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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. It is a four year program.

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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 im-age is also known as "Our Lady of Per-petual 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 Mi-chael and Gabriel, hovering in the upper cor-ners, 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 san-dals. Nevertheless, the icon also conveys the triumph of Christ over sin and death, symbol-ized 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.

ABCD Update

  • Goal: $ 104,740.00
  • Pledges So Far: $122,610.00

THANK YOU to everyone who has so generously made their commitment. If you have not pledged as yet, there is still time, payments can be made over 10 months.

“Sing praise to the Lord for his glorious achievement; let this be known throughout all the earth”

Isaiah 12 vs. 5

Faith Formation News

Adult Faith Formation (Formed Catholic) class continue every Sunday from 11:15am to 12:15pm in the Parish Hall.

How children express Stewardship, as they use their envelopes.

  • Thiago: I helped my sister with chores.
  • Rhys: Helped his teacher.
  • Luca: Helped his mom fix the bed.
  • Stella: Helped her friends.
  • Victor: Helped his friend who has a broken arm.
  • Justin: Prayed for his country.

Angel Tree is back. Please do not for get to purchase a gift to donate to our Angel Tree Program. Gifts are donated to children whose parent is incarcerated or children of the parish who have been identified as having some financial difficulty. Help us bring a little Christmas to our children. All gifts and gift cards may be brought to the Parish Office.

  • All Angels: distributed on Sunday November 18th.
  • Return Angels with unwrapped gifts: By Sunday, December 9th.
  • Gift wrapping: Friday, December 14th, at 7:00pm, Parish Hall.
  • Distribution of Gifts *Angel Tree Christmas* , weekend of December 15th.

Donations of cookies, cupcakes, lemonade, water & juice are accepted.

Christmas Bazaar: December 2nd, from 9:00am to 2:00pm in the Parish Hall.

If you would like to donate a small household item or a Christmas item, please bring it to the Parish Office. Ministry Leaders or parishioners who would like to sponsor a table please see Adam or Carrie at the Parish Office.

Gaudete ET Exsultate Chapter One the Call to Holiness. The Saints who Encourage and accompany us.

  • Your Mission in Christ
    May you come to realize what that word is, the message of Jesus that God wants to speak to the world by your life. Let yourself be transformed. Let yourself be renewed by the Spirit, so that this can happen, lest you fail in your precious mission. The Lord will bring it to fulfilment despite your mistakes and missteps, provided that you do not abandon the path of love but remain ever open to his supernatural grace, which purifies and enlightens.
  • Activity That Sanctifies
    Just as you cannot understand Christ apart from the kingdom He came to bring, so too your personal mission is inseparable from the building of that kingdom: “Strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Mt 6:33).
    Your identification with Christ and His will involves a commitment to build with Him that kingdom of love, justice and universal peace. Christ himself wants to experience this with you, in all the efforts and sacrifices that it entails, but also in all the joy and enrichment it brings. You cannot grow in holiness without committing yourself, body and soul, to giving your best to this endeavor.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The second collection TODAY pr ovides funds for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to break the cycle of poverty, please use the envelopes in the pews to contribute to this worthy cause.

Please give generously.

Diocesan News

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now you can add #GiveCatholic for #GivingTuesday to your post-Thanksgiving lexicon.

Visit www.givecatholicgt.org/stjoseph to learn more!

During a time in which we remember to be thankful, consider leaving a planned gift to St. Joseph Parish. Most planned gifts cost you nothing during your lifetime and may actually save taxes for your heirs.

Contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762 -1110 for more information.

““But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever” DN 12:3

The readings speak of the end of the world and the coming of the Kingdom. Our ‘life to come’ is in continuity with this present life through the human goods, the worthy human purposes, which people foster now.” May our good stewardship cause us to be numbered among the chosen on the last day!

Seeking new choir members

Do you like to sing?

Rehearsals are on Monday evenings at 8:00pm.

Contact Mr. Ralph D’Ovidio, Director, through the Parish Office, at Mass, or simply come to rehearsal.

Remember: when you pray, you are blessed once. When you praise God in song, you are twice blessed.

Open House

Christopher Columbus High School, 3000 SW 87th Ave., Miami, FL 33165 is taking place on November 17th, at 1:00pm, and their Entrance Exam is on December 1st, at 8:00am.

Thanksgiving Day

A Bilingual Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Thursday, November 22nd at 10:30am, Thanksgiving Day.

This will be the only Mass that day and the Parish Office will be closed.

Giving Tuesday campaign

Join us on November 27th by visiting www.givecatholicgt.org/stjoseph and making a gift in support of your parish.

This one-day only archdiocesan-wide online giving event will provide an opportunity to help our parish fund some much needed renovations.

Annual Hospitality and Stewardship Process

Next weekend, members from our Stewardship Council will speak at all the Masses.

  • On December 2nd, our Pastor, Fr. Juan J. Sosa will talk on Stewardship and solicit new volunteers and acknowledge the people who signed up last year.
  • December 2nd, our Pastor, Fr. Juan J. Sosa will talk on Stewardship and solicit new volunteers and acknowledge the people who signed up last year.
  • The weekend of December 9th, has been designated by the Archdiocese of Miami as a “Welcome Weekend” challenging the people of God to invite one other person to come to Mass.

Taize Prayer Group and the St. Joseph English Choir

We cordially invite you to our Taize Prayer Group and the St. Joseph English Choir on Friday, December 14th at 7:30pm, for a musical jour ney through Advent and Christmas.

Listen to the Word of God as recounted in the Gospel of Luke, and capture the spiritual meaning of the season with Sacred music, Chant, Scripture, Meditation and everyone’s favorite hymns and carols. Admission is free.

Celebrating their first, twenty-fifth and fiftieth and plus wedding anniversaries

Next year the Archdiocese Wedding Mass for couples celebrating their first, twenty-fifth and fiftieth and plus wedding anniversaries in 2019 will take place on February 16, 2019.

PARISH FINANCES

September 2018

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 755.70
Utilities: $ 5,276.51
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 6,148.32
Salaries: $29,865.34

Collections : $ 26,756.48

Totals : $ 45,516.35

Deficit : $ 18,749.87

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection TODAY provides funds to benefit our St. Vincent de Paul Society to continue their mission of feeding the needy of our Parish and fund their Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the needy of our parish.

Thank you for your generosity.

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