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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.

ABCD Update

  • Goal: $ 104,740.00
  • Pledges So Far: $ 99,758.00
  • Shortfall: $ 4,982.00

THANK YOU to everyone who has so generously made their commitment. If you have not pledged as yet, there is still time, payments can be made over 10 months.

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

Isaiah 40:31

St. Joseph’s Easter Gala Sponsors

Please help us in thanking all of our sponsors for the Gala’s Silent auction.

  • Barrio Latino
  • Carpaccio Restaurant
  • Casa Mia Tratoria
  • Exhale Spa
  • Flanagan’s
  • Manolo Restaurant
  • O’lima Signature Cuisine
  • Paraiso Hair & Spa
  • Red Market Salon
  • Royal India Restaurant
  • Skin & Laser Center
  • Sobe Dentist
  • Spechio Miami Café
  • Univision

Catholic Home Missions Appeal

The second colection today will support the Catholic Home Missions.

Over 40% of dioceses in the US are considered home mission territory because they are unable to fund the essential pastoral work needed in their communities. Your support funds programs, such as religios education, seminary formation, and lay ministry trainign, to build vibrant faith communities right here in the US. Please be generous.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

April 27th to the 29th in Ft. Lauderdale.

To participate contact John & Debra Truman, (954) 326-1621 or email them at

Church Yard Sale

April 29th in the Parish Lot from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

Faith Formation Save the Dates

  • May 5th, Confirmation Rehearsal, at 11:00am in the Church.
  • May 6th, Sacrament of Confirmation at 10:00am.
  • May 12th, First Communion Rehearsal at 11:00am in the Church.
  • May 19th, Sacrament of First Communion at 5:30pm.
  • May 13th and 14th, Last Class day for Religious Education.
  • June 1st, Emmaus Women’s Retreat (Spanish).
  • September 14th, Emmaus Men Retreat in Spanish.

2018 Legacy Planning Summit: Strategies for Professionals

Estate Planning to Die For® : How to Be a Valuable Member of the Legacy Planning Team.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

  • 8:00am : Networking Breakfast
  • 9:00am - 11:00am : Program

Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School, Auditorium, 6600 Miami Lakeway North, Miami Lakes, FL 33014.

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Mother's Day Novena

Begin on Sunday, May 13th at the 8:30am Mass.

The Novena will continue at the Morning Mass for 9 days. If you would like your mother remembered in this Novena the special envelopes will be available soon.

Mark your Calendars!

  • Sunday, May 13th is the feast of the Ascension of the Lord.
  • Sunday, May 20th, we celebrate Pentecost Sunday.

Taizé Prayer & Music Service

Friday, May 18th at 7:30pm in the Church.

Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th: Please remember with respect and gratitude, all those who died in our country’s service.

There will be no 5:30pm Mass and the parish office will be closed.

Parish Pilgrimages

Our Pastor is organizing a pilgrimage, June 13rd to June 23rd, to Paris (St. Vincent de Paul and the Miraculous Medal), Lourdes, Taize, Ars (St. John Vianney), Lissieux (St. Theresa of the Little Flower) Nevers (St. Bernadette) and Barcelona, then on June 24th a cruise from Barcelona.

Fr. Gonzalez Invites you to a once in a life time experience to the Holy Land and the Greek Islands from October 5 through October 14, 2018.

Please call Daniel at (305) 510-9300 or the Parish Office if you are interested.

Blessing for Children before School

May God our Father bless you this day May He keep you in good health and guide you to school in safety.

May He give light to your mind and love to your heart.

May He provide you with devoted teachers and with friends who care.

May He keep you in His peace and bring you safely home, Amen.

CRS Rice Bowl

You may still return your CRS Rice Bowl Lenten gift to the Parish Office. Thank you.

Protection of Children and Young People

The Archdiocese of Miami has robustly participated in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People since its inception over 15 years ago and has been in compliance every year.

This can only happen with the dedication of pastors, principals, directors and coordinators of religious education, administration and staff in collaboration with parents and volunteers.

Tips for Protecting Children and the Vulnerable: People can be taught to identify grooming behavior. Grooming behaviors are the actions which abusers take to project the image that they are kind, generous, caring people, while their intent is to jure a minor into an inappropriate relationship. Offenders can be patient and may groom their victim, his or her family, or community for years. There are behavior warning signs of inappropriate behavior. Some abusers isolate a potential victim by giving him or her undue attention or lavish gifts, others allow young people to participate in activities which their parents or guardians would not approve, such as watching pornography, drinking alcohol, using drugs and excessive toughing, such a wresting tickling.

Florida Abuse Hotline: 1-800-96-Abuse (2873). Archdiocese of Miami Victim’s Assistance Coordinator: 1-866-80-Abuse (2873)


February 2018

Building Repairs: $ 4,132.62
Utilities: $ 5,672.53
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Salaries: $ 31,080.44

Collections : $ 34,154.00

Totals : $ 50,345.40

Deficit : $ 15,191.40

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