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Third Sunday of Lent - March 7, 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021

Postures of the Mass

In the Mass, we pray not only with our lips, but with our bodies as well. We stand when the ministers enter. In Western culture, standing is a sign of attention, a mark of respect: all stand when the judge enters the courtroom, for example. Standing is also an ancient posture of prayer, mentioned frequently in the Old Testament. When the readings begin, we sit down: a listening posture. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet to listen to his teaching; the crowds sat on the hillside or the seashore to hear his words. Kneeling is another posture that is full of meaning. It expresses adoration and worship, but it can also express humility and contrition.

We bow: a sign of honor and reverence, acknowledging the presence of God, especially when we receive the Eucharist. And there are other ritual gestures as well striking the breast, genuflecting, and of course making the sign of the cross. The liturgy invites us to pray with our whole person with heart and mind, voice and body.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

In the household of Bethany the Lord Jesus experienced the family spirit and friendship of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, and for this reason the Gospel of John states that he loved them. Martha generously offered him hospitality, Mary listened attentively to his words and Lazarus promptly emerged from the tomb at the command of the One who humiliated death.

The traditional uncertainty of the Latin Church about the identity of Mary - the Magdalene to whom Christ appeared after his resurrection, the sister of Martha, the sinner whose sins the Lord had forgiven - which resulted in the inclusion of Martha alone on 29 July in the Roman Calendar, has been resolved in recent studies and times, as attested by the current Roman Martyrology, which also commemorates Mary and Lazarus on that day. Moreover, in some particular calendars the three siblings are already celebrated together.

Therefore, the Supreme Pontiff Pope FRANCIS, considering the important evangelical witness they offered in welcoming the Lord Jesus into their home, in listening to him attentively, in believing that he is the resurrection and the life, and accepting the proposal of this Dicastery, has decreed that 29 July be designated in the General Roman Calendar as the Memorial of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus.

The Memorial must therefore appear under this title in all Calendars and Liturgical Books for the celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours; the variations and additions to be adopted in the liturgical texts, attached to the present decree, must be translated, approved and, after confirmation by this Dicastery, published by the Episcopal Conferences.

Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.

From the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 26 January 2021, Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops.

Robert Card. Sarah
Prefect - Arthur Roche
Archbishop Secretary

Friday, March 5, 2021

In previous weeks we have seen how the theme of covenant as a preparation for the baptismal covenant celebrated at Easter occupies an important place in our cycle of Lenten readings.

The notion of covenant as a relationship between two parties carries with it an expectation of mutual accountability and fidelity to the terms of the covenant. When God forged the covenant with the Jewish people on Mt. Sinai, it was a pledge of God’s protection, and it would forever permit them familiar access as the Chosen People. For their part, the Jewish people were to observe the dictates of the law, summarized most succinctly here in the form of the Ten Commandments. To be in a covenantal relationship with the Lord God requires an exclusive relationship, just as discipleship with Jesus ritualized in baptism demands a total allegiance to him and none other.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Your gift helps to fulfill the mission of reaching Miami Shores for Jesus Christ.

Su ofrenda nos ayuda a cumplir la misión de traer el mensaje de Jesús a Miami Shores.

February 27th & February 28th, 2021

  • 5:00pm $ 732.00
  • 8:30am $ 758.00
  • 10:30am $ 831.00
  • 12:30pm $ 806.00
  • Total $ 3,127.00

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The St Martha church bulletin is provided by the J.S.Paluch Company to us at no cost. The bulletin is solely funded by the support of the local business community through business sponsorships. In order to continue to receive this, and many of the other benefits J.S.Paluch provides our church, we are looking for additional sponsorships to fill up the open space on our two sponsorship pages.

If you own a business, know of someone who does, or just want to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or special occasion, please consider promoting the business or event in our church bulletin. For more information on the sponsorship program, please contact our J.S.Paluch representative Patrick Falco directly.

He can be reached by email at falcop@jspaluch.com, or directly by phone at (910) 200-8383.

Also, if you have any experience in sales and would like to help the church fill the sponsorship page, please contact Mr. Falco as well. The church thanks you for your consideration and support.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Your generosity allows the Catholic community to continue the programs and services that touch the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Visit www.isupportabcd.org to make a gift now!

Careful Estate Planning can be one of the best gifts you give your family and your Parish.

For more information on what and how to give, contact the Office of Planned Giving today! (305) 762-1112. contact the Office of Planned Giving today! (305) 762-1112.

You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything…” - Exodus 20:4

How many “gods” do you put before God? “Idols” do not always take the shape of physical things, things we can touch and feel. Those are easy to recognize. Many times, they take the form of things we cannot touch and are much harder to spot like pride, power, ego, time, comfort or health. Pray for God’s help to prune our vices and to grow in virtue.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Thank You for Your Gift!

With a grateful heart, thank you to those who have generously made a commitment to the 2021 Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive (ABCD). Thanks to the generosity of many, the ABCD can bring hope by serving others in their time of need, help our students continue on their journey of learning and prepare them for the future and raise a unified voice for peace and dignity of all human life.

Together, we are One in Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity.

If you have yet to make a gift to the ABCD, we need your help to reach our parish goal. Please make your pledge and return it to the church office or in the collection basket. We are confident that , with God’s help and yours, we will unite as a Catholic community to spread the love of Christ beyond our parish doors.