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Second Sunday of Advent : December 4, 2016

Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven* is at hand!” It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’

PRAYER FOR SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Father, what do I miss when I hold tightly to my plans, my hopes, my dreams?

Help me to trust You when I don’t understand; when I would choose another path than the one You chose for me or my family.

As I walk through this season with You, Father, I release to You all I hold dearest.

I want to experience Christ as Mary did, with faith, trust and hope.

Hope in the Christ of Christmas.

The earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea.

— Isaiah 11:9

CHRISTMAS FLOWER COLLECTION

We will have a second collection for the Christmas Flowers next weekend, December 3 and 4.

These funds support the Rosary Altar Society’s work to decorate the church for Christmas. Please be generous.

ANGEL TREE

If you have purchased gifts for the Angel Tree Program, please take them to the Church office by this Monday, December 5th.

ROSARY ALTAR PILGRIMAGE

All are invited to join the Rosary Altar Society for an all day pilgrimage with Fr. Paguaga to three Miami churches on Tuesday, December 6, beginning at 9:00 am: St. Patrick, St. Francis de Sales and St. Joseph.

Lunch and transportation will be included in the $30 fee.

For more information, contact Susana Gamarra at .

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Thursday, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. It is a holy day of obligation.

Mass Schedule

Wednesday, December 7th: 6:30 pm Vigil Mass in Spanish; Following the Mass, at 7:15 pm, all parishioners are invited to honor our blessed mother on this last day of the Novena of the Immaculate Conception.

Thursday, December 8th (Feast): 8:00 am and 12:00 Noon (English); 6:30 pm in Spanish.

2ND COLLECTION FOR RETIRED RELIGIOUS

We will have a second collection next weekend, December 10 and 11 for the Retirement fund for Religious.

Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

ONEBLOOD BLOOD DRIVE

We will have a blood drive next Sunday, December 11 from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm in the Albertson Hall.

YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

Middle School Sandwich Making Ministry: Sunday, December 18th (8:00–9:30 pm)

All 6th, 7th and 8th graders, enrolled in Youth Ministry, are welcome to join us as we gather during the Advent season to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters. We serve together and grow in faith together. Be sure that you enroll!!

Youth Mass!

The next Youth Mass is Sunday, December 11th at 6:00 pm. Our Youth Choir will again be providing the music ministry.

We are looking for teens to contribute to the Liturgy in other ways. Do you feel called to proclaim God’s Word; serve as an usher or serve on the altar? Contact Annmarie as soon as possible to serve at this beautiful celebration. Even if you don’t serve in the Mass, JOIN this Eucharistic Celebration planned for the youth of St. Agnes.

Upcoming Service Opportunities: 12/9 - Homeless Ministry-Family Outreach date; Are you aware of projects that we can help with, pass along the info for me to research! Check the calendar (see instructions below) for more ways to serve!!

Click here to check out the Youth Ministry section on the St. Agnes Parish website. This section will give you the most up to date information about St. Agnes Youth Ministry, including a calendar of service opportunities, events and activities. Get involved!!! Stay informed!! Check out the many photos of all that we have done!

For more information, e-mail: Instagram: stakbyg Twitter: @stakbYG

ROSARY ALTAR SOCIETY CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

The Rosary Altar Society annual Christmas luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 14th at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club.

Buy your tickets now by calling Susana Gamarra at
(305) 733- 1775 or email: .

MIGRANT CHILDREN’S GIFTS

For almost 32 years, the generous parishioners of St. Agnes have been giving Christmas gifts to poor migrant children in Homestead.

The names of these pre-school children are placed in red bowls near the front and side door. You can read more information on the envelope with the name.

Please bring the gifts to the church by Friday, December 16th.Thank you for your generosity.

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Please prayerfully consider spending an hour a week with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

  • Sunday: 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 5:00 pm.
  • Tuesday: 4:00 pm.
  • Thursday: 2:00 pm.
  • Friday: 12:00 pm.
  • Saturday: 9:00 am.

1 Critical need.

5 Prayer Partners needed.

For more information, contact Ana Lucrecia D’Aguiar at .

FATIMA PILGRIMAGE MEETING

We will have a meeting on December 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Albertson Hall, to offer information about the pilgrimage to Fatima with Father Paguaga in October 2017.

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Humor Corner

The Pope goes to New York. He is picked up at the airport by a limousine. He looks at the beautiful car and says to the driver, "You know, I hardly ever get to drive. Would you please let me?"

The driver is understandably hesitant and says, "I'm sorry, but I don't think I'm supposed to do that."

But the Pope persists, "Please?" The driver finally lets up. "Oh, all right, I can't really say no to the Pope."

So the Pope takes the wheel, and is he a speed demon! He hits the gas and goes around 100 mph in a 45 zone. A policeman notices and pulls him over.

The cop walks up and asks the Pope to roll down the window. Startled and surprised, the young officer asks the Pope to wait a minute. He goes back to his patrol car and radios the chief.

Cop: Chief, I have a problem.
Chief: What sort of problem?
Cop: Well, you see, I pulled over this guy for driving way over the speed limit but it's someone really important.
Chief: Important like the mayor?
Cop: No, no, much more important than that.
Chief: Important like the governor?
Cop: Wayyyyyy more important than that.
Chief: Like the president?
Cop: More.
Chief: Who's more important than the president?
Cop: I don't know, but he's got the Pope driving for him!