Parish Ministries

In the Service of Christ, Our Light

Ministries at The Church of the Little Flower are dedicated to upholding and promoting the values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through them, parishioners give active witness to their faith, and form a community of believers in common discipleship.

The official ministries described below (among many other unseen works of virtue) are emblematic of a collaborative effort to spread the Gospel.

All ministries at the Church of the Little Flower seek to bring Christ's Light to others in the spirit of fraternal charity, inspired by Jesus' own words, prominently displayed above the high altar of our church: EGO SUM LUX MUNDI (I am the Light of the World).

We look forward to having you join us on our journey of service, giving witness to Christ, our Light.

The index below is meant to facilitate your navigation in this page. Click on the desired ministry to jump directly to that ministry's section. Once you are there, click on "Top" link to return to this index.

Altar Linen Ministry Altar Servers Baptismal Preparation Classes (English and Spanish) Bible Study (English and Spanish) Catechists Catholic Disciples in the Public Square Charismatic Prayer Groups (English and Spanish) COTLF Charities Cursillos de Cristiandad Detention Ministry Divine Mercy Emmaus for Men and Women (English and Spanish) English as a Second Language Evangelization En Vivo Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Finance Council Homebound Ministry Infertility Ministry Knights of Columbus Lectors Legion of Mary (English and Spanish) Liturgical Environment and Arts Ministry Marriage Covenant Retreats (English and Spanish) Marriage Preparation Music Ministry / Choir Parish Carnival / Booths Parish Council / Committees Photography Ministry Pilgrimage Ministry Poetry: a window to interiority Purpose & Mission Ministry RCIA-Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Religious Education for Children (CCD) Respect Life Rosary Group Sacritans Scouting (Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts) Special Children / Special Needs Spiritual Direction Ministry St. Theresa Active Retired Seniors (S.T.A.R.S.) Talleres de Oración y Vida / Prayer and Life Workshops Thanksgiving Meals for the Elderly and Homebound The Couple to Couple League The Son-Flower Hospitality Ministry Ushers/Ministry of Greeter Vacation Bible Camp Vocation Ministry Why Catholic? Adult Faith Formation Young Couples / Young Families Youth Ministry / Youth Group (Gaudium)

Altar Linen Ministry

Seeing to it that all the linens and altar cloths for liturgical use are always clean and presentable for Holy Mass is of incalculable importance to the dignity of the mysteries we celebrate with such frequency. Fortunate we are, indeed, to have individuals who lovingly give of their time to perform this signiicant service.

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Altar Servers

Boys and girls of the parish, at any point after having received their First Holy Communion, can participate in the service of the liturgy, assisting the priests and deacons by serving at Holy Mass. Training for new servers happen periodically, and server assignments are posted and scheduled each month.

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Baptismal Preparation Classes (English and Spanish)

Education and training is provided on a regular basis, in English and Spanish, on Saturday mornings, by deacons and adult catechists to prepare parents and godparents for the reception of their children into the sacramental life of the Church.

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Bible Study (English and Spanish)

Discussion groups which study the Sacred Scriptures, both in English and Spanish, are available weekly at the Parish Center.

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Catechists

Making concrete the universal call to evangelize, volunteer catechists teach the Religious Education classes, passing on the Catholic faith and assisting in the Sacramental preparation of our children.

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Public Square Discipleship (Catholic Disciples in the Public Square)

Founded by Father Davis in 2012, PSD is an organization dedicated to applying Catholic teaching in the “public square” of life.

Its members learn Catholic social doctrine, participate in prayer and adoration, foster social cohesion and community, and are committed to action on behalf of causes dear to the Church.

Promoting religious freedom and celebrating our national Catholic heritage are among the key components of its efforts.

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Charismatic Prayer Group (English and Spanish)

Available in English and in Spanish, the "Grupos de Oracion" relect the spirituality and mission of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement of the Archdiocese of Miami. Supported by Scripture, song, and testimonials, the groups gather weekly to praise, glorify, adore, and give thanks to God.

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COTLF Charities

Attending to the most-needy among us, the Church of the Little Flower Charities is an organization which grants modest inancial assistance for urgent and emergency human needs. It also assists the broader charitable initiatives of the Catholic community. Run by socially conscious volunteers and sustained by the gifts of donors and benefactors, COTLF Charities makes the Gospel concrete in its service to others.

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Cursillos de Cristiandad

A pastoral initiative at the archdiocesan level, whose highlight is a weekend-long retreat, encouraging growth in the Christian life and active participation in the life of the Church. The "ultreya" follow-up meetings assist participants in the continuation of their "4Í th day" on the journey of faith.

