“School days, school days dear old golden rule days”

September 29, 2015 by  
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“School days, school days dear old golden rule days”
The lazy days of summer are over, and the students have returned to school. Some will miss the beach, family trips and playing with friends, but for others being back in school means not being hungry. Realizing that children need proper nutrition to learn and grow, the Broward County School and Nutrition Services is providing free breakfast to all students every school day. The slogan Power Up has been chosen to emphasize the important role that good nutrition plays in a child’s ability to learn. When I was a teacher, I had students tell that they hadn’t had any breakfast and were hungry. I would send them to the cafeteria where they would be given a peanut butter sandwich and a carton of milk. I’m sure that they were embarrassed to have to ask for help, so it makes me happy that all Broward County students have access to a free breakfast which energizes them and makes them ready to learn.
The St. Maurice Hunger Program places a high priority on nutrition for children, also. Six of our projects provide funding for school lunch programs. Two are located in the Dominican Republic, one in the Philippines, two in Haiti and one in Jamaica. We also help to feed children in seven residential settings in Haiti, Guatemala, India, and the Philippines. In addition to these projects, we provide funding for food pantries which feed families here in Florida and in Africa, and a mother and child nutrition program in Bolivia. We want to follow the example ofJesus who demonstrated his concern for the poor by feeding the hungry.
Tluee of our projects received their annual reviews at the July 27th Hunger Board meeting. The Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd Home located in Port au Prince, Haiti houses and feeds 20-40 homeless and orphaned children. Project Leader Shel McCartney recommended that the annual filnding of $3,000 be continued. The St. Joseph Social Welfare Project in Vellamadam, India consists of a home for orphaned children, and a home and a job training program for widows. Support is also provided to a nearby leper colony. Chuck Kelley is the project leader for this program, and he recommended that annual support of $4,000 be renewed. Sisters at the House of Mercy in Tacloban City, Philippines feed a total of 240 children weekly. These are less fortunate children from the surrounding area. Project leader Lucille Lussier recommended that the funding of $6,000 be continued.
As our Country Fair song tells us “Soon and very soon we are going to have a fair.” We ask all the members of our church family for their support. The Hunger Program receives 50 % of the profits from the Fair, which is a major source of funding for the program so we need your help.
God bless you for your help in feeding the poor, especially God’s little ones.
The Board of Directors of the Hunger Program

Women of St. Maurice at Resurrection…

August 13, 2015 by  
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Ever wonder what a weekend retreat is like?

From Friday evening until Sunday afternoon our women’s retreat will be based on a central theme. There are scheduled talks, workshops with prayer services, reconciliation and Mass.
Team members offer individual spiritual direction and there is free time for personal prayer and rest (horizontal meditation). This is your retreat you can pick and choose the activity. Factor in six wonderful meals prepared by a professional Chef and a clean, quiet, private room and you get the picture. All this is simply a means to free you to connect with God by setting aside the work-a-day world. Sounds good? Mark the dates: September 11-13 at Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center. More information in the back of church…let’s chat.

From the Pastor’s Desk – 8/9/15

August 9, 2015 by  
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Dear Parish Family,
Well it’s the early part of August and summer is coming to an end. Children will be returning to school in a few weeks and our CCD program will begin at the end of this month. l believe that this coming year is going to be exciting.
For example, Pope Francis is coming to our country towards the end of September and we will all be watching the news on our TV sets feeling very thankful that we have a pope like him.
For example, we have a new Parish Council that will be working hard in the coming months to help us rebuild our parish.
For example, we have a new ministry called “Under the Tree” that is doing the work of evangelizing. Some members of our Latino community meet every Tuesday evening under a tree in a mobile home community and are reaching out to other Latinos who haven’t been to church in many years. They are teaching these good people about our faith and telling them that we care for them. Some of these people have come back to church.
For example, when we come to Advent, we will be celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy and we will have a team to help us celebrate God’s mercy and our calling to be merciful to one another.
For example, our Pax Christl ministry is planning a campaign against violence and will be reaching out to the young people in our parish to make this world of ours less violent.
For example, soon we will have a Creation Care Team who will be dedicated to implementing the new encyclical of Pope Francis Laudato Si. We will be challenged to renew our relationships with God, one another, and our created world.

