Our Council of Catholic Women is planning its annual retreat at Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center in North Palm Beach on October 2 to 4. This year’s theme is “Be Merciful as Your Father.” This is a time to draw near to God, because God is very near to you!
Registration forms are in the Parish Office. For details, call Women’s Council President Cathie Desjean at 954-783-5122.
Father Oscar Alonso’s Bible Study has resumed for the season. The group gathers at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the Parish Office – ideal timing for those who attend the 9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Masses.
Plans are underway to decorate our Church by placing statues of our Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph adjacent to the altar.
Alcoves are being prepared in the grilled spaces beneath the monitors. The placement of the statues will envision them looking at the altar, contemplating the sacrifice of the Mass in union with their Son – truly a Holy Family.
The wooden statues are being hand carved in Spain at a cost of $10,000 each. The alcoves cost $15,000 each. These will further embellish the sacredness of our beautiful Church and worship space.
We are praying for 54 straight days – August 14 to September 10 in petition and September 11 to October 7 in thanksgiving – for these intentions:
~ the family and marriage, especially during the World Meeting of Families and the next Synod on the Family
~ our country, especially for peace, the sanctity of human life and religious freedom
~ the Archbishop of Miami, especially for the continued implementation of our Strategic Pastoral Plan, “Disciples in Faith, Missionaries of Hope.”
We will pray as a witness and Message of Hope in response to the spiritual crisis in our culture. We’ll pray individually, with friends, as husband and wife, as a family, as a school, as a community. We’ll pray in our homes, Catholic schools, parishes, parish-based community groups and ministries.
The personal qualities demanded of the extraordinary minister of Holy Communion are outlined in the 1973 instruction “Immensae Caritatis,” No. 6: “The person who has been appointed to be an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion is necessarily to be duly instructed and should distinguish himself by his Christian life, faith and morals.
Before appointing them, the priest should have a sufficient knowledge of their moral stature and their standing in the community.
After they have attended an Archdiocesan workshop, they should be trained at the Parish, not only regarding where to stand, but also with regard to proper procedures to follow when approaching the altar to receive the sacred vessels from the priest; how to return them; how to avoid accidents; and how to proceed if accidents occur.
They should also be instructed on the limits of their office with respect to purifying the sacred vessels and approaching the tabernacle.”