This Week

7th Sunday of Easter : May 28, 2017

May 2017 Schedule Change for Spanish Mass on Memorial Day and July 4th

As we have done in the past, we will not be having an evening Mass on the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, nor on the 4th of July.

In its place, we will offer a Spanish Mass on these days at 12:15 pm. Please mark your calendars and plan accordingly. Hope you can join us.

May 2017Newly Ordained Priest, Father Luis Flores, New Vicar at COTLF

Last Saturday, Archbishop Wenski ordained nine men to the ministerial priesthood, one of which will be our newest Parochial Vicar. Father Luis Flores, of Peruvian roots and hailing from Our Lady of Lourdes Church where he was a leader in the men’s Emmaus movement, will assume his new responsibilities here at the Church of the Little Flower in early June.

Eager to begin, Father Flores visited COTLF this past week to take the “royal” tour of his new home. He is thrilled to be with us. We are thrilled to have him. Welcome FATHER FLORES!

May 2017Renovations and New Additions

Starting next week, the parish office building will be experiencing a “make-over.” Given the many dilapidated, broken, bent, and non-functioning window frames that the building currently has, it was decided last fall, with the support of Parish Council and the Finance Council, to begin plans for a summertime repair and renovation project.

All of the parish office building windows will soon be changed out and replaced with much needed impact resistant windows. Following that part of the project, the building will then receive a new exterior paint job, likely matching the color of the church. Additionally, within a couple weeks, the new ambry will be installed in our sanctuary. On the marble wall nearest to the presider’s chair, a beautiful illuminated sanctuary furnishing, called an ambry, which reverently displays the holy oils that we use in the Sacraments of the Church, will be installed.

One more final note: this past week, the newest addition to our life-size Nativity scene has arrived from the Philippines. A beautiful new statue of a shepherd and lambs will now be added to the annual display. Many thanks to everyone who generously sponsored these initiatives. They are all completely paid for through the excellent stewardship of sponsoring parishioners. May God reward you.

May 2017 Archdiocese of Miami

Office of the Archbishop

4 June 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Soon our archdiocese will take up the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe(CCEE).

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May 2017 Seminarian Assigned to Little Flower

The Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of Miami has recently assigned Andrew Farinato, a collegian from Saint John Vianney College Seminary, to be with us at our parish for the summer. Andrew hails from Broward County, and has been in the seminary studying for the priesthood for the past three years.

As has been our custom in the past, he will receive a robust job description, introducing him to many of the aspects of ministry and life at our vibrant parish. Meanwhile, he will share with us his abundant talents in the service of our many needs.

You will likely most often see him at our weekend liturgies, where he will be prominently in the sanctuary, assisting us at Holy Mass. Welcome, Andrew!

May 2017 Can you help with a Children's Liturgy of the Word for Sunday Mass?

In September, we are hoping to launch a Children’s Liturgy of the Word program during the 10:30 am Mass. It will be an opportunity for our children, ages 4, 5 and 6 to be able to enjoy a specially tailored catechesis (suited for children) on the Word of God, while the adults are attending Mass.

The program will be led by trained catechists, and organized by interested parents and volunteers.

If interested in assisting, please contact our Ministries Coordinator, Cecilia Miyar at the parish office, (305) 446-9950.

May 2017 Parish Office Chapel

Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, there is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament available for adoration and prayer in the chapel located inside the parish office.

All are welcome to include a “visit” or holy hour in their morning routine, receiving the graces of prayer and worship before the Real Presence.

Come one and all.

June 5 The Next Fr. Davis Lecture Series to take place in June

Father Davis will soon be offering another five week adult continuing education module, beginning on Monday, May 8th and concluding on Monday, June 5th. He will be presenting a seminar entitled: “Mariology.”

It is based upon a collegiate course that Father taught to seminarians preparing for the priesthood, giving them an overview of foundational teachings on the Blessed Virgin Mary from the early church eras, Mariological teaching from the Scriptures, the patristic era, the medieval period, ecclesiastical councils, and from the lives of the saints and mystics.

