Saturday April 6th at 8am
Sell your treasure’s
Keep the money you make
Vendor spaces $15 each 2 for $25
additional spaces $10
Rent tables for $10
Reserve your space on the deck
after mass or in the Office
Next week every parishioner will have the opportunity to put their Faith in action by supporting the 2013 Archbishop’s Charity and Development Drive (ABCD). During Mass you will receive information and a pledge card to make your sacrificial pledge. If you have not already responded to Archbishop Wenski’s letter received by mail, please take time this week to consider the pledge you will wish to make, a pledge that gives witness to your gratitude for God’s blessings in your life.
This year, we celebrate and share our faith—a faith that gives purpose and direction to our lives – a faith that calls upon us to help those in need. Because of you, we continue to help those in need through the life-changing ministries and programs supported by the ABCD. We do this in so many ways—through Catholic Charities, Religious Education Programs, Lay Ministry; we do this through our support of our seminarians and priests, through Radio Paz and The Florida Catholic, through our support of Respect Life, and in many more countless ways. It allows us to make a difference together as an Archdiocese what a single parish could not fully accomplish.
We ask for your continued support by making a sacrificial pledge and join together to be One in Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity.
Campaña de Caridades y Desarrollo del Arzobispo – Unidos en la Fe, Unidos en la Esperanza, Unidos en la Caridad
Durante la semana que viene todos los feligreses tendrán la oportunidad de poner su Fe en acción mediante el apoyo a la Campaña de Caridades y Desarrollo del Arzobispo (ABCD) del 2013. Durante la Misa, recibirán información y una tarjeta de compromiso para hacer su promesa de sacrificio. Si usted no ha respondido a la carta del Arzobispo Wenski que recibió por correo, por favor, tómese algún tiempo esta semana para considerar el compromiso que desea realizar, una promesa que dé testimonio de su gratitud por las bendiciones recibidas de Dios a lo largo de su vida.
Este año, celebramos y compartimos nuestra Fe: una Fe que da sentido y dirección a nuestras vidas, una Fe que nos invita a ayudar a los necesitados. Gracias a ustedes, seguimos ayudando a los necesitados por medio de los ministerios y programas que son apoyados por el ABCD. Hacemos esto de varias maneras: por medio de Caridades Católicas, de Educación Religiosa, de Ministerios Laicos; lo hacemos a través de nuestro apoyo a nuestros seminaristas y sacerdotes, a través de Radio Paz y The Florida Catholic, a través de nuestro apoyo a Respeto a la Vida, y en muchas otras maneras. Esto nos permite obrar unidos como Arquidiócesis para dejar una huella transformadora, algo que una parroquia sola no podría lograr plenamente.
Les pedimos que nos den su apoyo una vez más, haciendo una promesa de sacrificio y obrando Unidos en la Fe, Unidos en la Esperanza, Unidos en la Caridad.
Country Fair ride tickets are now available for purchase on the deck after the masses or in the office during the week.
$60 for all four days of the fair,
$35 for all day Saturday or Sunday,
$25 on Thursday or Friday all day.
Buy them now they will cost more after the fair starts.
We are asking for donations of:
Bingo – Prizes, Christmas/Handmade – Wreaths, decorations, any handmade towels, aprons, etc.
Travel Booth – Prizes, Basket Booth – Basket prizes especially Florida Sport Team items, Kids Games – Small toys or stuffed animals for prizes, Cake Booth – Chocolate or yellow cake mixes only. We do not need any frostings.
Bar – Unopened rum, vodka, gin, whiskey, bourbon, scotch wine and beer, Plant Booth – Plants
The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary
invites you to the
II International Congress in Honor of the
Hearts of Jesus and Mary
“In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph”
October 12-14, 2012
Friday 5:00 pm-10:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am-10:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
*With the presence of the Official Pilgrim Image of Fatima, Portugal and the relics of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
from Parray le Monial, France
Doubletree Miami Mart Airport
711 NW 72 Avenue
Miami, FL 33126
For more info: www.piercedhearts.org
Las Siervas de los Corazones Traspasados de Jesús y María los invitan al
II Congreso Internacional en Honor a los Corazones de Jesús y María
“Al Final Mi Inmaculado Corazón Triunfará”
12-14 de Octubre, 2012
Viernes 5:00 pm-10:00pm Sábado 9:00 am-10:00 pm
Domingo 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Doubletree Miami Mart Airport
711 NW 72 Avenue
Miami, FL 33126
Para más información: www.corazones.org
Frequently Asked Questions about the Second General Synod of the Archdiocese of Miami
Q: What is a Synod?