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Detention Ministry

Inspired by the words of Jesus, "when I was in prison, did you visit me?" this ministry provides visits to the incarcerated, bringing them the hope and encouragement of Christ, providing prayer and Scripture study, and making it possible for them to receive the Sacraments.

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Divine Mercy

Inspired by the diary of Saint Faustina and her devotion to the Divine Mercy, this ministry fosters devotional life through the regular praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, as well as growth in appreciation for the boundless mercy and compassion of the Lord. Days of recollection and retreats are offered throughout the year.

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Emmaus for Men and Women (English and Spanish)

The largest and most active spiritual enrichment organization of the parish, the Emmaus movement is a retreat program which encourages a discovery of the presence of the Risen Christ on the journey of life, as exemplified in the Gospel account of the Road to Emmaus. Retreats are available for both men and women, in English and Spanish, and promote a deeper relationship with Christ and the active practice of the Catholic faith at the parish level.

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English as a Second Language

English for Spanish-speakers is the newest ministry, soon to get of the ground at the Church of the Little Flower. It is designed to be a weekly small-group gathering on a Saturday morning or afternoon, free of charge, to assist native monolingual Spanish speakers in the learning of the English language in a fun and friendly way at the church oice conference room facility. Volunteer presenters, instructors, and curriculum professionals assit in the group dynamics and classroom episodes. Group size will be maintained small, so as to optimize teaching and learning in a caring environment.

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Evangelization En Vivo

Creatively utilizing art, drama, music and song, acting, and choreography, Evangelization En Vivo is a ministry which seeks to make Gospel stories and lessons come to life through live stage presentations. Seasonal events are organized and rehearsed for the enrichment of adults, children, and visitors alike.

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Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion

Appointed by the Pastor, EMHCs assist the priests and the deacons in the distribution of Holy Communion at all parish Masses. They are also sent in the name of the parish to take Holy Communion to the sick and homebound.

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Finance Council

Appointed by the Pastor, and assisting him in the iscal realities of the parish operation, the Finance Council, six members in all, periodically review the inancial status of the parish, assist in the production of the annual budget, assess the temporal and capital needs of the facilities, review and airm the end-of-the-year iscal report which is sent to the Archbishop, and aid the Pastor in inancial decision-making, with an eye to the future.

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Homebound Ministry

This is an invaluable service to those members of the parish family who are no longer able to attend Sunday Mass. Arrangements can be made for a home visit by a priest, deacon, or lay minister. Communion, confession, and anointing can be made available and scheduled.

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Infertility Ministry

A caring ministry designed to bring spiritual hope and encouragement, support and love, to infertile married couples. Presentations include opportunities for relection, education, and solidarity with others along the journey.

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Knights of Columbus

Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in Connecticut, the K of C is a national Catholic fraternal beneit society, formed to render inancial aid to members and their families, to the sick, disabled and needy. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among the members, complimented by educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief, and public service initiatives. They also promote priestly vocations, seminaries, and seminarians.

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Lectors

A liturgical ministry that enables and provides the public reading of Sacred Scripture at daily and Sunday Masses. Lectors also assist in the reading of the Prayers of the Faithful and the weekly parish announcements. Lectoring opportunities are available to both adults and children.

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Legion of Mary (English and Spanish)

The Legion of Mary is a lay Catholic organization whose members promote Marian devotion, holiness, knowledge of the faith, and service to the Church. They encourage the recitation of the rosary, celebrations of Marian feast days, and faith education initiatives.

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Liturgical Environment and Arts Ministry

In this ministry, individuals with an eye for beauty give of their time to make our sanctuary and church, already a masterpiece of elegance, appropriately decorated for the various liturgical seasons of the year. Little Flower is known far and wide for its spectacular sanctuary loral arrangements at Christmas and Easter, which give rise to a worshipful atmosphere of prayer and seasonal warmth.

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Marriage Covenant Retreats (English and Spanish)

This is a powerful marriage enrichment ministry, which ofers a weekend retreat to help couples become closer to one another and with God. The retreat, ofered in both English and Spanish, consists of talks, group dynamics, testimonies, activities, communication exercises 􀈋and romantic meals􀈌 which help couples deepen their appreciation for the Sacrament of Matrimony at every stage of marriage.