Seating for the lectures is limited. There are only 21 seats available in the lecture conference room. Please call Maria Elena Chialastri, (305) 446-9950, to reserve your seat.

June 5Summer Fun Runs at COTLF

Beginning Monday, June 5th and continuing every Monday afterwards, join us at 6:30pm at the new St. Therese Grotto for a “fun run” - a casual 3-mile run/walk with fellow parishioners, neighbors, and friends.

Runners and walkers of all experience levels are welcome. Simple route instructions will be provided, water and hydration will be available afterwards, and Fr. Tran may even be joining in for a few runs each month!

*Participation in the Fun Runs is voluntary and all participants run/walk at their own risk.*

May 30, 31 & June 1, 2 St. Theresa Catholic School

  • Tuesday, May 30th: Seventh grade Confessions at 8:30 am.
  • Wednesday, May 31st: Vocation Day, 8th Grade.
  • Thursday, June 1st: k - 4 School Mass, 9:30 am.
  • Friday, June 2nd: 8th Grade Yearbook and Pizza Party; 1:00 pm dismissal.

May 2017 Fr. Barajas Farewell Note

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the community of Little Flower. In the time that I have been here I have seen Jesus in you. You are all an inspiration to me as a priest and your devotion to our Lord is a tremendous expression of your faith and love for him. It is my fervent prayer that I have served you well. I assure you that I always tried to give you my best and to be an instrument of our Lord’s love, healing and compassion to this wonderful community. I am also aware that I am not perfect and if there was ever an occasion where I offended or hurt you in any way, I ask for your forgiveness.

I wish to thank our Pastor Fr. Michael Davis, all the priests and staff that I have served during my time here at Little Flower. Their unwavering support and affirmation has helped me grow in ministry. Be assured of my prayers for all of you as I begin this new chapter in my priestly life. I ask that you also, pray for me.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Abel Barajas

May 2017 We're still here while you're on vacation!

May 2017 Online Giving

Online Giving is available for all COTLF parishioners and visitors who would like to make donations to our weekly offerings, as well as other parish collections like COTLF Charities, Second collections, Legacy Campaign etc. This service is free, safe and secure, and it is a perfect tool for anyone who shops or pays their bills online. Online Giving allows the parishioner to see their giving history and to generate reports of their giving at years end for tax purposes.

If you are not one of the over 600 families who already use online giving, then click on the Online Giving tab on our website and see what all the excitement is about. If you would like more information or need assistance setting up your account, please contact Jorge Perez, at (305) 446-5950 ext. 318.

May 2017 Thank You, ABCD Donors!

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A heartfelt “Thank You” to all the parishioners of COTLF and their families who have contributed to the 2017 ABCD Campaign. The generosity of our parish is witness to our love for one another.

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Jun. 19 - 30Vacation Bible School : Maker Fun Factory!

Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God. Join us for Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School!

Camp Dates: Monday – Friday, June 19 – June 30, 2017
Camp Hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
AfterCamp: Until 4:00pm or 5:30pm SHARP (Additional Fees Apply)

Pay-In-Full after registering and receive 5% off the regular camp fee!

Limited Camper Spots Remaining! Volunteer Application Deadline is next week!

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For more information, please contact Jorge Santibáñez at the COTLF Parish Office.


OTHER NEWS
May 2017 Sacred Steps: Sacramental Celebrations at Church of the Little Flower

Congratulations to our Newly Baptized. Welcome to the Catholic Church!
• Khloe Addison Correa,
• Charlotte Gincoff,
• Jacob Angelo
• Mayorga,
• Bruno Miyares.

Congratulations and God’s Blessings to those Joined in Holy Matrimony:
• Prevart Janvier & Erika Beatriz Gobbi;
• Eric Luis Taggart & Monica Lianne Blanco.

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