This Week

18th Sunday In Ordinary Time : August 2, 2015

August 2015 Youth Ministry

We are now just under 1 YEAR away from World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland! COTLF will be joining the Archdiocese of Miami Pilgrimage, sending 14 youth and young adults representing our parish!

Please help support fundraising efforts for the trip by purchasing one of our new COTLF Coffee Mugs at the information booth for just $5 each!

Additionally, if you or your place of business would be interested in sponsoring our trip, please contact Jorge Santibáñez at the parish office.

August 2015 The early bird gets..mass again!

As the calendar rolls over to August, we are pleased to announce the return of the weekday 6:15 am Mass, beginning tomorrow, Monday, August 3rd.

The 6:15 am Mass will be celebrated daily, Monday through Friday.

August 10 Prayer and Life Workshop

A workshop that will change your life.

This 15 session workshop will give you practical tools for deepening your relationship with God through meditation and prayer. This is not a bible study class. This is about your personal relationship with the Father that loves you. You need not be Catholic to attend and benefit. This workshop will be offered in English.

Be a more integrated person,
Establish and nourish your friendship with God,
Improve relationships with your loved ones and those around you,
Find peace within yourself, and
Heal past wounds and learn to deal with Life’s hurdles.

Where: Church of the Little Flower
When: Every Monday, 7 pm - 9 pm, beginning August 10th.
Contact: Maite Mendiola (786) 315-6415 or

August 2 ARCHDIOCESE OF MIAMI

Office of the Archbishop

Dear Friends in Christ,
With great joy and appreciation i give thanks to God for your prayers and support of the Seminary Burse Fund of the Archdiocese of Miami.

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August 2015 The Pope's new Encyclical: Piece by Piece

V. A Universal Communion

89. The created things of this world are not free of ownership: “For they are yours, O Lord, who love the living” (Wis 11:26). This is the basis of our conviction that, as part of the universe, called into being by one Father, all of us are linked by unseen bonds and together form a kind of universal family, a sublime communion which fills us with a sacred, affectionate and humble respect. Here I would reiterate that “God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement”.[67]

90. This is not to put all living beings on the same level nor to deprive human beings of their unique worth and the tremendous responsibility it entails. Nor does it imply a divinization of the earth which would prevent us from working on it and protecting it in its fragility. Such notions would end up creating new imbalances which would deflect us from the reality which challenges us.[68] At times we see an obsession with denying any pre-eminence to the human person; more zeal is shown in protecting other species than in defending the dignity which all human beings share in equal measure. Certainly, we should be concerned lest other living beings be treated irresponsibly. But we should be particularly indignant at the enormous inequalities in our midst, whereby we continue to tolerate some considering themselves more worthy than others. We fail to see that some are mired in desperate and degrading poverty, with no way out, while others have not the faintest idea of what to do with their possessions, vainly showing off their supposed superiority and leaving behind them so much waste which, if it were the case everywhere, would destroy the planet. In practice, we continue to tolerate that some consider themselves more human than others, as if they had been born with greater rights.

91. A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings. It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted. This compromises the very meaning of our struggle for the sake of the environment. It is no coincidence that, in the canticle in which Saint Francis praises God for his creatures, he goes on to say: “Praised be you my Lord, through those who give pardon for your love”. Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.

92. Moreover, when our hearts are authentically open to universal communion, this sense of fraternity excludes nothing and no one. It follows that our indifference or cruelty towards fellow creatures of this world sooner or later affects the treatment we mete out to other human beings. We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people. Every act of cruelty towards any creature is “contrary to human dignity”.[69]We can hardly consider ourselves to be fully loving if we disregard any aspect of reality: “Peace, justice and the preservation of creation are three absolutely interconnected themes, which cannot be separated and treated individually without once again falling into reductionism”.[70] Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth.

August 2015Online Giving

Over 350 families are now using our Online Giving option for their Stewardship of the Parish we love so much. It is an easy, safe and convenient tool that allows for our generous gifts to reach our parish even when we cannot physically be present.

This is an excellent option for you to try, especially during the Summer months when our family travels will take us to destinations both near and far.

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.

August 2015 90th Anniversary Pilgrimage to see St. Therese Grotto

Next year, in June 2016, Father Tran will be leading a nine-day pilgrimage to France in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Church of the Little Flower and Saint Theresa School.

The parish group trip, June 8-18, will go to Toulouse, Lourdes, the footsteps of St. Bernadette, Paris, Lisieux, The birth place of St. Therese, the family home of St. Therese, The convent of St. Therese, The famous reliquary of St. Therese, The Basilica and crypt of St. Therese, Sacred Heart, St. Michel, Notre Dame, Chartres, and the beaches of Normandy

An outstanding itinerary with Catholic Travel Centre. Brochures will be soon available. Save the date! To get your name on the list, contact Mark Landia at the information office, (305) 446-9950.

Pictured: The Basilica of St. Therese.

OTHER NEWS
August 2015 Sacred Steps: Sacramental Celebrations at Church of the Little Flower

Congratulations to our Newly Baptized:
• Valentina Hobson Celada,
• Sabrina Vida Espinosa,
• Julien Luca Perez,
• Angelie Marie Berlanga,
• Aidan Marcial Santana,
• Annabella Margarita Santana,
• Macy Marie Shellabarger.

Congratulations and God's Blessings to Those Joined in Holy Matrimony:
• Daniel Gonzalez & Ailina Marrero.

Rest in Peace. We Pray for Those Who have Entered Eternity:
• Elba Partridge.

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Valentines Gala 2015