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This Week

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Distributes bags of food to the needy on Saturdays from the Parish Hall at 9:30am. The second collection on the first weekend of every month helps to fund this program.

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

Isaiah 40:31

ABCD: Give and You Shall Receive

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Thank you to all those who have sent in their pledges, if you have not done so as yet, there is still time. So far we have surpassed our goal by approximately $3,000.00.

Parish Goal $103,950.00.

Pledges so far $107,556.00.

Funds to reduce your parish debt

The second collection TODAY provides funds to reduce your parish debt. Please give generously.

Annual Mission Appeal

The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany would like to thank all our parishioners for their spirit of welcome and hospitality that they received during their recent visit to our parish, over $2,900.00 was received to benefit their mission program.

Their address is: 10495 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami Shores, if anyone would like to send prayer requests to them.

Holy Hour Prayer Group

Thank you also to Martha Sanchez and the Holy Hour Prayer Group for their recent gift of $250.00 towards the Parish Debt.

Sacrament of Matrimony

Congratulations to Eric Moreno and Katie Martens who received the sacrament of Matrimony last Saturday.

Feeding the needy

The second collection on the weekend of August 7th will be taken up to provide funds for our St. Vincent de Paul Society, to enable them to continue their mission of feeding the needy of the Parish.

Garage Sale

Sunday, August 7th from 9:00am to 2:00pm in the Parish Hall, all funds will benefit our English Emmaus Retreat for Men taking place November 4th to 6th.

Donations for the sale can be dropped off in the Parish Office during the week from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

The Search for God in Diverse Religious Experiences; The New Age, Santeria and Spiritism

August 9th, 10th & 11th, your parish community of St. Joseph invites you to know and understand three new challenges: The Search for God in Diverse Religious Experiences; The New Age, Santeria and Spiritism.

These three sessions will be conducted by Fr. Juan J. Sosa in the Parish Hall beginning at 7:30pm.

Please fill out the registration form in the bulletin today.

Taize Prayer Service

Take place on Friday, August 12th at 7:30pm.

Annual Seminary Burse Collection

The Annual Seminary Burse Collection will take place during the second collection on August 14th. This fund provides for the formation of those whom God is calling to the Priesthood. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday, August 15th. Mass will be at:

8:00am & 5:30pm in English.

7:00pm in Spanish.

From the Pastor’s Desk: Fr. Juan Torres

Due to his physical condition, after a series of tests, with the recommendation of his doctors, and at his own request, Archbishop Thomas Wenski has agreed to grant retirement to our parochial vicar, Fr. Juan Torres as of June 30, 2016.

The Archbishop is grateful to the community of St. Joseph for the care and concern our parishioners have shown toward Father during the five months he spent with us. Father, in turn, has chosen to move to the diocese of Orlando, where most of his family resides. In the hope that we will welcome another parochial vicar in the near future, let us continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.

Bilingual Mass with a healing service

“He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons” (Mark 1:34)

Join us at a bilingual Mass with a healing service on August 18th at 7:00pm in our Church. Our pastor, Rev. Juan J. Sosa will be presiding with Deacon Luis Entriago, who is the National Coordinator of Charismatic Renewal Movement in Cuba.

PARISH FINANCES

May 2016

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 1,229.36
Utilities: $ 5,600.28
General Assessment: $ 3,552.22
Prop. Liability: $ 6,209.70
Bank Loan: $ 7,099.81
Salaries & Benefits: $ 29,928.81

Collections : $ 25,440.97

Totals : $ 53,620.18

Deficit : $ 28,179.21

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