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The Symbols of Advent
The Advent Wreath and the Colors of Advent are probably the most popular symbols of the season. The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches where four candles are arranged. During Advent one candle on the wreath is lit each week representing the coming of the Lord.
The first, second and fourth weeks candles are violet, the primary color of Advent, symbolizing royalty as we await the birth of Jesus Christ our King. The rose colored candle used during the third week represents joy as Christmas draws nearer.
The will of God is to make each of us “full of grace,” just like Mary. A wonderfully appropriate Scripture passage for Advent, the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) is a main part of the Christmas story.
Christ became human because Mary was willing to yield to “the power of the Most High.” Without Mary’s assent at the Annunciation, God’s plan for the Incarnation would have had to unfold another way. Mary’s cooperation was essential, for God does not force his creatures to bend to his will. Rather, we are invited to cooperate with grace.
Mary serves as as model for each of us who have also been invited to cooperate with God’s transforming presence. Christ can only be born in us if we, like Mary are willing to say “Yes” to God’s invitation and open ourself to the life giving power of the Holy Spirit. Like Mary, we are all called to nurture and give birth to Jesus so that he may be born anew in our hearts and in our world. When Mary said “Yes” to God, Christmas became possible. She agreed to bear Jesus in her womb. During Advent, each one of us needs to be able to say our own”Yes” to God as we prepare to celebrate Christmas and bear Jesus in our hearts.
Holy Hour Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Friday, December 4 at 8:00 pm, Fr. Ireneus Eklert.
Come spend an hour in the presence of our lord this advent in preparation for the birth of our lord jesus christ.
You Can Sponsor One!
This Christmas you can do more than pray for children in foster care...
You can Sponsor One!
Go on-line now and select a "sponsorship" from the Citrus Giving Tree. Bring some Christmas joy into the hearts of these kids!
Foster Hope, Love & Joy this Holiday Season Citrus Family Care Network.
Sponsor a child from our Virtual Giving Tree & bring holiday cheer to kids & teens in the foster care system in Miami-Dade & Monroe.
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Ship Gifts Directly to: Citrus Family Care Network.
Attn: Holiday Giving Tree, 401 NW 2nd Ave, South Tower 10th Floor, Miami, FL 33128.
SJN Homeless Ministry delivers over 1000 turkey thanksgiving meals. Thank you to all who donated and volunteered to make this possible.
Words cannot express the gratitude we have for your donations last Saturday November 21, 2020. We received over 1000 turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. It took 3 large box trucks to deliver the food to the Miami Rescue Mission and to the Sisters of Charity.
Your extreme generosity is overwhelming and most gratefully appreciated. There are so many to thank but we especially would like to thank Bean Auto Group, Lexus of Kendall, Kendall Toyota, Lexus of West Kendall and West Kendall Toyota. Thanks to their help we where able to transport all the meals to the Sisters of Charity and Miami Rescue Mission. You are truly doing God's work in feeding the homeless.
For next weeks Outing
We will be collecting your donations in front of Resurrection Hall this coming Saturday – December 5, 2020.
We are looking for donation of pasta dinners (preferably large trays) to make into individual meals. The trays should be pasta, ground meat and tomato sauce topping. They should be made in a disposable container.
We also are in great need of men’s clothes and water. Sandwiches are welcome too!! Maximum of 4 loaves of prepared sandwiches and 2 – 24 bottle cases of water for community hours.
Drop off: R.H between 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.
ETA and IOTA Hurricane Relief
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami is asking for your support to help the victims of Eta and Iota in Central America (Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala) 100% of your donation to Catholic Charities will go toward local Caritas organizations in those countries to help alleviate the suffering.
|Donations can be made here|
You can also write a check to Catholic Charities and turn it in to the parish office or during mass and we will forward it to the Archdiocese. Thank you
New Parishioners Welcome Meeting
If you want to join our Parish Family, please attend one of our orientation meetings which are held one Sunday a month at 9:30 am, Rooms E&F.
For dates please call the Parish Office or speak to someone at the Information Booth in the Loggia after Masses on Sundays. Everyone interested in joining is welcome to the meeting! We have coffee, donuts and juice for the little ones - and you will be out in time for the 11:00 a.m. Mass.
CURRENT PARISHIONERS, please inform us of any name, address or phone changes; this will assist in keeping your records up to date. Thanks