Catholic Church

Saint Martha

9221 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL 33138  Phone: (305) 751-0005
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This Week

4th Sunday of Lent - March 26, 2017

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil Mass:
5:00pm in English.

English Sunday Masses:
8:30am and 10:30am.

Misas Dominicales en Español:
12:30pm y 6:00pm..

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Saturdays, 4:00pm to 5:00pm. (Sundays, half hour before each Sunday Mass.)

Daily Mass:
Monday-Saturday 8:30am in English Only.

Holy Day Masses: Vigil Mass:
7:00pm in English
8:30am and 11:45am in English / 7:00pm en Español.
Unless otherwise noted in the bulletin/ A menos que se indique otra hora en el boletin.

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Seven smart Strategies

Miami Dade College North Campus is a proud sub-grantee of the SIF program under a grand provided from the Corporation for National and Community Service to AARP Foundation. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, political affiliation, or religion. Back to work 50+ at Miami Dade College North Campus is part of the Women’s Economic Initiative.

  • March 28, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • March 29, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

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Children of the Light

The future king, David, in today's first reading, is an example of a type of character present throughout the Hebrew scriptures. He is the child born out of place (not the eldest or most favored) who ends up receiving the promise of the covenant. The spirit of God's anointing rushes upon him. In this way, he is similar to the man born blind from today's Gospel. David's family and the blind man's community did not expect the miraculous grace of God's love to work through them. Perhaps they, too, were "blinded" by the expectations and assumptions of those around them. Yet, after being touched by God, they both came to "see" the presence of God's will for them. Both became messengers of God's will. That same Spirit of God's anointing rushed upon us at our baptism; we were given a candle as a sign of our membership in the Body of Christ, the Light from Light. Our vocation, then, is to fulfill that enlightenment, that anointing, as Ephesians tells us, by living as "children of the light."

Help Jesus in Disguise

This week, we are taking up The Catholic Relief Services Collection to respond to Jesus in disguise. This collection helps six Catholic agencies to provide relief and support to struggling communities and to work toward peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection.

Learn more about the collection at

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Second Scrutiny

Today, as the Church prays the second scrutiny with the Elect, we seek the light of the Lord in their lives and in our own. So much of our world can seem to be covered in darkness. Let us pray today to live as children of light.

Fourth Sunday of Lent

A touching video that is often shared on social media shows a man receiving special glasses to correct his color-deficient sight. As he puts on the glasses, he grows emotional as he sees vibrant hues for the first time. Flowers, tissue paper, and clothing overwhelm him with their brilliance. He takes one look into his daughter's vivid eyes and throws his arms around her. Today's readings inspire similar reactions as we imagine being able to see the world the way God sees it. In our Old Testament reading, the Lord shows Samuel how to see like God, into the heart. Saint Paul's Letter to the Ephesians urges us to be "children of light," seeing what pleases the Lord. In the Gospel, Jesus restores sight to a man born blind, declaring, "I am the light of the world." To see like God, we fix our gaze on Jesus.

I do Believe, Lord

Jesus comes from a depressing source. "The man blind from birth," who professes faith in Jesus as savior, doesn't even have a name in the account. His neighbors who have known him all his life refer to him casually as "the one who used to sit and beg." Jesus' own disciples immediately form a bad opinion of the man, assuming that his blindness results from sin. His community might have celebrated and rejoiced in his cure, but instead the Pharisees seize the opportunity to ridicule him. This nameless, penniless, friendless outcast becomes our model today. He alone worships Jesus. We should want to be like him. But do we? Last week's Gospel recounted another bold profession of faith in Jesus, that of the woman at the well. A Samaritan, she too is despicable in the eyes of the Israelites. Yet she inspires the conversion of her entire village. We are astonished, almost scandalized, that Jesus allows people we might call losers to profess faith in him as the Messiah. Is it really such an honor to be counted as Christians alongside these misfits?

Seeing as God Sees

Today's readings encourage us to set aside our own assumptions and ask God to help us see as God sees. While our sights are set on happiness and success, God's vision of these blessings often differs greatly from ours. Though we are instinctively uncomfortable with the "losers" in our midst, God chooses them as our guides. In God's eyes, blindness becomes strength, misfits become champions, and dying with Christ becomes the path to everlasting life. We profess faith in Jesus not because doing so will enhance our prestige or increase our wealth, but simply because following Christ pleases God. God's vision for the Kingdom challenges us to seek humility. With God's help, we can resist the temptation to seek preferential treatment and live as children of light, servants to God's people.

