Roman Catholic Church • Boca Raton • Florida

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Daily Mass
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM and 5:30 PM
Saturday-8:00 AM

Sunday Masses
4:00 PM Saturday-Vigil Mass
6:00 PM Saturday-Spanish Mass
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM
5:00 PM Sunday-Youth Mass

Holy Day of Obligation
5:30 PM Vigil Mass
8:00 AM, 12:00 Noon; 7:00 PM

Confession
Saturday 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Baptism
After the 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday
After the 11:15 AM Mass on Sunday

Office Hours
Monday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday to Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


PARISH CLERGY
Pastor
Rev. Eduardo M. Medina

Vicar
Rev. Jose Pelagio Padit


God has dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart


Please see the  Church Bulletin  for additional News & Events

 LOURDES GROTTO & PRAYER GARDEN

CONSTRUCTION IS COMING!!!

Thank you for your support in funding the construction of a Grotto and Prayer Garden to honor our patroness, Our Lady of Lourdes. We have raised 78% of the needed funds to start construction. However, we are not finished yet. In the months to come, we need to continue our efforts to raise the total amount needed. Year after year, building costs tend to increase. Please, continue supporting this lasting memorial of our faith and devotion to Blessed Mary. We rely solely on your generous contributions and prayers to bring to completion this testimonial of our Catholic faith.

Pavers ----------------------------------------- $150 each

For Naming and Memorial Opportunities Please contact the Parish Office at (561) 483 2440


 Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church Presents
IRISH SPLENDOR
With Fr. Eddie - March 18 to March 25, 2020

Click HERE for Registration Forms

SHRINE OF KNOCK

Dublin, Shrine of Knock, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Farm Visit, Cliffs of Moher, Christ Church Cathedral, Cabra Castle.

Travel the Dingle Peninsula, one of the world’s most beautiful costal routes. See the Rock of Cashel, the historic site where Saint Patrick preached. Stay overnight on the grounds of a historical Castle. Celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Knock a complex that includes 5 churches and is associated to a number of cures and favors.

8 Days & 8 Meals
SINGLE - $2,849/pp    DOUBLE - $2,499/pp   TRIPLE - $2,469/pp

CLIFFS OF MOHER

Included in the Price - Round Trip Air from Miami Int'l Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers.
Not Included in the Price -
 Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $315 per person.  
NOTE:  
All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change based on air inclusive package from Miami International Airport.

Call (561) 483-2440 or click HERE for more information.


 

How To Celebrate All Saints and All Souls Days

We are most familiar with Halloween, but most often we do not think anymore of the religious and spiritual significance of the events or days on which Halloween is based. Halloween refers to All Saints day and All Souls Day, the day of the Dead - the Faithful departed. We have to remind ourselves of the significance and implication of these two special days in our lives. May you and I consider deeply what these two days mean in our Christian lives.

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

2003 US Bishops Document on Immigration (Parts 1 & 2)

In 2003, the USCCB issued Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, in which they outline the elements that any immigration reform should incorporate. The elements are:

  1. Enforcement: The U.S. Catholic Bishops accept the legitimate role of the U.S. government in intercepting unauthorized migrants who attempt to travel to the United States. The Bishops also believe that by increasing lawful means for migrants to enter, live, and work in the United States, law enforcement will be better able to focus upon those who truly threaten public safety: drug and human traffickers, smugglers, and would‐be terrorists. Any enforcement measures must be targeted, proportional, and humane
  2. Earned Legalization: An earned legalization program would allow foreign nationals of good moral character who are living in the United States to apply to adjust their status to obtain lawful permanent residence. Such a program would create an eventual path to citizenship, requiring applicants to complete and pass background checks, pay a fine, and establish eligibility for resident status to participate in the program. Such a program would help stabilize the workforce, promote family unity, and bring a large population “out of the shadows,” as members of their communities.
  3. Future Worker Program: A worker program to permit foreign‐born workers to enter the country safely and legally would help reduce illegal immigration and the loss of life in the American desert. Any program should include workplace protections, living wage levels, safeguards against the displacement of U.S. workers, and family unity.
  4. Family‐based Immigration Reform: It currently takes years for family members to be reunited through the family‐based legal immigration system. This leads to family breakdown and, in some cases, illegal immigration. Changes in family‐based immigration should be made to increase the number of family visas available and reduce family reunification waiting times.
  5. Restoration of Due Process Rights: Due process rights taken away by the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) should be restored. For example, the three and ten year bars to reentry should be eliminated. (continues next week).

