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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

Thank you to all who have already generously responded to this year’s ABCD.

The goal this year for our parish is $104,216. So far we have received $82,510.00. ABCD 2018 Update: Based on the closing figures of the 2018 ABCD campaign, we have unpaid pledges amounting to $2,032.00 and incomplete pledges amounting to $3,460.00. This resulted in a shortfall of $5,492.00 to the parish.

“For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it”

Ephesians 2, VS. 8-9

Faith Formation News

Children’s Stewardship and what they pray for:

  • John – Helped my mom around the house.
  • Avril - Helped my mom clean the house.
  • Lauren - Making sandwiches for homeless.
  • Giancarlo - Gave money and food to the sick.
  • Thiago - Helped organize my house.
  • Elisa - Prayed this week for my family.


Please use the special envelopes in the pews if you would like to contribute to the collection TODAY for the Catholic Relief Services.


Join us every Sunday at 11:15am in the Parish Hall. We will share a topic each week concerning our faith.

To register go to and use the code: 6KPTK3


Every Penny Helps! Remember to Give- From the Heart this Year and Share the Light of Christ. Visit,, to make a gift now.

You can have an everlasting influence on the lives of so many in our parish. Please contact your attorney and instruct him/her to include a bequest for our parish in your will. For more information, contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.

“I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as a possession.” (Genesis 15:7)

Just as the Lord gave Abraham, Moses and the Israelites a land to possess, He has also given each of us a home. Whether your home is grand or humble, it is a gift from God. Abraham prepared a great sacrifice to the Lord in gratitude for the home God gave him. How do you show your gratitude to God for the home He has given you? Do you make a sacrifice of any kind? Do you show you gratefulness to God by investing equally in your eternal home just as you do in your earthly home?


Catholic Charities are accepting financial donations, by check or online, that will provide resources to Caritas Cuba to assist victims of the January 27th tornado in Havana, Cuba.

Donations can be made online at or by mail at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, 1505 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors, FL 33305.

Please note on the envelope/check: Cuba Relief.

Lenten Regulations

Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat for 14 years old and older. They are also days of fast (one full meal and two small meals, with nothing in between) for adults 18 to 60 years old.

Stations of the Cross

Fridays of Lent at 6:00pm in English, 7:00pm in Spanish and 8:00pm in Portuguese.


The Novena to St. Joseph, will begin today Sunday. St. Joseph Candles will be available for purchase, if you would like to honor a loved one, or to commemorate an event, please call the Parish Office for more information.

On Tuesday March 19th, is the Feast Day, an additional Mass in Spanish will be at 12 Noon.

Stewardship Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 20th, a 7:00pm in the Parish Office.


Don & Mary Anne Shula Scholarship awards $10,000.00 to a deserving student who wishes to pursue a High School Catholic education, and is in good standing with the Church.

Applications are available at the parish office, the deadline to apply is March 20th.

Fish Fry

Friday, March 22nd, we will be hosting a Fish Fry in the Parish Hall from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, tickets are available now, $10.00 per person.


1st Scrutiny on Sunday, March 24th at the 10:00am Mass. Sponsor must be present.

Emmaus Retreat for Women in Spanish

March 29 to 31, 2019.

Please pick up an application at the front of the church or at the Parish Office.

PACT Nehemiah Action

The PACT Nehemiah Action is on Monday, April 1st, at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, 2300 NW 135th Street in Miami. Sign in is at 6:30pm, start time is 7:30pm.

The Nehemiah Action Assembly is Miami-Dade’s largest annual grassroots assembly to address concerns with immigration, affordable housing and gun violence. Public officials will be asked to make commitments on solutions to alleviate these issues.

Bring your friends, a bus has been reserved leaving the North side lot at 6:00pm.

Rice Bowl

Rice Bowl is sponsored by the Catholic Relief Services.

Pick up your Rice Bowl at the Parish Office or the Bookstore. This is a wonderful way to share in the spirit of Lent, it provides great recipes for the Lenten Season, and is a great way to teach your children the importance of giving. You can place a daily donation in the bowl and return it on Easter Sunday.

Religious Education Important Dates


  • March 24th: 1st Scrutiny at 10:00am, St. Joseph
  • March 31st: 2nd Scrutiny at 10:00am ,St. Joseph
  • April 7th: 3rd Scrutiny At 10am,St. Joseph


  • April 6th: Confirmation Retreat, 9:00am St. Joseph Parish Hall
  • May 2nd: Confirmation Rehearsal 7:30pm at St Joseph
  • May 5th: Confirmation Pictures at 8:30am, Confirmation Ceremony at 10:00am

First Holy Communion

  • March 16th: First Holy Communion Breakfast and Retreat 9:00am at the Parish Hall, Penitential Service 11:00am at St. Joseph
  • May 11th: First Holy Communion Rehearsal 11:00am at St. Joseph
  • May 18th: Communion Pictures at 3:00pm Parish Hall, First Holy Communion Ceremony Saturday at 5:30pm at St. Joseph

Those children and adults going for sacraments of communion and confirmation will receive both sacraments at the confirmation ceremony.

Spring Bazaar

April 14th at the Parish Hall, parishioners are welcome to buy a table.

Donations for the Bazaar are always welcome.

Thoughts for Lent

  • Fast from judging others/ celebrate all are created in the image and likeness of God.
  • Fast from emphasis on differences/ celebrate on what we have in common.
  • Fast from discontent/ celebrate on what we have received.
  • Fast from anger/ celebrate patience.
  • Fast from gossip/ celebrate silence.
  • Fast from pessimism/ celebrate optimism.
  • Fast from worry/ celebrate blessings.
  • Fast from complaining/ celebrate acceptance and appreciation.
  • Fast from negativity/ celebrate that which is affirmative.

Parish Pilgrimage

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Join our pastor, Fr. Juan J. Sosa on a pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines of France, departs June 18th for 12 days, returning June 29th.

Visiting: Brussels, Bruges, Paris, Lourdes, Lyon, Nevers, Taize. For more information please contact : Mr. Daniel Fedro at (305) 510-9300 or email, .

St. Josephs Spiritual Adoption Program

Beginning in March we would like to invite all our parishioners to spiritually adopt an unborn child in danger of abortion.

The unborn are so vulnerable these days, prayer is the best option to protect them. We will be updating you every month on the progress and stages of development of these precious children. In Jesus name we pray for them. Amen


January 2019

Collections: $36,850.24

Building Repairs: $ 2,219.80
Utilities: $ 5.544.72
General Assessment: $ 3,482.44
Prop. Liability: $ 6,148.32
Salaries: $ 33,092.02
Totals: $ 44,337.98

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection TODAY provides funds to benefit our St. Vincent de Paul Society to continue their work of distributing bags of food on Saturdays to the needy of our parish.

Thank you for your generosity.

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