1 SUNDAY UNDAY,, FEBRUARYF EBRUARY 23, TH FOLLOWING CHRIST OUR LIGHT TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ASSIGNED CLERGY: PASTOR: PAROCHIAL VICARS: PERMANENT DEACONS: Rev. Michael W. Davis Rev. Daniel P. Martin Rev. Abel E. Barajas Rev. Mr. Roberto Fleitas Rev. Mr. Raul Flores Rev. Mr. Miguel Parladé PARISH OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Wednesday 8:30am to 8:00pm Thursday - Saturday 8:30am to 5:00pm Sunday 8:30am to 1:30pm SCAN THIS CODE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE TO VIEW OUR MOBILE WEBSITE! MASS SCHEDULE: MONDAY - FRIDAY 6:15am English 8:00am English 12:15pm English 5:30pm Spanish SATURDAY 8:00am English VIGIL 5:00pm English SUNDAY 7:30am English 9:00am English 10:30am English 12:30pm Spanish 5:30pm English 7:00pm Spanish CONFESSIONS: SATURDAY 8:30am to 10:00am
2 FROM THE DESK OF FATHER DAVIS: id you know that we are within a year or two of some D major anniversary celebrations in our community? In the Fall of 2015, Saint Theresa Catholic School will begin its 90th year of operation, educating the Catholic children from the Coral Gables area, serving as one of the oldest and largest Catholic grade schools in the Archdiocese of Miami. In April of 2016, the Church of the Little Flower will celebrate its 90th anniversary of its founding, becoming the second oldest parish in Miami-Dade County. And then, on December 8th of 2017, the original church of our parish, now Comber Hall, will celebrate the 90th anniversary of its ecclesiastical and liturgical dedication. Wow! 90 years! Many celebrations, special events, historical recognition ceremonies, Galas, and designations will surely be highlights of these anniversary years. If you would like to serve on the 90th anniversary committee, we are currently gathering names of people who will assist the members of our Parish Council as we begin to chart a course for the special occasions soon to take shape in our community. We would welcome your input. I am happy to announce that we are approaching a total of $211,000 in pledges and contributions to this year s ABCD. Our archdiocesan goal, as I mentioned before, is $236,000. So, we still have a little ways to go to meet our goal. Nevertheless, allow me to thank profusely all those who have lovingly involved themselves in this very important annual campaign. Together we are strong in the Lord! Those who have not yet made a pledge are invited to join us in solidarity as we seek to achieve our goal. A full report will be given, as soon as the complete printout of data comes to my office. I am pleased to also report that we are nearly finished with the second floor renovation of the office building. Following the water damage of this past summer, an entire half of the second floor had to be gutted, rebuilt, and refurnished, including airconditioning duct work, and wiring. All is just about in tip top shape, now, as we await the arrival of some new furnishings and the installation of new phones and computers. The renovated space will provide us a new conference room and four new offices. As part of the renovation, we have contracted Windstream, a telecommunications company, to install new computers, phones, and a secure network server for use by the fifteen members of our professional staff. All these enhancements to the second floor are being completely covered by the insurance disbursement which has come to us from the evaluation done by the insurance adjuster. It has been an uncomfortable and stressful past few months as this project has gradually taken shape. Yet, we re almost there! We ll soon have an open house to show you the results. With the support of the Finance Council, last year s ABCD overage which came back to Little Flower was designated to address the pressing need of the window replacement project at the rectory house. Thankfully, the new windows have assured the elimination of leaks, water damage, unwanted wind flow, bugs, and even road noise. What a difference! A long overdue project is now finally done. Later this spring, before Easter, a recently received bequeath will have paid for the exterior painting of the rectory house. The City of Coral Gables asked that it be done as part of the permitting of the windows. Addressing long-deferred maintenance, these enhancements will have