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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.

“Through the Son, then, God decided to bring the whole universe back to himself. God made peace through his Son’s sacrificial death on the cross and so brought back to himself all things, both on earth and in heaven”

Colossians 1 vs. 20

Father’s Day Novena

Began last Sunday and continues during the 8:30am Mass.

The envelopes will remain on the altar all nine days of the Novena.


Youth Summer program “Gravity” has already begun, for ages 12 to 17 years.

Registration is still available, applications are in the Parish Office.

Bible Class

  • English continues on Thursdays at 7:00pm in the Library, at the Parish Hall. Join us on June 28th, when Rev. Mr. John Ermer will give a presentation on the book of Song of Songs.
  • Spanish will be on July 11th, at 7:00pm in the Church.


Before you go on vacation, gain the peace of mind knowing that your will is up to date and your estate will be handled according to your wishes.

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

Peter’s Pence annual collection

This weekend, during the second collection, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the Holy Father’s Peter’s Pence annual collection by using the special envelopes in the pews.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

Catholic Faith

Calling all faithful who wish to grow in their understanding of the Catholic Faith, and discern their call to serve the parish community. Spanish and Creole in-classroom classes are offered as well as an online Program offered in English or Spanish.

Register at and click on the school of Ministry tab. For more information contact the Office of Lay Ministry at (305) 762-1184 or email .

Graduates from our parish include:
Cheryl E. Hodowud, Reyna Jovel, Gaby Baglietto, Tery Howard, Carmen Almirall, Hilda E. Diaz, Luz E. Duran-Jurado, Gloria Acuna, Joel Alonso, Leticia Bondoc & Elizabeth Espinosa.

Life Line Screening Event

Have you taken control of Your Health Today?

Life line Screening Event taking place on Monday, June 25th from 9:00am in the Parish Hall, offering preventive health screenings.

St. Joseph Church will receive $25 back for each screening if you pre-register at 1-888-814-0416, or visit or text circle to 797979 or email and attend their scheduled appointment time for your screening.

Parish Office

The Parish Office will be tented from the 3rd of July to the 5th of July, Church business will be conducted in the Parish Hall during regular office hours, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Independence Day

Please note: In observance of the 4th of July, Independence Day, the parish office will be closed and there will be NO 5:30pm Mass.

Seeking Catechists

We are Seeking Catechists for the upcoming year. Register now or stop by the Parish Office for more information.

The next training for new Catechist and returning Catechist will be on Wednesday July 11th at the Parish Hall.

Taize Prayer and Music Service

Friday, July 13th at 7:00pm in the Church.

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery

The 7th Corporal Work of Mercy teaches us to bury the deceased with dignity. The Church has consecrated our Catholic Cemeteries to ensure that we have the appropriate place to fulfill this teaching.

We have invited representatives from Catholic Cemeteries to visit our parish on the weekend of July 14th and 15th.

They will have information available to help you to make your own decisions. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about advance planning in a Catholic Cemetery.

Faith Formation News

Pre-Registration for 2018 - 2019 Religious Education for children and for adults is now open! Applications are available in the Parish Office.

Virtus Trainings for all Volunteers and Ministry leaders who have not attended

Held in the Parish Hall on Saturday, August 18th from:

  • 9:00am to 12 noon in English
  • 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Spanish

Please preregister at the Parish Office.

Married Couples

  • How About Some Time for Just the two of You?
  • A weekend that will focus on love, caring & relationship?

It will be the best gift you'll give each other this year. Plan to go on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and come back with a marriage that is refreshed and full of passion.

The next weekend in this area is scheduled in Ft. Lauderdale, September 7 to the 9, 2018.

Call: Roberto & Maria Ibarra (954) 972-8129 / .

Apply on line FLSE-WWME.ORG, Or CALL: Frank & Fran Kulzer, (954) 804-0661.

Emmaus Men's Retreat

Coming up on the weekend of September 14th will be the Emmaus Men's Retreat in Spanish.

Parish Pilgrimages

Fr. Gonzalez Invites you to a once in a life time experience to the Holy Land and the Greek Islands from October 5 through October 14, 2018.

Please call Daniel at (305) 510-9300 or the Parish Office if you are interested.

Planned Giving

A properly prepared will can provide for two families your own and your parish family.

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

Mercy Night

Save the Date for Great Things, the First Archdiocese of Miami Middle School Youth Conference ending with Mercy Night, October 13th, from 9am to 9pm, special Guest M.C. Michael “Gomer” Gormley.


April 2018

Building Repairs: $ 6,909.98
Utilities: $ 5,979.24
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Salaries: $ 33,447.20

Collections : $ 45,090.10

Totals : $ 55,796.23

Deficit : $ 10,706.13

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.

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