Is that exciting or what!
Peace and All Goodness,
Fr. roger— Pastor

From our Bishop 7/26/15

July 24, 2015 by  
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Dear Friends in Christ,
With great joy and appreciation I give thanks to God for your prayers and support of the Seminary Burse Fund of the Archdiocese of Miami. Next weekend I invite you to continue your financial support, which correctly provides for the formation of those whom God is calling to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.
Recently, during the World Day Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis invited us to continue praying for men and women willing to give their lives to Christ and His Church. The Holy Father reminded us that “vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; and only through prayer, can they persevere and bear fruit.” As a result of your prayers, more men are answering God’s call to the Priesthood. This year, we are blessed that St. John Vianney College Seminary, located right here in the Archdiocese of Miami, will have more than eighty seminarians discerning God’s call and preparing to serve His Church.
Your contribution to the annual Seminary Burse Fund collection assists us in continuing and safeguarding that our seminarians, the future priests of your parish, receive the best formation possible. It is my hope that all our prayers, united to those of St. John Vianney, patron of priests, may bring about many holy men willing to serve the Church seeking the salvation of all souls.
For this reason, I especially encourage you to support the Seminary Burse Fund of the Archdiocese of Miami. Your generosity is a reminder of God’s love for His children. Thank you, and may you receive the abundant blessings of the Lord bestowed upon you and your loved ones. With personal best wishes, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski
Archbishop of Miami

Queridos amigos en Cristo,
Con gran alegría y aprecio, doy gracias a Dios por sus oraciones y apoyo a la Colecta Anual del Fondo del Seminario de la Arquidiócesis de Miami. Próximo fin de semana invito a continuar con su apoyo financiero, que se presta directamente a la formación de aquellos que Dios esté llamando al sacerdocio de Jesucristo.
Recientemente, durante el Día Mundial de Oración por las Vocaciones, el Papa Francisco nos invitaba a continuar orando por hombres y mujeres que estén dispuestos a dar sus vidas a Cristo y a su Iglesia. El Santo Padre nos recordaba que “las vocaciones nacen en la oración y de la oración; y solamente a través de la oración, ellos pueden perseverar y dar frutos.” Como resultado de sus oraciones, más hombres estén respondiendo al llamado de Dios a servir como sacerdotes. Este año, estamos bendecidos de que St. John Vianney College Seminary, localizado aquí mismo en la Arquidiócesis de Miami, tendré más de ochenta seminaristas discerniendo el llamado de Dios y preparándose para servir a su Iglesia.
Su contribución al Fondo del Seminario nos ayuda a que nuestros seminaristas, los futuros sacerdotes de su parroquia, reciban la mejor formación posible. Tengo la esperanza de que todas nuestras oraciones, unidas a las de San Juan María Vianney, patrón de los sacerdotes, puedan darnos muchos hombres santos dispuestos a servir a la Iglesia, buscando la salvación de todas las almas.
Por esta razón, los animo a apoyar el Fondo del Seminario de la Arquidiócesis de Miami. Su generosidad es un recordatorio del amor de Dios para con sus hijos. Gracias y que reciban abundantes bendiciones del Señor otorgado a ustedes y a sus seres queridos.
Atentamente en Cristo,
Reverendísimo Thomas G. Wenskl
Arzobispo de Miami

Hunger News – 7/19/15

July 24, 2015 by  
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“You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them.
This is how prayer works.” Pope Francis

The St. Maurice Hunger Program has been feeding the hungry for 40 years. We support 21 feeding programs in 9 countries. We help fund school lunch programs, elderly feeding programs, food pantries and the feeding of orphans and street children. Four of our projects are located in Florida, and of these three are here in Broward County. At our monthly meetings held in the chapel, we pray for the poor. Because of the support we receive from our church community, we are able to do what Pope Francis asks of us.
Recently, Pope Francis issued an encyclical dealing with the environment and climate change. He stressed that we all have to make sacrifices to protect our planet. Drought is affecting not only portions of our country, but also third world countries where subsistence farming is the principle way people are fed. When crops wither and die due to lack of rain, people go hungry. Archbishop Wenski has said that we need to invoke “Creation Care”, which is a commitment to stewardship of the world’s resources. In the June edition of the St. Anthony’s Messenger there is an article by Tom Rinkowski entitled “Homegrown Justice”, which has some useful suggestions on how to encourage justice in dealing with our earth’s resources. We are encouraged to improve our relationships with the poor and the marginalized which can provide an opportunity to relate to people who pick and process our food, and to simplify our living style by recycling and using less of the earth’s resources. There is an old saying, “Waste not, want not” which we need to put into practice.

Two of our projects received their annual reviews at the June 22 Hunger Board meeting. The St. Martin de Porres Street Children’s Home located in San Pablo City in the Philippines provides 3 meals and 2 snacks daily to the 18 children living there. The on-site director, Mr. Arvin R Carandang sent pictures of the children planting trees on World Water Day, planting vegetables, and raising goats and chickens. It is very inspiring to see the children involved in activities to help the environment and raise their own food. Project Leader Richard Becconsall recommended that we continue to provide this project with the annual support of $3,600. The St. Charles Nutrition Program located in Ferrier, Haiti provides food for the 45 residents in 5 houses established by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, and 52 non-residents who are fed a noon meal. These elderly poor have no families to care for them. The project leader, Mary Becconsall recommended that the annual funding of $4,800 be continued.

