This Week

Announcements from our bulletin of August 16, 2020

God's grace and mercy are promised to all.

The readings today wrestle with the questions of who is in and who is out.

When it comes to God's grace, who will receive it?
We learn that all who accept the gift of faith are incorporated into the covenant relationship with God.

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When someone you care about hurts you, you can hold on to anger, resentment and thoughts of revenge or embrace forgiveness and move forward.

What are the benefits of forgiving someone?

Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for improved health and peace of mind. Forgiveness can lead to:

  • Healthier relationships
  • Improved mental health
  • Less anxiety, stress and hostility
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Fewer symptoms of depression
  • A stronger immune system
  • Improved heart health
  • Improved self-esteem
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O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus' pain while remaining steadfast in faith. O loving Mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee. Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure.

Help us. O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.

Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

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Continuing the catecheses on the “Lord’s Prayer,” today we shall begin with the observation that in the New Testament, the prayer seems to arrive at the essential, actually focusing on a single word: Abba, Father.

We have heard what St. Paul writes in the Letter to the Romans: “You did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’”(8:15).

And the Apostle says to the Galatians: “And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Gal 4:6).

The same invocation, in which all the novelty of the Gospel is condensed, recurs twice. After meeting Jesus and hearing his preaching, a Christian no longer considers God as a tyrant to be feared; he is no longer afraid but feels trust in Him expand in his heart: He can speak with the Creator by calling him “Father.” The expression is so important for Christians that it is often preserved intact, in its original form: “Abba.”

In the New Testament it is rare for Aramaic expressions to be translated into Greek. We have to imagine that the voice of Jesus himself has remained in these Aramaic words as if “recorded”: They have respected Jesus’ idiom. In the first words of the “Our Father” we immediately find the radical newness of Christian prayer.

It does not simply use a symbol in this case, the father figure to connect to the mystery of God; it is instead about having, so to speak, Jesus’ entire world poured into one’s heart. If we do this, we can truly pray the “Our Father.” Saying ‘Abba’ is something much more intimate, more moving than simply calling God ‘Father’. This is why someone has proposed translating this original Aramaic word ‘Abba’ with ‘Dad’ or ‘Papa’. Instead of saying ‘our Father’, saying ‘Dad, Papa’. We shall continue to say ‘our Father’ but with the heart we are invited to say ‘Dad,’ to have a relationship with God like that of a child with his dad, who says ‘dad’ and says ‘papa.’

Indeed, these expressions evoke affection, they evoke warmth, something that casts us into the context of childhood: the image of a child completely enveloped in the embrace of a father who feels infinite tenderness for him. And for this reason, dear brothers and sisters, in order to pray properly, one must come to have a child’s heart. Not a self-sufficient heart: one cannot pray properly this way. Like a child in the arms of his father, of his dad, of his papa.

Source: Pope Francis' catecheses on the Lord's Prayer, given during general audiences between Dec. 5, 2018 and May 22, 2019.

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A Retreat for Archdiocese of Miami Parish Staff and Volunteers.

Retreat Director: Becky Eldredge

Friday, September 11, 2020 from 9:00am - noon.

This morning of reflection will be conducted via zoom.

Register here


For questions, contact Rosemarie Banich at: (305) 762-1189 |
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Father, all the elements of nature obey Your commands.
Protect us and all Your people
During this season of storms and hurricanes.
Calm our fears and help us to prepare
Our hearts as well as our homes.
Help us to see You
In all we may encounter,
And help us to minister to each other
In Your Name.
Through Christ Our Lord,

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  • Abby Cafiero
  • Andres Lasaga
  • Andrew Czeck
  • Anna Hartley
  • Annie Marill & girls
  • Ashley Radloff
  • Baby Aleman
  • Baby Elizabeth
  • Baby Mila
  • Barbara Musacchia
  • Bill & Melody Kelley
  • Bob Wimmer
  • Catherine Diaz
  • Catherine Dunn
  • Cecelia Chris
  • Christine Grenet
  • Christopher Cullen
  • Cynthia Brassington
  • Delores Szemborski
  • Denny Palmer
  • Diana & Stan Stromski
  • Don Elzer
  • Donna Brozdonis
  • Doug & Melissa
  • Ellen Monahan Andary
  • Emilia Echevarria
  • Erick Armstrong
  • Faith Palguta
  • Father Ed Prus
  • Fran Newman
  • Frank Batistich
  • Frank Vaccaro
  • Fred Beverly
  • Gabriel Alvarez
  • Honey Karl
  • Jane Wisnewski
  • Jayna Johannes
  • Jeanne Eigner
  • Jeannie Platt
  • Jerry Paige
  • Jim & Connie Aaron
  • Jim Johnson
  • Joan Hoch
  • John & Judy Arnold
  • John Cunningham
  • John Luce
  • Joyce DeMarko
  • Kaitlyn Palguta
  • Karen Nielsen
  • Karen Wimmer
  • Kay Cornell
  • Maida Brown
  • Marie & Steve Flood
  • Marie Schmidt
  • Mary Love
  • Michael Valentine
  • Mike Puto
  • Morgan Leary
  • Nancy Ahearn
  • Nancy Gudgeon
  • Neiro
  • Nathaniel & Merrick Maro
  • Nicole De Feo
  • Patricia Thonus
  • Paul Bekavak
  • Peter Pittman
  • Philomene Lebon
  • Randy Wright
  • Riley Johannes
  • Roberto Betancourt
  • Roland & Truitt
  • Ruthie & Billy Wagner
  • Samantha Scofield
  • Sara Joseph-Rager
  • Tamara Pfeffer
  • Teresa Vaccaro
  • William Gustautson
  • Wilma Tarlton
  • Yvonne Crimella

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