addressed the needs of the rectory house for years to come. A great Lenten season is soon to begin. Let s prepare to deepen our walk with Christ! EILLY PARISH CENTER REILLY 2711 Indian Mound Trail Coral Gables, Florida Phone: (305) Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! OFFICE STAFF Mrs. Irma Aguilar Ext. 300 Receptionist Data Processing Coordinator Mrs. Maria Elena Chialastri, Ext. 306 Office Manager Administrative Assistant to the Pastor Mr. Juan Del Sol, Ext. 311 Wedding Coordinator Dr. Dawn Fontana, Ext. 305 Director of Liturgical Music Mrs. Cris Garcia-Casals (305) Administrative Assistant Office of Religious Education Sister Maria Kolbe, OCD (305) Director of Religious Education Mrs. Maria Pernas, Ext. 314 Bookkeeper Mr. Jorge Santibáñez Ext. 307 Youth Minister Coordinator of Ministries Mr. Milton Somarriba Ext. 309 Church Custodian Ms. Vivian Xiqués Ext. 302 Curator of Records Virtus Training Coordinator ST. THERESA CATHOLIC SCHOOL 2701 Indian Mound Trail Coral Gables, Florida Phone: (305) Administrated by The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart Sr. Caridad, OCD., Principal SACRAMENT OF PENANCE Saturday (English and Spanish) 8:30 am to 10:00 am SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Private on Saturdays 11:00 am, 11:30 am., 12:00 pm or Group on Sundays at 2:00 pm Arrangements must be made with the Parish Office two months in advance. SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY Arrangements must be made with the Parish Office at least six months in advance.
3 7 TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME FEBRUARY 23, 2014 Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. Leviticus 19:2b BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE esus words in today s Gospel continue to contrast J the Jewish law and practice with the practice of the followers of Jesus. Today s Gospel continues with slight variations the formulation: You have heard... and What I say to you is... The old laws of retaliation were once created to soften the severe and vengeful retaliations common among the peoples that surrounded the struggling people of God. The would-be followers of Jesus again feel surrounded by people bent on retaliation. So Matthew presents Jesus, who asks his followers not only not to retaliate at all but to turn the other cheek. He asks that his listeners give the one who asks more than he or she seeks. Jesus asks us to love and pray for those of our home country and the alien, the ones who love us and the ones who hate us. Copyright J. S. Paluch Co. NEXT WEEKEND S MASS SCHEDULE SATURDAY, MARCH 1ST 8:00 am Fr. Ibok 5:00 pm Fr. Davis SUNDAY, MARCH 2ND 7:30 am Fr. Davis 9:00 am Fr. Barajas 10:30 am Fr. Ibok 12:30 pm Fr. Martin 5:30 pm Fr. Barajas 7:00 pm Fr. Martin TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION live oil looms large in the vocabulary of baptism. O There are other oils in the pantry closet, from grapeseed to safflower to canola, but only olives yield the proper meanings. Olives don t just happen; they are cultivated, nurtured, pruned, and fussed over; they are a sign of human and divine cooperation. Olives can thrive in poor soil, but they cannot survive without human ingenuity, planting shoots and pruning branches. They can t be popped from a tree and munched like apples: they are inedible without long curing; neither do they yield their oil to hand pressure alone, but only to huge stone mills. Abundant patience is needed as sediment sinks to the bottom of storage barrels and pure oil rises to the surface. Olive oil is a byproduct of peace: war keeps harvesters, planters, and pruners within city walls and turns millers into soldiers. To obtain oil from olives you need vast measures of hope, patience, faith, and ingenuity. Olive oil is a sign of God s bounty and the way we human beings collaborate with God to bring about impossibly wonderful results. It is creation at its finest. Some people give chocolate eggs for Easter; perhaps olive oil is a more appropriate gift! Rev. James Field, Copyright J. S. Paluch Co. SACRED STEPS: SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATIONS AT LITTLE FLOWER Congratulations to our Newly Baptized: Luisa Madrid McDevitt, Amelia Natalia Hernandez, Liam Hayden Lleonart, Valentina Rosada Congratulations and God s