Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Announcements from our bulletin of August 25, 2019
Welcome the Stranger
We have become accustomed to seeing pictures
in the media and stories on the news about
immigrants from Latin America and refugees from
Syria fleeing violence and destruction in their own
countries, trying to make their way to a safe place. We
have also seen the reactions of people who want to
keep them away from their countries, who fail to
welcome the stranger and the helpless children. Have
we forgotten Jesus’ call to comfort the homeless and
the stranger? “They shall bring all your brothers and
sisters from all the nations . . .
to Jerusalem, my holy
mountain, says the LORD.”
In the three readings for
this day, we are told that we
are to welcome these
strangers, to welcome the
discipline of the Lord, which
leads to peace, and to “strive
to enter through the narrow
gate” into the glory of God’s
own homeland, the reign
Religious Instruction Grades 1 - 12
- Monday: First Communion Year 1
First Class, September 9th at 4:45 PM
- Tuesday: First Communion Year 2
First Class, September 10th at 4:45 PM
- Tuesday: Confirmation Year 1 and 2
First Class, November 5th at 5:00 PM
Late Registration Accepted
Bring to Registration
- Completed Registration form
- Copy of Baptismal Certificate (unless already on file in our parish)
- Registration Fee (can be paid in full or by installments)
Attention Confirmation Students Year I & II
Confirmation Classes will begin on Tuesday, November 5
at 5:00 PM in the Parish Hall.
We need volunteers who wish to share their knowledge with
children or young adults as teachers on
Monday or Tuesday in the afternoon. As a volunteer we will give
enough information so you feel comfortable doing your work.
For more information,
call Rectory Office.
Archdiocese of Miami Development Corporation
- Social Media
- Planned Giving
It is through selfless love that we
grow in the holiness to which we
have been called as human beings
created in the image and likeness
of God, who is love. Spread love
by supporting the works of the
Imagine a gift that gives forever.
That’s exactly what your planned
gift to our endowment can do.
What you give today will
strengthen our parish family by
providing perpetual financial
support. For more information
contact the rectory or call the
Office of Planned Giving at
“For behold, some are last who
will be first and some are first who
will be last.” (Luke 13:30)
Our standards in society are
different from God’s standards.
We often rank people by what they
have, or how successful they are.
Jesus reminds us that God will
not judge us by the same earthly
standards. When God asks you,
“what have you done with the
gifts I have given you?” How will
Treasures from our Tradition
The wonderful diversity of life and worship
among Roman Catholics of East and West is an
example of God writing straight with crooked lines.
The steady hand of the villainous Emperor
|Diocletian drew a line across Europe and Africa
that split the empire in two, and for the most part
determined how Christians would worship two
thousand years later.
Italy’s heel and the far northern city of Trieste
fell on the Eastern side, and have had a form of
Eastern liturgy ever since. Constantinople, which
soon became the seat of the Roman Empire,
became a base for Christianizing the East up to
Russia and Poland. Poland was on the Eastern
side, but a series of wars and medieval mayhem
pushed the religious boundary back to the Ukraine,
and Poland remains an outpost of the Latin
Church to this day.
An old rule of thumb declared that whatever
religion was observed by the local prince, the
people had to follow. This gave rise to persecution
and migration as people sought toleration for their
expressions of faith. In the United States, we are
accustomed to peaceful collaboration among
Christians of East and West, a situation that
challenges churches that still feel the pinch of
- First Reading - Brothers and sisters of every race and
language will be brought to Jerusalem (Isaiah 66:18-21).
Psalm - Go out to all the world and tell
the Good News
- Second Reading - Strengthen your drooping hands and
your weak knees (Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13).
- Gospel - People from east and west, north and south
recline at table in the kingdom of God (Luke 13:22-30).
Becoming a godparent/sponsor in the Catholic Church
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:
- A baptized Catholic who has received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion and is practicing the Catholic faith.
- Mature enough to undertake the responsibility.
- 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.
- 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
||8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
||Al Anon in Spanish
||7:30 PM Ã¢â‚¬“ 9:00 PM
||Spanish Charismatic Group in Spanish
||7:15 PM Ã¢â‚¬“ 9:30 PM
||Gambler's Anon in English
||7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
||St. Vincent de Paul Society Bi-lingual
||1:00 PM - 3:00 PM