A: In a Synod, the bishop calls his people together in order to move forward on a pathway. The goal of the Synod is to set pastoral priorities for the future and inspire and engage the People of God to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Q: Why did Archbishop Wenski convoke this Synod?
A: Archbishop Wenski believes that in order for the church to meet the challenges of this third millennia of Christianity, pastoral planning is absolutely vital, and that this planning must include input of the people of the Archdiocese. The Archbishop cherishes the wisdom and talent that rests among the People of God and is looking forward to how the Holy Spirit can work through every Catholic in Miami in our call to be “Disciples in Faith and Missionaries of Hope.”
Q: Who can participate in the Synod?
A: All Catholics are invited to participate in the Synod.
Preguntas más frecuentes sobre el Segundo Sínodo General de la Arquidiócesis
Q: ¿Qué en un Sínodo?
A: En un Sínodo, el obispo hace un llamado a los fieles para avanzar juntos sobre un sendero. El objetivo del Sínodo es establecer prioridades pastorales para el futuro e inspirar e involucrar al Pueblo de Dios en la proclamación de la Buena Nueva de Jesucristo.
Q: ¿Por qué convocó el Arzobispo Wenski este Sínodo?
A: El Arzobispo Wenski considera que para que la iglesia pueda afrontar los desafíos de este tercer milenio del cristianismo, es absolutamente vital la planificación pastoral, y que esta planificación debe tomar en cuenta el aporte de los fieles de la Arquidiócesis. El Arzobispo aprecia mucho la sabiduría y el talento del Pueblo de Dios y espere con entusiasmo la acción del Espíritu Santo a través de cada católico en Miami en nuestro llamado a ser “Discípulos en la Fe, Misioneros de Esperanza.”
Q: ¿Qué esperamos lograr con este proceso?
A: Como resultado del Sínodo se espera lograr un plan de acción para la iglesia local, que consista en objetivos específicos y alcanzables que serán puestos en práctica durante los próximos tres a cuatro años. Este plan pastoral será publicado y promulgado en la conclusión del Sínodo, en otoño del 2013.
A Prayer of Healing “Gracious God, send your Spirit of healing and comfort upon Father Roger through the loving intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina and a daily remembrance at Holy Mass, and in the prayers and works of charity of the Capuchin Franciscan friars, throughout this time of great need.”
That was a message of one of the many cards I received during my struggle with an abdominal hernia recently. I also received many cards wishing me a happy birthday. I am so grateful to all of you for your prayers and support. It meant a lot to me. I especially want to thank Father Dennis and Deacon Norm for working overtime when I was missing in action.
I want to take a moment here to say something about the Nehemiah Action for our Bold Justice ministry that was held recently. As you might recall, there were two serious issues that we tackled this year: 1) a better reading program for the children in our public schools who were below level on reading skills and 2) jobs in our county for a large number of women and men who are unemployed in Broward County. While we did not get everything we wanted, we did have WINS on both issues.
On the issue of a better reading program, the Superintendent for our public schools did show up and promised to put a better reading program in a pilot elementary school. That’s remarkable because he is new to his job and not inclined to make changes in the early days of his administration.
On the issue of jobs for unemployed people in our county, the County Commissioners sent a representative who promised to bring the issue before the County Commission and we are hopeful that once they see the facts, they will award more jobs to the citizens of Broward County.
For the Nehemiah Action we had almost 1,400 people and 100 of that number came from our parish. I want to thank those who came and assure them that their presence mattered.
Peace and all Goodness,
The St. Maurice Prayer Group is sponsoring a Life in the Spirit Seminar. There will be a series of talks and discussions over seven weeks. We invite you to join us every Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the Chapel.
April 10- God’s Love
April 17- Salvation
April 24- New Life
May 1- Receiving God’s Gift
May 8- Praying for Baptism in the Holy Spirit
May 15- Growth
May 22- Transformation in Christ
It is important that you make the effort to attend all seven talks. For more information call:
Anna 954-967-9533 or Jack 954-467-8228
The 14 Stations of the Cross adorn the walls of almost every Catholic Church and Chapel. Many parishes commemorate the Fridays of Lent with a prayerful remembrance of the passion of Christ by walking the stations with him. Throughout our history, Christians have longed to literally walk in the footsteps of Christ. The shrines of the holy places in and around Jerusalem have drawn pilgrims inspired by the life and death of their Master.