Three of our projects are currently in need of project leaders. Two of the projects provide lunches to poor school children in the Dominican Republic, and the third project helps feed children living in Casa Guatemala in Guatemala City. If you would like to learn more about these projects and the responsibilities of a project leader, please plan to attend the next General Meeting of the Hunger Program which will be held on July 27 at 7:00PM in the chapel. We would welcome your attendance, and it would provide you with a way to follow the directions of Pope Francis.
God bless you for your love of the poor.
The Board of Directors of the St. Maurice Hunger Program

From the Bishop 7/12/15

July 12, 2015 by  
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
By virtue of our baptism into Christ Jesus, we are all missionaries, beginning with our own families and parishes. Like the Apostles, we are encouraged to reach out to our brothers and sisters in faith, love, and sacrifice. We must continue to build God’s Kingdom in our world.
We invite you to help Build our Mission to the Missions by supporting the 2015 Black and Indian Mission Collection!
Your support provides the presence of missionaries here in African American, Native American, and Alaska Native missions, schools, and religious education programs. Your partnership places Bibles and catechetical materials in the hands of priests, consecrated women and men, and lay leaders in Black Catholic communities in the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi; in Native American pueblos in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico; to the far reaching villages of Alaska; and so many other places. Your sacrifice addresses the need to train catechists, permanent deacons, and seminarians for future generations here in many of our neighborhoods and backyards.
Pope Francis reminds us in Lumen Fidei (51), “Faith helps us build our societies in such a way that they can journey towards a future of hope.” Your prayer needs to be constant as together we join our hearts and hands, always serving the Christian communities in love and in imitation of Christ, the first missionary sent from the Creator above.
In solidarity with our Holy Father and with each and every person, “The hands of faith are raised up to heaven, even as they go about building in charity a city based on relationships in which the love of God is laid as a foundation.” (Lumen Fidei, 51).
Thank you for your prayerful support of the Black and Indian Mission Collection.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski
Archbishop of Miami
Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo:
Desde finales del siglo 19, las donaciones a la Colecta para las Misiones Negras e Indígenas se han distribuido para apoyar los programas de evangelización en diócesis misioneras a través del país. Estos son programas que, de otra manera, estarían en pelígro de desaparecer entre las comunidades negras e indígenas arnericanas de los Estados Unidos.
La tradición evangelizadora continúa aquí, en la Arquidiócesis de Miami, mientras nos preparamos para la Colecta anual para las Misiones Negras e Indígenas que se realizara el fin de semana del 18 y 19 de julio de 2015. A lo largo de los Estados Unidos, innumerables misioneros, sacerdotes, religiosas, maestros y catequistas han trabajado todas sus vidas ayudando a las misiones negras e indígenas.
En la actualidad, este ministerío confinúa siendo muy necesario para la evangelización y para ofrecer los sacramentos a nuestras comtmidades negras e indígenas americanas. Contribuir a la colecta es una oportunidad para que los católicos participen activamente en los programas locales de evangelización.
Solicito a todas las personas en la Arquidiócesis de Miami que sean lo mas generosas posibles en la Colecta de las Misiones Negras e Indígenas. Participemos unidos en el trabajo de los misioneros a través del país, pues nuestras donaciones apoyan sus esfuerzos de evangelización.
Atentamente suyo en Cristo,
Reverendísimo Thomas G. Wenski
Arzobispo de Miami

From the pastor’s desk – 6/14/15

June 13, 2015 by  
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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

On June 18th, Pope Francis will release an encyclical (papal letter) entitled Laudato Sil (translation “Praised Be “) and it will be about the care of the earth.
On May 29th, the feast of Pentecost, in his homily Pope Francis said: “Then the Holy Spirit renews— guides and renews — renews the earth. The Holy Spirit whom Christ sent from the father, and the Creator Spirit who gives life to all things, are one and the same. Respect for creation, then, is a requirement of our faith: the “garden” in which we live is not entrusted to us to be exploited, but rather to be cultivated and tended with respect ( cf. Gen 2:15 ). Yet this is possible only if Adam — the man formed from the earth — allows himself in turn to be renewed by the Holy Spirit, only if he allows himself to be re-formed by the Father on the model of Christ, the new Adam, in this way, renewed by the Spirit, we will indeed be able to experience the freedom of the sons and daughters, in harmony with all creation.”
There will be a lot of media coverage concerning this encyclical and there will be some who will criticize it and say that we should ignore it. WE ARE NOT GOING TO IGNORE IT!
Our Church is dedicated to protecting human life and dignity, exercising a preferential option for the poor, caring for Creation, and promoting the common good in solidarity with all persons. Since 1981, this teaching has been affirmed bySt. John Paul 11, Pope EmeritusBenedict XV1, Pope Francis, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and many other Bishops Conferences around the world.
So what will we do? We will use a number of resources that will help us to understand, discuss, share, and act on the teachings of the encyclical. Count on it.
Peace and All Goodness,
Fr. roger

