From the Pastor's Desk

I am currently out of town, enjoying a few days of rest. Iíll be back on August 1st. Father Flores and Father Tran are ably in charge while I am away.

The parish office building has newly installed impact resistant windows, and the entire exterior is freshly painted, matching our beautiful church. Interior repairs will continue throughout the summer. The school has been undergoing a long list of repairs and renovations. The 40 year re-certification is soon to be finalized. Among the items that is part of the re-certification is the requirement of installing new LED exterior lighting in the parking lots and playground. Next weekend, the School parking lot on Sevilla Avenue will be closed for resurfacing. Sorry for the temporary inconvenience. All will be back to normal, better than ever, very soon. The priest sacristy renovation project is now nearing completion. New cabinetry is set to be installed next week, finishing this portion of the project. In a few months, we will do the same renovation effort for the work sacristy, an updating that is long overdue. The Ambry (which will beautifully display the Holy Oils) will be installed during the first week of August. Adjustments to the air conditioning system will be made in August, so that the temperature is more moderate, and the air flow will be more comfortably re-directed.

A new office receptionist and COTLF Charities Coordinator, Sergio Collado, returns to Little Flower to begin his new role with us on August 1st. Annette Perez, our current Receptionist, has been promoted to take the place of the departing Vivian Xiques, our outgoing Curator of Records and Virtus Coordinator. Our seminarian, Andrew Farinato, leaves on August 1st and will prepare to return to Saint John Vianney College Seminary to continue his studies for the priesthood. A priest from India, Father Sylvester DíCruz, will be visiting us during the first two weeks of August, and assisting with Masses. Father Tran will be moving to his new assignment at the University of Miami in early August. We will have our farewell Mass and reception for him, celebrating his very successful and appreciated first two years of priesthood at our parish, on Sunday August 13th at 5:30pm. Although he will not be replaced at this time, Father Uko and Father Garreaud will be assuming more responsibilities to fill in the gap in the interim. Next Februaryís Holy Land trip is now sold out, but other pilgrimage opportunities are in the works. Blessed Trinity Church in Miami Springs will be having a Holy Land trip in April of 2018 led by their pastor, Father Alfaro. Our parishioners are welcome to join him. We, ourselves, will be offering another Holy Land trip November 9-18, 2018. Additionally, Father Flores and the Carmelite Sisters will be offering an Italy pilgrimage on June 8-17, 2018. Call the office for more information. The ordinarily slow pace of the summer period is soon to kick into high gear, as the faculty returns and school resumes in a couple weeks. A very busy fall in the life of our parish will soon take shape.

Todayís Gospel invites us to reflect on our response to the saving Gospel of Christ. The seeds of faith are meant to be alive in us. Faith is not a passive reality. Rather faith is a decision, active and dynamic. Faith requires the personal investment of our hearts and souls, not to mention our time. Today, we are called to cultivate deep roots of faith in us. Jesus asks us to allow Godís Word, and the saving mission of Christís Kingdom to hold sway over our lives, whole and entire. Itís a daily decision. Itís also a profound one. May the seeds of Christís Word blossom into a robust garden of life, dynamically alive to the glory of God.

Father Davis