IF SOMEONE IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 911

IMPORTANT CONTACTS:
    Florida Abuse Hotline:  1-800-962-2873
    Website - www.myflfamilies.com
    Chancellor 561-775-9507
    Victim Assistance Coordinator 561-801-0999.



ARE YOU AN ACTIVE PARISHIONER?

    A Parish is not simply a "branch office" of the Church, nor a periodic audience of people, nor an occasional public; but it is a formally organized social group. It is a portion of a Diocese under the authority of a priest legitimately appointed to secure in virtue of his office for the faithful dwelling therein, the helps of religion.
    The faithful are called parishioners, and they become parishioners by acquiring a domicile or a quasi-domicile within the geographical boundaries or territory of the Parish.
    Parishioners could be active parishioners or non active parishioners, and the question of parishioner status is important because parishioners look to their Parish for many services:
    parishioner tuition rates in our Catholic schools; the use of our facilities for liturgical services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals; and certification as eligible sponsors at Sacramental celebrations.
    These rights and services within the church bring with them certain obligations, as in any form of community.
To be considered “active,” a parishioners must be registered in the parish; attend Mass faithfully; support the life of the parish by sharing time and talents in service, and sharing treasure (tithing) to build up the community. Active participation in Christian Stewardship makes you an ACTIVE parishioner.


    My dear friends in Christ: Once again, we mark the month of October as Respect Life Month. With words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, God says to us, “Do not fear: I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10). Building a culture of life isn't something we just do one month of the year, or with one event or initiative—it’s essential to who we are. It happens through our daily actions, how we treat one another, and how we live our lives.
    How do we respond when our aging parents are in failing health? Do they know how much we love them and cherish each day given? Do we ensure they know they are never a burden to us? When our friend becomes pregnant in difficult circumstances, do we show compassion that tangibly supports her and helps her welcome the life of her new little one?
    This Respect Life Month and always, let's walk with each other; let's help each other embrace God's gift of human life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us: “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20)


ALL SOULS NOVENA

All Souls Novena begins November 2nd.
Nine consecutive masses for our loved ones.

May the souls of the faithful departed, by the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace! Please, return envelopes with the names of your loved ones by Monday, October 28th so that we can gather all the names for the novena of Masses in their honor.



THANK YOU

Thank you so very much to all our Parishioners who have generously contributed to the Bishop's Appeal Campaign (DSA) which provides the needed funding for the various ministries and services the Diocese of Palm Beach offers to the most vulnerable in our communities.
Our Parish Goal of $157,000 was met and surpassed, reaching the total amount of $160.129.04.

As the Parish continues its mission, please consider supporting the building of the Lourdes Grotto and Prayer Garden so we could secure all the needed funds for its completion. The Blue envelopes for this purpose can be found in Church.
No matter how large or small the amount you give, your participation will help us to build a lasting legacy of faith and love for Blessed Mary.


We publish the Banns of Marriage for:

Erick Guerra & Ana Ordosgostia  - Nov. 9, 2019
Jean M. Auguste & Stephania Sando - Nov. 23, 2019
Sebastian Paredes & Veronica Case - Feb. 15, 2020
Robert McAller & Kaitlyn Leudesdorff - Feb. 22, 2020
Daniel Montes & Betzaida Hernandez - May 23, 2020


    VOCATIONS CHALICE PROGRAM       

Contact the Knights of Columbus, Jack Viadero, at (561) 483-2440, to receive the Vocations Chalice to pray throughout the week for vocations.


