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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Announcements from our bulletin of October 4, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today's readings have as its theme the vineyard. The goal of the vineyard is to produce good fruit. So the imagery of the people of God as the vineyard is common both in the Old and New Testaments.

These parables have God as the one who plants the vineyard. He chooses the best and most fertile land, works the land to prepare it, and then looks for a harvest only to be disappointed for the bad fruit it bears.

So to cut to the chase. to get to what God wants, we ask ourselves what is that good fruit that God wants from his vineyard?

St Paul tells us:

What ever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious. If there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned received heard and seen in me.

Then the God of peace will be with you.

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 $10,000 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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2020-2021 Preparation for First Communion Grades 1 - 12 and Confirmation.

Teachers will be utilizing Zoom as a tool for live online classroom instruction for students.

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Please send registration form to parishoffice@stmmsib.org from Wednesday, September 9 to Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

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With the first Sunday of October, the Catholic Church in the United States begins its annual observance of Respect Life month.

The theme of this 46th observance is taken from the words of Jesus: “I came so that all might have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10) Jesus' promise of “life to the full” is especially poignant today, when our culture and sometimes our government promote values inimical to the happiness and true good of individuals and society.

Sunday, October 4 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM at St. Mary Magdalen Church.

All donors will receive a FREE OneBlood T-shirt and wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening.

By working together and supporting the #ABCD, truly we can do great things for our community.

Please join us and make a gift today at www.isupportabcd.org #AnnualAppeal #MiamiCatholic #ArchdioceseofMiami

In the end we are all remembered for our acts-for the lives we touch and by the causes we advance. Call us today to learn more on how to create a legacy though endowed funds. (305) 762-1110 #PlannedGiving #ArchdioceseofMiami #EndowedFunds #LegacyGiving.

“My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside; he spaded it, cleared it of stones, and planted the choicest vines; within it he built a watchtower, and hewed out a wine press. Then he looked for the crop of grapes, but what it yielded was wild grapes” (Isaiah 5:2)

In the “vineyard of life,” do we follow our Lord's way to use our time, talent, and treasure to produce good fruit. Or do our “own thing” that provides “wild grapes”?

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.