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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Announcements from our bulletin of August 2, 2020

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 unconditionally.

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.

"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 PANAMA
  • 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 Conception
  • 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

    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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    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 can fill.

    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!

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    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.

    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.

    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.