St. Bernadette's Place

Wednesdays 10:00 - Noon

St. Bernadette's place is our Parish Food Pantry, and it is supported by the generosity and donations our parishioners. We are happy to provide assistance to those who live within the Parish community boundaries. If you are requesting assistance please provide:

  • Picture I.D with your current address - e.g. Drivers's License
  • One additional form of documentation with your address

We thank all our parishioners who support us with their donations of imperishable items and financial assistance. May you be richly blessed. Christ's Poor & Hungry Apostolate.


WILLS & BEQUESTS

A Bequest, a gift of money or assets left through your will, is vital to your Parish Church and the people the Church serves. It is a unique gift and an investment in the future. By leaving a bequest you are making a lasting difference in the life of the Parish community.
   Our Lady of Lourdes welcomes charitable donations made by bequest through your Will or through Trust. In remembering our Church you also leave a lasting legacy.
   There are various forms of bequests that you may make. For example, the proceeds of an unrestricted bequest may be used where needed, whereas a restricted bequest specifies the use of the donation. Bequests may come in the form of a specific dollar amount, securities, real estate, tangible property, and retirement account assets. A residuary bequest allows Our Lady of Lourdes to receive all or a percentage of your estate after all obligations have been met. If a Will or Trust already exists, an amendment can be done by an attorney through a document called a codicil, which adds a new bequest.
   Our Lady of Lourdes is a charitable, not-for-profit institution; therefore, all bequests are fully deductible for estate tax purposes.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a program designed to instruct children in kindergarten through 5th grade on Sunday during the readings and homily of the Mass. The children are escorted out of the Church after opening prayers, just before the first reading, to a room behind the sacristy – The Holy Family Room. There, the children hear and learn about the same readings the adults hear during Mass. The difference is that the readings are then worded in language that the children can readily understand. They learn the background and/or reasons for the readings and what they mean. In addition, Church etiquette is stressed.
    If you are interested in participating in the program, either as an instructor or aide, your stepping forward would be greatly appreciated and welcomed.
    Please contact the Main Office in the CFC Building with your name and contact number. We look forward to hearing from you.


ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED

Serving the Altar during Mass is an awesome privilege that allows Altar Servers to grow closer to God in a very unique way. Not many people could be that close to the holy sacrifice of the Mass when it is offered by the Priest but Altar Servers and clergy.
Altar Servers should be Baptized and have received their First Communion. The minimum age is 8 or in 3rd grade.
Boys and girls who wish to become Altar Servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities, and to carry them out with reverence.
Don’t miss this great honor. Call the Religious Education Office at 561 483 2440 ext 1429.


USHERS NEEDED - 5PM MASS

Volunteering is a rewarding way to serve your community. It challenges your spirit, fills your heart and enriches your life. Yours may be a renewed sense of purpose or possibly work to fill idle moments. Maybe it’s the opportunity to touch someone on a heartfelt level and be touched in return. Consider becoming a Church usher and greeter at the 5:00PM Mass. If you would like to serve and coordinate the Ushers at the Mass, please contact the Parish office at (561) 483 2440.


Church Bulletins

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ADVERTISE IN OUR BULLETIN

Support our Parish by Advertising your Business in our Parish Bulletin.
For more information call JS Paluch Co., Inc. at 1 800 432 3240.

Diocese of Palm Beach


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CALLED, LED, NURTURED BY THE SPIRIT

We invite all those who have not been able to complete their Sacraments of Initiation and those who would like to become Roman Catholics to join us in the new program of preparation which began on September 19, 2019. The sessions are held on Thursdays from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM in room 212 of the Christian Formation Center. In order to join the RCIA program please follow the registration process outlined below.

Registration process:

Registration Form click HERE.


Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

From Oct 24th to Dec 19th
Thursdays at 7:00PM
Room #210 CFC Building
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

You will:
Learn what it takes to follow Christ.
Discover the joy of divine friendship.
See how God, and only God, can satisfy the deepest desires of your heart.

To Register and to order your study guide and workbook, call the Parish Office at 561 483 2440.

Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer — he wants you to be his disciple and friend. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is a guide to a personal encounter with Christ. Follow Me invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ.


