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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Announcements from our bulletin of October 25, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the 22nd chapter of Exodus, God spends considerable time reviewing how it is that we are to live our lives. The Jewish people had been going through incredible hardships in Egypt. As they left Egypt, however, their troubles did not all of a sudden come to an end many losing their focus upon God and His many blessings. Their focus turned into themselves, complaining about how unfair their circumstances seemed to be. With Covid and everything else that we are encountering today, it certainly seems that we have much in common with those Israelites.

So how did God choose to respond? He simply, patiently reminded them how they should be living their lives – by FOCUSING on the needs of others. Those others included aliens (perhaps that might translate to those in our lives with differing viewpoints), those facing crises (today that would include both medically and financially), and those with basic food, clothing, and shelter needs. God reminds them (and us) that He hears the cries of those in need and that there are consequences if we fail to show compassion.

The Second Reading further reinforces this calling to “serve the living and true God”. There were many people with differing viewpoints living in the bustling city of Thessalonica. Living out God's calling in that city was certainly a challenge for Paul. The point for us, however, was that even in difficult times, following Jesus' example of focusing on others will produce positive results.

Jesus, in the Gospel found in Matthew responded to the Pharisees' question that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind, he went on to emphasize the second commandment that “you shall love your neighbor as yourself”. He also noted that “the whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” All those in each of our lives represent the “neighbors” that Jesus was talking about. The simple truth is that we have a holy obligation to respond with love and compassion to those God has placed in our lives.

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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Our religious instruction classes for first communion and confirmation are full, and for that reason as up October 23rd, We are not accepting more registrations. There are not exceptions.

Mass Schedule

Monday, November 2 ,2020.

  • 8:00 AM - English.
  • 7:00 PM - Bilingual (English - Spanish).
No a Holy Day Obligation.

Starts Monday, November 2nd All Souls Novena.

Envelopes are available by the doors of the church, which you can use to enroll your loved ones in these special Masses.

Your donation to the #ABCD helps support these young men on their journey. Donate today and contribute to the formation of our next generation of shepherds!

Make a gift to the ABCD today, www.isupportabcd.org #AnnualAppeal #MiamiCatholic #ArchdioceseofMiami

Prayerfully consider including your parish or Catholic school in your #estateplans through the Archdiocese of Miami. What a wonderful way to leave a lasting legacy. For additional guidance, please contact Sabrina Paul-Noel, VP of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110 #PlannedGiving #ArchdioceseofMiami #EndowedFunds #LegacyGiving

“The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:40)

As disciples of Christ, we are called to love God with our entire being and our neighbor as ourselves. Who do we consider our neighbor? We fulfill the commandment to love our neighbor when we exercise good stewardship - ”joyfully sharing our all our gifts.

Daylight Saving Time ends next Sunday, November 1st at 2:00 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.

Anyone who has read the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) from beginning to end appreciates the massive influence of the law on our ancestors in faith. In fact, what Christians call the Pentateuch (Greek for “five books”), Jewish tradition calls the Torah (“teaching” or “law”).

In the first five books of the Bible, there is no escaping the law, its meticulous detail and relentless regulations, decrees, and pronouncements from God to Moses and Aaron. Also common in these books, alas, are stories of God's chosen people going astray. The predominance of the law reminds us that we are creatures with a tendency to sin; God provides the law to us beloved children to regulate our behavior and help us live more peacefully on earth.