Our Lady of Lourdes

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This Week

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time : July 27, 2014

Learn To Pray so as to learn to live

(15 Sessions - 1 session per week in Spanish
See dates, times, and places below
For more information call listed names and numbers)

Do you desire a more intimate relationship with Jesus?

Viernes, 8 de agosto a 7:30 pm Aula#120
Vilma Flores : nyvflores12@hotmail.com
Teléfono: 786-291-3526

Martes, 5 de agosto a 8:00 pm Aula#112
Gloria Sánchez: gloriam.sanchez@hotmail.com
Teléfono: 786-326-8878

Family Health Awareness Fair

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Parish Hall

Sunday, August 10, 2014
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Hosted in partnership with Baptist Congregational Health; and
The Knights of Columbus Council 10201

Monthly Devotion To Our Lady Of Lourdes

We invite you to join us to pray the rosary,
Monday, August 11th,
and the 11th of each month at 8:00 pm in front of
the Grotto in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Blessed Mother, place our prayers at the Foot of your Son’s Cross

Young Adults

What is the purpose of youth group?
To develop an understanding in the youth that they are a vital presence within the parish community. To fos-ter a transforming spiritual experience of Jesus through the liturgy which will allow youth to experience the Word of God and the Eucharist in a more profound way. To assist youth in gaining an understanding of what the Catholic Church teaches and believes. Finally, to enter into and trans-form the culture and lives of the youth with the Good News of Jesus Christ and His Church.

Middle School Youth Group

Meets every Friday in the Expansion Room
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“...we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Colossians 1:9

High School Youth Group meets every Sunday in Parish Hall
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

“Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent children of God, without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.” Philippians 2:14,15

Meets every Tuesday in Teacher’s Lounge
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.” Colossians 3:12,13

Hijos de la Madre de Dios

It is the style that gives identity. The Christ who IS is because God IS. If the Christian is Christian, it is because he is like Christ; otherwise he is not Christian.

You can be a false Christian or pseudo-Christian; but you are not Christian if you do not act like Christ.

"Men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another as I have loved you." (John 15, 34)

Hijos de la Madre de Dios‖ meet on the last Monday of the month in the St. Bernadette Hall at 7:30 pm beginning with the Rosary in the Parish Hall. Join us to live the lifestyle of Jesus Christ.

Vocational Chalice

We appreciate your willingness to take the Vocational Chalice to your homes to pray for priests or religious vocations. If someone has not returned the Chalice, please return it to the church as soon as possible.

Do not forget to sign up to take the Chalice home, as you leave. The book is at the entrance to the Church.

Registration for 2014 – 2015 Christian Formation began on May 1, 2014

The Christian Formation office (located in the parish school admini-stration building) is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Parents can register children for Christian Formation (CCD) classes any time during normal office hours.

Namaste India: A Forum for the prevention of the killing of female babies

Welcome to Fr. Johnny

Fr. Johnny D’Cruz is a Catholic priest from India. He is coming to speak on behalf of Amruthavani Commu-nication Centre, India. Amruthavani is a regional organization under the aegis of Andhra Pradesh Bishop’s Council comprising of 13 dioceses with over 2 million catholic population, promoting evangelization through more new and modern forms of media.

Though India is a growing economy, most of the nation is still rooted in social evils, such as inequality and gender bias. Do you know there are only 906 female babies for every 1000 male babies? The reason for such a disparity is the practice of killing of female babies. It is shocking to know around 3 million girls do not reach their 15th birthday. There is serious need for a forum for women to share their grievances and express their right to life.

Namaste India, a half hour interactive talk show, once a week on a main stream media channel, will focus on bringing social justice by showing cases of the killing of female fetuses and infants in the country and promote the right to life for female children who are also made in the image of God. The main aim is to invite callers to air their grievances in a public forum and be heard. The program will outline specific instances and will condemn and lend a voice against it. The program will show uplifting sto-ries of women who have broken barriers and the stereotypes created by society and media which will be a shot in the arm; and will inspire more women to earn their rightful place in society.

Fr. Johnny D’Cruz will speak at all the masses on August 16th-17th weekend.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)

OLOL Christian Formation classes are not only for children but for those adults who wish to become fully initiated into the Catholic faith by receiving all their Sacraments. (Registrations going on now at Christian Formation office)

The modern Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is modeled after the early Church’s practices of welcoming people into the church, preparing them for life as a Christian, and celebrating the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and first Eucharist. The rite applies to adults and older children who are considering becoming Catholic. It outlines a series of stages of faith development and celebrations as a person progresses in his or her commitment to Discipleship in the Roman Catholic Church. The joyful celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection at the Easter Vigil is the time when those who have prepared well are welcomed into the Church and the Easter Sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) are celebrated with the whole community present.

The stages of the R.C.I.A. are: Pre-catechumenate, Catechumenate, Purification and Enlightenment, and Mystagogy. Each of these stages has a unique character that is marked by a deepening love of Christ and an increasing understanding of, and commitment to life as a disciple of Christ. These terms are familiar to some and may sound strange to others. That is OK. Over the next several weeks, we will explore the R.C.I.A. and look at each of these stages as we begin a new cycle of celebration, growth in faith, and welcome.

Food Pantry Ministry

The Food Pantry Ministry would like to remind everyone that the receptacles placed in the church for the purpose of collecting food items are Only for Food Items. Please Do Not place clothing, or other household items in these food receptacles.

Thank you so much!

Message from Our Archbishop

Dear Friends in Christ,

With great joy and appreciation I give thanks to God for your prayers and support of the Seminary Burse Fund of the Archdiocese of Miami. Today I invite you to continue your financial support, which directly provides for the formation of those whom God is calling to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis invited us to join him in praying for our seminaries, including St. John Vianney College Seminary, located right here in the Archdiocese of Miami. The Holy Father urged us to pray that our seminaries "may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel."

Let us continue to pray as well for those who have been ordained, and also for those in the seminary, who will one day be the priests who will guide you to the Kingdom of God. Pray for me, as once I was a seminarian, priest, auxiliary bishop, and now have returned to lead you as Archbishop of Miami. Pray especially that our seminarians grow in sanctity and faithfully serve you the Church; that they be always receptive of every spiritual gift, "for in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual gift in the heavenly world." (Ephesians 1:3)

Your contribution to the annual Seminary Burse Fund collection assists us in continuing and safeguarding that our seminarians, the future priests of your parish, receive the best formation possible. It is my hope that all our prayers, united to those of St. John Vianney, patron of priests, may bring about many holy men willing to serve the Church seeking the salvation of all souls. For this reason, I especially encourage you to support the Seminary Burse Fund of the Archdiocese of Miami. Your generosity is a reminder of God's love for His children.

Thank you, and may you receive the abundant blessings of the Lord bestowed upon you and your loved ones. With personal best wishes,

I am Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski
Archbishop of Miami