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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.

“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest”

Matt. 11:28

Seminary Burse Fund

The second collection TODAY provides funds to benefit the Seminary Burse Fund of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Your support directly provides for the formation of those whom God is calling to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. Please use the special envelopes found in your pews. Thank you for your generosity.

Faith Formation News

  • Registration for 2018 - 2019 Religious Education for children and for adults is now open! Applications are available in the Parish Office.
  • The Spanish faith formation Lectio Divina taking place on August 14th to the 16th, will begin immediately after the 7:00pm Mass. This annual Faith Formation process aims at helping us grow in the knowledge and love of Christ and our Catholic Faith.
  • The Catechists Retreat will take place in the Parish Hall on Saturday, August 25th, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
  • 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 12:00noon in English and 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Spanish. Please register online or at the Parish Office.
  • 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.

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

5. The processes of beatification and canonization recognize the signs of heroic virtue, the sacrifice of one’s life in martyrdom, and certain cases where a life in martyrdom, and certain cases where a life is constantly offered for others, even until death. This shows an exemplary imitation of Christ, one worthy of the admiration of the faithful. [2] We can think, for example, of Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu, who offered her life for the unity of Christians.

Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life

The US bishops urge our participation each Friday in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life, August 3rd -September 28th.

Participants will receive weekly email or text reminders to pray and fast, along with little known facts about Roe v. Wade to share with others.

Please sign up at, for these call to prayer initiatives.


  • Pastoral Council
    Monday, August 13th at 7:00pm in the Parish Office.
  • Stewardship Council
    Wednesday, August 22nd at 7:00pm.

Feast of the Assumption of Mary

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

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

Important public policy issues

The Florida Catholic Advocacy Network (FLCAN) allows Catholics across Florida to stay informed and take action on important public policy issues.

During the weekend of August 19th, you will have the opportunity to connect with the network by completing the postcards found in your pew.

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.

Taizé Prayer and Music Service

September 14th at 7:00pm.

There will not be any service during the month of August.

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

The Archdiocese of Miami is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year with a White Gala in October.

How many times have you actually told all the clergy in your life how much you appreciated them?

Purchase a Tribute Ad celebrating or commemorating all those priest that have made a difference.

Visit: or call Grace Veloz at (305)762-1064.

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.


June 2018

Building Repairs: $ 2,060.46
Utilities: $ 6,902.00
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Salaries: $ 28,209.65

Collections : $ 28,920.91

Totals : $ 46,632.01

Deficit : $ 17,711.10

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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