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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Announcements from our bulletin of January 21, 2018

One in Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity

ABCD reminds us that the work of the Church is shared by all. By supporting the works of our Archdiocese and the mission of the Church here in South Florida, you will answer God’s call to love and to serve those in need: those who are without shelter or food, those who are sick or dying, women in crisis, immigrants, children and young adults. Your gift is also an investment in the future by supporting the training of our future priests and deacons. In a word, your gift transforms lives, displays compassion and serves as a living testimony of your faith.

Jesus calls us to be instruments of hope and, and through the ABCD, to Give Light, Give Love and Give Life. The ABCD gives light by introducing others to Jesus as missionaries of hope. ABCD gives love by action, a deed by giving away of oneself as Jesus gave himself away. ABCD gives life through Catholic education, engaging our youth and young adults and defending the dignity of all human life.

Next week, every parish in the Archdiocese will unite to ask our Catholic community to support this year’s ABCD by making a gift. I ask that you prayerfully consider making a gift, whether by responding to the Archbishop’s letter, making a gift online at www.isupportabcd.org or turning in your pledge envelope at the Church.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  • Social Media
  • Planned Giving
  • Stewardship

ABCD reminds us that the work of the Church is shared by all. God has given us everything - life, health, family and wealth.

Is the legacy of your life one of gratitude for your many blessings?

Contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110 for information.

“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” - Mark 1:17

Jesus makes a direct call to all Christian “Follow me”! The call is in the here and now, in our present circumstances, not when we think we are “ready” or it is convenient and we have everything in order. Good stewardship of our God-given gifts means that things aren’t always going to go according to our schedule and that we need to trust God as He has a much better plan in store for each of us.

One of the most unusual Catholic churches in the world is in Amsterdam: Our Lord in the Attic, or as the locals say, “Ons Lieve Heer op Solder.” What looks like a beautiful narrow brick mansion alongside a canal is a clever disguise for a very wellpreserved seventeenth-century home and a secret church. During the Reformation, the Netherlands was divided into Protestant Holland and the Spanish Netherlands, now known as Belgium, a Catholic stronghold. Protestant reformers seized all the Catholic parishes in Holland and “de-Catholicized” them. New laws forbade the celebration of the Mass in public. St. Nicholas Church was renamed “Old Church” by the new owners, and the dispossessed Catholics got to work “hiding” St. Nicholas Parish in the upper floors of this mansion. Other Catholics did the same thing, but this is the only hidden church that survives today.

Sunday Mass is still celebrated here.

It’s a beautiful hideaway, with nothing spared in regard to marble, gilding, a pipe organ, and classic Dutch painting. A few steps away, the Old Church, begun in 1250, stands emptied of the statues and carvings of its Catholic days, its windows replaced by plain glass. The new tenants gave up when it came to the ceiling, which is still painted with saints, biblical scenes, and merchant ships. The Dutch reformers were tolerant sorts, and as long as the Catholics kept out of sight, they were out of mind. Catholicism was at last tolerated in Holland after 1853, but in 1924 when the International Eucharistic Congress was held in Amsterdam, processions of Catholics were still forbidden in the streets. Today, Roman Catholics are about 19 percent of the population, and there’s no need for any of them to hide in the attic.

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:

  1. A baptized Catholic who has received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion and is practicing the Catholic faith.
  2. Mature enough to undertake the responsibility.
  3. 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.
  4. Someone other than the father or mother, spouse or fiancÚ of the one who is to be baptized.
* In order to be a Godparent/Sponsor St. Mary Magdalen Church requires that the person be registered member of our parish at least 6 months previous to the date of the Baptism.

On Saturday, February 10th, from 9:00 AM to 4:00áPM, Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami (CLS), along with a coalition of legal service providers, will host a one-day FREE citizenship informational event to help legal permanent residents start the process to become U.S. citizens at Miami Dade College, Interamerican Campus located at 627 South West 27 Avenue, Miami.

To register, applicants must visit www.miaminac.org and select “Register Today” or call (786) 708-2115.

To assist in this event, CLS is searching for immigration attorneys, general attorneys, paralegals and other volunteers who wish to help.

Please visit www.miaminac.org or call (786) 708-2115.