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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.

“Salvation is to be found through Him alone, in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us”

(Acts of the Apostles ch. 4 vs. 12-13)

Funds to reduce your parish debt

The Second Collection TODAY provides funds to reduce your parish debt.

Please give generosity.

60th Anniversary

Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Carla Ancilli Feigenbaum & Mrs. Marina Malaga as the recipients of the Diocesan Honors for the Diamond Jubilee of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Faith Formation News

  • Classes for 2018 - 2019 Religious Education for children and for adults started last Sunday. If your child is coming back for the second year you must register him again. R.C.I.A. adult classes started last Monday.
  • Sign up at www.usccb.org/pray each Friday, from August 3rd to September 28th, to answer the U.S. bishops’ call to pray and fast, that a change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.
  • Are you registered?
    Registration is important so when any of the services of our parish are needed it is easier if the person is registered.
  • Please call the Parish Office to request Communion for patients at home and in the local nursing home, we have Eucharistic Ministers that visit the sick of the parish every week.
  • Join us on Sunday, October 21st, for our Annual Parish Festival - A Celebration of the Americas a Ministry Fair, taking place after all the Masses in the Parish Hall. We will also celebrate the feast of “El Señor de los Milagros” during the 12:30pm Mass.

Gaudete ET Exsultate Chapter One the Call to Holiness. The Saints who Encourage and accompany us

The Lord Calls

I would stress also that the “genius of woman” is seen in feminine styles of holiness, which are an essential means of reflecting God’s holiness in this world. Indeed, in times when women tended to be most ignored or overlooked, the Holy Spirit raised up saints who attractiveness produced new spiritual vigor and important reforms in the Church. We can mention Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Saint Bridget, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Saint Therese of Lisieux. But I think too of all those unknown or forgotten women who, each in her own way, sustained and transformed families and communities by the power of their witness.

This should excite and encourage us to give our all and to embrace that unique plan that God willed for each of us from eternity: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer 1:5).

Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life

The US bishops urge our participation each Friday in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life, August 3rd - September 28th.

Participants will receive weekly email or text reminders to pray and fast, along with little known facts about Roe v. Wade to share with others.

Please sign up at www.usccb.org/pray, for these call to prayer initiatives.

Parish Pilgrimage

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.

How to keep a young heart when you are 60+?

We invite you to join us on a day of Discovery, on Saturday, September 29th from 8:30am to 5:00pm at Parish Hall.

Lunch will be served. Those that assist people of 60+ can also attend.

For information please call (786) 409- 3147. The talks are in Spanish.

Youth Cookout 2018

Our Youth group is having a cookout to raise funds for their 2nd annual Silent Retreat.

They need your help to make it possible. On Sunday, September 30th, from 10:30am in the Parish Hall you can enjoy food, refreshments, Music and fun for $10 per person.

Tickets will be available soon after all the Masses. Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts. Coffee and Donuts will still be served after each Mass.

Traditional blessing of the Pets

In honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi the traditional blessing of the Pets will take place on Sunday, October 7th, at 12:15pm, October 7th, by the Grotto.

Mercy Night

Great Things, the Archdiocese of Miami’s first middle school Youth Conference, will take place on Saturday, October 13th from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Third Annual Mercy Night evening of praise and worship will follow the Youth Conference on October 13th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to attend.

Annual Archdiocese Missionary Appeal Program

Take place on the weekend of October 14th.

Archdiocese of Miami 60th Anniversary

The Archdiocese of Miami is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year with a White Gala in October.

How many times have you actually told all the clergy in your life how much you appreciated them?

Purchase a Tribute Ad celebrating or commemorating all those priest that have made a difference.

Visit: www.adomdevelopment.org/tributeads or call Grace Veloz at (305)762-1064.

The Archdiocese of School of Ministry

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.

For more information contact the School of Ministry at (305) 762-1184.

PARISH FINANCES

July 2018

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 2,176.81
Utilities: $ 6,365.26
General Assessment: $ 3,470.48
Prop. Liability: $ 6,148.32
Salaries: $ 28,683.44

Collections : $ 34,176.31

Totals : $ 46,844.31

Deficit : $ 12,668.00

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.

Thank you for your generosity.

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