This Week

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time : July 23, 2017

July 2017New Marriage Preparation Ministry

Are you a Catholic, who is already journeying with your spouse in the Sacrament of Matrimony?

Our parish might be able to benefit from your experience and your availability! Recently produced archdiocesan guidelines for those preparing for marriage in the Church reveal a new emphasis on quality preparation for this important Sacrament, as well as an increased effort to deepen a couple’s knowledge and experience of the Catholic faith as they prepare. Although the Marriage Preparation Program at the Church of the Little Flower was one of the models that the Archdiocese reviewed before formulating the new guidelines, our parish nevertheless hopes to keep its Marriage Preparation Ministry on the cutting edge.

As such, we need the input and the help of additional married couples to help in the preparation of those who are engaged and preparing. Currently, we are even formulating hopes to periodically host our very own Engaged Encounter / Pre-Cana Program to take place here at our parish, so that our own 100 couples who annually get married at COTLF would have the convenience of local training opportunities. Perhaps other parishes might tap into this great convenience as well, enabling us to serve the broader Church.

If you might be interested in being part of this conversation, and if Marriage Preparation ministry might be a way for you to get involved and serve your community, please attend a special inaugural meeting (lead by Juan Del Sol and Father Davis) to take place at the parish office building, kitchen conference room, on Tuesday, August 8th, at 7:30 pm.

July 2017Fr Tran: New Full-Time Catholic Chaplain at Univeristy of Miami

We have recently been informed of a major development affecting the life of our parish, and that of our very own Father Phillip Tran. This past week, Archbishop Thomas Wenski appointed him to a new assignment, to work for the Secretariat for Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Miami as the new full-time Catholic Chaplain to the University of Miami. It is a newly created position, one that has never been done before.

He will now work full-time in the mission field of young adult campus ministry at nearby U of M. Given the fact that he is currently on vacation, his transition gives us precious little time with him, as he prepares for his move. He will be with us for a couple weeks at the end of July and for a few days in early August. Father Tran’s new assignment will take effect on August 14th.

Due to the limited availability of priests throughout the Archdiocese, Father Tran is NOT scheduled to be replaced at Little Flower at this time. We have planned a farewell Mass for him on Sunday, August 13th at 5:30pm, which will be followed by a reception. All are welcome. More information to come.

July 2017 From the Office of Religious Education

Registration for the 2017-2018 Catechetical Year is OPEN by Appointment Only and all classes are beginning to fill!

† Classes will be offered for ALL GRADE LEVELS from Kinder - High School.

† The 2-year Sacramental Preparation for First Penance and First Communion begins as early as 1st grade.

† The 2-year Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation begins as early as 7th Grade.

Information for the 2017-2018 Catechetical Year is available on the COTLF Religious Education Website, including Registration Forms, Required Documents, Registration Fees, the Calendar for the year and an easy Appointment Scheduler.

Please visit www.COTLFReligiousEd.org for more details or contact Jorge Santibáñez at the Parish Office.

August 5Marian Mass at Side Altar

On Saturday, August 5th, a normal “first Saturday,” and the liturgical occasion of the anniversary of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome, our normal 8:00am morning English Mass will be celebrated distinctively at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel side altar, at the front left of the main sanctuary.

Additionally, the Eucharistic prayer and some of the Mass parts will be done in Latin, as the priest faces East, the direction of the rising Son. All are welcome for this special liturgy in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

July 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.

July2017 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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February 16-25, 2018 Holy Land Trip Sold Out

The parish pilgrimage to the HOLY LAND, scheduled for February 16-25, 2018 is now SOLD OUT.

And it’s only the beginning of July! The trip is currently accepting waiting list registrations, while another Holy Land pilgrimage is currently being planned for November 2018. More information to come.

Thank you for your interest in opportunities to enrich your faith in Christ. There’s nothing like an organized group travel experience, where all the details are planned, helping us step back in time, and enriching our life of faith. “Stayed tuned” for more pilgrimage travel opportunities soon to be announced.

June 8 -17, 2018 Italy Trip with Fr. Flores and the Carmelite Sisters

Good things are worth planning for. We are pleased to announce plans for a parish pilgrimage trip to Italy next June 8 -17, 2018.

Primarily targeting the alumni of Saint Theresa School, as well as our school families and their children, two of the Carmelite Sisters together with Father Luis Flores, will be leading an enriching spiritual adventure to the country of Italy, visiting Assisi, Florence, Orvieto, Rome, and Vatican City.

While at Saint Peter’s Square, a papal audience is scheduled, a Mass celebrated at the tomb of Saint Peter, as well as a visit to the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel. Brochures will soon be available.

To get you get your name on the list, please contact Toni Pallatto, Director of Advancement at Saint Theresa School, (305) 446-9950, ext.303. All are welcome!


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

Congratulations to our Newly Baptized. Welcome to the Catholic Church!
• Adrian Matias Ugarte,
• Emilia Victoria Underwood,
• Benjamin Jauregui,
• Amelia Jauregui.

Congratulations and God’s Blessings to those Joined in Holy Matrimony:
• Stephen P. Smith & Katelyn Chalaire Smith;
• Ernesto Fonts & Ann Briggle;
• Yunio Garcia & Karoline Campos.

Rest in Peace. We Pray for Those Who Have Entered Eternity:
• Calixta Garcia.

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