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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.

St. Joseph Church Celebrating 75 years, 1942 to 2017, video can be purchased from the parish office.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”

John 8:12

Breakfast-Lunch-Bazar after the Masses

The Emmaus Women's Group are having a Breakfast-Lunch-Bazar after the Masses today in the Parish Hall.

Bible classes

Every Thursday night at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.

Please call the office for more information.

Celebration of the Americas

A Special thank you to all The Ministry leaders and those who donated time, talent and treasure to make this a very successful event.

Faith Formation News

Registration for our Religious Education Classes are closed.

Join us for our bilingual Faith Formation Classes for adults on Sundays from 11:15am to 12:15pm in the Parish Hall.

Pro-Life Quotes

“Every child not allowed to be born, but unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, the Lord’s face...Life is always, in all its phases and at any age, sacred…”

Pope Francis

Stewardship for Children

It is important to teach our children the importance of stewardship. Please stop by the bookstore and pick up a box of envelopes for your child. The children in Religious Education will receive theirs in the classroom.

  • Time: What time they spend in prayer.
  • Talent: How they share their talent with the parish community or their home.
  • Treasure: The importance of sharing their treasure to support the needs of the parish and it’s programs.

Pick up your children’s envelopes at the bookstore. The children in Religious Education will receive their envelopes in the program.

Follow the Archdiocese of Miami on Social

Media:

  • Facebook: @ArchdioceseofMiami
  • Twitter & Instagram: @CatholicMiami

St. Thomas University, Leaders for Life

Join STU Open House to win a Scholarship! RSVP at STU.edu/STUOpenHouse.

World Mission Sunday

Its World Mission Sunday!

Celebrate, pray and learn about being missionaries of faith, in accompanying those most in need in our own communities and throughout the globe; and please be generous in the second collection which will support more than 1,150 dioceses in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Islands. Learn more! The call to mission has something for every loving heart.

How are you being called to mission?
For more information contact the Mission Office at (305) 762-1236 or .

Join the Justice Ministry

Monday October 23rd for the 1st General assembly of this Year.

We will be joining with congregations throughout Miami-Date to vote on which problems we will be addressing this Year.

  • The meeting will begin at 7:30pm at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (on NW 7th and 32nd Street).
  • We’ll have a bus leaving St. Joseph North side parking lot at 6:30pm.

Finance Council and Parish Council, both meetings will take place in the Parish Office

  • Finance Council will be on Thursday, October 26th at 7:30pm.
  • Parish Council will be on Monday, October 30th at 7:00pm.

Archdiocese Missionary Appeal Program

October 28th & 29th, Fr. Patrick Keyes, C.Ss.R., from the Redemptorists evangelization team based in Minneapolis, MN, will speak to our parishioners about the vital work being done in their overseas missions in Brazil and Nigeria.

Wednesday, November 1st is All Saints Day

Masses will be at 8:00am & 5:30pm in English and 12:00noon and 7:00pm in Spanish.

All Souls Novena

Begin at the 8:00am Mass on Thursday, November 2nd, All Souls Day.

Mural of the Faithful Departed

We invite you to submit a photograph of your loved ones to be placed in our mural as a remembrance of the season. Candles will be available for purchase.

Fall back, Daylight Saving Time Ends!

Don’t forget to put your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday, November 4th.

Taize Prayer & Music Service

Take place on Friday, November 10th at 7:30pm in the Church.

The group meeting will be on Tuesday, November 7th at 6:00pm.

ABCD: Give and You Shall Receive

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Planned Giving

Remember a loved one?
Donate to the Archdiocese of Miami to honor someone special clicking here.

Gifts of stock avoid capital gains tax! If you own appre-ciated stock, you may wish to consider giving the stock to the parish rather than cash. You are able to deduct the full value of the stock, avoid capital gains tax and make a substantial gift to the parish.

For more information, contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.

“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” - MATTHEW 22:21

Everything we are and everything we have belongs to God. This is the essence of Stewardship. We are not “owners” of anything, we are simply “stewards” of all the gifts God has given each of us. All God is asking is that we give back a portion of what He gave us. God needs be our first priority in every-thing. All else comes second.

On December 10th, St. Joseph Church will conduct a workshop in English on Planned Giving. The workshop will take place in the Parish Hall at 11:30am.

PARISH FINANCES

August 2017

Expenses
Building Repairs: $ 2,028.94
Utilities: $ 7,621.64
General Assessment: $ 3,471.33
Prop. Liability: $ 5,989.33
Bank Loan: $ 7,099.81
Salaries & Benefits: $ 31,619.66

Collections : $ 20,575.50

Totals : $ 57,830.71

Deficit : $ 37,255.21

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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