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Archdiocese honors 10 ‘Women of Faith'

Archdiocese honors 10 ‘Women of Faith'

Archdiocese to host ‘Date Night' for married couples

Archdiocese to host ‘Date Night' for married couples

Marianist Father Daniel Doyle: Served nearly 50 years in South Florida

Marianist Father Daniel Doyle: Served nearly 50 years in South Florida

Synod: Moving forward

Synod: Moving forward

'Historic' moment at St. Jerome School

'Historic' moment at St. Jerome School

Watch, listen to Mozart's Missa Solemnis on Vigil of All Saints

Watch, listen to Mozart's Missa Solemnis on Vigil of All Saints

‘Schoenstatt significa lugar hermoso'

‘Schoenstatt significa lugar hermoso'

El Discurso de la Luna

El Discurso de la Luna

Catechetical Day 2014: Can't stop learning, can't stop teaching

Catechetical Day 2014: Can't stop learning, can't stop teaching

Our Lady Queen of Heaven: ‘The Holy Spirit is here'

Our Lady Queen of Heaven: ‘The Holy Spirit is here'

At Boston College Mass

At Boston College Mass

At Mass for Synod's first anniversary

At Mass for Synod's first anniversary

At Florida Council of Catholic Women's convention

At Florida Council of Catholic Women's convention

At Catechetical Day 2014

At Catechetical Day 2014

Political guidelines for Catholic churches

Political guidelines for Catholic churches

Sign petition to support parental choice in education

Sign petition to support parental choice in education

Before you vote: Know candidates' positions

Before you vote: Know candidates' positions

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John 6:37-40

Commemoration of All the Faithful (All Souls) - November 2, 2014

Jesus said to the crowds: “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.”

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Fr. Wilfredo Contreras

St. Martha Church

All Souls Day - November 2, 2014

Looking To The Last Day

Dear Parishioners,

Today the Church remembers all who have walked the way of Christ and passed from this life. The readings all look to the last day, when we shall all rise from the dead and be reunited.

The prophet Daniel announces words of warning and welfare. He cautions us against the judgment to come, but he also comforts us and assures us that all who live a life of virtue and justice will find life eternal.

The reading from Romans reminds us that, because of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection and our entrance into that paschal mystery through baptism, we now share in the new life won by Christ. This recognition has repercussions: we need to live righteously now, that we might rise to life forever with Christ on the last day.

In the Gospel Jesus pledges that all the Father has given him will not be lost. All the faithful will be raised to joy and live forever in the presence of God.

Fr. Wilfredo Contreras

20 Ways to promote vocations

November 3, 2014

This year, National Vocation Awareness Week is taking place Nov. 2-8. This week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States is dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. The celebration began in 1976 when the U.S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for national vocations awareness. In 1997, this celebration was moved to coincide with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which fell on January 13 in 2013. Beginning in 2014, the celebration was moved to the first full week of November.

     
  • Have public recitation of the diocesan vocation prayer at Masses on Sunday and the daily Masses.
  • Provide Eucharistic adoration on certain days, asking for prayers for vocations.
  • Send greeting cards to each of the seminarians of your diocese at the beginning of a new semester, holidays, exam times, birthdays, ordinations, etc.
  • Sponsor poster/coloring/essay contests with vocation related themes and exhibit the results.
  • Encourage interviews of pastors, priests, sisters, brothers and deacons for the school newspaper or parish bulletin, especially on how they discerned their call.
  • Create a page on your parish/school website with vocation information.
  • Host an Altar Server Appreciation Night and ask one of the priests to speak to the servers.
  • Before a regular meeting, have your ministry or group get together a little earlier to say a decade of the rosary together for a specific priest or seminarian.
  • Create a collage of photos of priests, brothers, and sisters who have been part of your community.
  • Include Vocations Awareness lesson plans and programs at each grade level of religious education. Each grade can do a special project and the reports can be combined into a resource booklet.
  • Have the vocation prayer printed on refrigerator magnets and distribute.
  • Find out the ordination date of your parish priests and celebrate within the parish and school.
  • Promote the lives of saints in various ways, e.g. in the bulletin, on the bulletin board, on posters, in a bibliography, etc.
  • Take a group from your parish or school to attend the ordination of a diocesan priest or deacon. Check out the vocations calendar for dates of upcoming ordinations.
  • Invite a priest, sister or deacon to supper to discuss vocations around the family dinner table.
  • Sponsor a Communion breakfast with a vocation speaker.
  • Invite the director of vocations to the parish for a weekend, for Masses and meals with parish families.
  • Ask 31 parishioners to volunteer to pray the rosary or attend Mass on one of the 31 days of the month for vocations on behalf of your parish and committee.
  • Celebrate feasts of the saints, such as attending Mass on the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, patroness of missionaries and patroness of many vocations.
  • Provide intercessory prayers for vocations for Prayer of the Faithful at Mass.

Source: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

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The Spooktacular Adventures of Little Boo the Ghost

Oct
31

Various times

Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy HS

Missa solemnis K. 337 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Oct
31

@ 7:30 PM

St. Patrick Church

Black Catholic History Month Celebration

Nov
1

@ 4:30 PM

Notre Dame d'Haiti Mission

Los Caminos de la Fe

Nov
5

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Vocation Awareness Weekend

Nov
7

Various times

St. John Vianney College Seminary

World Youth Day Information Session

Nov
8

From 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Archdiocese of Miami Pastoral Center

Series Vaticano II

Nov
10

From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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