Second Sunday of Advent : December 8, 2013
December 9-11 | Advent Mission With National Speaker
A nationally recognized Catholic scholar, Father Peter Stravinskas, editor of the Catholic Encyclopedia, editor of the “Catholic Educator” magazine, and Founder of the Priestly Society of Cardinal Newman, will be offering the “Advent Mission” at our parish on December 9-10-11.
He will be celebrating the 12:15pm noontime Mass each of those days, as well as offering his keynote presentations each evening at 7:30pm.
It will be a spiritual enrichment opportunity not to be missed! Please mark your calendars.
December 9 | Daughters Of Isabella
Monday at 12:30pm in the Reilly Parish Center Main Hall. Bring a bit of lunch.
Meeting starts at 1pm.
December 2013 | Bible Study
The Church of the Little Flower offers a weekly group Bible study opportunity for adults on Monday evenings at 7pm in the Church office conference room.
No matter the level of your familiarity with Scripture, the weekly Bible study is a wonderful way to enrich your faith through reflections on biblical passages in a caring and welcoming environment. Fr. Martin often takes part in the gatherings.
All are welcome!
December 11 | Holy Hour
The monthly Holy Hour and Solemn Benediction will take place on Wednesday, December 11th at 7:30pm in church.
It will be presided over by Father Peter Stravinskas, who is the presenter of our Advent Mission.
December 11 | S.T.A.R.S
Join S.T.A.R.S. for a Christmas Luncheon next Wednesday, December 11th from 11am to 2pm at the Parish Office.
For more information about the STARS, please contact Maria Elena Coto at (305) 491-4133.
December 12 |Our Lady Of Guadalupe Mass And Celebration
COTLF/STS will host a special Mass and Celebration commemorating the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Mass, with a Plenary Indulgence, will be at 5:30pm in Spanish and will be immediately followed by the special presentation in Comber Hall.
All are invited!
His Holiness Pope Francis Has Given The Honor Of A Holy Year With Masses Of Plenary Indulgence To The Franciscans Of Mary, Celebrating Their 25th Anniversary.
Requirements In Order To Receive A Plenary Indulgence: Confession, Eucharist, Pray The Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary And A Glory Be For The Holy Father.
December 2013 |Taxes And Giving At Christmas And Year's End
Did you know that "charitable giving" is one of only a few tax provisions that was not greatly impacted by recent federal tax legislation? Many people enjoy using Christmas and year's end as a special time to give a major gift to their parish, while positively impacting their federal income taxes.
Christmas and year end giving provides many advantages to you, the donor, while also providing needed support to the church community that ministers to you in the name of the Lord. All gifts made on or before December 31st are tax deductible for the year in which your gift is made.
As good stewards, please consider using Christmas and year's end as a spiritual opportunity to make a return to the Lord for His many blessings.
God reward you!
December 16 | Youth Ministry Corner
“Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift”
High Schoolers and Parents - Join us for this wonderful presentation by Sister Jane Dominic of the Nashville Dominicans!
Media and popular culture promote gender confusion. As Catholics, we know that God created us male and female for a reason: our bodies, psyches, and biochemistry differ because our vocations differ.
Only by rediscovering our identity as either male or female can we discover the gift of our lives and the genuine happiness that comes from living according to either the masculine or the feminine mode of loving.
Join us on Monday, December 16th at 7pm in Comber Hall. Light refreshments and a brief information session on Aquinas College will follow the main presentation.
December 16 | “Masculinity & Femininity: Difference and Gift”
Monday at 7pm
Media and popular culture promote gender confusion.
As Catholics, we know that God created us male and female for a reason:our bodies, psyches, and biochemistry differ because our vocations differ. Only by rediscovering our identity as either male or female can we discover the gift of our lives and the genuine happiness that comes from living according to either the masculine or the feminine mode of loving.
Join us on Monday, December 16th at 7pm for this special presentation by Sister Jane Dominic of the Nashville Dominicans!