However, not everyone is able to travel to the Holy Land. So, ever since the Middle Ages, churches and chapels began erecting images devoted to an aspect of the passion. By the 15th century, the Franciscans had developed a devotion they called “stations.” The word means a place where people stand still or gather together. So even though it implies something “stationary” the service obviously must include the movement of pilgrims following the footsteps of Christ. It took a while to fix the number and the names of the stations, but in 1731 Pope Clement XII established the 14 we know today.
We still find some variations on the number. Many places add a 15th station, for example, the resurrection of Jesus. Discontent with leaving Christ in the tomb when our faith expresses so much more, worshipers have found consolation in completing the story of the cross.
Over the years our church has authorized various versions of the stations for different occasions. For example, Pope John Paul II altered the traditional stations for his Good Friday service in Rome. He eliminated some stations which derived from tradition, and substituted them with events from the Gospels. Here are the stations he has used:
1-Jesus in the Garden of Olives.
2-Jesus betrayed by Judas.
3-Jesus condemned to death by the Sanhedrin.
4-Jesus denied by Peter.
5-Jesus judged by Pilate
6-Jesus flogged and crowned with thorns.
7-Jesus carries his cross.
8-Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene.
9-Jesus encounters women of Jerusalem.
10-Jesus is crucified.
11-Jesus promises the kingdom to the good thief.
12-Jesus on the cross.
13-The mother of Jesus and his disciple at the cross.
14-Jesus is placed in the tomb.
The stations inspire us all to follow Christ through suffering to peace. We celebrate the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent at 5:30 p.m. Come and remember the passion of our Lord.
A teacher of the law asked that question of Jesus, and Jesus answered him with the parable of the Good Samaritan. The lesson I learned from that story is that everyone is my neighbor, especially those needing my help. Recently, I received an e-mail entitled, “What will God ask of you?” It said that He won’t ask you what neighborhood you lived in, but what kind of neighbor were you? Mother Theresa was the prime example of a good neighbor. When people in neighboring Bangladesh needed help desperately after experiencing devastating floods, Mother Theresa organized aid trucks carrying food and much needed supplies. The truck caravan was stopped at the border, so the driver pointed to his traveling companion. When the border patrolman saw Mother Theresa sitting in the front seat of the lead truck and her sisters in each of the other trucks, they were allowed to cross the border and offer aid to the suffering people of Bangladesh. Mother Theresa didn’t let politics stand in the way of helping her neighbors. Here in Florida many of our neighbors need our help. According to the Sun Sentinel, a recent AARP study found that more than 50,000 Floridians aged 50 and older are at risk for hunger. The article described a 65 year old man who waited 3 hours to receive food from the South Florida Food Pantry. He said that he and his 89 year old mother live on his $1,100 Social Security check, and that they really depend on the food that they receive from the pantry. At a fund raiser that I attended for a local food pantry, I learned that out of the over 300 clients who receive weekly food boxes, over 100 of them are grandparents taking care of grandchildren. The St. Maurice Hunger Program supports 3 local feeding programs: Manna Share a Meal in Davie, the Hallandale Food Pantry in Hallandale, and the St. Maurice Feeding Program which feeds the homeless a hot meal and supplies them with a bag lunch at the Broward Outreach Center in Hollywood. Toby Bonanno, the Director of Manna Share a Meal spoke at our Hunger Awareness Dinner and informed those present of how much the need for food assistance has increased in our county due to the economic downturn. These 3 feeding programs feed over 1500 of our neighbors each month. Our recent fund raiser, the Hunger Awareness Dinner, was a great success. Cecile Erlsten, President of the Board of Directors of the Hunger Program, announced that we raised over $7500. This was possible because of the support of those who attended and all the hard work of those who helped make it possible. A special thanks to the members of the Men’s Club who prepared the delicious dinner, those who served the dinner, Joe Roppo for the music, all those who contributed to and participated in the auctions and 50/50, and to our guest speaker Mr. Matt Young of Cross International. Everyone worked together to provide a most enjoyable and educational evening. Thanks to everyone for being such good neighbors!
