Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Announcements from our bulletin of January 27, 2019

One in Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity

Hope has a name... Jesus.

Where there is hope, there is faith. Where there is faith, miracles happen. This weekend is ABCD Commitment Weekend. Every member of our parish is called upon to support the work of Jesus made possible through the annual appeal.

Through Christ, we can all make a difference, and it starts at home. Our Archdiocese is made up Broward, Miami - Dade and Monroe Counties. This is your faith community, home to more than a million brothers and sisters in Christ. Each year, the ABCD raises funds to support our faith and help improve the lives of those in need in need of a message of love and hope.

Hope has a name... Jesus. Make a gift of hope to the ABCD and make a difference today. We need you!

Saturday, February 2nd at 8:00 AM Daily Mass - English

Feast of St. Blaise

"Through the intercession of Blessed Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may you be delivered from all illnesses of the throat and any other ailments. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

  1. Returning to God a portion of our blessings is not charity but a religious obligation. Giving back to God is a necessary form of gratitude.
  2. Supporting your parish shows you are aware of your responsibility to help the Lord in the work of the Gospel. The use of envelopes reminds you to do this weekly or monthly.
  3. Using envelopes provides a record of Church attendance. Such a record is necessary for those who wish a pastoral permission to be a sponsor of a child or adult for Baptism and Confirmation.
  4. Most Archdiocesan Catholic High Schools will reduce tuition costs for parents who support their local parish church. Using envelopes is the way demonstrating to these schools that parents are supporting their parish.

There are other simple ways of supporting our parish financially as well. Some members have their banks do a weekly or monthly check to the parish out of their account. Others write a monthly or yearly check. A further benefit of having a record of your sacrificial giving is that you can use that amount as a deduction from your yearly federal taxes. Most importantly, as a spiritual writer once said, “The Catholic’s need to give is far greater than God’s need to receive. It is the sign of a grateful heart that knows all blessings ultimately come from the hand of God.” But God cannot be outdone in generosity. His reward for your sacrificial giving is, as Jesus says, more blessings, a hundred times over.

Please note that the contribution envelopes for 2019 are in the rear of the Church.

If you have completed a registration form and requested envelopes you will find them there. Please take them as soon as possible so you can begin giving in the New Year.

  • Social Media
  • Planned Giving
  • Stewardship

Through your contribution to ABCD, you give hope to those who are most in need... Visit today!

Having an estate plan is the only way to ensure that your worldly possessions are passed on to your loved ones the way you intend. Without an estate plan, you give up control over who inherits your property. Instead, Florida’s intestacy laws control how your assets are divided up and passed on. Additionally, a substantial portion of your estate could be lost to taxes. Protect yourself and be a good steward by creating an estate plan today.

For more information, contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.

“Go, eat rich foods and drink sweet drinks, and allot portions to those who had nothing prepared...” (Nehemiah 8:10)

Ezra’s instructions to the people show us that God does not forbid us from enjoying the good things in life. He wants us to be happy! However, God expects us to be grateful for all that He has given us and to generously share our blessings with those who are in need without expecting anything in return.

Friday, February 1, 2019

First Friday of the month. We will have:

  • Confessions at 7:30 AM,
  • 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.

Saturday’s feast of the Presentation is a day for the blessing of candles.

Why does liturgy require candles?
In the first years of the church, worship was often at night, and candles and torches were carried from place to place within the worship space as needed. Candles were also a mark of festivity and hospitality when people gathered for prayer in homes, and later on in large buildings with thick walls and dark corners. But even after gaslight and electricity, candles were kept.

Part of the reason has to do with the warm, clean light of a candle’s flame. Candles are a good sign of the partnership of God and creation: wax made by bees, gathered and fashioned by human hands into something beautiful and useful. In order for the light to shine, the candle surrenders itself, almost as if it is pouring itself out so that the light can flood into the world. The candle of baptism, placed into our hands, and carried again and again, speaks silently of that same wisdom. If you would save your life, you must lose it. You must pour your life out like Christ so that you may be filled with the light of his love.

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 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.