LOURDES GROTTO & PRAYER GARDEN
CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS
Thank you for your support in our efforts to build a Grotto and Prayer Garden to honor our patroness, Our Lady of Lourdes. 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 could be found in Church. 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 wonderful testimonial of our Catholic faith.
Pavers ----------------------------------------- $150 each
For Naming and Memorial Opportunities Please contact the Parish Office at (561) 483 2440
How to Approach the Mass?
What favorable disposition should we have in going to Mass?
The Holy Mass or the Eucharist is the center, the source and summit of our Christian life. It is very important to attend Mass, to celebrate it, and to have the graces it can give to us, the faithful. So, it is also essential that we should have a favorable disposition towards it. Allow this video give three suggestions in your approach towards the Holy Mass.
The Eucharist - The Mystery in our Midst
The Mass is very important in our lives. Let us take a fresh look at the fundamental truths about the Mass and develop a greater devotion and love of it. The Eucharist, or the Mass, is where we encounter the Mystery, where we celebrate the Mystery, and from where we are sent forth to be bearers of the Mystery. Let us promote the love of the Holy Mass, the Holy Eucharist.
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
How Faith impacts our Life
By Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, Wednesday, 10/17/12
Faith means taking this transforming message to heart in our life, receiving the revelation of God who makes us know that he exists, how he acts and what his plans for us are. Of course, the mystery of God always remains beyond our conception and reason, our rites and our prayers. Yet, through his revelation, God actually communicates himself to us, recounts himself and makes himself accessible. And we are enabled to listen to his Word and to receive his truth. This, then, is the wonder of faith: God, in his love, creates within us — through the action of the Holy Spirit — the appropriate conditions for us to recognize his Word. God himself, in his desire to show himself, to come into contact with us, to make himself present in our history, enables us to listen to and receive him. St Paul expresses it with joy and gratitude in these words: “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers” ( 1 Thess 2:13).
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a program designed for adults who have not been able to complete their sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist), and for those who would like to become Roman Catholics. The program, like all of our Roman Catholic teaching, is based on Sacred Scripture and the Traditions handed down to us from the early Church Fathers. The program is divided into four segments to permit the inquirer to ask questions, listen to the teachings of the Church, reflect on their decision to join the Church, and have time to familiarize themselves with the parish.
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 beginning on September 17, 2020. The sessions will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM in the Christian Formation Center, and the program goes from September through the end of April 2021. In order to join the RCIA program please follow the registration process outlined below.
- Print a registration form from this website or obtain one from the Parish Office;
- Complete and submit the registration form to the Parish Office and request an interview with a Priest;
- If you have been baptized bring a copy of your Baptismal Certificate with you to the interview;
- Join the program when it starts on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
Registration Form click HERE
As Jesus has said, “come and you will see,” (Jn 1:39) the goodness of the Lord and taste the blessing of celebrating the faith in a community that has pledged its support to you in this wonderful journey.
Please, contact the Parish Office or Mr. DeLisle Callender @ (561) 483 2440 for more information.
Your Faith, Your Community, And The Census
Why am I hearing about the 2020 Census from my house of worship?
The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. The U.S. Census Bureau is partnering with faith-based institutions to promote the 2020 Census. These institutions volunteered to help because they understand how important a complete count is for their congregants and community.
Being counted matters for you and your community regardless of your religious affiliation. The 2020 Census will determine how many representatives your state will have in Congress. Census results will also help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to states and communities each year for housing, schools, food assistance, health care, and other vital services. Federal programs funded based on the census include those that address poverty, hunger, homelessness, child care, emergency services, and public safety.
We encourage you to complete the 2020 Census. By law, all your answers must be kept confidential.
Please click HERE for more information.
Please click HERE if you would like to complete Census.
IF SOMEONE IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 911
Florida Abuse Hotline: 1-800-962-2873
Website - www.myflfamilies.com
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.
2020 Diocesan Services Appeal
Thank you to all of you who have supported the DSA in the past, and have helped our Parish to meet its goal. The funds collected helped our Diocese of Palm Beach in assisting those in need the most, and provided funding for the various programs throughout the Diocese, from Catholic Charities to Seminarians formation. Please, consider participating in such a charitable endeavor as an expression of personal gratitude for the Lord’s countless blessings.
Our goal for this year is $177,000. Pledges and payments to date total $99,190 so the amount needed to reach our goal is $77,810. No matter how large or small the amount, your participation will help our Catholic Church build a better world, as Christ taught us.
Please click HERE to read letter from Bishop Barbarito
We publish the Banns of Marriage for:
Robert Calabro & Diana Nin - Nov 21, 2020
Brett Morreale & Amanda Valdalez - Nov 21, 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 serves “Our Parish Community” with one of life’s most basic needs. The number of families we are serving keeps increasing each week, and we find that it is time to restock the shelves. We are in need of the following items:
Canned Soups, Vegetables and Fruits, Pasta Sauce and Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Cereal, Crackers.
We “Thank You” in advance for your ongoing generosity and support in feeding Christ’s Poor & Hungry. Collection bins will be in the church vestibule.
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.
Saint Bernadette's Place Volunteers.
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.
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Children’s Liturgy of the Word
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 at the Altar and assisting the Priest at mass is an awesome privilege that allows you to grow closer to God and learn more about your faith. Deacons and Altar Servers are the only people who are allowed to be so close to the Priest when he offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This is an opportunity to serve the church and the Our Lady of Lourdes faith community in a very special way. Volunteering as an Altar Server may also count as community service hours. Please contact the Religious Education Office at 561-483-2440 x1429 to sign up for training.
Altar Servers must be baptized Catholics, who have received their first Holy Communion.
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 carry them out with appropriate reverence.
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.