This Week

Divine Mercy Sunday : April 23, 2017

Apr. 24 - May 5 St. Theresa Catholic School

  • Monday, April 24th: School Resumes.
  • Stay tuned for our new web site coming the week of April 30th.
  • Sunday, April 30th: Pre K3 Class Mass at 9:00 am.
  • Tuesday, May 2nd : Second Grade Confessions at 8:30 am.
    iCare Tee Shirt Day.
  • Friday, May 5th : Pre-K and Kindergarten May Crowning.

Apr. 26 & May 10 S.T.A.R.S. Luncheon

The St. Theresa Active Retired Seniors (STARS) will have its next luncheons on Wednesday, April 26th and Wednesday, May 10th

Please mark your calendars and join us!

For more information, please contact
Maria Elena Coto at (305) 491-4133.

April 2017A Place of Dignity for the Holy Oils

Might you consider contributing to a very special project to beautify our church?
We would like to enhance our sanctuary with a beautiful, but very needed, AMBRY, which is a piece of altar furnishing that would provide a place of dignity for the display of the Holy Oils that we use in the Sacraments of the Church. Father Davis announced this a couple of weeks ago. Now that Easter has passed, we would like to move forward on this project.

The custom-made Ambry and its installation will cost $15,385. Donations and Legacy gifts are very welcome at this time. Donations can be made via check, in the memo section please list AMBRY, written to the Church of the Little Flower, dropped off to the church office in the care of Father Davis. On-line giving options are also available. Thank you for your continuous support for the church we love so much.

April 2017Fr. Barajas is now California-Bound

Our Parochial Vicar, Father Abel Barajas, has recently asked Archbishop Wenski for permission to go on loan for a period of time to the Diocese of San Diego, CA, just across the border from Tijuana, Mexico where his family (and elderly mother) reside. This move will give him the opportunity to be closer to his dear family.

He will use the month of June for transition, moving, and vacation. His new post in Escondido, California begins on July 1st. With appreciation for his three years of service at our parish, his farewell Mass here at Little Flower is scheduled for 12:30 pm on Sunday, May 28th, which will be followed by a reception in Comber Hall. All are welcome.

April 2017A Word of Gratitude

Many thanks to our Environment and Arts Ministry Team, led by Carla Rebak, Amarilys Gonzalez, and Maria Elena Chialastri. The Easter sanctuary decorations were simply superb; as spectacular as they have ever been! An inspiration that lifted our liturgy to the beauty of a new spiritual springtime.

Many thanks, as well, to all those who, year after year, provide the donations which enable us to glorify God at our beautiful liturgies through our environment and arts, and our Easter Flowers. May God reward your goodness!

April 25 Treasures from our Tradition

Easter is nearly three weeks later this year than last.

Why does the date wobble around the calendar so?
The way of calculating the date was set by the Emperor Constantine in 325. The decision ended a very bitter controversy in the church. Some people wanted to synchronize the Pasch with Passover on the fourteenth day of the Jewish month Nissan, and their opponents wanted it after the Passover was complete, on the Sunday after the first full moon of springtime. The ecclesiastical rules do not exactly connect with the astronomical rules. The emperor squashed the hopes of the quartodecimans, as the fans of 14 Nissan were called, and chose Sunday. The traditional rule is that Easter is the first Sunday after the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after the vernal equinox, the fourteenth day of the new moon, and later than March 21st. Thus, Easter wobbles between March 22nd and April 25th.

The actual tables and methods for computing the date are extraordinarily detailed, with subtle variations and mind-bending exceptions and charts with “golden numbers,” “dominical letters,” and “epacts” measuring leap years. In 1954 and 1962 the ecclesiastical calculations actually overrode the astronomical new moons and bumped Easter back a month! Today, there is a movement in the World Council of Churches (Protestants and Orthodox) for all Christians to combine their celebrations, based on the star charts for the Jerusalem skies. In principle, the Catholic Church is open to an ecumenical agreement on a fixed date for Easter, but we desire a unanimous decision from the World Council.

Apr. 23 - 29 Infertility Mass

National Infertility Awareness Week is April 23rd - 29th.

Did you know that 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy?