Blessings to those Joined in Holy Matrimony: Timothy J. Caballes & Krystal Abdo Freddy Rodriguez & Ines M.Cariola Sanz Rest in Peace. We Pray for Those Who Have Entered Eternity: SIGNS OF OUR STEWARDSHIP Weekend of February 9, 2014 Attendance.. $2,721 Adult Collection... $17,049 Children s Collection $729 Devotional Lights... $575 Total.. $18,353 Consider our Christian responsibility to ourselves, our family, and to God to be wise stewards of God s gifts. How will our blessings be passed on to those we love? Planning now will help ensure that those we love will live peacefully in the future. Contact the Office of Planned Giving at (305) to learn how you may pass on God s blessing to your family and our parish family
4 Sunday, February 23-7th Sunday in O.T. 7:30 am ( ) Rosa Rodriguez 9:00 am Hilda Horan 10:30 am Members of the Parish Family 12:30 pm ( ) Victor Miguel 5:30 pm ( ) Maria del Carmen Pinedo Posada 7:00 pm ( ) Ramiro Vera Monday, February 24 6:15 am ( ) Gustavo Ruan Cogollo 8:00 am ( ) Carlos Andrade Puig 12:15 pm ( ) Margarita Cabañas & Julia de Villegas 5:30 pm ( ) Leslie Fatima & Alejandro Canedo Tuesday, February 25 6:15 am ( ) Norma Burns 8:00 am ( ) Carmen L. Herrera 12:15 pm ( ) Ada Hernandez 5:30 pm ( ) Eida Alonso de Diaz Wednesday, February 26 6:15 am Carlos Martinez Mole s Health 8:00 am ( ) Maria Angeles Villareal 12:15 pm ( ) Miguel Nuñez, Sr. 5:30 pm ( ) Dr. Rory A. Marin MASS INTENTIONS Thursday, February 27 6:15 am Victor Andres Fariñas Birthday 8:00 am ( ) Eloise Edelman 12:15 pm ( ) Carmen RosaVilato 5:30 pm ( ) Raul Fernandez Shelton Friday, February 28 6:15 am In Thanksgiving 8:00 am Fr. Matthew Ibok s Birthday 12:15 pm ( ) Josephine de Poo 5:30 pm ( ) Eduardo Rodriguez Arias Saturday, March 1 8:00 am ( ) Raul Alvarez 5:00 pm ( ) George & Fina Talamas Sunday, March 2-8th Sunday in O.T. 7:30 am Living and Deceased Members of the Zarzecki Family 9:00 am ( ) Josephine de Poo 10:30 am Members of the Parish Family 12:30 pm ( ) Ramon Antonio & Evangelista Rodriguez 5:30 pm ( ) Jorge Birbragher 7:00 pm ( ) Ana Maria Valbuena LET US PRAY FOR THOSE IN NEED - OREMOS POR LOS NECESITADOS Carlos Javier Sequeira - Andrés Arias - Eddy Bruno - Gabriel Habib - Briana Vega - Martha Leonard - Lizveth Chávez - Steven Michael - José Rodríguez - Noah Masse - Greg Davis - Francis Diaz - Pierre Mezidor - Gumecindo Pérez - Ann Mahfood - Mary Gilliam - Dan Fitzgerald - Miriam Garcia - Cindy Wong - Blanca Henriquez - Barbara Senninger - Yolanda Felipe - Kevin Childs - Frances Diaz - Luis Guillermo Saldorriaga - Alejandro Gonzalez - Thomas Prado - Reynaldo Chavarry - Katherine Cabarga - Emily Nelson - Mercedita Restrepo - Larry King - Maria Diaz de la Fuente - Maria Campos Castellanos - Mayra Vasquez - Wendy Granger - Jonathan Kevin Serrano - Steve Musolino - Antonio Lista - David Del Valle - Julia Salas - Francisco J. Corripio - Leonor Velez - Alessandra Sanchez-Medina - Marco Ferrari - Teresa de Jesus Diaz Brito - Luly Exposito - Veronica Izaguirre - Fortunata Dominguez - Ivan Jordana - Matthew Young Sunday, February 23 Women s Emmaus Bake Sale 12:00 pm Legion de Maria: Angelus y Rosario - LH 2:00 pm Baptisms Scheduled - C Monday, February 24 7:00 pm Gaudium Jr High Youth Group - CH 7:00 pm Bible Study - RPC 7:30 pm Emaus de Hombres - RPC Tuesday, February 25 7:00 pm Holy Hour and Reception - C/CH 7:00 pm RCIA Classes - RPC 7:oo pm Legion of Mary - LH 7:30 pm Talleres Training - RPC 8:00 pm Charismatic Prayer Group - RPC Wednesday, February 26 4 & 7 pm CCD Classes - STS 7:00 pm CCD Confirmation Parent Meeting - CAF 7:00 pm Prayer and Life Workshop - RPC 7:00 pm Spanish Choir Rehearsal - C 7:30 pm Women s Emmaus & Team Meeting - RPC 7:30 pm Legion de Maria - LH Thursday, February 27 7:00 pm Talleres de Oracion y Vida - RPC 7:00 pm Boy Scouts - CAF 7:30 pm Cursillo - RPC 7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal - STS PARISH WEEKLY CALENDAR Friday, February 28 Women s Emmaus Retreat Begins 6:45 pm Wedding - C Michael W. Ugarte & Marilyn Pabon 7:30 pm Grupo Oración Carismático - RPC Saturday, March, 1 8:30 am Confessions - C 10:00 am CCD Classes - STS 10:30-1:00 pm Baptisms - C 3:00 pm Wedding - C Steven Riotti & Jessica Schmidt 6:45 pm Wedding - C Percy Avetrani & Monica Valencia 7:00 pm Hope for Kasai Dinner - CH Sunday, March 2 Marriage Covenant Bake Sale 12:00 pm Legion de Maria: Angelus y Rosario - LH 2:00 pm Baptisms Scheduled - C Legend: C- Church; CAF- STS Cafeteria; KoC- Knights of Columbus Hall; LH- Legion of Mary House; REC- Rectory; RPC- Reilly Parish Center; CH- Comber Hall; STS- St. Theresa School
