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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 $86,010.00.

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.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”

Romans 5:8

Faith Formation News

Children’s Stewardship and what they pray for:

  • Gabriel: Helped my mom in the house.
  • Martina: I helped my granny.
  • Giancarlo: I made my first confession.
  • Juanpablo: I confessed my sins today.
  • Lauren: Said Hail Mary every day this week.

Funds

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

FORMED

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 formed.org/ and use the code: 6KPTK3

Stewardship

Please consider making a gift to our parish in your will as a way of expressing your gratitude to God for all the blessings you have received from Him. For more information on charitable giving, contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.

“He said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none.’” (Luke 13:7)

At times, we can all be like the barren fig tree. Do we take care and nurture the gifts the Lord has given us in order for them to bear fruit? Do we cling to what we have or do we generously share with others? How will you respond when God asks you what you have done with all the gifts He has given you? Remember, not only are we called to be generous, we are called to develop and nurture our gifts and return with increase.

Donation

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 www.ccadm.org 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.

Sanctuary Lamp

The Sanctuary Lamp burns this week in memory of +Gabriel Bermudez, offered by Gerarda Mayta and family.

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.

Religious Education

Sunday March 24th, there will be no classes for Religious Education or RCIA.

Catechumens however must attend the 10:00am Mass for their First Scrutiny.

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

Catechumens

  • 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

Confirmandi

  • 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 personal anxiety/ celebrate peace of mind.
  • Fast from hostility/celebrate compassion.
  • Fast from bitterness/celebrate forgiveness.
  • Fast from self-concern/celebrate concern for others.
  • Fast from discouragement/celebrate hope.
  • Fast from laziness/celebrate what you have accomplished.
  • Fast from thoughts that weaken/celebrate what inspires.

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

St. Joseph Catholic Church Pilgrimage

St. Joseph Catholic Church Pilgrimage in Spanish to Marian Shrines of Spain, France and Portugal from 20th to the 30th of September 2019, with the Spiritual Director of Fr. Adonis Gonzalez.

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

PARISH FINANCES

January 2019

Collections: $36,850.24

Expenses
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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