COTLF's "Eventually" Infertility Ministry is proud to announce the second annual Infertility Mass, to take place on Sunday, April 23rd at 10:30 am. If you or someone you know is struggling with the heavy burden of infertility, join us for spiritual support and encouragement. This year's Infertility Mass will be celebrated on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Members of the Infertility Ministry will also be available at the COTLF Tent with materials and information for upcoming events and gatherings. Thought the journey through infertility can often feel like a long and lonely one, you are NOT alone! Come and join us as we walk together in faith and hope!

April 2017 Reporting Abuse is the right thing to do

Child abuse can happen anywhere, even in the home, and for families placed in this horrible situation, reporting abuse can be very difficult, but it is critical to do so in order to protect children.

Adults must first act to stop the abuse by being alert to warning signs. If discovered, report abuse to the proper authorities.

To report abuse or the suspicion of abuse call DCF at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).

Apr. 27 Finance Council Meeting

The Finance Council Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 27th at 8:45 am in the Executive Conference Room of the Reilly Parish Center.

Apr. 28 - 30 Retiro de Convenio Matrimonial

The Spanish Marriage Covenant Group invites all couples to its next Spanish Marriage Retreat on the weekend of April 28th - 30th. 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, & family.

It’s also a great way to have fun and to meet other couples.

The cost of the full weekend of activities is only $125.00 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 Alejandro Herrera (305) 283-2011 or Marifer Ordóñez at (305) 608-3072 or via email at or

Apr. 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.

April 2017 Archbishop’s Charity and Development Drive

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Our church is a place to pray, to give thanks, to mourn and to celebrate. A place for us all to unite in need and abundance to have mercy, lift each other up and ease pain and suffering. A place people turn to in their time of need. We are all instruments of God’s mercy and peace. One church, one family uniting to help those in need.

Thank you to all who have already generously responded to this year’s ABCD. Your support strengthens the ministries that serve our Archdiocese and allow the Church to form new disciples. As Scriptures remind us, Give and it shall be given to you. Your neighbor needs you. You are the answer to someone’s prayers, and together, we are changing lives.

If you have yet to respond to this year’s ABCD, please join us by making a gift now. You can obtain a pledge envelope from the parish office or you can make a gift online at www.isupportabcd.org. Thank you for all that you do and the spirit in which you do it.

May 13 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of our Lady of Fatima

Saturday, May 13, 2017

  • 4:00 pm: Procession and Holy Rosary followed by Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • 5:00 pm: Holy Mass
    Please bring the children and the sick of your family to receive special graces from the Mother of Our Lord to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of her apparitions in Fatima, Portugal.
  • 4:00 pm: Procesion y Santo Rosario seguido por la Consagracion al Immaculado Corazon de Maria.
  • 5:00 pm: Santa Misa.

Apr. 24, 30 & May 2, 5, 6St. Theresa Catholic School

  • Monday, April 24th: School Resumes from Easter Vacation
    Stay tuned for our new web site coming the week of April 30th.
  • Sunday, April 30th: Pre K3 Class Mass at 9:00 am.
  • Tuesday, May 2nd : Second Grade Confessions at 8:30 am iCare Tee Shirt Day.
  • Friday, May 5th : PreK and Kindergarten May Crowning.
  • Saturday, May 6th: First Communion.

Jun. 19 - 30Vacation Bible School : Maker Fun Factory!

Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God. Join us for Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School!

Camp Dates: Monday – Friday, June 19 – June 30, 2017
Camp Hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
AfterCamp: Until 4:00pm or 5:30pm SHARP (Additional Fees Apply)

Pay-In-Full after registering and receive 5% off the regular camp fee!

Limited Camper Spots Remaining! Volunteer Application Deadline is next week!

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For more information, please contact Jorge Santibáñez at the COTLF Parish Office.

Feb. 16 - 25, 2018 Another pilgrimage to the Holy Land

With great popular interest in the opportunity to go to the Holy Land, Father Davis has recently scheduled and confirmed another trip to the land made holy by the footsteps of Jesus. Scheduled for February 16-25, 2018, the pilgrimage will be an excellent way to begin the Lenten season next year.

Visits to Nazareth, Bethlehem, Capernaum, Carmel, Mount of Beatitudes, Caesaria Martime, Jerusalem, Jericho, the Dead Sea, and the Road to Emmaus.

Brochures for this once in lifetime trip will soon be available. Call Father Davis and get your name on the list today.


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

Congratulations to our Newly Baptized. Welcome to the Catholic Church!
• Evian Mari Kuznik,
• Maziel Michelle Sodre

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