7 POPE FRANCIS PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY P AROUND TH E PARISH Elders: That the Church and society may respect the wisdom and experience of older people. Collaboration in Evangelization: That priests, religious, and lay people may work together with generosity. Personas Mayores: Para que la sabiduría y la experiencia de las personas mayores sean reconocidas en la Iglesia y en la sociedad. Colaboración en la Misión: Para que sacerdotes, religiosos y laicos colaboren generosamente en la misión de evangelización. INTENCIONES DEL SANTO PADRE FRANCISCO PARA EL MES DE FEBRERO Son of God Opening Weekend Just in time for the beginning of Lent, the movie Son of God - from the same producers of the highly acclaimed mini-series, The Bible, which aired on the History Channel last year - is set to open nationwide later this week. Thanks to the generosity of an Archdiosan donor, 12,000 tickets have made available free of charge to parishes and schools throughout the Archdiocese for this opening weekend. COTLF has tickets available for a showing of Son of God on Sunday, March 2nd at 1pm in the Paragon Coconut Grove Theatre. Only a limited number of tickets are available and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Jorge Santibáñez at the Parish Office to get your tickets!
8 AROUND TH E PARISH FR. MARTIN TO OFFER LENTEN LECTURE SERIES Each Wednesday night during Lent, Father Martin will be offering a Lenten lecture on a variety of spiritual topics designed to encourage us all to enter into the spirit of Lenten conversion. Beginning on March 12th, which is the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday, there will be a weekly lecture offered in Comber Hall at 7:30pm. All are welcome to attend, reflect, and journey toward renewal. NEW STAFF MEMBER HIRED We are pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Landia, former Advancement Director at Archbishop Carroll High School, and former Development Director at Saint Jerome Church, as our new Resource Officer for Communications and Protocol. Mark will be assisting us in many varied ways. As our primary communications officer, he will be leading our marketing and public relations initiatives, staffing the information booth, soon to be set up at the front door of church on the weekends. He will also be overseeing pilgrimages, special events, the operation of Comber Hall, tours of the church, and the 90th anniversary committees. Mark will begin with us on Monday, March 3rd. Welcome, Mark, to COTLF! STATIONS OF THE CROSS Each Friday during Lent, the Traditional Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis) will take place at 6:00pm in Spanish, and 7pm in English. All are welcome to join us as we journey with Jesus and enter into the spirit of this Holy season. MUSIC MINISTRY AT 7:00 PM MASS As Parish Council discerns the possibility of merging the 5:30pm and 7:00pm Masses into a new Sunday evening Mass timeslot geared toward the youth of our parish, we are temporarily without music at the current Sunday night 7:00pm Mass. In the meantime, the parish is currently in search of volunteer guitarists and musicians to step forward to provide liturgical music at the Sunday night 7pm Mass. If interested, please contact the parish office for an appointment with our Music Director. LENTEN REGULATIONS As we get ready for Lent, it s a good thing to begin to plan our annual penitential practices. Observed in the Archdiocese of Miami, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are both days of ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT products for all those who are 14-years of age or older. These days are also days of FAST for those between the ages of 21 and 59 (which means to say, having only one full meal and two smaller meals those days, the total of the two smaller ones not equal to the one main meal, and eating nothing in between meals. ALL FRIDAYS IN LENT are days of ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT products for those who are 14 years of age or older.