Stations of the Cross

Bilingual Stations.
Fridays 7:00pm in church.

Fish Dinner

Fridays, 6:00-8:00pm.

St Martha’s Knights of Columbus & Men’s Club will serve fried & baked fish and side dishes at the Parish Hall from 6:00 - 8:00pm or while supplies last.

  • Adults $10,
  • children $6.

Bulletin of Faith

The light of the world

Sometimes we look and do not see. We search, and do not find. We are blind to the works of God and we need His light to open our eyes.

Blinded by the shine of power, fame, material possessions, we wonder helplessly in all walks of life. Our soul needs to find a resting place somewhere we can find peace and be truly happy. In the quest for finding out who we are and what is our purpose in life, defining which archetypes we identify with is like having a beacon guiding our way. Models or symbols in their purest form, archetypes bring an idea that is easily understood by everybody. It's like the perfect definition of something, a symbol anyone can relate with.

An archetype of faith, of beauty, of power, of strength, of freedom, of wisdom, of gratitude, of creativity, is something that inspire and guide people with clarity and certainty towards a decision, a positioning, a direction.

Modern times offer a bunch of role models people tend to follow, but they lack coherence, they lack depth and structure. When it comes to having a guiding light to our choices, so they will conform with our inner self and our true calling, we should rely on prototypes that are a sure and safe representation of what we look for, of the kind of person we wish to be.

Jesus is the embodiment of all the good characters, a role model we can trust and bring to our experience, to the situations we live, to the challenges we face.

With Jesus as your perfect model, you can adapt your attitude, your words, your choices. You can pick the right fights and let go of the things that don't matter. You can focus your attention and guide your intention the right way.

It's like wondering through unknown paths with a knowledgeable, skilled and experienced guide to give you confidence, and make sure that you travel safe, overcome any challenges and arrive well at your destination.
(by Denise Amaral)

Do you suffer from Celiac Disease?

St. Martha now offers gluten free hosts for those suffering from Celiac Disease! Please let an ushers or the celebrating priest know of your need just BEFORE mass. At Communion time, please go to the Priest line and let him know that you wish a gluten free Host.


Saturday 4:00 to 4:45pm and 30 minutes before Sunday masses until 5 minutes before mass.

Catholics are obliged to confess minimally once a year and as soon as possible when conscious of committing a grievous sin. Take advantage of this sacrament of grace and mercy!

The Knights of Columbus St. Martha Council 15858

Invites all men 18 an over to St. Martha Men’s Day, a social gathering to briefly meet the men of the Knights, get to know the work they do for the parish and learn how you can become a part of this important parish ministry. There will be light refreshment and beverages.

  • When: March 26, 2017, after the 10:30am Mass
  • Where: The St. Martha Hall Courtyard
  • Cost: Free!
  • For more information, please contact: PJ Prendergast at 631-974-2796

Holy Week

April 13th - Holy Thursday
  • No 8:30am Mass
April 14th - Good Friday
  • No Mass
  • 12:00pm Stations of the Cross
  • 3:00pm Via Crucis (Español)
April 15th - Holy Saturday
  • No 8:30am Mass
  • 7:00pm Bilingual Easter Vigil

St. Martha’s Men’s Club Annual Spring Garage Sale & Bazaar

Remember one Man’s Trash is another Man’s Treasure!

Saturday, April 22nd from 7:00am – 2:00pm.

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Hoop It Up!

It’s time to “hoop it up” at the inaugural Free Throw Contest event sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Held at the Parish Hall on April 1 beginning at 2:00pm, the event is open to all kids ages 9-17.

Lunch will be served with great prizes awarded. Hope to see you there!

To register please: call 305-496-4680 or email .

Curso Matrimonial

Del Padre Ignacio Larranaga

Curso práctico para ayudar a las parejas en su peregrinación hacia el ideal conyugal, donde dos referencias asisten: la reflexión y la comunicación. Para parejas casadas o que conviven.