The Board of Directors of the Hunger Program
We are nearing the end of our first year of FIRE IN THE LORD and so we take a look back and a look ahead to what has happened and the direction for the future. Last May we had our first meeting to form a committee of both teens and adults who were interested in developing a contemporary style mass with a focus on our young people of the parish. Each month on the second Sunday of the month we held our Fire In The Lord mass. The feedback over the year has been very favorable. Through the hard work and dedication of so many people who have been involved with this important project we have found much success. I want to give special recognition to Kevin and Judy for their tireless hours of rehearsals and help they have given to teaching new music in song to your young people who became involved as musicians and choir singers.
Although we have had much success there have also been many challenges in terms of promoting this special Liturgical celebration to our young people, encouraging them to get involved as musicians and singers. And even though we have had a small number who have remained steady some have come and gone for various reasons. Perhaps this is to be expected with such a new project. This just means that we all need to be supportive and encouraging to our youth to find excitement in making their liturgical experience their own and continuously building upon what we already have.
We have only two more Fire In The Lord masses scheduled for Easter which is a total parish experience and May 13th which is also Mother’s Day and our May Crowning Sunday. They have been practicing hard for May 13th to make it not only special for our mother’s but also for our Blessed Mother. We encourage all of you, the Family of St. Maurice to continue to encourage and up-lift our young people. They are important to the growth of our parish as we look into the future.
We are planning another “JAM FEST” for the month of July for all who have been and for persons who are interested in being a part of Fire In The Lord in the future. There is a real need to have more involvement by our youth and more encouragement and commitment is called for on the part of the parents to be sure that they are able to make it to rehearsals and do the necessary practicing at home to be ready for every monthly mass. This commitment on the part of the youth and the parents is absolutely essential if we are to continue to grow and succeed in making this mass all that it can be.
I want to say THANK YOU to all those who have been a part of Fire In The Lord this year for your dedication. I also want to encourage other teens and parents to get involved with Fire In The Lord so as we look to next year we will know there is a real desire and willingness to make the commitment to making this special youth liturgy a joyful and total success. On behalf of myself and Fr. Roger we thank all those who have been involved with Fire In The Lord this past year and look forward to your continued dedication and encouraging others to get involved as we shape the future of FIRE IN THE LORD.
Sincerely, Father Dennis
The Lord is calling for talent with a heart.
For you to serve his St. Maurice Family in our new Fire in the Lord Youth Mass.
Kids 12 and older can participate in:
Signing in the choir
Play your favorite instrument in the band
Greet your fellow parishioners
Read Gods word to the family
Serve as an acolyte
Contact Father Dennis in the church office for more information:
At our liturgy committee meeting last May, the committee decided that we needed to have a “youth” mass to encourage our youth to attend Sunday Mass and to have a liturgy that was contemporary in style and tone. Father Roger asked me to take charge and to put together a committee and move ahead with this most important ministry for our young people. They are the future of the church; they are the future of our parish and the family of St. Maurice.
In July we held a “July Jam Fest” to encourage musicians and singers to come together in a sort of jam type session each Sunday. It went very well and we have been able to identify several of our young folks who are now in regular practice with Kevin preparing for our first FIRE IN THE LORD mass on Sunday, October 9 at the 10:30 mass.
We have been holding meetings all summer and have made some very significant progress in identifying great talent among our young adults and are now working hard to prepare for this October liturgy. We are still looking for more people to get involved to cover all the ministries that are needed at every liturgy: Eucharistic ministers, Lectures, ushers/greeters. What a wonderful witness value and a testament of faith to see our young people fully participating in all aspects of our Sunday Liturgy, and especially to see a young adult giving communion to their peers. WONDERFUL! We are looking for more volunteers.
As a parish we need to get behind this ministry and show our support and encouragement to our youth and young adults. Personally, I am hoping to see the church packed, like at Christmas and Easter for our first FIRE IN THE LORD mass on Sunday, October 9 at the 10:30. Let’s give it all we have and boost this much needed ministry in our parish.
Look for weekly announcements in the bulletin about what’s happening with our teen ministry and the FIRE IN THE LORD masses that are planned for the second Sunday of each month at the 10:30 mass. For more information or to volunteer please call the office and leave your information for me. Each week my homilies are posted on the parish web-site www.StMaurice.org
Blessings, peace and wellness to all,