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Marriage Preparation

An organized efort to prepare engaged couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony, this is a ministry designed to foster understanding of the sacred vows that engaged couples will one day make to one another. It includes meetings with our Wedding Coordinator, presiding priest, other married couples, a compatibility test and review, as well as an Engaged Encounter retreat. It also assists couples in preparation for the wedding liturgy.

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Music Ministry / Choir

Our Catholic heritage places a strong emphasis on the use of music in liturgy to further enhance the spiritual rewards reaped by the congregation during Mass. We are dedicated to upholding this musical legacy at the Church of the Little Flower. Our adult Schola Cantorum, youth, children’s, and Spanish choirs, compliment a wide ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists who provide liturgical music for Masses, concerts, and special events throughout the year.

For more information on this ministry, please click here

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Parish Carnival / Booths

The annual parish carnival is a grand social occasion for both the parish and its school. It is the major fundraiser of the calendar year, through which community life is in full form. Great food and family fun are made possible by the volunteer involvement of the many parishioners who staf the booths and provide a warm welcome to the broader community.

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Parish Council / Committees

Appointed by the Pastor, there are twenty-ive members, representing a cross-section of the parish, who serve as a "think tank," assisting the Pastor in the current work of the parish, addressing community needs, and helping to formulate a strategic plan for the advancement of the parish. Members work collegially on various subcommittees such as Development, Marketing and Public Relations, Liturgical Environment and Arts, Temporalities, Social Life and Special Events, Spiritual Life, Hospitality, Census and Membership, and the Centennial Anniversary Committee.

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Photography Ministry

Volunteer photographers provide ample coverage of the plentiful events that take place at the Church of the Little Flower. These visual snapshots are treasures aimed at recording in perpetuity the legacy of the parish, as well as for the immediate goal of website uploading as a record of recent events.

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Pilgrimage Ministry

Designed to encourage faith-enrichment and community building among the members of the parish, the Pilgrimage Ministry presents multiple options per year to travel both locally and internationally.

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Poetry: A Window to Interiority

A unique Ministry which provides the opportunity for the study of a vast array of poetic literary texts is periodically available for the enrichment of our community. Led by a credentialed instructor of Poetry, small groups gather to interpret classical and contemporary texts which foster interior reflection and enhancement to the spiritual life.

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Purpose & Mission Ministry

The Ministry serves as a spiritual compass by helping, supporting, and encouraging those looking to redesign their purpose -in their careers or in life- while transitioning into a path toward personal happiness which keeps God in mind.

The Ministry encourages parishioners looking into a career change and provides them with the tools to be ethical, responsible, and effective participants within any working environment they choose. Additionally, the Ministry searches into a wide pool of working possibilities among our parishioners for a new occupation, position or simply new working environment.

To provide the support and tools necessary to battle transitions in life so that all members may fulfill their God-given potential as human beings and spiritualize their journey ahead by prayer and discernment, by professional preparation and guidance, in an effort to support changes in a career, or simply as a way to find fulfillment and purpose in life. The Ministry will be a spiritual compass for those facing a life transition.

To be a spiritual compass for those looking into a change of purpose (or a career move) in life.

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RCIA-Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Modeled after the custom of the Early Church, the RCIA is designed to foster a journey of education and discernment, helping adults come to know Christ and grow in the Catholic faith. A series of classes, liturgies, and prayer experiences may lead to the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation. Teams of RCIA leaders serve as presenters and facilitators.

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Religious Education / CCD

A dynamic program of religious education is available and designed to pass on the Catholic faith to children, the next generation of believers in Christ. Classes take place on Wednesday afternoons and evenings, as well as Saturday mornings, and are organized and coordinated by the parish Office of Religious Education. Among the highlights are the specific preparations for the reception of First Penance, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.

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Respect Life

The Respect Life Ministry is an organization that faithfully promotes the teaching of the Church's Magisterium regarding the sanctity and dignity of all human life from conception until natural death. The ministry focuses on public awareness education, pregnancy, and issues relative to public policy.

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Rosary Group

Daily after the 8am Mass in the Church.

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Sacristans

Caring for the church, the sacristy, the sacred vessels, the sanctuary, and the many details of Mass preparation (and even clean-up) are all at the center of the ministry done by these self-less souls who dedicate their time to the noble ministry of Sacristan, on behalf of the church they love so much.

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Scouting (Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts)

The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America are prominently active at the Church of the Little Flower. With conveniently arranged local packs and facilities, the scouting movement here at the parish has championed the growth of young people in body, mind, and soul, promoting love for God and country, growth in maturity, character, good citizenship, and service.

