Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Announcements from our bulletin of November 17, 2019

Our liturgical year begins with the season of Advent a time of hopeful expectation of the coming of the Lord. On the First Sunday of Advent we look forward to the end of time when we will awaken to the dawn of Christ's new day.

Today we hear Isaiah speak of a day when God's power will have brought universal peace and God's Word will have instructed all people, radiating God's "light" (teachings) into all of human society. Only when humanity walks "in the light of the LORD" (Isaiah 2:5), when all people desire to be instructed "in [God's] ways" (Isaiah 2:3), will the world be set aright and our deepest longings fulfilled. The reading from Romans calls us to "awake from sleep" for this final "day is at hand" (Romans 13:11, 12). Together this Sunday's scriptures proclaim our Christian faith that Jesus is the One who will finally come to fulfill God's plan of salvation.

Today's readings take a fearless look at reality and reach a conclusion that we all know: life is hard. The prophet Malachi preaches fire and brimstone, warning us that evildoers will perish in flames. Saint Paul offers his own warning to the Thessalonians: keep busy, but never become a busybody. He reminds Christians that the apostles themselves worked in "toil and drudgery" as a model for how we ought to contribute to our community.

The Gospel returns to the apocalyptic tone of Malachi, describing the utter chaos of the end-times. We will know the end is near when violence, catastrophe, and hatred dominate the earth. But we must not fear! God's saving plan brings peace to our hearts. Malachi speaks of the sun's "healing rays," and Jesus himself promises to protect every hair on our heads.

  • Social Media
  • Planned Giving
  • Stewardship

We are excited to be a part of the Archdiocese of Miami's charitable holiday #GiveCatholic for #GivingTuesday on December 3rd. Learn more at

Create a memorial fund in memory of a loved one. You may wish to establish an ongoing fund which can be added to each year, or make a one time gift. Memorial gifts that help fund an endowment provide lasting benefits from one generation to the next. To find out how you can honor a loved one, contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.

"Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come." MATTHEW 24:42

People who have had health issues or near-death experiences generally have a greater appreciation for each day being a gift from God. The rest of us usually take for granted that we will be around tomorrow. But when you, as a Christian Steward, start to look at each day as a gift, you realize all the little miracles that happen daily and grow in gratitude for all that we have been given. You begin to see God’s active presence in your life.

November 17, 2019
33nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

"…You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives." (Luke 21:5-19)

Jesus warns us to be prepared, for we know not when the end time will occur, nor even our own death. But Jesus also promises to protect us if we are faithful to Him. Are we faithful to His teachings and practicing the fundamentals of Christian stewardship in a way that would be pleasing to Him?

Sunday, November 17, 2019 our Second Collection is to Help the Campaign for Human Development.

This Collection supports works of Charity and justice by funding community groups whose goals are to solve problems and change policies that keep low-income residents in poverty.

Phone: 305-932-1300; TTY: 1-800-955-8771, Apartments for the Elderly Sponsored by Catholic Housing Management A Ministry of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Marian Towers is pleased to announce we are still accepting pre-applications for the Non-Section 8/Tax Credit program until we reach the required amount of 100 pre-applications for 0-bedroom and 100 pre-applications for 1-bedroom units.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • 62 years of age or older.
  • Non-Section 8 /Tax Credit.

Rent: 0-bedroom $826/monthly and 1-bedroom $885/monthly.

Maximum Income required: $35,580 annually for one person and $40,680 for two people.

Minimum Income required: 0-bedroom: $24,780 / 1-bedroom $26,550 per household annually.

Pre-applications are currently being accepted on site Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PMor via mail at the address listed below:

Marian Towers, Ltd., 17505 North Bay Road, Sunny Isles, Florida 33160.

We have the right to close the waiting list when the required amount of pre-applications are received. Position on the waiting list will be determined by date and time of application. Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.
*The waiting list for the Section 8 program is closed at this time*

You may also request the pre-application by phone or download it from our website:; Select Low Income Elderly Housing and Search for the name of the property.

**This property is a Non-Smoking housing faciulty** This is an equal housing opportunity.

November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Mass at 10:00 AM in English.

No Daily Mass at 8:00 AM.

Office will be closed on:
  • Thursday, November 28th,
  • Friday, November 29th.

We are faced with strong and disturbing readings today that hold a certain fascination, since they seem at first glance to be blueprints for future inevitable wars and hardship. A fundamentalist interpretation focuses on this aspect. Yet we hear them at our Sunday celebration of the Eucharist, which infuses them with hope and optimism. Rather than dreading the future, today's liturgy assures us that God is with us in all of life's inevitable trials, and that we have a role in shaping the outcome of human history. Occasionally, some Christians have attempted to decode these readings for an exact measure of the world's end, but they have thus far been disappointed.

"Nothing lasts forever" is a lyric from a Broadway show. Stars fall from the sky, leaves wither and fall, mountains wash into the sea, human projects and governments totter and collapse with great regularity. Today's liturgy opposes this idea as incomplete, reminding us that Christ has made a permanent change in human history, and that life in him is life forever. Rather than inviting us to throw in the towel, today's liturgy strengthens us for acts of goodness and grace in our families, communities, and world.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Mass Schedule:

  • 8:00 AM English
  • 7:00 PM Bilingual
    (English - Spanish)

Not Holyday of Obligation.

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 fiancé 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.
Evening & Weekend Schedule
Tuesdays & Thursdays Sobriedad 2000 AA in Spanish 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday Al Anon in Spanish 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday Spanish Charismatic Group in Spanish 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday Gambler's Anon in English 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday St. Vincent de Paul Society Bi-lingual 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Every 3rd Saturday of the month St. Joseph Prayer Group in Spanish 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday, December 6, 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.