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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 2019

ABCD UPDATE: Our parish is short $9,376.15 to meet our goal of $104,000.00.

Thank you to all our parishioners who responded so far to this appeal. If you haven’t made your gift as yet, there is still time for you to help us make our goal.

“Who made you superior to others? Didn’t God give you everything you have? Well, then, how can you boast, as if what you have were not a gift?”

1 Corinthians 4:7

Funds to reduce your parish debt

The Second Collection Today provides funds to reduce your parish debt. Thank you for your generosity.

Retrouvaille

Next weekend, the 26th to the 28th of July, Retrouville is offering their next retreat in Spanish for Married Couples.

For more information call 800-470-2230, or visit AyudaNuestroMatrimonio.org

Horizontes de Cristiandad ministry for Seniors in Spanish

Next meeting on July 27th from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

Event of a Hurricane and Miami Beach

In the event of a hurricane and Miami Beach is under evacuation, we follow the Guidelines of the Archdiocese of Miami: No Masses or parish activities will take place un till the evacuation order is lifted.

Choir

Join our Choir on Friday, August 9th at 7:30pm in the Church for a Concert featuring Americana Composers.

Bible Class

Our next Bible Class in Spanish will be on the 14th of August at 7:00pm in the Church.

The Bible Study in English continues every Thursday at 7pm in the Parish Hall Library. We are currently studying the Women of the Old Testament. Why not join us?

Missionary Cooperative Program

Missionary Cooperative Program of the Archdiocese of Miami, August 17 & 18th.

This year the Archbishop has invited a missionary priest from The Passionists Missionaries of Papua New Guinea to visit our parish and preach about their work. Watch this space for more information.

Catechists

We are seeking Catechists for the upcoming year 2019-2020. We offer training. To register please visit the Parish Office.

Communion for patients

Please call the Parish Office to request Communion for patients at home or in the local nursing home, we have Eucharistic Ministers that visit the sick every week.

Attention all Volunteers

We have a Virtus Class for Adults who have not taken this class, or who has not kept up with their monthly bulletins, on Saturday September 7th here at St. Joseph, Parish Hall. In English will be at 9:00am and in Spanish 1:00pm.

Preregistration online is required, please call the Parish Office for more information.

Save the Date!

World renowned speaker and author Christopher West, along with musician, Mike Mangione are coming to our parish with an event called Made For More: Visions Of The Promised Land.

Bring family and friends. Don’t miss this awesome and inspiring event on Wednesday, October 2nd, at 6:00pm.

Go to www.corproject.com/city for tickets and more information about this event.

Religious Education

Registration has begun for the new program year. Classes are available for grades K-12. Two years of instructions are required to receive the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. Pick up your registration today at the Parish Office.

R.C.I.A.

Rite for Christian Initiation for Adults, registration for the new class year is now available in the Parish Office, for adults who want to complete their sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

Youth Summer Program

Our bilingual Youth Summer Program has already begun. Applications are still available in the Parish Office.

Pilgrimage in Spanish

St. Joseph Catholic Church Pilgrimage in Spanish from the 20th to the 30th of September 2019 with the Spiritual Direction of Fr. Adonis Gonzalez.

For more information please contact the Parish Office or Daniel Fedro at (305) 510-9300.

Pilgrimage to Italy

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.

Diocesan News

One in Faith, One in Hope, One in Love, your support of the ABCD changes lives and through its many works of tenderness, compassion and mercy you make Christ’s kingdom real for so many. Thank you

New programs and services will be needed to ensure we meet the ever-changing needs of our parish. You or your loved ones can be memorialized by endowing one of these important activities through your will to PARISH NAME. For more information contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762- 1110.

“…I am a minister in accordance with God’s stewardship given to me to bring to completion for you the word of God.” (Colossians 1:25)

We are all called to evangelize – to continuously grow in our relationship with God and to share it with others. We may not be called to evangelize like St. Paul, but we should look for opportunities to share our faith with those within our community, like our family, our parish and our neighbors. Pray for the courage to share your faith the next time the opportunity arises.

Super Bowl

**Super Bowl will be in Miami next year and the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee is seeking 10,000 volunteers to be the face of So. Florida.

For more information email volunteer@miasblix.com.

Wedding Anniversary Mass

Archdiocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass for couples married in the Catholic Church celebrating during 2020 their 1st, 25th, 50th or 50th plus wedding anniversary On January 25th, 2020, 4:00pm photos with Archbishop Wenski, 5:30pm Mass at t. Mary Cathedral in Miami.

Bathroom Key

The bathroom key is available for our parishioners only.

Weekday Masses from the sacristy, weekend Masses from the bookstore and during the exposition on Wednesdays from the Parish Office.

PARISH FINANCES

April 2019

Collections: $55,211.71

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 1,959.22
Utilities: $ 6,117.85
General Assessment: $ 3,482.44
Prop. Liability: $ 6,148.32
Salaries: $32,448.81
Totals: $50,156.64

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection TODAY provides funds for our St. Vincent de Paul Society to assist the needy of our parish. Thank you for your continued generosity. Volunteers are needed to assist with their food distribution on Saturdays, please call the Parish Office for more information.

Our Parishioners who need financial assistance are welcome to apply to our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry on Fridays ONLY from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in the Parish Office.

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