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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Announcements from our bulletin of September 27, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus in today's gospel is simply telling us that it is about what we do and not what we say that matters. The first reading from Ezekiel likewise says that he who DOES what is right shall surely live and not die. The message is that God will always forgive us if we repent and change our ways. That is why the parable of the two sons shows that the one who changed his mind and decided to do the will of the father was forgiven.

It is true that God's ways are not our ways, or we would not have so much difficulty with the vastness of God's love and forgiveness. The Psalm reminds us that we so often think that God will be pleased with us If we try to live upright lives but that could also make us prideful and judgmental of others. We are asked to admit our won failures and remain humble in following God's ways.

That leads us to be compassionate with others, just as God is compassionate with us.

Fr. Damian

$5 per week - Your pocket change is our future

Dear parishioners,

I pray to the Lord for your safety and wellbeing. The pandemic has affected all of us producing anxiety and insecurity in our lives. To avoid the virus, the majority of you have taken every necessary precaution and have not come back to Church. I understand it very well.

However, as a result, contributions have diminished, and we are now running a $10,000 deficit per month.

I am asking you to consider a recurring contribution amount according to your financial means and support our Church and our community.

God Bless your generosity!
Fr. Damian

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2020-2021 Preparation for First Communion Grades 1 - 12 and Confirmation.

Teachers will be utilizing Zoom as a tool for live online classroom instruction for students.

Click here to download Registration Form & Parent Student Handbook.

Registration by Email Only

Please send registration form to parishoffice@stmmsib.org from Wednesday, September 9 to Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Send with Registration, the Following Documents

  • Baptism Certificate (for First Communion and Confirmation).
  • Baptism Certificate & First Communion Certificate (for Confirmation).

Send by Mail or Bring Registration Fee to Our Office - St Mary Magdalen Church 17775 North Bay Road, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160.

All Children and Young Adults Should Be Registered Prior to the First Day of Class.

First Communion Year 1

First Day of Class, Monday, October 5, 2020.

First Communion Year 2 & Confirmation

First day of class, Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

All children that finished 1st year First Communion or Confirmation, need to register again for 2nd year First Communion or Confirmation.

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"Do nothing out of a spirit of rivalry or presumption; Rather, out of humility, each consider others as superior to yourself and do not seek your own interest, but that of others. "(Philippians 2: 3-4)

Pride and ego generally get in the way and are difficult to control. We look at how others act or they dress up and we think we're better than them. We idolize our own image; everything is the "me". But, if really We believe that everything is a gift from God, we would recognize that all the people that God has placed in our lives are gifts! We would be grateful for how they enrich our lives. Pray all days for the people in your life. Commit to being more Christ-centered rather than self-centered.

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 fiance 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.

Spiritual teachers tend to repeat themselves, and to repeat other teachers. Maybe there really aren't that many different truths to tell. Just a lot of slow, sleepy human beings-like us-who need to hear the basics over and over. Consider today's readings.

People complain God isn't "fair," and Ezekiel answers that God is more than fair. People choose their own fates, and people can change. Even evildoers can turn, do right, and live. "Actions speak louder than words." A fresh new insight? Hardly.

Paul tells the Philippians that he would truly be encouraged if those who claimed to be believers would, in fact, look to others' interests and not their own. "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." A novel idea? I don't think so.

In Jesus' story of the farmer and his sons, everyone knows that the one who said he wouldn't work-but did-is way ahead of the one who said he would work-but didn't. "Talk is cheap." Heard that before?