Women Of Grace
EXPERIENCE GRACE IN ABUNDANCE
Oct 29th to Dec 3rd

   Please join us for a six-week study program and experience Grace in abundance: Ten Strategies for your Spiritual Life. The program starts on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 and ends on December 3, 2019. Meeting time is from 10:00 am to 12 Noon.
   This is a step-by-step guidance for women to lead us along the path of holiness and sanctity. During these six weeks, you will discover the gateway to intimacy with the Lord while learning how to pray with fervor and ardent love. The entire journey will enhance your experience of the Eucharist.
   To register or get additional information please contact the Parish Office at 561 483 2440 or Mrs. Diane Martire before October 15th.


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers Offering Available at the Parish Office.


Altar Bread

Altar Bread Offering Available at the Parish Office.


Sanctuary Lamp

The Sanctuary Lamp Is Burning This Week In Loving Memory of Mary Iadicicco Requested by Theresa & Joseph Amato.


PENNIES FOR BABIES

Baby bottles filled with spare change will help fund the work of Birthline and the Pregnancy Care Center under the care of Catholic Charities. With even more churches participating, this Campaign could bring in over $50,000 to support women and babies in our community. Please, take one bottle per family and place it at the kitchen table and fill it with change. We will supply bottles. Return filled bottles to the Sacristy in Church or to the Parish Office.


5th Annual TRUNK or TREAT!
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Save the Date -
Fri, Oct 25th - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Religious Ed - TEENS4CHRIST - Knights of Columbus (KofC)


Pray For Our Sick & Homebound  

If you or your loved one is homebound, seriously ill or in the hospital, and is in need of prayers and the Sacraments, or simply someone to visit and bring Communion, please let us know by calling the Parish Office at (561) 483 2440.  Also, call us if you wish your name to be listed in our Bulletin, and keep us informed about your health.

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If you or your loved one is homebound, seriously ill or in the hospital, and is in need of prayers and of holy communion, please let us know.
Parish Office (561) 483 2440.


This Anointing and Prayer for Healing is available to all Catholics living within Parish boundaries, registered members of the Parish or not. Church Law regulates that each Parish is to provide the needed Pastoral Care of Catholics admitted at any Health Care institution within Parish boundaries whether they are registered parishioners or not.
   So please, if you are in need of the Sacraments during your admission at a Hospital, Nursing home or Hospice facility, contact the nearest Catholic Church but also inform your own Parish.

For West Boca Medical Center; Menorah House, and Symphony Hall call Our Lady of Lourdes at (561) 483-2440. 

For Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Manor Care, Avante, and Hospice of Palm Beach call Saint Joan of Ark at (561) 392-0007. 

For Heartland, Whitehall and Stratford Court call Saint Jude at (561) 392-8172.


H.O.P.E. SENIOR OUTREACH

H.O.P.E. Senior Outreach is committed to Helping Older People Everyday who are homebound, infirmed, or alone. Our H.O.P.E. volunteers wish to share God’s love with Seniors in our Parish by providing some assistance and information about community services available to them. If we can be of help to you please call the Parish Office at (561) 483 2440.


PRAY for the safety of all Men and Women in the MILITARY


It takes a village to raise a child and we're here to help! Learn how mother and baby can get in touch with pro-life Women's Centers to learn about their options and get the support they need to make a decision in favor of life!

You Too Can Help Defend Life!
Call: 1-800-848-LOVE


PRAYER TIME

7:30 am Prayer of the Rosary before Mass Monday through Saturday.
Also, there are two prayer groups that gather in Church and Chapel on Saturdays after Morning Mass.
JOIN US as we humbly ask Mother Mary, our Patroness, to intercede for us.


MATER CHRISTI PRAYER GROUP

Meets every Tuesday at 1:00 pm in the Church to pray the Rosary and to conclude with the prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
JOIN US!!


12 STEP SUPPORT GROUPS

Thursday Evenings 7pm-9pm
Call Parish office for Information - (561) 483 2440


BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP

FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT 12 NOON, IN THE HOLY FAMILY ROOM.
For more information contact the Parish Office at (561) 483 2440.