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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.

“We saw His star at its rising and have come to do Him homage”

Matthew 2:2

Second Collection

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

Angel Tree

We are still collecting unwrapped toys for our St. Vincent de Paul Children. Please deliver the toys to the Parish Office before Christmas.

Christmas Novena

The Christmas Novena to the Infant Child, Jesus, will begin on Saturday, December 16th.

Advent Penitential Service and Anointing of the Sick

Wednesday December 20th at 7:30pm in the Church.

Please Note

This year Christmas falls on a Monday, the 5:30pm. Mass on Sunday, December 24th, will be the vigil Mass for Christmas Day, and will not fulfill the Sunday obligation to attend Mass, likewise the Morning Masses on December 24th, are for the 4th Sunday of Advent and do not fulfill the Christmas Day obligation.

December 24th, Christmas Eve Vigil

5:30pm in English, with the Blessing of the Nativity Manger and 12:00 midnight bilingual Mass, both Masses will have a concert of sacred music beforehand.

December 25th, Christmas Day

Mass at 8:30am & 10:30am in English and 12:30pm in Spanish. There will be NO Evening Mass. December 30-31, Saturday & Sunday: We will have our regular Schedule of Masses.

January 1st, Solemnity of Mary

Masses will be at 10am in English and 12 noon in Spanish.

Wow, this year is nearly over

Don’t forget charitable donations are still tax deductible...is St. Joseph’s Church on your Christmas list?

2018 Calendars

Our 2018 Calendars will be distributed on Sunday, December 30th.

Taizé Prayer & Music Service

Friday, January 12th at 7:30pm in the Church.

The group meeting will be on Tuesday, January 9th at 6:00pm.

Please Note

Beginning January 14th, the Sunday Mass will be at 10:00am instead of 10:30am.

Religious Education for Children

There will be NO CLASSES for religious education on December 24th, 25th,31st and January 1st. We wish all our students a very Merry Christmas.

Bible Classes

This will held 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.

Book Bazaar

On Sunday January 21st, from 9:00am to 2:00pm in the Parish Hall.

We have a variety of books for sale.

Save the Date!!

  • Saturday, February 10th, Valentine Dance,
    at 7:00pm in the parish hall.
  • Saturday, April 7th, Gala in the Indian
    Creek Country Club.

ABCD: Give and You Shall Receive

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Children Stewardship

This week our kids prayed for:

  • John: Prayed for the homeless.
  • Isabella: Prayed everyone has a good Christmas.
  • Luca: Prayed for those who are sick.

How our kids used their talents this week:

  • Olivia: Helped her mom this week.
  • Gino: Helped his brother.
  • Jonathan: Gave clothes to the homes.

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 Oct. 5 thru Oct. 14, 2018.

Information meeting on Tues. January 17 at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall with Fr. Adonis Gonzalez pilgrimage Spiritual Director.

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.

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PARISH FINANCES

October 2017

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 1,064.18
Utilities: $ 7,379.46
General Assessment: $ 3,471.33
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Salaries & Benefits: $31,497.34

Collections : $33,899.00

Totals : $49,401.64

Deficit : $15,502.64

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The second collection 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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