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First Sunday of Advent

Announcements from our bulletin of November 29, 2020

Today, on this first Sunday of Advent, we celebrate a new day, new season, a new liturgical year. As with all things new, it is a good time to look back and reflect on the year past, the joys and the struggles especially in the light of Covid-19. The readings today call us to maybe consider how we have awakened this past year. How have we seen the Lord in a new way? How have we grown in our relationship with Jesus, the Christ? New days, seasons and years also invite to look ahead. So we can ask, How are we being invited to wake again, or maybe for the first time? What is old, tired, dark that needs the Spark of Christ to make it new?

Lastly, there is a reminder to stay awake in the night, the times of darkness. How do we do that? I can stay awake in the darkness. I am reminded that the invitation is to remember that Christ is always and everywhere present. To lean into, rely on and trust in that presence. Christ is the Light in the midst of darkness, if we can only choose to open our eyes, turn our face, choose the perspective that shows us that, Christ will keep us awake.

Christ Be Our Light!

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 $6,000 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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Second Collection this weekend is for our parish Maintenance and Landscaping.

Tuesday, December 8

Mass Schedule

  • 8:00 AM English
  • 7:00 PM Bilingual (English - Spanish)
Holyday of Obligation.

Wednesday, December 16 to Wednesday, December 23.

Share with your family the Christmas Novena while we prepare for the birth of Jesus.

More information on how to download the Novena to come soon

Social Media-Planned Giving-Stewardship

Catholic education must continue to be available to young people. Help provide that opportunity by making a gift to the ABCD.

Make a gift today by visiting www.isupportabcd.org.

You can have an everlasting influence on the lives of families in our parish. Please contact your attorney and instruct him or her to include a bequest for our parish in your will. Please contact the Office of Planned Giving to learn more, (305) 762-1112.

“That in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ..” (1 Cor: 5-6)

In anticipation of Christ's revelation, as stewards we never lack in spiritual blessings, and we give thanks and praise for these gifts.

Friday, December 4, 2020 is the First Friday of the month.

We will have confessions at 7:30 AM, and Mass is at 8:00 AM.

First Saturday of each month, we will pray special Rosary, in honor to the Virgin Mary.

It will be directed by Mrs. Nancy Juan from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM.

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.