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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: $ 125,915.00

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.

“We saw His star at its rising and have come to do Him homage”

Matthew 2:2

Faith Formation News

Adult Faith Formation (Formed Catholic) class continue every Sunday from 11:15am to 12:15pm in the Parish Hall.

There will not be Religious Education classes on December 23rd an the 31st.

Adult Faith Formation and RCIA will also be cancelled for the Christmas and New Year Holiday.

Our Christmas Carol in Spanish on Thursday, December 20th, at 7:30pm.

Distribution of Gifts, *Angel Tree Christmas* along with the Children’s Pageant with some of the children from Religious Education Class, will be on Saturday December 15th, from 11:30am to 2:00pm in the Parish Hall.

Our Youth Group invites you to participate in our traditional Novena to Infant Child Jesus, every night, beginning today Sunday, December 16th at 1:45pm.

For more information call the Youth Group office at (786) 308-0893.

The next Spanish Bible class will take place on Wednesday, December 19th, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in the Church.

If you want to host in your home a bilingual Posada beginning today December 16th sign up at the bookstore.

The “O Antiphons” of Advent

The Roman Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century.

They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17th - 23rd.

They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated us of the imperative “Come!” embodies the longing of all the Divine Messiah.

  • December 17th:
    O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: come to teach us the path of knowledge!
  • December 18th:
    O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law of Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power!
  • December 19th:
    O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all his people: come to save us without delay!
  • December 20th:
    O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness!
  • December 21st:
    O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.
  • December 22nd:
    O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
  • December 23rd:
    O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God!

-From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

Funds to reduce your parish

The second collection TODAY provides funds to reduce your parish debt.

Please give generously.

Parish Bookstore

Don’t forget to visit our Parish Bookstore and check out our Christmas selection of gifts.

Advent Penance Service and Rite of Anointing of the Sick

Join us for an Advent Penance Service and Rite of Anointing of the Sick on Monday, December 17th, at 7:00pm.

Christmas Schedule

Monday, December 24th, Masses will be at:

  • 5:30pm in English,
  • 7:00pm in Portuguese,
  • 12 midnight bilingual, with a Christmas concert of Sacred Music at 5:00pm and 11:15pm.

Christmas Day:

  • 8:30am & 10:00am in English,
  • 12:30pm in Spanish,
  • 3:30pm in Polish.

2019 Calendars

Distributed after all the Masses on the weekend of December 29th & 30th.

Charitable donations

Wow, this year is nearly over, don’t forget that charitable donations are still tax deductible...is St. Joseph’s Church on your Christmas list?

Come & See

  • January 14th-18th, Tampa, FL
  • August 3rd - 6th in Newton, NJ

The Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, a women’s religious order, welcomes young women between ages 18-30 who are active Catholics, in good health, single/never married, and have a love for young people, to visit and explore God’s call for their lives!

Diocesan News

Spending Less isn’t a call to stop giving gifts. It’s a call to stop spending money on gifts that have no impact.

Visit www.adomdevelopment.org/abcd/faces-of-faith to see your ABCD gifts in action.

If you own a business, consider donating surplus property or inventory that the parish could use. The cost basis of your gift can be deducted.

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

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” PHILIPPIANS 4:6

St. Paul reminds us that our God is an abundant God, the ultimate giver of gifts. He promises to give us all that we need. When we trust that God will take care of us, it is easier for us to share what we have been given.

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

October 2018

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 5,139.68
Utilities: $ 7,950.38
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 6,143.32
Salaries: $ 28,882.19

Collections : $ 42,886.65

Totals : $ 51,586.05

Deficit : $ 8,699.30

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.

They would like to thank everyone who so graciously donated food for the needy for Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

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