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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 BEGINS

With all permits in place, we are finally able to break ground and start construction.  Groundbreaking on Sunday, November 24th after the 11:15AM Mass.

Thank you for your support in our efforts to build a Grotto and Prayer Garden to honor our patroness, Our Lady of Lourdes.  However, in the coming months we need to raise the remainder of the funds needed to cover the entire cost of the project as building costs tend to increase yearly.  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


 Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church Presents
IRISH SPLENDOR
With Fr. Eddie - March 8 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.


 

Advent Season; Season of Joy, Joyful Waiting for the Coming of the King

Advent Season is a season of preparation and eager waiting. Waiting should not be boring, but joyful and hopeful, for The One coming is the fulfillment of all our wishes, dreams and aspirations. Jesus Christ is our King and Son of God, He is coming and will not delay; thus, our Advent journey has even the color purple because it is a regal color. Let our disposition during this Advent Season reveal our enthusiasm to welcome the Lord Jesus.

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

From the Declaration "DOMINUS IESUS" on the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church, from the Congregation of the Faith. Promulgated by Saint John Paul II on June 16, 2000

The Church's universal mission is born from the command of Jesus Christ and is fulfilled in the course of the centuries in the proclamation of the mystery of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the mystery of the incarnation of the Son, as saving event for all humanity (1).
    In the course of the centuries, the Church has proclaimed and witnessed with fidelity to the Gospel of Jesus. At the close of the second millennium, however, this mission is still far from complete (2).
    In this task, the present Declaration seeks to recall to Bishops, theologians, and all the Catholic faithful, certain indispensable elements of Christian doctrine, which may help theological reflection in developing solutions consistent with the contents of the faith and responsive to the pressing needs of contemporary culture (3).
    The Church's constant missionary proclamation is endangered today by relativistic theories which seek to justify religious pluralism, not only de facto but also de iure (or in principle) (4).
    The Church's constant missionary proclamation is endangered today by relativistic theories which seek to justify religious pluralism, not only de facto but also de iure (or in principle).
    As a consequence, it is held that certain truths have been superseded; for example, the definitive and complete character of the revelation of Jesus Christ, the nature of Christian faith as compared with that of belief in other religions, the inspired nature of the books of Sacred Scripture, the personal unity between the Eternal Word and Jesus of Nazareth, the unity of the economy of the Incarnate Word and the Holy Spirit, the unicity and salvific universality of the mystery of Jesus Christ, the universal salvific mediation of the Church, the inseparability — while recognizing the distinction — of the kingdom of God, the kingdom of Christ, and the Church, and the subsistence of the one Church of Christ in the Catholic Church. (Continued next week.)


Advent: the Beginning of a New Liturgical Year

As Christians, we celebrate the arrival of a new liturgical year differently. The new year that begins on the first Sunday of Advent is a quiet one. In the readings for the four Sundays of Advent, we remember the time when people waited in anticipation for the coming of the Messiah. And while we know that the Messiah has come in Jesus Christ, and we have remembered his life, Death, Resurrection and Ascension many times, we can still reflect on and celebrate the newness of his coming once again.
    What is great about celebrating the coming of Jesus with children is that they help us approach the season with fresh eyes and insight. They present us with a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge they present is the way they soak up the values of the culture that has had them anticipating Christmas since the beginning of November. The opportunity they present is that we can introduce them to the timeless rituals celebrating the coming of the Messiah that will add depth to their spiritual lives.

There are a number of ways families can celebrate the season of Advent:

  1. Make an Advent wreath and place it in the middle of the dining room table. An Advent wreath consists of a frame holding four candles placed inside a circle of evergreens. The greenery in the wreath symbolizes the promised new life in Jesus. The four candles denote the four Sundays of Advent. There are three purple candles and one rose candle. Purple is a sign of penance, and rose is the color denoting the anticipation of joy. Light a candle on each Sunday evening of Advent, saying a short prayer or singing a verse of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” The light of the candles represents the light coming into the world as we prepare to celebrate Jesus' birth.
  2. Advent calendars are available at many gift stores. The calendar consists of two pieces of cardboard on top of each other. Twenty-four doors are cut out of the top layer. One door is opened each day from December 1 through December 24, revealing a picture.
  3. There is a long tradition in Christian art of depicting the Jesse tree, a symbolic tree or vine with spreading branches on which there are images depicting the genealogy of Jesus. There are several variations of the Jesse tree. In one variation, each ornament has a picture on one side and a Scripture passage on the other. An ornament is hung on the tree every day during Advent.

With the celebration of Advent each year, everything old can be new again. Each year gives ourselves and our family an opportunity to remember and anticipate the celebration of the birth of Jesus on Christmas morning.


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.



THANK YOU

Thank you so very much to all our Parishioners that 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.

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.


We publish the Banns of Marriage for:

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

      Nov 24, 2019                 Dec 1, 2019                   Dec 8, 2019    
              


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Every Friday from 4 pm to 5 pm
Saturday from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Penance Celebration & Confession
Thursday, December 19th
10 am to 12 Noon
Several priests available


Immaculate Conception Solemnity

Moved to Monday, Dec. 9th
Holy Day Mass 8:00 am & 5:30 pm
This year, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation

December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We believe that Mary is saved and preserved from Original sin during Her Conception, for She was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus, the Only Son of God. This celebration is not only to venerate and honor our Blessed Mother Mary, this is also for us to learn some lesson. In our time, it is easy to compromise our faith. Let us learn from this celebration that we are always to strive to live the divine life we are gifted with well by abhorring sin and sinful ways, and by rather adhering to God: Adhere to God, abhor sin. We may not be sinless or immaculate, but we have to make the effort, to fight fiercely, against sin, in order to live pleasing to God.

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Sunday morning, Dec. 15th
After the 8:00 am, 9:30 am & 11:15 Masses
YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO HAVE A DATE WITH ST. NICK!

Santa is visiting us during the Family Breakfast prepared by the Knights of Columbus. Come, have breakfast with us and have your picture taken!


Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers Offering Available at the Parish Office.


Altar Bread

Altar Bread Offered In Thanksgiving for Lucas Gabriel Fonseca Requested by Loving Parents & Grandparents.


Sanctuary Lamp

The Sanctuary Lamp Is Burning This Week In Loving Memory of Edward C. Walina, Jr. Requested by Family.


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.