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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.

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 3:23

Funds to reduce your parish debt

Our second collection TODAY will provide funds to reduce your parish debt. Thank you for your generosity.

Silent Auction at the Seaview Hotel in June

Please patronize the following restaurants and Hotels who donated to our Silent Auction at the Seaview Hotel in June:

  • Xixon Spanish Restaurant,
  • Georges Restaurant,
  • El Paraiso Hair & Spa,
  • Daddy O South Beach Hotel.

Thank you so much for your kind donations.

Our Youth Summer Program “Fearless 2017"

Retreat will take place on Saturday, July 29th, 8:00am to 11:30pm in the Parish Hall, and their Youth Gala, “A Night in Cancun”, August 12th, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.

Please call Mr. Gustavo Mejia at 786-308-0893.

National Family Planning Awareness Week

July 23rd to July 29th, this coincides with the anniversary of Humanae Vitae.

Job Opening

There is a Job Opening for a full time, fully bilingual (English/Spanish) person, 5 days per week from 1:00pm - 8:00pm.

Pastoral Administrative/Receptionist

With at least 1 year clerical experience in customer re-lations, proficient in MS Outlook, Word, Publisher and Excel, with the ability to multi-task, and manage sever-al projects at the same time, take dictation of corre-spondence and compose letters and prepare official documents for Pastor with a knowledge of liturgy and pastoral music.

Please submit your resume to St. Joseph Rectory on or before July 30th.

Ronald McDonald House Wish List

Ronald McDonald House Wish List: Batteries, Paper Plates, Cups, Utensils, Disinfectant Wipes, Pillows, Garbage Bags & Xerox Toners.
Thank you for our help.

Religious Education News

Seeking Catechists:

Have you considered sharing your knowledge of the faith with our parish children?
Join us, we need Teachers and Teachers Aides, we will assist in training you. Pre-registration for the New Year 2017-2018 will be held in the month of August.

Faith Formation Classes for Parish Ministers:

Volunteers and Parishioners will take place during the following times:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, August 1st through the 3rd in English,
  • August 8th through the 10th in Spanish, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.

We will hold a Virtus Class in English:

Monday, August 21st, for all volunteers who have not yet completed this required course. Class will begin at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall, after you register on their website, www.virtusonline.org, please contact the Parish Office.

Catechist Certification Courses:

We are happy to announce the two courses that will be held here at St. Joseph, Life in Christ and Liturgy and the Sacraments. The course will start August 9th, and will continue every Wednesday through September 27th. Catechist will receive credits towards their certification. You must register at once in the Parish Office. There is a fee involved for non-catechists.

V Encuentro

V ENCUENTRO has begun.

If you would like to participate in these Spanish session, they are available every week night in July and part of August.

Garage Sale

On Sunday, August 6th, the Emmaus Men are hosting a Garage Sale from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Parish Hall.

Join us we have lots of wonderful bargains for sale.

Seminary Burse Fund Collection

Take place on the weekend of August 13th.

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday August 15th, is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Masses will be:

  • Vigil on Monday, at 5:30pm,
  • Tuesday at 8:00am & 5:30pm in English,
  • Spanish at 7:00pm.

Life Line Screening

A preventive health event will take place on Friday, August 18th from 8:00am to 4:00pm in the parish hall.

To register please visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle

Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a 10 day

October 1st to October 10th

Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Jesus!! Don’t be left out reserve your seat today, call Daniel Fedro at 305-510-9300.

St. Ignatius Exercises

Beginning October 16th, registration now open.

Please call Pilar Fernandez for more information, 305-864-5308.

Reboot! Live! With Christ Stefanick

St. Mark the Evangelist Church, SW Ranches on Thursday, October 19th from 7:00 - 9:30pm.

Call 954-434-3777 for more information.

Celebrating the 400 anniversary

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me”, St. Vincent de Paul and the entire Vincentian Family are celebrating the 400 anniversary of his calling to serve the poor.

Archdiocese Missionary Program

October 28th & 29th, a representative from the Redemptorists, Denver Province Diocese, will give our parishioners an opportunity to collaborate financially for their needs.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Media:

  • Facebook: @ArchdioceseofMiami
  • Twitter & Instagram: @CatholicMiami

Florida Catholic and La Voz

Recipients of 11 Catholic Press Association Awards.

Registration is open for The School of Ministry

Classes will begin in mid-September from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in St. Brendan High School, Notre Dame D’Haiti and St. John the Apostle.

Please call 305-762-1184 to register.

Catholic Psychotherapy Association National Conference

Sepetmber 21st-23rd at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.

For more information visit www.healingdividedhearts.com.

ABCD: Give and You Shall Receive

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Thank you to all who have already generously responded to this year’s ABCD.

Your employer may help you pass on our Catholic heritage. Many companies will match gifts made to endowments. That means your gift may be worth more than you think. Ask your employer if it has a matching gift program.

For more information, contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at 305-762-1110.

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” - MATTHEW 11:30

When we think of our call to be good stewards, and His re-quest to generously share our time, talent and treasure, we may consider that God is asking too much of us. How-ever, we need to remind ourselves that we are not “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given us. All He is asking is that we share with Him a small portion of what He has already given to us.

PARISH FINANCES

May 2017

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 2,140.25
Utilities: $ 6,013.09
General Assessment: $ 3,471.33
Prop. Liability: $ 6,030.21
Bank Loan: $ 7,099.81
Salaries & Benefits: $ 31,108.41

Collections : $ 29,693.00

Totals : $ 55,863.10

Deficit : $ 26,170.10

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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