6th Sunday of Easter - May 1, 2016
6th Sunday of Easter
"There arose no little dissension and debate." Did that happen at work this week? Most of us can recall run-ins with coworkers, even with the boss. Did it happen while socializing with friends? Go easy on politics, religion . . . even sports. At home? Even the most peaceful household experiences a little "give and take" now and then. So where was it that "there arose no little dissension and debate"? That tumultuous conflict occurred among our first Christian ancestors, disrupting the community life of the early church. But today's Acts of the Apostles shows how beautifully the Holy Spirit, promised by Jesus in today's Gospel, helped the church achieve a grace-filled resolution. What evolved was that "reconciled diversity," often encouraged by Pope Francis and even envisioned in today's Revelation passage; and a wondrous experience of Jesus' promised Gospel gift: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you."
"It is the decision of the holy spirit and of us"
After "no little dissension and debate," what exactly was "the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us"? Since today's reading from Acts presents the first formal gathering of Apostles and leading authorities, we'd probably guess supremely challenging directives came forth, detailed membership guidelines, universally- commanded obedience. But these leaders humbly identified themselves as "brothers" and apologized that "some of our number . . . have upset you . . . and disturbed your peace of mind." So "the decision of the Holy Spirit" and church leaders who respected everyone as their brothers and sisters, offered comfort: "not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities." Indeed, their decision was heroically courageous and daringly decisive for the church's future. Amazingly set aside was Israel's lifelong, non-negotiable requirement: Moses' command for circumcision, the covenant initiation ritual that sealed one's spiritual, cultural identity as one of God's chosen people. Why this previously unimaginable change? To welcome warmly and graciously the new Gentile minority seeking Christian community!
"Mercy, Tenderness, Compassionate Love"
Those very qualities in the lives of the first Christian leaders enabled the early church to welcome "outsiders" and make them feel comfortably at home. The young community looked like Revelation's new Jerusalem, gates facing everywhere, welcoming everyone. Announcing this year's Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis declared mercy, tenderness, and compassionate love, offered unfailingly to all, essential to our identity as Jesus' disciples, crucial for authentic Christian witness. Sadly, wrote Francis, the practice of mercy seems to be waning in our world. But no matter what we experience from others, everyone who meets us should encounter Jesus' mercy. In today's Gospel, on the very night Jesus experienced betrayal, denial, and desertion, he still bequeathed shalom to those about to fail--and to us. Not the world's broken promises and competing selfinterests, but Jesus' soul-deep, rock-solid peace, enabling us to survive life's inner pain and outer storms, inviting us to imitate Jesus' own self-sacrifice, giving glory to God, giving life to others.
Jubilee Year of Mercy
In formal documents, presentations, and homilies outlining the purpose of this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis explains that compassion and understanding for those in difficult situations is not only our individual responsibility, but something the whole Church officially needs to manifest. Today’s Acts of the Apostles reading presents a moving example of the early church doing precisely that. Prayerful openness to the Holy Spirit assures the assembly that they have not acted alone in discerning the correct resolution: “It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us.” And they have chosen the compassionate response: “not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities” (Acts 15:28).
Yet how daringly creative the Jewish majority sets aside lifelong rituals that establish spiritual identity and express covenant fidelity. How radically trustful the church affirms universally valid principles while respecting uniquely local and personal situations. Exactly the grace Pope Francis prays this Jubilee Year will renew in today’s Church!
Donations to Catholic Relief Services will go to help earthquake's victims.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Communications Department ‐ Archdiocese of Miami
On April 16, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador, killing at least 350 people, a number that is expected to rise as first responders reach the affected area. This is the strongest earthquake Ecuador has experienced since 1979.
Hundreds more have been injured, and there are reports of widespread damage to buildings, roads and other infrastructure. Communications are down or intermittent, further complicating damage assessment and need. Given the widespread impact, Catholic Relief Services is coordinating with other humanitarian organizations and our partners to determine priorities.
Water, food and emergency shelter will be the biggest needs in the coming days.The people of Ecuador urgently need help. Archbishop Thomas Wenski is encouraging archdiocesan Catholics to help by donating to CRS: Click here
Archdiocese of Miami - Office of the Archbishop
8 May 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We surely all remember the historic visit of Pope Francis to the United States last September. It was an honor to welcome him to our country and listed to his words of love for us. The Catholic bishops of the United States wanted to be sure that everyone joined in the excitement of the visit, and they called on the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) to make that possible.
