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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.

“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 to reduce your parish debt.

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

Why Catholic

Please sign up this weekend for the Small Faith Communities celebrating it’s last season. Forms available in the front of the church.

Book Bazaar

Sunday, January 21st starting at 9:00am in the Parish Hall.

Come by and look at the many titles available.

Finance Council Meeting

Thursday, January 25th at 7:30pm in the Parish office.

Altar Servers trainings

Saturday, January 27th, there will be a mandatory Altar Servers training for new and existing altar servers from 10:30am to 12:30pm in the Church.

Bible Classes

Every Thursday night at 7:00pm in the School Library.

Faith Formation Classes for Adults

You are invited to join us every Sunday from 11:15am to 12:30pm in the Parish Hall.

Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women

Invite all women to the upcoming Catholic Days at the Capitol on January 30-31, 2018.

For more information log in to Florida Council of Catholic Women at www.maccw.org.

Tax letters

It will be mailed before January 31, 2018 to all our registered parishioners who contributed in excess of $250.00 during 2017.

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Friday, February 2nd, candles will be blessed at all the Masses, 8:00am & 5:30pm.

Feast of St. Blaise

Saturday, February 3rd, the traditional blessing of the throats will take place at the 8:00am Mass only.

2018 Anniversary Mass for Couples

Celebrating their 25, 50, and over 50 years Saturday, February 3rd.

  • 4:00pm Photos with Archbishop T. Wenski.
  • 5:30pm Mass at St. Mary Cathedral.

RSVP to the Parish Office.

2018 Motorcycle Ride

Join Archbishop Wenski at his 2018 Motorcycle Ride, in memory of Phil & Charlotte Peterson on Sunday, February 4th Registration takes place at 7:30am and Mass at 8:30am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, in Doral.

The cost is $20 per bike, includes 3 raffle tickets.

To register, please call (305) 762-1054 or email .

All proceeds benefit St. Luke's Center, a program of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Miami.

Valentine Dance

Saturday, February 10th at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.

Tickets are available from the Parish office & the Bookstore.

Saturday, April 7th, Gala in the Indian Creek Country Club.

Archdiocese Catholic Legal Services

Saturday, February 10th from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Archdiocese Catholic Legal Services, along with a coalition of legal service providers, will host a oneday FREE citizenship informational event to help legal permanent residents start the process to become U.S. citizens at Miami Dade College, Interamerican Campus located at 627 S. W. 27th Avenue Miami.

To register, applicants must visit www.miaminac.org and select “Register Today” or call (786) 708-2115.

To assist in this event, CLS is searching for immigration attorneys, general attorneys, paralegals and other volunteers who wish to help. Please visit the website or call the number.

ABCD Give Light, Give Love, Give Life

ABCD reminds us that the work of the Church is shared by all. By supporting the works of our Archdiocese and the mission of the Church here in South Florida, you will answer God’s call to love and to serve those in need: those who are without shelter or food, those who are sick or dying, women in crisis, immigrants, children and young adults. Your gift is also an investment in the future by supporting the training of our future priests and deacons. In a word, your gift transforms lives, displays compassion and serves as a living testimony of your faith.

Next week, every parish in the Archdiocese will unite to ask our Catholic community to support this year’s ABCD by making a gift.

I ask that you prayerfully consider making a gift, whether by responding to the Archbishop’s letter, making a gift online at www.isupportabcd.org or turning in your pledge envelope at the Church.

Children Stewardship

This week our kids prayed for:

  • Angelica: Peace for our country.
  • Jay: Prayed for my family.
  • Alex: Prayed for family members who are ill.

How our kids used their talents this week:

  • Angie: Took care of my grandma.
  • Laura: Helped a friend with homework.
  • Jim: Helped my mom in the house.

Experience to the Holy Land and the Greek Islands

St. Joseph Catholic Church Invites you to a once in a life time experience to the Holy Land and the Greek Islands from October 5th through October 14th, 2018.

PARISH FINANCES

November 2017

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 3,820.13
Utilities: $ 7,559.77
General Assessment: $ 3,471.33
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Salaries & Benefits: $ 33,613.53

Collections : $ 39,712.00

Totals : $ 54,454.09

Deficit : $ 14,742.09

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. Please use the envelopes in the pews for your donation. Thank you for your generosity.

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