26th Sunday in Ordinary Time : September 25, 2016
September 2016 World Youth Day Pilgrims
Photo: Back, From Left - Jorge Santibáñez, Angelica Santibáñez, Carolina Vizcaino, Vanessa Ruiz, Daniela Ordoñez, Marifer Ordoñez Front, From Left - Isabel Rennella, Katarina Sori.
Here, Is the World Youth Day Pilgrims has shared a small reflection of their experience.
Carolina Vizcaino, WYD
It is difficult to take a profound experience of 13 days and try to summarize it into 3 to 5 minutes, but I will try to do my best. How I came to attend World Youth Day is rather strange. I was not intending to go until this past May, when I ran into 3 of my old students. I was their 6th grade religion teacher, five years ago. I was placed there once Sr. Mary Elizabeth left and it was my first home room in St. Theresa. I have always struggled with feelings of unworthiness or this sense of "littleness", and I don't only mean physically.
Angelica Santibanez, WYD
When my husband had the crazy idea to organize a group of teenagers together to travel to Poland for World Youth Day, and when I made the crazy decision to travel along as a second chaperone, I figured it was going to be a once in a lifetime experience, just something I had on my life "bucket list" that I would be able to cross off once completed. I never really knew what to expect. I figured there'd be a lot of prayer time, attending daily masses, singing and sightseeing of beautiful buildings and historical sights. I knew WYD would be an adventure but what I came to learn is that what God had in store for me on this trip was the realization that the real adventure is the journey of our Catholic faith.
Jorge Santibanez, WYD
For 12 days in Krakow, I got a taste of heaven….
When reflecting back on the experience of leading a group of pilgrims to World Youth Day 2016, the biggest challenge is picking a place to start.
September 27 Poetry: A Window to Interiority
The workshops of Poetry: A Window to Interiority continue, with the next one scheduled for Tuesday, September 27th from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm in Conference Room A of the Parish Office. The following workshop is scheduled for October 11th.
Come and enjoy an evening of
literature, faith and soulful journeying.
Contact the Ministries Coordinator for
further information at:
(305) 446-9950, Ext 310.
September 27 Kids, We need you as an Altar Server!
Have you ever wondered what it’s like up on the altar during Mass? Ever wanted a closer look at what it’s all about?
The altar servers would like to invite you to join our ministry! We are seeking boys and girls that would like to become more involved by serving at Mass. We’ll have a training on Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30 pm.
All you have to do is show up with enthusiasm and a heart that’s ready to participate in Mass in a new way. If you are interested in learning more about an awesome ministry that’s comprised of kids just like you, please contact Carmen Santamaria at (305) 321-4240 or Carmen.L.Santamaria@gmail.com for more information.
September 30 Feast Day vigil ceremony and Solemn benediction
Join us for a prayer service in honor of our “Feast Day” in celebration of our patroness, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus. The ceremony, which will include Eucharistic exposition and Solemn Benediction, will take place on Friday, September 30th, the night before the Feast of Saint Therese, at 7:00 pm.
Adoration, prayer, and reflection on Scripture and the words of Saint Therese will be part of this annual feast day commemoration. All are welcome.
October 4 Blessing of the animals on Saint Francis Day
Join us for the annual “Blessing of Animals” on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, Tuesday, October 4th, at 7:30 pm.
The brief ceremony will take place in the church back yard, behind the sacristy, near the big tree, and will include a Scripture selection, a reflection on the life of Saint Francis and his love of nature and animals, prayers of blessing, and the sprinkling of Holy Water over each individual pet.
All attendees will receive a Saint Francis holy card. All animals and animal-lovers are most welcome for this annual event.
September 2016 RCIA
The Church of Little Flower offers you or someone you might know an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, (RCIA) is the formation process to prepare adults and persons who have reached the age of reason, to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
The RCIA is for unbaptized adults and young persons who have reached the age of reason; or baptized in another Christian Church who are seeking full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and seek the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist; or baptized Catholic Adults who were baptized as infants in the Catholic Church and now seek the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.
