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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 goal is $104,000.00.

If you haven’t already contributed there is still time, any excess money over our goal will be returned to the parish.

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

Isaiah 40:31

Second Collection

The second collection this weekend provides funds to benefit your parish debt. Thank you for your generosity.

Horizontes de Cristiandad

Horizontes de Cristianidad, our Spanish group will take place next Sunday, December 15th at 1:30pm in the Library of the Parish Hall

Our Penitential Rite and Anointing of the Sick

Our Penitential Rite and Anointing of the Sick is scheduled for Monday, December 16th at 7:00pm.

Concert of Christmas Music

Join us on Friday, December 20th for a Concert of Christmas Music by our Choirs at 7:30pm in the Church.

Christmas and New Year Schedule

Friday, December 20

  • 7:30pm: Christmas Concert by Parish Choirs

Saturday, December 21

  • 4:30pm-5:30pm: Confessions

Tuesday, December 24

  • 8:00am: Mass
  • 5:00pm: Christmas Concert
  • 5:30pm: Vigil and Children's Mass, Blessing of the Nativity Manger and Christmas trees
  • 7:00pm: Vigil Mass in Portuguese
  • 11:15pm: Concert and Midnight Mass

Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25

  • Mass in English, 8:30am and 10:00am
  • Mass in Spanish, 12:30pm
  • Mass in Polish 3:30pm

Solemnity of Mary Tuesday, December 31

  • 8:00am: Mass
  • 5:30pm: Vigil Mass
  • 11:15pm: Vigil Mass to await the New Year

Wednesday Masses

  • 8:30am & 10:00am in English
  • 12:00Noon in Spanish

Our 2020 Calendars

Our 2020 Calendars will be distributed after the Masses on the weekend of December 28th/29th.

Catholic Radio now in Miami

Relevant Radio, a Catholic network of radio stations across the US, has recently acquired stations in South Florida. I invite you to tune in and tell others about this English language Catholic station broadcasting 24/7. You can find the station at 880 AM.

Charitable Donations

Wow its that time again...
Don’t forget charitable donations are still tax deductible. Is St. Joseph Church on your Christmas list?

Religious Education

On Sunday December 29th, there will be no classes for children and Adult Formation. All classes will resume on January 5th, 2020.

We would like to wish all our students and faculty a very Merry Christmas and New Year. Remember this is not a vacation from God, your attendance at Sunday, Christmas and New Year Masses is part of your Catholic Faith.

Novena to the Infant Jesus

Novena to the Infant Jesus begins on December 16th in Spanish, at 7:30pm, organized by our Youth Group.

Bible Class

The next Bible Class in Spanish will be on Wednesday December 18th at 7:00pm.

Repairs of St. Joseph Plant

As you know an older set of buildings present ongoing challenges to the community. So far, so good on the following completed “issues”.

  • Sound System in the Church.
  • Better sound system in the Parish Hall of the School.
  • Generator in the Parish Rectory.
  • Church bathroom area, install Gates.
  • Partitions in the hall are currently working.
  • Front door of the Parish Rectory is new.

Other Items that are in progress or need to be completed

  • Painting of the ceiling of the Church by the Men’s Emmaus.
  • New Floor Inside the Church.
  • Repairs of the Sprinkler System (Church and Rectory).
  • Painting of the Church and the Parish Rectory.
  • Stucco Repair and Paint touch up on School Building.

Thank you for your ongoing support. - Rev. Juan J. Sosa, Pastor

Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be transferred to Thursday, December 26, instead of Wednesday, and also transferred to Thursday January 2nd, 2020 instead of Wednesday January 1st.

Coffee and Donuts

The Coffee and Donuts service has been resumed in the Parish Hall every Sunday.

Parish Bookstore

Don’t forget to visit our Parish Bookstore and check out our Christmas selection of gifts and books.

Planned Giving

One faithful generation can change the future. Thank you for #GiveCatholic for #GivingTuesday and your support of the Archdiocese of Miami.

If you own a business, consider donating surplus property or inventory that the parish could use. The cost basis of your gift can be deducted. Contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110 for more information.

Reflections on the Gospel

“You too must be patient. Make you hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand. ” JAMES 5:8

Patience is another one of those things many of us struggle with. We want things to go according to our plan and our schedule. Any change brings anxiety and fear. Through Stewardship prayer, we better align ourselves with God’s will and His plan, which is far better than anything we can come up with on our own.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski

Mark your Calendars: 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.

Wedding Anniversary Mass

Archdiocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass for couples married in the Catholic Church celebra!ng during 2020 their 1st, 25th, 50th or 50th plus wedding anniversary.

January 25th, 2020, at 4:00pm there will be photos taken with Archbishop Wenski, and the Mass will be at 5:30pm at St. Mary Cathedral in Miami.

PARISH FINANCES

August 2019

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 4,095.89
Utilities: $ 6,844.05
General Assessment: $ 3,482.44
Prop. Liability: $ 6,066.04
Salaries: $ 44,509.35

Collections : $29,929.76

Totals : $64,997.77 .

Deficit : $35,589.01

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection today will be taken up for the benefit of our St. Vincent de Paul Society to assist those in need.

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