Love is our Mission - Pope Francis 2015
Did you see these hashtags last year? Maybe you used them yourself?
Pope Francis's visit to the United States last years was a historic moment in the life of the Catholic Church in the United States. The Catholic bishops of the United States wanted to make sure that everyone could join in the excitement of the visit, and called on the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) to make that possible.
Concierto de Alabanza
Celebrando El Mes De Maria Con El Cantante Y Compositor Angelito Villalona.
Domingo 15 De Mayo - 2:00pm - Salón Parroquial.
Boletos $20.00 (Comida, Refrescos, Rifas, Sorpresas).
Every year, St Martha’s Men’s Club offers a $5,000 scholarship for a student to go to college. It is open to all current parishioners. Pick up an application package at the Parish office.
Completed applications received by Wednesday, May 18th will be considered. Applicants will be interviewed on Saturday, May 21st and the winner will be notified on Sunday, May 29th.
Please don’t call the office; the application packages have all the available information.
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Annual All Night Vigil in Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Friday, June 3, 2016.
Begins with Holy Mass at 8:00pm. Main Celebrant Archbishop Thomas Wenski
St. John Vianney Seminary
2900 SW 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33165
Fmily Fun Day - June 18, 2016
One of the Works of Mercy
One of the Works of Mercy is to pray for the living and the dead. The Sacrifice of the Mass is the best and most beneficial prayer. Remember your living and deceased loved ones by offering masses on their behalf.
Call the office, 305-751-0005, by 3:00pm on Mondays to include your Mass request for the following week. Suggested donation $10.00.
Attention Parishioners: We need Volunteers!
- Gift Shop: To greet and serve our parishioners at all masses.
- Youth Ministry: Little Saints, Edge Middle School, Lifeteen and Young Adults.
- Altar Servers: Especially Saturday 5pm and Sunday 6pm masses.
- Choir: Singers, Musicians, Percussionists.
- Welcome/Information Table: All masses.
Please come by our Gift Shop today to see the new merchandise just in for the Easter Season and the Year of Mercy. We are currently open after the 10:30 am and 12:30 pm masses on Sundays.
We also have books, candles, statues, holy cards rosaries and other sacramentals, as well as delicious “empanadas,” “pastelitos”, doughnuts and coffee for sale
The Parish Mission of St. Martha Church
We, the Roman Catholic Parish of St Martha, are a diverse and multicultural parish in Miami Shores, Florida. As a vibrant Catholic community of faith, we seek to become closer to God through worship, prayer, sacraments, spiritual formation, fellowship and hospitality.
Strengthened by the Holy Spirit, we go forth proclaiming the good news of sal‐ vation in Jesus Christ in order to make disciples and serve our brothers and sisters with our time, talents and treasure. Through our evangelization in word and deed, we strive to be the light of the world.
St. Martha Catholic Church and Sacred Heart Church present… Shrines of Italy
October 25 – November 4, 2016
11 Days – 15 Meals.
Highlights: Rome, Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima, Trinita, Madonna del Rosario, Vatican City, Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour, St, Paul Outside the Walls, St John in Lateran, St. Peter's Basilica, St. Mary Major.
Book by April 26, 2016 and Save $200 per person.
To RSVP or for more information call Julio Velasquez at: 305-751-0005.
Join us for a slideshow Presentation St. MarthaCatholic Church on February 8, 2016 at 7:00pm in 9221 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores.
Archdiocese of Miami
“Catholic education changed my life!” If you would like to help children and families to enjoy the same benefit of Catholic education, consider starting a scholarship fund.
Contact the Office of Planned Giving at 305-762-1110 for more information.
ABCD Status as of April 1st
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Cash collected: $101,818
Pledged balance: $143,296
Potential Cashback to St Martha: $12,156
Now the ABCD has become a FUNDRAISER for the parish; any commitment to the ABCD will go directly to St. Martha! Please pick up an envelope through the Information table or an Usher and help St. Martha!
Annual Giving Statements
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We currently have a few volunteer openings Click here to know more
|Offerings for April 24, 2016|
|Mailed In||$ 445.00|
|In thanksgiving for God’s gift, please budget a generous weekly gift in proportion to your household income.|