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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. The first meeting of our 15 members took place on Wednesday, February 26th. It is a four year program.

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“Bethlehem in the land of Judah, you are by no means the least of the leading cities of Judah; for from you will come a leader who will guide my people Israel”

Matthew 2 vs. 6

2014 ABCD

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Second collection

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

Fundraising Efforts

Please support our fundraising efforts by joining us for breakfast served by the members of our Women’s Emmaus Group and a Garage Sale from 10am to 2:30pm in the Parish hall after the Masses today, (Sunday).

The Sanctuary Lamp

The Sanctuary Lamp burns this week in Praise & Thanksgiving from the Kakanis family offered by Johanna Kakanis.

The Christmas Trees and Decorations

The Christmas Trees and Decorations are donated in loving memory of Jean & Pat Carrano offered by their daughter, Nikki Carrano.

Parish Penance Service and Anointing of the Sick

You are invited!
Parish Penance Service and Anointing of the Sick
Monday, December 22nd at 7pm in the Church,
an opportunity for healing and renewal.

Christmas Break

Christmas Break for our Religious Education Classes.

Religious Education Classes: Monday, December 22nd, December 29th & January 5th,
Sunday Classes: December 28th & January 4th.

Have a blessed vacation and remember this is not a vacation from Mass,
God does not take a vacation from us.

Mark your Calendars

Christmas Schedule, Vigil Mass:

English: 6:00pm.

Portuguese: 8:00pm.

Multilingual: 12 midnight with a half-hour Concert of Sacred Music before the 6pm & 12 midnight Masses.

Christmas Day Masses:

English: 8:30am & 10:30am.

Spanish: 12:30pm.

Polish Mass: 3:30pm.

There will be No Evening Mass.

Calendar 2015

Our 2015 Calendars will be distributed on Sunday, December 28th.

Oración en Acción

The visit to the Treasure Isle Nursing Home has been postponed to January 3rd, 2015.

This is the perfect day since it is the Epiphany weekend. All groups are invited to participate. Suggested unwrapped gifts are items for personal hygiene, socks, blankets, stuffed animals, cologne, etc. Please no candy or clothes.

Thank you for your consideration in making someone happy during this very special time.

Vocation Chalice

We encourage all our parishioners to sign up at the Welcome Table to receive the Vocation Chalice and continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood, religious life and amongst the laity.

Thank you to the following parishioners who received the Chalice in November:
Berta & Orlando Hernandez, Hermanas de Emaus,
Lucia Serna, Maria Victoria Marquez,
Luis Lopez, Ingrid Gonzalez,
Nikki Carrano, Norma & Ivan Parron,
Patricia Lopez, Vilma & Hector Villamore,
Farah Resto, Diego Merizalde and the Sivori,
Gotti Gonzalez, Datorre,
Peralta, Barchine Families.

Christmas Novena to the infant Child, Jesus

The Christmas Novena to the infant Child,
Jesus continues each evening at 7:00pm.

Is St Joseph’s Church on your Christmas list?

Wow! This year is nearly over, don’t forget charitable donations are still tax deductible...is St. Joseph’s Church on your Christmas list? For your convenience there is an access link to PayPal on our website.

Baptism Classes

Spanish: Wednesday, January 7th at 7:30pm in the Church.

English: Monday, January 12th at 7:00pm in the chapel.

Please register in the parish office, there is a $15.00 fee if the baptism is not taking place here.

Spirit of TAIZE (Multilingual)

Songs and Prayers in the Spirit of TAIZE (multilingual)
Friday, January 9th at 7:30pm.

Mass book for 2015

The Mass book for 2015
is open for intentions, the donation per intention is $15.00.

Emmaus Men's Retreat (Coming Soon)

English: January 16-18, 2015.

Please stop by the rectory to complete an application
or call Adam at (786) 348-5469.

Special Mass

Our Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and the Office of Marriage and Family Life invite all couples in the Archdiocese of Miami celebrating their 25th or 50th or above wedding anniversaries in 2015 to join us for a Special Mass on Saturday, February 14th at 5:30pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

There will be a photo session with Archbishop Wenski starting at 4pm before the Mass. Certificates will be distributed after Mass. To register to participate, please contact your parish directly by February 3rd, 2015.

PARISH FINANCES

In order to serve our parish family better, we will begin to publish our parish expenses and finances once a month beginning in January 2015.

Stewardship

Just as we plan to ensure financial health for our families, we must plan for the health of our faith families. Your gift to our endowment will provide financial support forever. We have a beautiful Catholic heritage. Pass it on! For more information contact the rectory or the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.

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