December 18 | Service Of Light
Our annual Advent Service of Light is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18th at 7:30pm. Scripture readings, choral music, and prayer, will help “a people in darkness to see a great LIGHT.”
Join us and be blessed by the spirit of Advent.
December 2013 | Advent Reflections
“O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel!” So begins the familiar chant that will be heard in churches throughout the world this Advent. It is based on the O Antiphons, which are the verses for the Gospel acclamation at Mass on the last seven days of Advent.
Each of those antiphons prays for the coming of Christ, and each one seems to capture the spirit of a different Sunday of Advent. The verse that harmonizes with this Sunday’s scriptures expresses our longing for the “Radiant Dawn” of the Lord’s coming at the end of time when the “sun of justice” will “shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” In the readings we hear Isaiah describe the peaceful “days to come,” when all will “walk in the light of the Lord!” (Isaiah 2:2, 5). Paul tells us it is time “to awake from sleep” and “put on the armor of light” for “the day is at hand” (Romans 13:11, 13, 12). Jesus, too, cautions us to “stay awake” to be ready for the “day your Lord will come” (Matthew 24:42).
All around us we seem to be getting a similar message: “No time to waste! Only thirty shopping days left till Christmas! Don’t be caught unprepared!” What’s the difference between the two messages? One tells us to anticipate a day of giving and getting and eating and drinking. We might prepare for that day by rushing and buying and wrapping and baking. The other tells us to anticipate a day, not of avarice and jealousy, but of justice for the oppressed and peace on earth. We will prepare for that day when we “throw off the works of darkness” and “put on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Living God's Word
What will it mean for you "walk in the light of the Lord" this Advent?
Will it mean changing an aspect of your life that is darkened by sin, or noticing and alleviating some of the suffering in our world?
January 3 | World Youth Day 2016 Fundraiser
Ticket Packages For the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan 3rd!
Only 60 discounted ticket packages for the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl remain! A portion of the proceeds from these ticket sales will help fund the Youth Ministry Pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day 2016!
Contact Jorge Santibáñez at the parish office to order your tickets today!
January 12 | Spanish Choir To Be Formed
A new beginning for the Spanish choir at the 12:30pm Mass will get under way on the weekend of January 12th.
A new choral director has been hired and will be announcing the plans soon. Please watch the bulletin for more information. He will be making an appeal for membership and instrumentalists on the second week on January. Good things are on the way!
February 14 | Valentine’s Day Gala
Friday at 7:30pm in Comber Hall
An Enchanted Evening Awaits You at the Inaugural
Valentine’s Day Gala
Fri, Feb. 14, 2014 at 7:30pm
~ Catered by A Joy Wallace ~
~ Music by DJ Jorge Perez ~
Rediscover the Magic of Romance!
MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW
December 2013 | Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions
Victimized Children: That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Prepare the Savior's Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.
June 6 to 15 2014 | The Trip Of A Lifetime To The Holy Land!
Join Father Daniel Martin and a host of other parishioners on a group pilgrimage to the Holy Land from June 6 -15, 2014.
Leaving on the afternoon of the last day of school via US Air, the trip highlights include visits to
Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Mount Carmel,
Mount of Transfiguration, Mount of Beatitudes,
Nazareth, the Church of the Annunciation, the Church of the Visitation,
Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Road to Emmaus.
Information is available at www.GoCatholicTravel.com or call Father Davis at 305 - 446 - 9950 .
December 2013 | Sacred Steps Sacramental Celebrations at Church of the Little Flower
Congratulations to our Newly Baptized:
• Alba Marina Narus,
• Connery Fitzgerald Bligh,
• Samantha Rose Delgado,
• Gabriella Rose Ketchum,
• Cristiano Andres Parraga Bernal,
• Valentina Paz Flipse,
• Alain Daniel Alvarez,
• Samantha Ave Alvares.
Congratulations and God’s Blessings to Those Joined in Holy Matrimony:
• Christopher Behne & Andreina Perez Cisneros.