This Week

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time : January 15, 2017

January 18Special Children/ Special Needs Ministry Meeting

The Special Needs Ministry will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 pm in the Reilly Parish Center, Conference Room A.

Come and learn how COTLF can serve all members of our community of faith!

Seeking to provide a forum for parents of special needs children, the Special Children/Special Needs ministry includes a monthly meeting at the parish, which offers parents in our community the opportunity for interaction, conversation, socializing, and networking, as a way to provide support and encouragement to them through education, the pooling of resources, and the sharing of common experiences.

January 15 New Parishioners, Welcome!

On Sunday, January 15th, all newly registered parishioners are invited to the 10:30 am Mass, which will be immediately followed by a special “welcome reception” in your honor at Comber Hall.

We’re so glad you are part of our growing family of faith!

January 18Archbisop Wenski Coming for Confirmation

This Wednesday, January 18th, Archbishop Thomas Wenski will be at Little Flower for the annual Confirmation of nearly 90 of our 8th graders from Saint Theresa School.

It will be a beautiful occasion, indeed. Congratulations to our confirmandi and their sponsors!

January 2017St. Paul Street Evangelization

Would you consider staffing a table in an area park, or on a street corner, or even at the beach? Handing out brochures, chatting with passerby, casually sharing your faith in Jesus to complete strangers, inviting people to read the Bible, saying a prayer for someone, giving them a prayer card, even inviting them to church?

The Saint Paul Street Evangelization Ministry is looking for you. It is the newest in our creative ministries at the Church of the Little Flower that is a very concrete, non-threatening, welcoming ministry in the public square, which enables us to witness to our faith in Jesus under the open air. Inspired by Saint Paul, it requires nothing other than your time, and your willingness to pass on the faith in a relaxed way, whether as an individual or as a pair. Contact the Ministries Office for more information.

January 2017Son-Flower Hospitality Ministry Seeking Volunteers

Calling all folks with a kind heart and welcoming spirit! The COTLF Son Flower Hospitality Ministry is in need of additional members.

If you're interested in helping in this ministry, please contact Cece Pelaez, (786) 586-5067 or Jena Getchell, (786) 484-3367, for more information.

We would love to have you join us!

January 22COTLF Jr. High Youth Group

All 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders:

Next meeting has been rescheduled to: Sunday, January 22nd.

St. Theresa School Cafeteria, 6:30 pm.

Valentine’s Jr. High Dance : Friday, February 10th, 7:30 pm.

January 2017New Prayer Shawl Ministry

Is knitting one your gifts, hobbies, or past times?

Would you like to lead a new Ministry dedicated to prayer, knitting & generosity?

Please, contact the Ministries Coordinator for more information about this wonderful new initiative!

January 2017 Catechesis from the Office of Religious Education

Back to Ordinary Time

With last Monday’s celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, the Christmas Season came to its official end and the Liturgical Calendar moves to Ordinary Time. But Ordinary doesn’t have to mean plain and boring!

One of the greatest aspects of our faith is that we have a God who knows what it’s like to be one of us. In Sacred Scripture, we read about the birth of Christ and of his getting lost in the Temple as a young boy, but nothing else is said of his life until his Baptism at the age of 30 and his three years of public preaching, teaching, and healing. This hidden life of Jesus is often where we can relate to him most - in the ordinary, everydayness of our life!

As we pray throughout this week, don’t feel silly offering up the “small stuff.” Jesus would know what it’s like to live an ordinary life, with its many ups and downs. It’s no wonder that Ordinary Time makes up 34 of the 52 weeks of the Liturgical Year!

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam! To the Greater Glory of God!

January 2017Limited Edition St. Therese - COTLF 90th Anniversary Charm!

$5.00

On sale at both the school & parish offices!

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January 2017COTLF Directories have Arrived!

The new C arrived! You can come by the office Monday - Friday between 8:30am to 4:30pm to pick up your copy. Please remember that it is one directory per family photographed.

January 2017 Online Giving

Online Giving is available for all COTLF parishioners and visitors alike who would like to make donations to our regular weekly offerings, as well as other parish collections like COTLF Charities or any of our listed funds. 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 500 families who already use online giving, go to www.cotlf.org click on the Online Giving tab and see what all the excitement is about. If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment to help set up your account, please contact Jorge Perez, at (305) 446-5950 ext. 318.

January 2017 Pope Francis' prayer intentions for the month of January 2017

Christian Unity.
That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.

January 2017 2017 Archbishop’s Charity and Development Drive

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Understanding that we are made in the image and likeness of God can help us to understand why God put into the humanity of every man and woman the vocation – and thus the capacity and the responsibility – of love and communion. To live out this vocation requires a growth in virtue that leads us to make gifts of ourselves to God and to others.

Your faithful and generous participation in the ABCD flows from God’s many blessings to you and to those you hold dear. Next weekend is the 2017 ABCD Commitment weekend. The ABCD supports all of the vital ministries and programs throughout the Archdiocese of Miami, and it is our one opportunity during the year to support of all the people of God beyond the boundary of our own parish, COTLF.

Please prayerfully consider supporting the ABCD. Your gift directly helps our parish to pay its share of the important work of the archdiocese. Let us strive for 100% participation: not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice! We invite you to join us to be One in Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity.

February 10, 2017 NEXT CONCERT: Lux Aeterna…Love & Light

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February 21, 2017 Attention Holy Land Travelers

There will be a Pre - Departure Meeting for the 44 parishioners from the Church of the Little Flower, who will be traveling to the Holy Land in March.

At this meeting, Father Davis will be distributing the travel documents and information packets. Please make plans to attend this brief meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:30 pm in the foyer of Comber Hall.

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

Congratulations to our Newly Baptized:
• Mila Chalhoub Gunchez,
• Diego Enrique Diquez Romero,
• Cristina Josefina Mendoza,
• Ava Gisele Quintana,
• Isabela Day Aruda Senft.

Congratulations and God’s Blessings to those Joined in Holy Matrimony:
• Jorge L. Rodriguez & Yeniaris Campo.

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