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Special Children / Special Needs

Seeking to provide a forum for parents of special needs children, the Special Children/Special Needs ministry includes a monthly meeting at the parish, which ofers parents in our community the opportunity for interaction, conversation, socializing, and networking, as a way to provide support and encouragement to them through education, the pooling of resources, and the sharing of common experiences.

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Spiritual Direction Ministry

There are both ordained and lay members of the parish family that have been trained to accompany parishioners in their spiritual walk of faith. Characterized by periodic spiritual conversations, this ministry provides encouragement, discernment support, and recommendations for growth in prayer and holiness. Appointments are readily available.

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St. Theresa Active Retired Seniors (S.T.A.R.S.)

This is a bi-lingual group of senior citizens in the spirit of community for social events, seasonal festive activities and games (cards, scrabble, dominoes, etc.) and refreshments, sometimes even going to an area restaurant for lunch.

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Talleres de Oración y Vida/Prayer and Life Workshops

  • For Individuals (English) – Maite Mendiola.
  • For Couples (Spanish) – Eva & Francisco Guia.
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Thanksgiving Meals for Homebound Parishioners

This newly revised service seeks to provide loving care and thanksgiving baskets to our homebound parishioners whom we ordinarily visit throughout the calendar year.

It is an outstanding gesture of charity and love, reflective of the notion of “parish” at it’s best.

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The Couple to Couple League

The CCL is an international Catholic organization dedicated to promoting a spirituality of life and love, encouraging an appreciation for the natural order of the human person, and the teaching of fertility awareness and natural family planning to married and engaged couples.

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The Son-Flower Hospitality Ministry

A group of dedicated parishioners who strive to make Little Flower a welcoming and inviting spiritual home. The Son Flowers work together in hosting special events, fostering fellowship and community, and organizing the provisions of good hospitality, the emblematic theme of their good work at their many socials, prayer services, receptions, and special events.

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Ushers/Ministry of Greeter

Parish ushers help to bring order and dignity to the House of God by words of welcome, holding doors, assisting with seating, accomplishing a census count, the taking up of the Sunday oferings at collection time, and the directing of the processional choreography of the members of the assembly.

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Vacation Bible Camp

Each summer, the Youth Ministry Office organizes and oversees a wonderful Vacation Bible Camp for children in the month of June. The program teaches Christian values in the context of two weeks of fun, recreation, Bible adventures, science exploration, games, theatre, prayer and much, much more.

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Vocation Ministry

A family to family ministry of prayer for vocations, using the "vocation chalice," it is a way to foster vocational awareness among families and their children, and to pray for the gift of priestly, diaconal, and religious vocations for the future needs and growth of the Church.

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Why Catholic? Adult Faith Formation

Designed by Renew International. The Why Catholic program is a ministry of adult faith formation which takes place via small group gathering in parishioner homes, which help to form community, fellowship, knowledge of the faith, and commitment to the Church.

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Young Couples / Young Families

Targeting the demographic of adults in their 20’s and 30’s, the Young Couples - Young Families Ministry is a weekly gathering which, through social and relective experiences, fosters community, conversation, togetherness, and a deepening maturity about adult Catholic faith. Through conversations regarding topics which range from contemporary events, to faith challenges, from family life, to ecclesial happenings, the ministry brings about social cohesion which more closely identiies participants with their parish and with one another.

For more information on this ministry, please click here

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Youth Ministry / Youth Group (Gaudium)

The Church of the Little Flower has a full-time Youth Minister and hosts a full-time youth ministry program, entitled, "Gaudium," the Latin word for "joy." Primarily a faith-centered and service-oriented gathering of youth, it ministers to 6th thru 9th graders, and also provides opportunities for peer leadership training and ministry opportunities for high school students.

For more information on this ministry, please click here

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Dear Friends in Christ:

As you can see, the Church of the Little Flower, which is among the most historical parishes in all of South Florida, provides a wide array of thriving ministries and services which redound to the glory of the Lord. Animated by the Spirit and sustained by the Eucharist, the source and summit of our lives as Catholics, our participation in ministry and the community life of the parish makes the faith come alive in concrete and palpable ways.

Carefully consider how you might grow in your spiritual lives by participation in these expressions of faith and parochial involvement. Spiritual growth happens when we invest ourselves in the work of the Lord.

May the Church of the Little Flower, the parish we love so much, and its many ministries, help us to more closely follow Christ, our Light.

Rev. Michael W. Davis, Pastor