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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: $ 75,703.00
  • Shortfall: $ 29,037.00

THANK YOU to everyone who has so generously made their commitment. To date 156 out of 1300 parishioners have responded.

This is your last chance to complete your 2017 pledge, payments must be made before February 28th.

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

Isaiah 12 vs. 5

CRS Rice Bowl

Your Lenten gift can help to change lives, $1.00 a day for 40 days of Lent helps provide 1 month of food. Pick up your bowl today!

Summer Adventure opportunities at Good Counsel Camp

Floral City, Florida which is owned and operated by the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg. This is a co-ed residential camp for ages 7-15 offering 1 and 2 weeks sessions. Camp brochures are available in the parish office or can be requested by contacting the camp at 4301 W.

Homosassa Trail, Lecanto, FL 34461 or by calling us at (352) 270-8831 or email: or visit our website at: GoodCouncelCamp.org.

Funds to reduce your parish debt.

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

Annual Valentines Dance a huge success

Thank you to all our volunteers who helped make our Annual Valentines Dance a huge success. This fundraiser netted over $3,000.00.

Please patronize our donors:

  • Casa Mía,
  • Prima Pasta,
  • Ristorante Oggi,
  • Emilio’s Trattoria,
  • Carpaccio,
  • George’s,
  • Specchio Restaurant,
  • Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza,
  • Laurenzo’s Italian Center.

Lenten Events

The Stations of the Cross will take place all the Fridays in Lent:

  • 6:00pm in English;
  • 7:00pm in Spanish;
  • 8:00pm in Portuguese.

During Lent, the Church invites us to make a community penance by abstaining from eating meat on Fridays for those 14 and older. Fasting is asked of Catholics from ages 18 to 60 on Good Friday. Fasting implies having one major meal on those two days.

Religious Education for Children, Save the Dates

  • Parent’s Meeting: February 25th at 11:15am.
  • 1st Penitential Service: March 3rd at 10:00am.
  • Confirmation/RCIA: Retreat March 17th at 9:00am.

Scrutiny for Catechumens:

  • March 4th at 10:00am,
  • March 11th at 10:00am,
  • March 18th at 10:00am.

Bible Classes

On March 1st, Deacon John Ermer will present the Bible Class, the topic will be “Revelation”.

Annual Parish Fish Fry

Join us on Friday, March 2nd, for our Annual Parish Fish Fry, in the Parish Hall from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, tickets are on sale, $10.00 each.

Open House to win a scholarship

St Thomas University, Leaders for Life, join them for an Open House to win a scholarship on Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00am.

RSVP to STU.edu/STUOpenHouse

Shoreside, the Sequel

Parishioner Pamela O’Hagan and the Miami Radio Players will perform Shoreside, the Sequel on Sunday, March 4th, 5:30pm & 7:30pm at Surfside Community Center.

Tickets are $10 each with refreshments, call (786) 558-4588 for more information.

Taizé Prayer & Music Service

Friday, March 9th at 7:30pm in the Church.

Vocation Awareness Weekend

Retreat for men ages 17-35 who are seeking more information about the diocesan priesthood and seminary life. It is held on the grounds of St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami.

The next weekend will be from March 9th - 11th.

Please contact your local parish or the vocation director, Fr. Elvis Gonzalez at (305) 762-1137 or email .

Reconciliation Weekend

  • Friday, March 16th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • Saturday, March 17th from 9:00am to 5:30pm.

Help Christians in the Holy Land

The Good Friday collection will be taken up to help Christians in the Holy Land.

Annual Gala

Held this year at The Indian Creek Country Club, April 7, 2018.

Children Stewardship

This week our kids prayed for:

  • Adrian: Prayed for my family.
  • Maria: Prayed for the sick.
  • Isabella: Prayed for the children who were hurt in Parkland.

How our kids used their talents this week:

  • Dayanna: Gave for the children who died in Broward.
  • Genesis: Helped out an old person.
  • Enrique: Helped my sister with her work.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

April 27th to the 29th in Ft. Lauderdale.

To participate contact John & Debra Truman, (954) 326-1621 or email them at

Our Pastor is organizing a pilgrimage

June 13rd to June 23rd, to Paris (St. Vincent de Paul and the Miraculous Medal), Lourdes, Taize, Ars (St. John Vianney), Lissieux (St. Theresa of the Little Flower) Nevers (St. Bernadette) and Barcelona, then on June 24th a cruise from Barcelona.

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

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.

For more information call the Parish Office.

PARISH FINANCES

December 2017

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 4,117.50
Utilities: $ 6,218.81
General Assessment: $ 3,471.33
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Salaries: $ 36,853.71

Collections : $ 40,710.09

Totals : $ 56,653.68

Deficit : $ 15,943.59

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