9 MINISTRIES NEWS AND UPDATES LEGION OF MARY - MYSTICAL ROSE PRESENTS CATHOLICISM The Legion of Mary will be presenting Fr. Robert Barron s highly acclaimed series entitled Catholicism, thoughout this year. All are invited to rediscover the beauty of our Catholic faith! Part Two - February 27th, 7pm Legion of Mary House, 129 Almeria Ave Happy Are We The Teachings of Jesus The revelation of Jesus as God is accompanied by a stunning invitation to a unique new way of life, explained in the teachings of Jesus. To every generation, the words of Jesus have proven fascinating, disorienting, sometimes confounding, deeply transformative, and always unforgettable. For more information, please contact Maria López at or ULTREYA THIS FRIDAY The Spanish word "Ultreya" means "onward". It was a shout of enthusiasm by the first pilgrimage to the Shrine of Saint James of Compostela. And so we use that term to mean that which encourages all of us who attend the Ultreya to continue, to persevere in our Christian life as apostles for Jesus Christ. The purpose of the Ultreya is to keep the spirit and friendship of a Cursillo ongoing in order that it may be a motivating force for all of us to live the ideal and to evangelize. Ultreya is the place where friendships are built within the larger community. The Ultreya in its totality is the sharing of our Christian life. Our brother Cursillista, Joe Noriega, from Good Shepherd Catholic Church will be the witness speaker. All are welcome to join us at St John Neumann, SW 107 Ave at 7:00pm this Friday, February 28, 2014 in Room E of Resurrection Hall. For info regarding the Cursillo Movement, please contact DK Knox at or Joy Knox at FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA Join us on Saturday, March 1st at 6:45 am for the traditional First Saturday Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. We will pray a Rosary and stay afterwards for the morning Mass. Join S.T.A.R.S. for a Valentine s Lunch on Wed, February 26th in the Reilly Parish Center. For more information about the STARS program, please contact Maria Elena Coto at (305) WOMEN S EMMAUS RETREAT 23 Women 21 and older, you are invited to the next Women s Emmaus Retreat for a weekend of reflection and renewal! February 28 - March 2, 2014 CASA MANRESA SW 56th St, Miami, FL Registration Forms are available at the Parish Office and at the doors of the Church. For more information, please contact Lizzeet Sobalvarro at (305) or YOUTH MINISTRY CORNER VBS 2014: KidVid Cinema New to this year s VBS Program is a station called KidVid Cinema. This station doesn t just bring Scripture to life - it IS real life! At KidVid Cinema, each day s Bible Point is reinforced through the introduction of the story of an actual boy or girl from around the world sharing a little about their own lives and how they ve come to discover that Jesus loves them. Campers will also be encouraged to Watch for God as they visit this station and come to see God in all things around them. A sponsorship gift of $3,000 is available for KidVid Cinema at VBS For more information about sponsoring this or any other VBS Station, please contact Jorge Santibáñez at the parish office.
