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We are a Why Catholic Parish!

Though they have a strong service-outreach charism, the Small Faith Communities are not totally outreach oriented. One of the greatest gifts an SFC can give its members is community and a place to pray, share their faith, and find the grace and strength needed in their own faith journey.

A primary tenet in the gathering of an SFC is prayer and reflection. Many groups focus on the Sunday readings or scriptural resources. Over time, this faith sharing brings about an understanding that Church can be experienced in ways besides the Sunday liturgy. Many times the need for adult faith formation will lead to classes for the entire parish. In the past several years, lectio divina has become part of many SFC's. This form of prayer allows a deep and reflective experience that, balanced with faith-centered actions, is perfect for an SFC.

New SFC's can be created by specific interest groups like the weekly rosary guild that formed into an SFC, retaining its devotion to Our Lady but also taking on the ministry of helping young mothers in the parish and doing prolife outreach. One Samoan community formed several SFC's that gave inactive Samoan Catholics an avenue of return to the Church and an opportunity to share their traditions.

The Why Catholic program was implemented by the Archdiocese of Miami in our parish in February 2014. The first meeting of our 15 members took place on Wednesday, February 26th. It is a four year program.

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"Speak out, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the poor and needy"

Proverbs 31:9

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Second Collection

Weekend will be taken up to fund the Scholarship Program of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. for seminarians.

Alabanza

Thank you to all those who helped make our Grand Concert Alabanza last Friday, a huge success.

Prison Ministry

If you are interested in getting involved with this new ministry, please fill in your information on the clipboard on the Welcome Table, or call the parish office for more information.

Religious Education Classes

Registration is in progress for our Religious Education Classes beginning :

Sunday : 11:20am,

Monday : 3:15pm.


A copy of your child's baptismal certificate (if child is not baptized, a copy of the birth certificate), plus the registration fee and any unpaid balance from last year, is required to register. This year we will have Seminarians in our Monday program.

For Adults:

if you have not received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion or Confirmation or if you were baptized in a Christian Church and you wish to join the Catholic Church, please fill in the application form inserted in the bulletin this week and return to the Parish Office by September 21st.

Finance Council

Meeting of the
Finance Council
September 15th at 7pm in the Rectory.

Liturgical Prayer Service

We will have a Liturgical Prayer Service in place of the 7pm Spanish Mass on Tuesday, September 16th, due to the Convocation of Priests Annual Assembly.

Why Catholic/Porque Ser Catolico?

Wednesday, September 17th, 7pm in the parish hall. Please bring all your materials. This meeting is an open session to all our parishioners.

Emmaus Women's Spanish Retreat

September 19th - 21st.

Please contact the coordinators:
Yolanda Garay at 786-352-5645
Graciela 786-487-0748
Rocio 786-468-0748
Elsa 305-861-0715, for more Information.

Baptism Classes in Spanish

Spanish: Wednesday, October 1st, at 7:30pm in the Church.

English: Monday, October 13th, at 7pm in the chapel.

Please register in the parish office, or over the phone by credit card, there is a $15.00 fee if the baptism is not taking place here.

Annual Parish Assembly

Join us on Saturday, October 4th for our Annual Parish Assembly in the Parish Hall.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

The Traditional blessing of domestic pets,
In honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi,
will be on Sunday, October 5th, at 12:15pm,
by the Grotto of the Blessed Mother.

A free will offering will be taken up for the benefit of Almost Home Dog Rescue & Rehab in Vermont.

Spirit of TAIZE (Multilingual)

Songs and Prayers in the Spirit of TAIZE (multilingual)
Friday, October 10th at 7:30pm in the Church.

Celebration of America

Sunday, October 12th, We will be hosting our parish festival, Celebration of America, in the Parish Hall.

All are welcome.

Annual Health Fair

Free Screenings, don't miss our Annual Health fair event on
Sunday, November 9th.

Save the date

St. Joseph III Annual Gala Banquet
Saturday, November 15th,
at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa, on 4833 Collins Avenue.

This year St. Joseph Church is recognizing Don & Mary Anne Shula for their commitment and dedication to the community.

PARISH FINANCES

Mass Attendance
5:30pm 152
8:30am 140
10:30am 311
12:30pm 630
6:00pm 190
Total 1423

Collection of September 7th
First:
$5,312.50
Debt. Reduction: $327.00
St. Vincent de Paul: $2,142.00
Thank you for your generosity.

Stewardship

Increase your retirement income, receive a tax deduction and leave a gift to your parish. All of this will happen when you establish a Charitable Gift Annuity. To receive a personalized illustration, contact the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.

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