Hunger new – 6/7/15

June 7, 2015 by  
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We mirror Jesus’ acts of mercy when we feed the hungry.
Father Hilarion Kistner, OFM
St. Anthony Messenger, June 2015

It is very inspiring to see individuals, groups of students and organizations mirroring Jesus’ mercy by feeding the hungry. Hope Outreach Center is sponsoring an event at the Westfield Mall in Plantation from June 5-7 called” Canstruction”. Local companies will construct sculptures made of canned food which will be donated to local food pantries. It is hoped that the event will provide several tons of food to the pantries. Be sure to check this event out.

On May 9, State Representative Katie Edwards helped organize a food distribution drive-through event at Plantation High School. “We had families ready and waiting at 7 A.M. You realize there is still so much need,” Edwards said. Each car received between 20 and 25 pounds of food which was obtained through Farm Share, a nonprofit organization that reclaims quality produce that would otherwise go to waste. The food drive benefitted more than 400 people. It is estimated that 15% of the population, over 266,000 people suffer from food insecurity in Broward County. It is very heartwarming to hear of examples where people are mirroring Jesus by feeding the hungry.

There was an election of members to the Board of Directors of the St. Maurice Hunger Program held at the General Meeting of the Hunger Program members on April 27. Mary Becconsall, Lucy DiBraccio, Cecile Erlsten, Chuck Kelley, Barbara Kerpen-Faticone, Shel McCartney, and Suzanne O’Brien were reelected. Two new members, Gloriann Lombardo and Meredith Shuster were elected. An election of officers for the board took place at the May 18 board meeting. They are as follows: Cecile Erlsten-President, Shel McCartney- Vice President, Gloriann Lombardo- Secretary, and Lucy DiBraccio- Treasurer. Congratulations to the board members and to the officers. Thank you for your service to the poor.

St. Mary’s Feeding Program located in Above Rocks, Jamaica was reviewed at the April 27 board meeting. In the past year a total of 7141 students have been fed a daily lunch at school. Project Leader Ann Kearney recommended that this project continue to receive the annual funding of $5,000. St. Maurice Share a Meal was reviewed at the May 18 board meeting. This project feeds between 115-120 homeless and poor people once a month at the Broward Outreach Center. Cecile Erlsten who is the project leader for this project recommended that the annual funding of $2,000 be continued.

Pope Francis is calling for a “Year of Mercy”. A good way to show mercy would be to mirror Jesus’ mercy in feeding the poor by supporting the Hunger Program in the monthly donation envelopes.

God bless you,

The Board of Directors of the St. Maurice Hunger Program

Saint of the Week 5-3-15

May 6, 2015 by  
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St. Frances Cabrini
The Patron Saint of Immigrants

St. Frances Xavier Mother Cabrini, (Feast day November 13) was born in Lombardi,
Italy in 1850, one of thirteen children. At eighteen, she wanted to become a nun, but her
poor health stood in the way. She remained with her parents and worked on the family farm with her brothers and sisters.
One day a priest asked her to teach in a girls school where she stayed for six years. At the request of her bishop, she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for poor children in schools and hospitals. Then in 1889 at the urging of Pope Leo XIII she came to the United States with six nuns to work among the Italian immigrants.
Filled with a deep trust in God and endowed with a wonderful administrative ability, this remarkable woman soon founded schools, hospitals, and orphanages in The United States and throughout the world, flourishing in the aid of immigrants and children. At the time of her death on December 22, 1917, her institute numbered houses in The United States, England, France, Spain and South America. ln 1946, she became the first American citizen to be canonized when she was elevated to sainthood by Pope Pius XII.

From the Pastor’s Desk 5-3-15

May 6, 2015 by  
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Dear Beloved Community,
The heart of Christian community is the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the vine; we are the branches. Living within the vine, we “will produce abundantly.” Separated from the vine, we are, “a withered, rejected branch which can do nothing.”
The commandment that binds together this community is twofold: to believe in Jesus and to “love one another as he commanded us.” When following this commandment of faith and love, “we are at peace before him.” Such a community of faith, love and peace is possible, and Luke assures us that “throughout all Judea, Galilee and Samaria the church was at peace.”
Our world is not at peace; there is war and division everywhere. For our church to speak peace to this world, it will have to be a peaceful community. There must be that faith in, and reliance on Jesus, and there must also be that love for one another. The world must be able to look at us and say that we are at peace. Only then will our message of peace get through to others.
That the Church may really be the sign of that solidarity which the family of nations desires, it should show in its own life greater cooperation between the Churches of rich and poor regions through spiritual communion and division of human and material resources.
Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World (1971)

Peace and All Goodness,
Fr. Roger

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