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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.

Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive 2019

Hope has a name: Jesus. To put our faith in Jesus means we must put it into action through charity. Our archdiocesan programs and ministries effect change, share the love of Christ, and bring hope to people in need. In the words of Pope Benedict, “A world without God is a world without hope. A world without God is a world without a future.”

Once a year, we commit ourselves to the ongoing work of the Archdiocese of Miami by supporting the ABCD. Please consider making a donation, 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. Individually, we can change our own life, but together, we can change the world. United let us be One In Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity. The goal this year for our parish is $104,216.

“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

Faith Formation News

How children express their Stewardship:

  • Michael: prays for world peace.
  • Jessica: prays for her elderly grandparents.
  • Nina: helped a fellow student who is autistic.
  • Giancarlos: prayed for the sick.
  • Colin: held the door for his teacher.
  • Stella: made breakfast for her family.

VALENTINES BAZAAR:
On Sunday February 24th, 2019, from 9:00am to 2:00pm in the Parish Hall, we will be hosting a Ba-zaar. Donations of household items are accepted. Parishioners may reserve a table for $15.00, all pro-ceeds will be dedicated for improvement projects in the church.

Lent begins on Wednesday, March 6th.
Ashes will be distributed during the Masses. Stations of the Cross will take place on all the Fridays of Lent.

GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE, CHAPTER ONE, THE CALL TO HOLINESS. THE SAINTS WHO ENCOURAGE AND ACCOMPANY US.

More Alive, More Human

To the extent that each Christian grows in holiness, he or she will bear greater fruit for our world. The bishops of West Africa have observed that “we are being called in the spirit of the New Evangelization to be evangelized and to evangelize through the empowering of all you, the baptized, to take up your roles as salt of the earth and light of the world wherever you find yourselves”.

Do not be afraid to set your sights higher, to allow yourself to be loved and liberated by God. Do not be afraid to let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit. Holiness does not make you less human, since it is an encounter between your weakness and the power of God’s grace. For in words of Leon Bloy, when all is said and done, “the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint”.

Funds

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

FORMED

Formed is the revolutionary digital platform that gives the parish unprecedented access to videobased study programs, feature films, audio presentations, and eBooks from the Church’s foremost presenters. Whether you are fallen away or deeply engaged at the parish, or on the go, FORMED helps you at anytime, anywhere.

The program also has a wonderful app that you can place on your phone and have access to Faith Formation and Formation at any time.

The program Formed will be rolled out this Sunday, January 20th at 11:15am in the Parish Hall. All parishioners are welcomed to attend, Catechists and Ministry Leaders are expected to attend. All RCIA students should attend.

To register go to formed.org/ and use the code: 6KPTK3

Mass Book for 2019

Now open for intentions and donation per intention is $15.00.

The Lord Made Us, We Belong To Him

The Miami Archdiocese Council of Catholic Women (MACCW) invites you to their upcoming event, “The Lord Made Us, We Belong To Him” on Saturday, January 26th at 9:00am to 3:00pm in St., John Vianney Collecge Seminary, 2900 SW 87th Ave., Miami, FL 33165.

Program includes: Registration & Coffee, Mass, in St. Raphael Chapel and guest speakers Seminarian Enzo Rosario, & Deacon Jose Enrique Lopez.

RSVP by Wednesday, January 16th, cost is $25.00 per person.

Open House for St. Lawrence Catholic School, located in North Miami Beach

Take place on January 30th. For more information please call (305) 932-3560.

Diocesan News

Through endowment, you can support your faith family in perpetuity. Through prudent investment, your gift will produce income for generations to come. In memory of deceased loved ones, in lieu of flowers, honor their memory through a gift to St. Joseph parish. What a beautiful way to honor a loved one by supporting the eternal work of the Church!

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

“To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)

St. Paul tells us that God has blessed each of us for a reason.

  • How has God blessed you?
  • Are you using your gifts according to God’s plan?
  • How are you helping to build God’s kingdom here on earth?

Remember that if you don’t do the work God planned for you, no one else can do it. Live the life God has intended for you, feel His love, peace and joy!

Presentation of the Lord

Saturday, February 2nd, candles will be blessed after the 8:00am Mass.

Feast of St. Blaize

Sunday, February 3rd, throats will be blessed after all the Masses this weekend.

Annual Valentine Dance

Join us for our Annual Valentine Dance coming up on Saturday, February 9th at 7:00pm in the Parish hall. Tickets will be available soon.

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

The Archdiocese Wedding Mass for couples celebrating their first, twenty-fifth and fiftieth and plus wedding anniversaries in 2019 will take place on February 16th, 2019. Please call the parish office to register.

PARISH FINANCES

November 2018

Collections: $ 34,755.07

Deficit: $ 13,197.17

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 1,890.46
Utilities: $ 6,239.48
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 6,143.32
Salaries: $ 30,208.50
Totals: $ 47,952.24

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.

They would like to thank everyone who so graciously donated food for the needy for Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

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