Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Announcements from our bulletin of August 2, 2020
A “Little” Faith
In Matthew's Gospel, Peter often serves
as a representative of Jesus' other
disciples, and of all who strive to follow
Jesus. When Peter desires to imitate
Jesus by walking on the water in the
middle of the storm, maybe wishing to
show how strong his faith is, he encounters his own limitations and his
need to be rescued by Jesus. Jesus
then says to Peter, with tenderness as
well as with challenge, “O you of little
faith.” Jesus accepted the fragile and
limited faith of Peter and the other
disciples and loved them
The early church
identified with Peter, as people with a
“little” faith. Their faith was not fully
mature, or as extraordinary as others'
faith might seem to be. But they knew
that their faith, however small or
imperfect, was real and true. We might
remember that our own “little” faith is
cherished by God. God loves us as we
are, and always seeks to form us toward
a fully mature Christian life of faith.
Devotion to Mary
"Allow us, 0 Mary, to take part in your pilgrimage through the countries of Central and South America, where you are so well known and loved. From Guadalupe in Mexico, to Aparecida in Brazil, to Caridad del Cobre in Cuba; from Coromoto in Venezuela, to Copacabana in Bolivia, and in many other places"
"Mary be a pilg rim with us on the paths of the world"
- John Paul II, December 8, 1993
- ARGENTINA: Our Lady of Lujan
- BOLIVIA: Our Lady of Copacabana
- BRAZIL: Our Lady "Aparecida" (Who Appeared)
- CHILE: Our Lady of Carmel of the Maipu
- COLOMBIA: Our Lady of Chiquinquira
- COSTA RICA: Our Lady of the Angels
- CUBA: Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre
- ECUADOR: Our Lady of Quinche
- EL SALVADOR: Our Lady of Peace
- GUATEMALA: Our Lady of the Rosary
- HONDURAS: Our Lady of Suyapa
MEXICO: Our Lady of Guadalupe
NICARAGUA: Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of El Viejo
PARAGUAY: The Immaculate Conception
Our Lady of the Miracles of Caacupe
PERU: Our Lady of Mercy
PUERTO RICO: Our Lady of the Divine Providence
UNITED STATES: Our Lady of Immaculate
URUGUAY: Our Lady of the Thirty Three
VENEZUELA: Our Lady of Coromoto
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Our Lady of La Altagracia
$5 per week - Your pocket change is our future
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!
Our Deepest Needs
The word of God serves up a tremendous feast for us today. Isaiah beckons
all who hunger and thirst to come to the
Lord for satisfaction. The psalmist cries
out, “The hand of the Lord feeds us; he
answers all our needs” (Psalm 145:16).
Saint Paul tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Finally, in
the Gospel, we hear the story of the
miraculous feeding of over five thousand people from a mere five loaves
and two fish. Most of us have our material needs met on a day-to-day basis.
These scriptures, nevertheless, have
much to say to the contemporary believer.
We must ask ourselves, “Where
are my deepest hungers? Where are my
thirsts?” After material needs are satisfied and, in some cases, over-satisfied,
many people still experience a deep
longing for spiritual balance and wellbeing. As the loaves and fish are multiplied in today's Gospel, perhaps our
prayer can be a longing for the satisfaction of the deepest needs that only God
This Weekend, Our
Second Collection will help the
Seminary Burse Fund of the
Archdiocese of Miami.
The education and holistic
formation of candidates to the
priesthood provided by
seminaries is one of the most
important works of the Church.
Those who aspire to serve as
priests must be well educated in
Catholic theology, have established a mature
spiritual life and demonstrated a healthy emotional
psychological formation help and individual to
discern the Lord's call in light of the requirements
the Church sets for its sacred ministers.
Your contribution to the annual Seminary Burse
Fund collection helps to ensure that the
seminarians o today receive the best formation
possible so that they faithfully serve the Church
as priests in the future.
Thank you for your generosity!
Friday, August 7, 2020 is the First Friday of the month.
We will have confessions at 7:30 AM, and Mass is at 8:00 AM.
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“Then He said, “Bring them here to Me” (Matthew 14:18)
In the miracle of the loaves and fishes over five thousand were fed with five loaves of bread and two fish and
everyone was satisfied. All Jesus requested was to come to Him. As good stewards we must remember to thank
the Lord daily for our blessings of food and even more for the spiritual food Jesus offers us through the
Eucharist. God teaches us that His gifts shared, will always be more than enough.
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
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
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
Archdiocese of Miami is Seeking for a Part-Time Receptionist
Archdiocese of Miami Pastoral Center in Miami Shores, FL, is seeking a Part-Time Receptionist
to assist with the everyday clerical duties of the Pastoral Center.
Please visit the ADOM website
at www.miamiarch.org under Jobs for further details.