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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 $12,000.00 to meet our goal of $104,000.00.

We extend a very hearty 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.

“Salvation is to be found through Him alone, in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us”

Acts of the Apostles ch. 4 vs. 12-13

Celebrated First Mass

Fr. Jose Enrique joyfully celebrated his First Mass last Sunday, 12:30pm here at St. Joseph and used the gift from our community, his newly blessed Chalice and Paten.

We trust that Father will remember us always at the Eucharist.

Catholic Communication Campaign

The Catholic Communication Campaign appeal will take place during the 2nd collection. Please use the special envelopes in the pews if you would like to contribute.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

Reminders

First Holy Communion: Saturday May 18th, Ceremony arrival time 3:00pm, in the Parish Hall. Mass will begin at 5:30pm in the Church.

Congratulations

Congratulations to our Pastor, Fr. Juan J. Sosa on his 47th anniversary of ordination on May 20th.

Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th, there will be only one Mass at 8:00am No 5:30pm Mass, and the Parish Office will be closed.

Religious Education

Registration has begun for the new program year. Classes are available for grades K12. Pick up your registration today at the Parish Office.

R.C.I.A.

Rite for Christian Initiation for Adults. Registration for the new class year is now available in the Parish Office, for adults who want to complete their sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

Emmaus Retreat

The Emmaus men will hold their retreat on June 7 to the 9th, 2019, in Spanish, for men 18+ years old.

Registration is now open. Please call or visit the Parish Office for more information.

Catechist Summer Certification Classes:

The Office of Catechesis will offer the Summer Institute at two different locations:

  • June 10th to the 14th, 2019 at Monsignor Pace High School.
  • June 24th to the 27th, 2019 at St. Joseph Parish.

Courses Offered:

Introduction to the Profession of Faith: Creed. (Spanish).
Introduction to Liturgy/Sacraments. (Spanish).
Introduction to Liturgy/Sacraments.
Introduction to Catholic Morality: Life in Christ.
Introduction to Christian Prayer.
Introduction to Theology of Human Love.
Introduction to the Old Testament.

These classes are offered to our catechists and those who wish to become a catechist. Please inquire at the Parish Office as soon as possible. Seats are limited.

Pilgrimage in Spanish

St. Joseph Catholic Church Pilgrimage in Spanish from the 20th to the 30th of September 2019 with the Spiritual Direction of Fr. Adonis Gonzalez.

For more information please contact the Parish Office or Daniel Fedro at (305) 510-9300.

Upcoming Feasts

  • The Ascension of the Lord on Sunday, June 2nd.
  • Sunday, June 2nd.
  • Pentecost Sunday, June 9th, this concludes the Easter Season.
  • The Most Holy Trinity on Sunday, June 16th.
  • The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, (Corpus Christi) on June 23rd.

Diocesan News

Faith means taking risks, sharing our 'talents' with those in need. Visit www.isupportabcd.org to learn the many ways to share.

Planned giving provides an opportunity to donate a gift that will forever perpetuate our Catholic heritage. Through your gift you will help build an active and faith-filled Church that is able to pass on our Catholic faith to future generations. One way to accomplish this is through an endowment. For more information, contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another." (John 13:34)

It is easy to love someone when they love you back. But it takes strength and courage to love someone when we feel unappreciated, used or feel our opinion doesn’t matter. It takes courage to “love my neighbor” when he may be someone I don’t like, someone I don’t know or someone that doesn’t look like me. Pray that the Holy Spirit fills you with all His gifts so we can be examples of Christ’s love.

Please Note

The bathroom key is available for our parishioners only; weekday Masses from the sacristy, weekend Masses from the bookstore and during the exposition on Wednesdays from the Parish Office.

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. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection TODAY provides funds for our St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Thank you for your generosity.

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