1st Sunday of Advent : November 29, 2015
December 11, 12 & 13 You are invited to Capture Memories for a lifetime!
Be part of our 90th Anniversary Family Photo Directory – we need you to make our album complete! Church of the Little Flower has chosen to partner with Lifetouch for professional photography that will connect our members and tell our story.
Don’t hesitate, simply click on the image above and follow the easy sign-up instructions. If additional information is needed or you need help signing up, contact Jorge Perez at the Advancement Office, JPerez@cotlf.org.
Lifetouch will photograph at Little Flower.
During your session you will be professionally photographed, immediately view your portraits and have an opportunity to purchase additional portraits if you desire…... no obligation.
Each participating family will receive a free 8x10 portrait and directory simply for participating.
November 30 Nativity Scene Illumination & Blessing Ceremony Tomorrow!
As you can see, the life-size outdoor Nativity scene is currently being constructed on the front yard of Comber Hall. We are now happy to announce the annual unveiling and blessing ceremony of the Manger. The candle-light event is scheduled to take place TOMORROW, Monday, November 30th at 7:30 pm.
The ceremony will include songs done by our parish choir, prayers, incensation, the unveiling of the Christ-child statue, and a community social to follow. This year will feature the acquisition of a new camel, which will compliment the impressive images that we have traditionally had in past years. The three kings now each have a corresponding camel.
All are welcome to join in this treasured annual event!
December 1 Healing Mass
Father Tran will preside at our next quarterly Healing Mass, which is now scheduled to take place on Tuesday, December 1st, at 7:00 pm in church.
Multiple priests will be on hand to bestow the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to all in our community who are seriously ill, awaiting or recovering from surgery, burdened by weight of years, and in need of the healing touch of the Lord.
Join us one and all, as we pray for one another and for healing.
December 4 - 6 COTLF / STS parish Fair
It’s that time of the year again! The Annual COTLF/STS Parish Fair will be taking place the weekend of December 4th-6th on the St. Theresa School Grounds. All kids, “from 1 to 92” are welcome to join in the fun! Amusement rides for all ages, great food and an awesome lineup of raffle prizes are all waiting for YOU. Raffle tickets are also on sale at the Parish Office for $1 each!
The Parish Fair Schedule is as follows:
Friday, December 4th: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Saturday, December 5th: 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Sunday, December 6th: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
*Come by on Sunday for the arrival of Santa Claus!
November 2015 Christmas Flower Fund
Thanks to those of you who contribute to the annual Christmas Flower Fund, we are soon to have one of the most magnificently decorated Catholic churches in all of South Florida.
To keep up this momentum, which has drawn visitors from all over the region, please consider generously using the special donation envelopes which you have received by mail, or perhaps you might consider making a gift through our on-line giving portal.
It’s a great way to put an accent mark on the beauty and fervor which this season rightfully deserves. Thank you for your generosity.
November 2015 Jubilee Year of Mercy
Besides a new liturgical year, this Advent features an additional “beginning” — next week’s opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a graced opportunity to contemplate more profoundly and live more concretely the mystery of God’s unconditional love.
Pope Francis says that mercy, as the bridge connecting God and the human family, opens our hearts to welcome God’s love for us sinners and our eyes to recognize others, especially society’s least loved and most vulnerable, as brothers and sisters entrusted to our care.
Today’s scriptures provide a perfect Jubilee preparation. Jeremiah comforts us with the promise of God’s justice; Paul challenges us to abound in love for all; Luke bids us anticipate Jesus’ future coming as the joyful advent of our redemption. But in a unique way, this Jubilee Year’s Advent reminds us that Jesus, whose coming we await, is already present among us, in those for whom we need to become instruments of God’s mercy.
November 2015 Plenary Indulgences During the Year of Mercy
Last September, Pope Francis announced conditions for obtaining the Jubilee Year Indulgence. Having gone to confession, received Eucharist, and prayed for the Holy Father’s intentions, people may obtain a plenary indulgence by also passing through the Holy Door or Door of Mercy at various locations through the world, or in our local Archdiocese. Those who make a pilgrimage to and pass through the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, at any of the other patriarchal papal basilicas in Rome, the Holy Door in every Catholic Cathedral throughout the world, or at any Shrine or Jubilee Church in which the Door of Mercy is open.
Here in our Archdiocese of Miami, beginning on December 13th, the following churches have been designated by Archbishop Wenski as churches where the Door of Mercy is open to the faithful: The Cathedral of Saint Mary, Miami; the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea, Key West; The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, Coconut Grove; Gesu Catholic Church, Miami; Saint Anthony Church, Fort Lauderdale; and Our Lady Queen of Mercy Church, Deerfield Beach.
November 2015 Hello. How may I help you?
Each week through the end of the year, our parish staff members will fill this area of the bulletin with a brief greeting as a way of informing the parish "who we are" and "what we do" here at the office, and how so much of parish life happens behind the scenes.
It is our joy to serve you. Please let us know how we can help!
Hello Family of COTLF,
Hello, my name is Nubia Vivas and you might have seen me around church, especially in the afternoons. I am the Assistant Custodian here at the church and my work mainly consists of the maintenance and upkeep of the church, the Parish Office and Comber Hall.
Among my responsibilities, I am in charge of inventory and organization of all sacristy supplies and letting our Head Custodian know of any repairs needed at any of the facilities. I maintain all Holy Water fonts clean and full of water and votive candle stands clean and free of debris. I do the cleaning of floors, bathrooms, hallways, kitchen, offices and do all the dusting and polishing in all three buildings along with the garbage removal and the stocking of all bathrooms with sanitary paper and soap. Once a week I also help the volunteer change the altar clothes and the candles on the main altar.
If you think of something that I can do to make your visit to one of our buildings more pleasant, please let me know.
God Bless You, Nubia Vivas
November 2015Online Giving
Online Giving is available for all COTLF parishioners and visitors who would like to make donations to our regular weekly offerings, as well as other parish collections like COTLF Charities and even our St. Therese Grotto project. 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 close to 400 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.
August 5 - 13 90th Anniversary Pilgrimage to France (Summer 2016)
Father Tran and his classmate, Father Michael Garcia from Saint Louis Church, will be leading a pilgrimage to France next summer, August 5-13, 2016.
Color brochures are now available from Mark Landia at the parish Communications Office. The trip, organized by the acclaimed Catholic Travel Centre, is scheduled to visit Lisieux, Paris, Lourdes, Saint Bernadette and the miraculous waters, Normandy, Sacre Coeur, Mont Ste. Michel, and birth place of St. Vincent.
Dinner on the Eiffel Tower too! Join the anniversary pilgrimage for the trip of a lifetime. Sign up before Christmas to assure your seat! A great personal or family spiritual vacation awaits.
November 2015Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions For The Month Of November
Universal: That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.
Evangelization: That pastors of the Church, with profound love for their flocks, may accompany them and enliven their hope.
November 2015 Sacred Steps: Sacramental Celebrations at Church of the Little Flower
Due to Early Bulletin Production Deadlines for Thanksgiving, Sacramental Celebrations from the week of November 22nd will appear in next weekend’s bulletin.
2015 Life Chain
St Therese Grotto Inauguration