10 7 O DOMINGO DEL TIEMPO ORDINARIO 23 DE FEBRERO DE 2014 Sean santos, porque yo, el Señor, soy santo. Levítico 19:2b ES MEJOR DAR QUE RECIBIR as palabras de Jesús continúan contrastando la L practica y Ley judía con los seguidores de las enseñanzas de Jesús. El Evangelio de hoy continúa con una ligera variación de la frase Ustedes han oído que se dijo... y yo les digo que... Las antiguas leyes de venganza se escribieron para mitigar las represalias severas y vengativas tan comunes entre los pueblos que rodeaban al pueblo guerrero de Dios. Aquellas personas que querían ser seguidores de Jesús también estaban rodeadas por personas empeñadas en vengarse. Por lo que Mateo presenta a Jesús pidiendo a sus seguidores que si alguien los golpea en una mejilla que pongan la otra. Él les pide a las personas que lo escuchan que den más de lo que alguien les pida. Jesús nos pide amar y orar por nuestros conciudadanos y los extranjeros, a los que amamos y a quienes nos odian. Copyright J. S. Paluch Co. LECTURAS DE LA SEMANA Lunes: Stgo 3:13-18; Sal 19 (18):8-10, 15; Mc 9:14-29 Martes: Stgo 4:1-10; Sal 55 (54):7-11a, 23; Mc 9:30-37 Miércoles: Stgo 4:13-17; Sal 49 (48):2-3, 6-11; Mc 9:38-40 Jueves: Stgo 5:1-6; Sal 49 (48):14-20; Mc 9:41-50 Viernes: Stgo 5:9-12; Sal 103 (102):1-4, 8-9, 11-12; Mc 10:1-12 Sábado: Stgo 5:13-20; Sal 141 (140):1-3, 8; Mc 10:13-16 Domingo: Is 49:14-15; Sal 62 (61):2-3, 6-9; 1 Cor 4:1-5; Mt 6:24-34 A TRADICIONES DE NUESTRA FE ún lo recuerdo, estaba viajando en el metro de la ciudad de Roma cuando subieron dos mujeres con niños. Vestían como si fueran a una fiesta de disfraces. Noté que todas las personas las evitaban. Eran gitanas, esas a las que mi mamá y mis tías me iban a dar si no me portaba bien. Los gitanos no tienen una buena reputación entre las naciones. Tienen la misma reputación de los pastores de Palestina que vivieron en tiempos de Jesús. Se piensa que son ladrones e inmorales, gente a la que hay que tenerle miedo. Sin embargo, decimos que Jesús es nuestro Buen Pastor. En Jesús, todas las personas que jamás creeríamos capaces de alcanzar la santidad, lo logran. Tal es el caso del Pelé o Zeferino Jiménez, un gitano que en 1936 fue fusilado por militares españoles. El motivo de su muerte fue la enseñanza y difusión de la fe en Cristo. Su muerte fue la cumbre de una vida de fe como franciscano seglar. El ejemplo de vida que este gitano nos dio, logró hacer que los españoles lo respetaran y olvidaran sus prejuicios en contra de su gente. Además de eso, evangelizó a sus hermanos gitanos. Fray Gilberto Cavazos-Glz, OFM, J. S. Paluch Co. RETIRO DE EMAUS DE HOMBRES JESUS y la comunidad de la Parroquia de Little Flower te invita, en este tiempo de Cuaresma, a retirarte y disfrutar de una profunda relacion con nuestro Padre Celestial en nuestro próximo Retiro de Emaus # 23 para Hombres el 28 (a las 6:00 PM), 29 y 30 (hasta el mediodia) de Marzo del Sera para ti, un fin de semana muy ameno y refrescante. Para más informacion comunicarse con Gustavo Cagiao (305) o a Tenga en cuenta nuestra responsabilidad cristiana hacia nosotros mismos, nuestra familia, y Dios: la de ser mayordomos sabios de los dones de Dios. Cómo se transmiten las bendiciones a las personas que amamos? La planificación de ahora ayudará a asegurar que las personas que amamos vivan en paz en el futuro. Póngase en contacto con la Oficina de Donaciones Planificadas, llamando al (305) para saber cómo puede transmitir la bendición de Dios a su familia y a nuestra familia parroquial.
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