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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 2020

Christ has no body, but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he walks to do good, yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world. While some objects such as statues, relics and crosses are to be venerated as symbols of Christ, these objects cannot serve as the body of Christ in Today’s world: but people can. St. Teresa of Avila’s quote is meant to show us that we are His eyes, hands and feet, and now we are to see, go and act on His behalf.

As a Catholic community, we embrace the call to action to make God present in all our lives. For many of us, our commitment to the ABCD allows us to be part if that active witness of our faith. Through the ABCD, we serve our community by giving hope to the hopeless, strengthening the faith of the discouraged and providing charity to those most in need.

Once a year we are called to commit ourselves to the ongoing work of the Archdiocese through the ABCD. Next weekend, please prayerfully consider making a gift. Individually we can change our own life, but together we can change the world.

Our Parish Goal is $108,516.00

“Bethlehem in the land of Judah, you are by no means the least of the leading cities of Judah; for from you will come a leader who will guide my people Israel”

Matthew 2 vs. 6

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.

St. Ignacio de Loyola Spiritual Exercises

St. Ignacio de Loyola Spiritual Exercises, in Spanish, will begin on Saturday, February 1st.

To register call Pilar at (786) 208-5833 or the Parish Office.

Our Lady of Suyapa

Upcoming feasts:

  • Presentation of our Lord, and World Day for Consecrated Life February 2nd.
  • Our Lady of Suyapa will be celebrated during the 12:30pm Mass on February 2nd.

Dinner & Dancing

Save the date: February 22nd.

Watch this space for more information.

Religious Education

The month of January has been dedicated to prayer. This will be the focus of their religious education month.

Please close out any balances due for Religious Education this month.

Second Collection

The second collection this weekend provides funds to benefit your parish debt. Thank you for your generosity.

The Sanctuary Lamp

The Sanctuary Lamp burns this week in loving memory of +Charlie Paguio.

St. Vincent de Paul Ministry

The St. Vincent de Paul ministry is in need of volunteers, please call the Parish Office for requirements.

Child’s Envelopes

Please pick up your child’s envelopes as we use them to confirm Mass attendance and in teaching your children the importance of stewardship. Look below at the wonderful things our children are doing.

Bible Class

Our Bible Class in Spanish is every Second Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm in the Church.

Spiritual Spa

Road to Emmaus, A Spiritual Spa for Women, in English, on February 28th to March 1st, at Morningstar Renewal Center, contact St. Rose of Lima Church in Miami Shores to register, Barbara Ortiz (305) 785-6835.

Registration flyers are by the bookstore.

Pilgrimage to Poland, Prague & Germany

Our Pastor, Reverend Juan J. Sosa invites you to join him on a parish pilgrimage to Poland, Prague & Germany which includes the Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany, departing September 17th for 12 days. Please call the Parish Office for more details.

Stewardship cards

Stewardship cards for 2020 treasure offering, are available in the back of the church. Please return the card to the parish office for budget planning as soon as possible. Donating to the Parish is now Easier when using Online Giving.

Children’s Stewardship

what children pray for:
Isabella - Prayed for her friends.
Emily – Helped around the house.
Leonardo - Helped his friend.
John – Helped out his mom.

Donate Online Giving

Text the word stjoseph to 555888 or type

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.
  • Painting of the ceiling of the Church by the Men’s Emmaus.
  • New Floor Inside the Church.
  • Stucco Repair and Paint touch up on School Building.

Other Items that are in progress or need to be completed

  • Repairs of the Sprinkler System (Church and Rectory).
  • Painting of the Church and the Parish Rectory.
  • Church roof section to be replaced.

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

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.

Coffee and Donuts

The Coffee and Donuts service has been resumed in the Parish Hall every Sunday.

Planned Giving

A wide range of ministries depend on our generous support including Catechist Office, Seminarian Vocations Program, and Retired Priests. Make a gift today by visiting

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 Office of Planned Giving, for more information, call (305) 762-1112.

Reflections on the Gospel

“Now the Lord has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb…” (Isaiah 49:5)

God has given each of us different gifts. For God’s plan to work, we must do what God is calling you to do. God has given each of us a different plan! Don’t compare yourself to others. Be thankful for the gifts God has given you and generously share them with others.

Ad Limina Pilgrimage to Italy

Mark your Calendars: You are invited to join Archbishop Thomas Wenski on his Ad Limina Pilgrimage to Italy on February 8th to the 15th, 2020.

For more information please call Pilgrimages by Corporate Travel at 1-866-468-1420.


October 2019

Building Repairs: $ 2,628.67
Utilities: $ 6,553.89
General Assessment: $ 3,482.44
Prop. Liability: $ 6,066.04
Salaries: $ 32,215.89

Collections : $ 28,254.16

Totals : $ 50,946.94

Deficit : $ 22,692.78

St. Vincent de Paul Society

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

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