Second Sunday of Advent
Announcements from our bulletin of December 10, 2017
This Weekend’s Second Collection is for the 2017 Retirement Fund for Religious.
Council of Catholic Women Collecting for Christmas flowers
We will be collecting for the Christmas flowers on December 9-10 & 16-17 before and after Masses.
Altar Servers Meeting
With Deacon John Altar Servers Meeting for present and those looking to serve.
Thursday, December 14th, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Church.
Christmas Novena in Our Parish (Bilingual)
Share with your family the Christmas Novena while we prepare for the birth of Jesus Saturday, December 16th to Saturday, December 23rd at 7:30 PM at Church.
St. Vincent de Paul Society - Christmas Food Drive
Christmas is a time when we pause to express our gratitude to God for the many blessings He has poured out upon our country and ourselves. Please bring all kinds of non-perishable foods starting immediately. We will be collecting for one more week.
The collection boxes are located inside the Church by the doors. Thank you very much! Good Bless you!
To obtain more information about the Society and this Collection contact us at SVDP1aliciagalvan@gmail.com.
Why should you use Parish Envelopes?
- Returning to God a portion of our blessings
is not charity but a religious obligation.
Giving back to God is a necessary
form of gratitude.
- Supporting your parish shows you are
aware of your responsibility to help
the Lord in the work of the Gospel.
The use of envelopes
reminds you to do this weekly or monthly.
- Using envelopes provides a record
of Church attendance. Such a record
is necessary for those who wish
a pastoral permission to be a sponsor
of a child or adult for Baptism and Confirmation.
- Most Archdiocesan Catholic High Schools
will reduce tuition costs for parents
who support their local parish church.
Using envelopes is the way demonstrating
to these schools that parents are
supporting their parish.
There are other simple ways of supporting our parish financially as well. Some members have their banks do a weekly or monthly check to the parish out of their account. Others write a monthly or yearly check. A further benefit of having a record of your sacrificial giving is that you can use that amount as a deduction from your yearly federal taxes. Most importantly, as a spiritual writer once said, “The Catholic’s need to give is far greater than God’s need to receive. It is the sign of a grateful heart that knows all blessings ultimately come from the hand of God.” But God cannot be outdone in generosity. His reward for your sacrificial giving is, as Jesus says, more blessings, a hundred times over.
Please note that the contribution envelopes for 2018 are in the rear of the Church.
If you have completed a registration form and requested envelopes you will find them there. Please take them as soon as possible so you can begin giving in the New Year.
2018 Bilingual Calendars
Please note that the we have available the 2018 Bilingual Calendars English/Spanish. They are in the rear of the Church.
Please take only one Calendar per family due to the amount we have is limited.
The Archdiocese of Miami
The Archdiocese of Miami has an opening for an Administrative Assistant at the Pastoral Center.
For more information please visit the Archdiocese of Miami website at www.miamiarch.org.
Becoming a godparent/sponsor in the Catholic Church
Being chosen as a godparent for baptism is an honor, for the godparent traditionally becomes a spiritual companion to the one being baptized in a journey of faith.
Please decide if your faith life makes you ready to publicly pledge that you have been leading a life in harmony with the Catholic tradition. Godparents should be both role models and resource persons, individuals who are at ease with the practice of their faith and would normally be considered as “active Catholics.” They should be people who are comfortable with answering questions about their personal relationship with God as experienced in the Catholic Communion, even if they are unsure of all the technicalities.
Godparents should be people who are interested in and will continue to spiritually support the “godchild” in the years ahead.
Catholic Church Requirements - To be a godparent, a person must be:
- A baptized Catholic who has received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion and is practicing the Catholic faith.
- Mature enough to undertake the responsibility.
- A member of the Catholic Church canonically free to carry out this responsibility. If a person is married, the marriage must have been a Catholic marriage, not just a civil marriage. Catholics currently living in a marriage not considered valid by the Catholic Church or cohabitating are excluded from being a Godparent.
- Someone other than the father or mother, spouse or fiancÚ of the one who is to be baptized.