Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Announcements from our bulletin of July 22, 2018
This Weekend National Collection for the Black and Indian Missions
In the year 1884, the National Collection for the Black and Indian Mission began, and has served the Church ever
since. Last year the Collection assisted tremendously in promoting evangelization with the Black
and Native American communities. Each year by contributing to the Collection there is a real opportunity for
Catholics to participate in evangelization programs.
Please be as generous as possible to this collection.
Preparation for First Communion Grades 1 - 12 and Confirmation
Information and Registration Forms
Religious Registrations Forms for First Communion and Confirmation
for children and young adults in grades 1 through 12 are available this
weekend in the Church by the side door, near the Tree of Life,
and also at the Parish Office during Office Hours.
Registration in Parish Hall
- Sunday, August 19th: 12:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
- Monday, August 20th: 5:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
- Tuesday, August 21st: 5:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
Bring to Registration
- Baptism Certificate (Copy)
- Completed Registration form (we can help you, if you need it)
- Registration Fee (can be paid in full or by installments)
All Children and Young Adults should be Registered Prior to the First Day of Class.
The First Day of Class is September 10, 2018
All children that finished 1st year Communion or
Confirmation, need to register again for 2nd
year Communion or Confirmation.
*Confirmation: The First Day of Class is October 9, 2018.
Religious Education Attention!
We need volunteers who wish to share their knowledge with
children or young adults as teachers on Monday or Tuesday
in the afternoon.
As a volunteer we will give you enough
information so you feel comfortable doing your work.
For more information, call Rectory Office.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Provides Catholic religious formation in English and
Spanish to adults who wish to receive the Sacraments
of Baptism, Communion and Confirmation. This class
is for non-baptized adults, baptized adults who wish to be received into
the Catholic Church and Catholic adults who have not received either
their 1st Communion or Confirmation. Further information and
registration forms are available this weekend by the side door of the
Church, near the Tree of Life and in the Parish Office.
First Meeting from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Rectory on:
- Monday, October 8th (English)
- Tuesday, October 9th (Spanish)
Complete the registration form and return to the parish office as soon as
possible. For further information, please contact us.
Archdiocese of Miami Development Corporation
- Social Media
- Planned Giving
Charity may be a very short word, but
with its tremendous meaning of pure
love, it sums up man's entire relation
to God and to his neighbor. -- St
Aelred of Rievaulx
Read the many you can make a gift to
the Archdiocese of Miami, www.adomdevelopment.org/how-tomake-a-gift/
There are many ways you can give a
gift to St. Mary Magdalen Church
spend nothing during your lifetime,
and actually provide more for your
Contact the rectory or call the
Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-
1110 for information.
“Give and it shall be given to you.
Good measure pressed down, shaken
together, running over, will they pour
into the fold of your garment. For the
measure you measure with will be
measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)
Treasures From our Tradition
The American Revolution cleared the
way for freedom of religion in the former colonies,
since the colonies had always been a
more religiously tolerant place than the old
country. Even so, colonial laws restricted the
practice of the Catholic faith, and just as in
England, Americans who desired to be
priests or nuns had to go to the Netherlands
or France. As political storm clouds gathered
in France, an American woman, Mother Bernardina
Matthews, the prioress of the
Hoogstraeten Carmel in Holland, made a
With two other American nuns,
her nieces, and a Dutch sister, she came to
Port Tobacco, Maryland, in 1790. Within
twenty years the community had grown to
twenty, although by 1823 their farm failed and
they had to move to Baltimore and open a
school. The Carmelite order requires contemplation
and cloister, so in time the school
was closed. The Port Tobacco land had long
since been sold, but in 1976 a community of
nuns was able to return thanks to loyal
neighbors who had worked for forty years for
their restoration. Today, our original American
convent is fully alive in prayer, hard
work, and strong community.
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.
* 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.
We need Ushers
We need Ushers for 6:00 PM Mass
Please prayerfully consider
making a commitment
to this vital ministry.
Call our Parish for details
at (305) 931-0600.