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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 $9,876.00 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.

“God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my savior.”

Isaiah 12 vs. 2

Funds

The second collection TODAY provides funds to reduce your parish debt. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Please Note

If you still have one of the Vocation Chalices at home, please return it to the Parish Office.

Father’s Day Novena

The Father’s Day Novena begins today and will continue for nine days, the envelopes will remain on the altar during the novena.

Church Tenting

June 17th to June 19th, Masses will take place in the Parish Hall. Exposition Will be on Friday the 21st instead of Wednesday the 19th.

Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

The chaplet of the Divine Mercy will be recited after the 5:30pm Mass on Saturdays for the month of June in honor of the Sacred Heart.

Taize Prayer & Music Service

The Taize Prayer & Music Service will recess for the Summer months and resume again in the fall.

Life Line Screening

A preventive health screening company, is offering a health event on Thursday, June 27th.

Register for a Wellness Package which includes 5 tests $149.00, call 1-888-653- 6441, visit lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979 for more information.

Peter’s Pence

The Holy Father’s Appeal (Peter’s Pence) will take place during the second collection on the weekend of June 30th.

Religious Education

Registration has begun for the new program year. Classes are available for grades K-12. 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 will begin on Saturday June 15th.

Applications are now available in the Parish Office.

Catechist Summer Certification Classes:

June 24th to the 27th, 2019, Parish Hall. Introduction to the Profession of Faith: Creed. (Spanish).

Courses Offered:

Introduction to Liturgy/Sacraments. (Spanish).
Introduction to Liturgy/Sacraments.
Introduction to Catholic Morality: Life in Christ.
Introduction to Christian Prayer.
Introduction to Theology of Human Love.
Introduction to the Old Testament.

These classes are offered to our catechists and those who wish to become a catechist. Please inquire at the Parish Office as soon as possible. Seats are limited.

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

Their next meeting is on Thursday June 20th at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.

Upcoming Feasts

  • Pentecost Sunday, June 9th, this concludes the Easter Season.
  • The Most Holy Trinity on Sunday, June 16th.
  • The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, (Corpus Christi) on June 23rd.

Diocesan News

Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference. The ABCD makes a difference in the lives of many, please make a gift by visiting www.isupportabcd.org

Payments guaranteed for life! That is what you get by making a gift in exchange for a Charitable Gift Annuity. You receive guaranteed payments for the rest of your life, no matter how long you live or what future interest rates may be. Your gift gives twice: first, to you with fixed payments and a tax deduction; second, to PARISH NAME when you are called Home. For more information, contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110

“But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth...” (John 16:13)

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us and be with us forever because He will live with us and teach us to live the truth. We need to open our hearts to receive this gift. Develop a daily prayer routine. Talk and listen to the Holy Spirit in silence, so you can hear His response.

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 Pilgrimage

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Join our pastor, Fr. Juan J. Sosa on a pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines of France, departs June 18th for 12 days, returning June 29th.

Visiting: Brussels, Bruges, Paris, Lourdes, Lyon, Nevers, Taize. For more information please contact : Mr. Daniel Fedro at (305) 510-9300 or email, .

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. 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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