2nd Sunday of Advent : December 4, 2016
December 2016 12:15 pm Mass during Advent
Beginning on Monday, November 28th, the parish will be offering a 12:15 pm noontime Mass during the season of Advent for the spiritual benefit and convenience of the people.
It will take place each weekday, Monday thru Friday, during Advent only, with the exception of December 24th.
Come, pray, worship, and enjoy.
December 2016 Advent 2016
May Christ our Savior bring light into the darkness of this world, and to us, as we wait for his coming.
December 8 The Immaculate Conception of the blessed Virgin Mary
This Thursday, December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation in the Liturgical Calendar. It is also the Patronal Feast Day of the United States.
The special Mass schedule for the day is as follows:
6:15 am (English);
8:00 am (English);
12:15 pm (English);
5:30 pm (Spanish);
7:00 pm (Bilingual).
December 2016 Seeking Volunteers!
The COTLF ESL & Transition Ministries are each looking for a new chairperson to take the lead of these two Ministries that service our community thru Teaching and Coaching.
If you are interested, please contact our Ministries Coordinator, Cecilia Miyar at: (305) 446-9950, ext. 310 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 2016 Thanksgiving Baskets a huge Success
THANK YOU to all who donated, assembled, decorated, and drove Thanksgiving Baskets to our homebound parishioners! Many generous people volunteered resources and time, while extending a beautiful spirit of caring during a busy holiday season.
We are grateful for everyone's efforts, especially the beautiful artwork from our Religious Ed and STS students. Another special contribution in this new initiative came from our enthusiastic Youth Group; this core group delivered numerous baskets and blessings to our parishioners, many of whom expressed their gratitude and delight. Thank you to all!
December 2016 Donations for Christmas Flowers and Sanctuary Decorations
The Church of the Little Flower has become known far and wide for its beautifully decorated sanctuary each Christmas season. Enormous live Christmas trees, hundreds and hundreds of poinsettias, garland, and other Christmas décor have added immeasurable dignity to our worship, inspiring thousands to visit our church during the Christmas season each year. Please help us with your Christmas Flower donations this year to keep this great tradition alive.
Contributions can be made via check and dropped off at the parish office.
You may use the Christmas Flower envelopes, dropping them off on Sundays, or you can also support us through the gift of on-line giving. Every little bit helps! All to the glory of Emmanuel, God-With-Us.
December 2016 Congratulations
Congratulations to the recipents of the 2016 COTLF Spirt of the Parish Award.
Dec. 11 & Jan. 15 Middle School Youth Group
Who: All 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders.
What: Jr. High Youth Group MOVING BACK TO SUNDAYS!
Where: St. Theresa School Cafeteria.
When: After the 5:30 pm Mass.
Sunday, December 11th (Preparing Sandwiches for the Homeless)
Sunday, January 15th (Special Guest Speaker/Presentation).
Future dates to be announced.
December 2016 COTLF Son Flower Hospitality Ministry Seeking Volunteers
Calling all folks with a kind heart and welcoming spirit! The COTLF Son Flower Hospitality Ministry is in need of additional members.
If you're interested in helping in this ministry, please contact Cece Pelaez, (786) 586-5067 or Jena Getchell, (786) 484-3367, for more information.
We would love to have you join us.
December 2016 Catholic Cake and Coffee now for Advent!
Father Tran will be offering a weekly Advent reflection series on Wednesday nights during the Advent season, beginning Wednesday, November 30th.
Starting at 7:00 pm, please bring a dessert to share. Then at 7:30 pm, Fr Tran will begin his inspirational talk on the theme of HOPE in the Advent Season, focused on the message of the 2nd Vatican Council. Come enjoy the spiritual journey to Christmas!
December 2016 Your Legacy of Love our Legacy as Church
The Church of the Little Flower has recently launched a stewardship campaign entitled, Your Legacy of Love; Our Legacy as Church. It will be an opportunity for all of us to envision and plan for the needs of our parish, the care of its patrimony, the beautification and enhancement of our beloved church building, and the expansion of ministries that, all combined, will make our parish a flagship parish of the Archdiocese of Miami, and position us for the centennial in 2026.
The campaign will occasion a decade of planning, donating and saving money for the immediate and long-term needs of our parish. We hope to inspire everyone to make the “biggest” gift they have ever given to the Church of the Little Flower and its important ministries in the service of Christ. Your Legacy of Love; Our Legacy as Church. More details coming soon.
November 2016 Limited Edition: St. Therese 90th Anniversary Charm!
Now on sale at the school & parish offices and coming soon to the COTLF Tent on Sundays!
See more Tiny Saints at ww.shoptinysaints.com.
November 2016 Catechesis from the Office of Religious Education
As we continue our communal journey to Christmas, this Second Week of Advent calls us to reform our lives and to live in God’s peace. The Church, in her wisdom, has packed this week with several liturgical feasts of saints who show us the way.
On Tuesday, we celebrate the memorial of Saint Nicholas, a great bishop known for his charity and generosity. Did you know today’s popular image of Santa Claus is directly tied to the works of charity of Saint Nicholas back in the 4th Century?!
Wednesday is the Memorial of Saint Ambrose, one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church. Ambrose was well-known and regarded for his compelling preaching and his orthodoxy and defense of the faith in the early days of the Church.
Friday’s memorial of Saint Juan Diego, a pre-cursor to next week’s Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, reminds us of our universal call to holiness - in ways both big and small!
The biggest celebration of the week, though, is Thursday’s Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary - a Holy Day of Obligation, so don’t forget to go to Mass! The Immaculate Conception celebrates St. Anne’s conception of Mary without sin, not Mary’s conception of Jesus (that’s the Annunciation!). It’s also the Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America!
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam! To the Greater Glory of God!
December 2016 90th Anniversary Plaque
Make sure you get yourself an official, Limited Edition, Commemorative of the Church of the Little Flower 90th Anniversary. The beautiful Gold Mosaic Plaques with the image of our Patroness the “Little Flower” with the commemorative message on the back side, all produced in Italy for this special occasion.
These beautiful keepsakes are now available for a donation of six dollars ($6). You can get them at the Parish office during the week and they will soon be available before and after Masses.
November 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
November 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.
February 10, 2017 NEXT CONCERT: Lux Aeterna…Love & Light
December 2016 Sacred Steps: Sacramental Celebrations at Church of the Little Flower
Congratulations to our Newly Baptized:
• Nico Eduardo Fleitas,
• Mariana Iriarte,
• Matteo Alejandro Lovo,
• Jameson Michael Slattery.
Congratulations and God’s Blessings to those
• Joined in Holy Matrimony:
• Javier A. Gonzalez & Vivian Ferradaz,
• Paul J. Cassetari & Lisette Lopez,
• Eduardo Calil & Isis Fumero,
• Peter Jonathan Gomez & Erika Canizares,
• Monojit Maskeri & Sabrina Louis,
• Anthony Garcia & Erika Velasquez.
Rest in Peace. We Pray for Those Who Have
• Ella Llerena de Amiguet,
• Sonia Aileen Martinez,
• Paula Maria Hevia
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