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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 $8,900.63 to meet our goal of $104,000.00.

This weekend, you will have an opportunity to help us make our goal, envelopes for this purpose are attached to the bulletin.

“Those who hope in the Lord, renew their strength”

Isaiah 40:31

The Feast of All Souls, Our Novena

Saturday, November 2nd is the feast of All Souls, our Novena will begin at the 8:00am Mass and continue for nine days. Masses on Saturday will be at 8:00am in English and 11:00am in Spanish.

All Souls Day envelopes will remain on the altar for all nine days of the Novena.

Second Collection

This weekend the second collection will be taken up for the benefit of your parish debt. Thank you for your generosity.

Thanksgiving Baskets

Our youth group is collecting non-perishable food items for Thanksgiving Baskets for the needy of our parish. Deadline to drop off items at the Parish Office is November 20th.

Campaign for Human Development

If you would like to contribute to the Campaign for Human Development special collection next weekend, please use the envelopes in the pews.

Christopher West event

The Christopher West event has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 21st, previous purchased tickets are valid for this change.

The St. Joseph Don & Mary Anne Shula Scholarship

The St. Joseph 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 from the Parish Office.

Religious Education

Due to the renovations in the church, the drop off and pick up children on Sunday will be through the main school entrance. Parents may wait in the Parish Hall in the meantime and attend Faith Formation for Adults, in the school library.

Children’s Envelope

Parents please pick up your child’s envelopes as we use them to confirm Mass attendance and in teaching your children the importance of stewardship.

Children’s Stewardship

What children pray for:
John - Helped his mom around the house.
Amelia - prayed for her grandpa.
Enrico - saw a man drowning and he called for help.
Rhys - took time to play with his sister.
Stella - helped with dinner.
Joanna - prays for her family.

Christmas Bazaar

Sunday November 24th from 9:00am to 2:30pm in the Parish Hall.

Only parishioners may reserve a table ($20.00), please sign up in the Parish Office. Donations of household items always welcomed, you may drop them off at the Parish Office.

Please no clothing.

Angel Tree

Angel Tree is back again.

For the Parish Angel Tree you may want to nominate a parish child to the Age of 12, who could use a Christmas gift.

Donations

Once more Fr. Alejandro Lopez, is here to receive donations for San José Obrero Foundation, in Choluteca, Honduras.

You may donate small house hold items and clothes, at St. Dominic Parish, from the 6th to the 18th of November. (5909 NW 7 St. Miami).

Open House for Christopher Columbus

  • High School will take place on November 16th at 1:00pm.
  • Their entrance exam will be on December 7th at 8:00am.

Lost & Found

If you have lost any items in the church recently, please drop by and check out the items we have in our basket, you might be lucky enough to get them back.

Jobs

Join the 2020 census team offering paid training, flexible hours, & weekly pay.

Visit 2020census.gov/en/jobs.html

Performers

Repairs of St. Joseph Plant

As you know an older set of buildings present ongoing challenges to the community. So far, so good on the following completed “issues”.

  • Sound System in the Church.
  • Better sound system in the Parish Hall of the School.
  • Generator in the Parish Rectory.
  • Church bathroom area, install Gates.
  • Partitions in the hall are currently working.
  • Front door of the Parish Rectory is new.

Other Items that are in progress or need to be completed

  • Painting of the ceiling of the Church by the Men’s Emmaus.
  • New Floor Inside the Church.
  • Repairs of the Sprinkler System (Church and Rectory).
  • Painting of the Church and the Parish Rectory.
  • Stucco Repair and Paint touch up on School Building.

Thank you for your ongoing support. - Rev. Juan J. Sosa, Pastor

Online Giving

On-Line Giving To Our Parish No Need To Write Checks Or Use Envelopes.

Online Giving will soon be available for parishioners, making donating simple, safe, and secure. Be sure to check the bulletin in the coming weeks for more information or call the parish office if you have any questions!

It's Safe. It's Simple. It's Convenient.

#GiveCatholic for #GivingTuesday

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now you can add #GiveCatholic for #GivingTuesday, December 3rd, to your post Thanksgiving lexicon.

Visit www.givecatholicgt.org to learn more!

Planned Giving

What do bequests, life insurance gifts, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and life time giving have in common?
They're ways you can pass on your Catholic Heritage, Faith and Love for St. Joseph. Contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762- 1110 for more information.

Reflections on the Gospel

“But those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God’” (Luke 20:35)

The Sadducees, who did not believe in a resurrection after life, asked who will be married to the widow of the seven brothers in the next world. Jesus responded that earthly marriage as such, does not exist in heaven where all are alive in God, and are like angels. As faithful stewards, our salvation is a tremendous gift to us who strive to use our God-given talents to do His will here on earth.

Wedding Anniversary Mass

Archdiocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass for couples married in the Catholic Church celebra!ng during 2020 their 1st, 25th, 50th or 50th plus wedding anniversary.

January 25th, 2020, at 4:00pm there will be photos taken with Archbishop Wenski, and the Mass will be at 5:30pm at St. Mary Cathedral in Miami.

Box of Joy is here

This program is to provide children from a missionary country a gift for Christmas. Pick up your box at the Parish Office, return a small toy that fits in a shoe box with $9.00 to cover the shipping and provide other needs for the family.

PARISH FINANCES

July 2019

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 2,758.60
Utilities: $ 6,797.23
General Assessment: $ 3,482.44
Prop. Liability: $ 6,148.32
Salaries: $ 31,305.71

Collections : $32,412.16

Totals : $50,492.30

Deficit : $18,080.14

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection today will be taken up for the benefit of our St. Vincent de Paul Society to assist those in need.

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