be at 5:30pm at St. Mary Cathedral in Miami.

Box of Joy has arrived

This program is a program by Cross Catholic Outreach to provide children from around the world a present and a meal for Christmas.

Pick up your box today at the Parish Office.


July 2019

Building Repairs: $ 2,758.60
Utilities: $ 6,797.23
General Assessment: $ 3,482.44
Prop. Liability: $ 6,148.32
Salaries: $ 31,305.71

Collections : $ 32,412.16

Totals : $ 50,492.30

Deficit : $ 18,080.14

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection today will be taken up for the benefit of our St. Vincent de Paul Society to assist those in need.

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