Miércoles Marzo 29, 7:00pm en el Centro Parroquial Salón-C. Gala Guaido, #Cel: 786-985-9883.

Lent 2017 - Give up, Take up, Lift up!

The 2017 Lenten season began on Ash Wednesday, March 1, for Latin-rite Catholics..

In a particular way during Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy that "remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit."

"Lent is a favorable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ."-- Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2017. . .

Take inspiration for your Lenten journey from prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.

In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.

The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

On these pages, you will find a variety of suggestions and resources to help you "give up," "take up," and "lift up" during this Lent and to embrace your baptismal commitment.

Catholics are also encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives during Lent.

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Noche de Adoración

Con el Misnisterio Musical “Adoremus” y el Grupo de Oración de Santa Martha. Dos horas en la Presencia del Señor. Martes 4 de abril, de 8:00 a 10:00pm.

Aurea, 305-733-1522; o Ema, 786-273-8015.

Adoremos A Jesús En El Santísimo Sacramento

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - November 8 - 16, 2017

Daily Mass - Tel Aviv - Jaffa - Caesarea - Acre - Nazareth - Cana - Tiberius - Sea of Galilee - Tabgha - Capernaum - Mount Tabor - Bethlehem - Jerusalem – Church of the Holy Sepulcher - Western Wall – Dead Sea - Bethany - 4 Star Accommodations - 15 Meals - Roundtrip Airfare from MIA - Hometown Pickup to and from the Airport - Airport to Hotel Transfers - Complimentary Luggage Handling.

Please call the office, 305-751-0005.

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Lenten Resources at the Gift Shop


For teens in 9th through 12th grades. Come on Fridays at 7pm for free food, making new friends, singing awesome songs and learning more about Jesus and the Church. Invite your friends.

Carmen Lambert 305-970-4128 /

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 salvation 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.

Fast and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 to 59.

When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church in the United States from age 14 onwards.

Planned Giving

Planned giving not only benefits the Church many gifts provide tax advantages to the benefactor.

There are many ways to contribute to St. Martha:
  • A gift through your will (Bequests),
  • A sizeable gift at a small cost (Life Insurance Gifts),
  • A gift that provides income and keeps pace with inflation (Charitable Remainder Trusts),
  • A gift that pays a guaranteed income for life (Charitable Gift Annuities).

Contact the rectory or the Office of Planned Giving at305-762-1110 or

Please Pray For Our Parish Leadership

Team: Mike Palma, Cathy Palma, Maria Benitez, Reinaldo Trujillo, Pedro Guerrero, Bernadette Johnson and Fr. Wilfredo Contreras.

Heavenly Father, You have gathered us together as a parish to be Your visible life in our world. Here we unite in worship, proclaim your word, celebrate the Eucharist, and are sent forth to share Your love and make disciples. Lord, we take your Great Commission seriously and long for our parish to be so on-fire that we draw people to You. Help us in that endeavor, as we strive to work together—ordained, religious and laity. Please make our parish amazing, through Your power and Your grace. Amen.

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.

Elijah Vocation Cup

Will you commit to a week of prayer for vocations?

Please sign up at the Information Table. Thank you for your participation in this important ministry!

Edge Catholic Middle School Youth Ministry!

For middle schoolers.

When: Fridays

Where: Parish Hall

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Shafik Palis -

ABCD: Give and You Shall Receive

...Jesus keeps knocking on your door in the faces of our brothers and sisters, in the faces of our neighbors, in the faces of those at our side” - Pope Francis

Goal: $139,500
Pledged: $143,000
Pledge Over: $3,500
Cash Received: $112,200
Cash shortage: $27,300

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Annual Giving Statements

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Volunteers Opportunities

We currently have a few volunteer openings Click here to know more

March 18th - 19th
Online $ 218.11
Mailed in $ 217.00
5:00pm $ 628.00
8:30am $ 1,070.00
10:30am $ 2,408.00
12:30pm $ 1,324.00
6:00pm $ 986.00
Total $ 6,851.11
Your gift helps to fulfill the mission of reaching Miami Shores for Jesus Christ. In thanksgiving for God’s gift, please budget a generous weekly offering in proportion to your household income.