The RCIA classes will begin on Tuesday, September 20, at the Reilly Parish Center at 7:00 pm. The classes will continue through April 18, 2017. Applications are available in the front of the Church, the Parish Center or on our website.
Applications may be e-mailed to Deacon Roberto F. Fleitas, Jr. at email@example.com or mailed to Church of the Little Flower, 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables, Florida 33134. Attention: Deacon Roberto F. Fleitas, Jr.
September 2016 Clases de Ingles como segundo idioma
The combined multi-level ESL classes are due to start September 22nd. We will hold weekly meetings until December 8th, every Thursday at the parish office from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm.
Please fill out an inscription form found at the back of the church or at the parish office. All students wishing to re-enroll in the class, must also fill out the sign-up sheet with their current information. Thank you!
For more information, email Karen at ESLministry2015@gmail.com
September 2016 Coming Soon: 90th Anniversary Collectibles!
As the conclusion of our 90th Anniversary celebrations draws closer, we are happy to present a unique commemorative item to mark this joyous occasion.
Over the past year, our Office of Religious Education & Youth Ministry has teamed up with Tiny Saints to celebrate our recently Confirmed parishioners and our World Youth Day pilgrims. Now, Tiny Saints has designed and manufactured a special limited edition charm of St. Therese of Lisieux, honoring COTLF’s 90 years of service to the Catholic community of Coral Gables.
These charms will feature our 90th Anniversary logo and the packaging is specially designed to commemorate our parish and community. They will soon be on sale in the parish office and at the COTLF tent for just $5 each, with all proceeds directly benefitting the parish we all love so much!
See more Tiny Saints at www.shoptinysaints.com
September 2016 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.
October 21-23 Attention Married Couples!
The Spanish Marriage Covenant Group invites all couples to its next Spanish Marriage Retreat on the weekend of October 21-23, 2016. The Marriage Covenant is a weekend retreat where you and your spouse can pause from daily life and reflect upon the importance of marriage. We cover key topics such as God’s place in our marriage, praying as a couple, communication, forgiveness, and family. It is also a great way to have fun and to meet other couples from our parish.
The cost of the full weekend of activities is only $120.00 per couple, and it is paid as a non-refundable donation to the church. All meals, class materials and use of the church facilities are included in this fee (The couples return home each night).
For more information please contact :
Marifer Ordóñez at (305) 608-3072 or firstname.lastname@example.org
October 22 A Spotless Rose…Directed by Luis J. Cuza
March 10-19 Lenten Holy Land Pilgrimage
An information night has been scheduled on Wednesday, October 5th, at 7:30 pm in the parish office for anyone still interested in knowing more about the March 10th-19th parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land. There are already 32 people registered. They do not need to attend this meeting. There are only ten available seats remaining. Now is the time to make a decision and register.
We want the final manifest to be confirmed in the next couple of weeks. The trip will include a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, an outdoor Mass on the Mount of Beatitudes, visits to Carmel, Caesaria, Bethany, Jericho, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Bethlehem, Our Lady’s Milk Grotto, and a concluding Mass at the Garden of Gethsemane.
We will even have a private audience with the Patriarch, the Archbishop of Jerusalem. Call Father Davis for more information, (305) 446-9950.
September 2016 Sacred Steps: Sacramental Celebrations at Church of the Little Flower
Congratulations to our Newly Baptized:
• Madison Josephine Ladd,
• Aidan Daniel RodriguezTome,
• Dean Luca Vigo.
Congratulations and God’s Blessings to those
Joined in Holy Matrimony:
• Colin D. Sullivan & Driselle Anselmi;
• Francis Rodriguez & Jenny E. Melo
Photo Album & Videos
Annual Ministeries Fair
“Holy Doors Pilgrimage”