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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time : February 26, 2017

Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

“Jesus said to Peter and Andrew “Come after Me and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him.

Today’s Gospel is about letting go –letting go of our anxieties and fears, letting go of our selfabsorption and need to control, letting go the strings in our lives that tie us down and tie us up from living a life of joyful compassion and selfless generosity.

Christ calls each of us to be “fishers of men” using whatever net we possess, in whatever oceans and seas we find ourselves. In our own poverty, Christ calls us to “fish” for those who are in need; in our own pain Christ calls us to “fish” for those who suffer; in our own despair, Christ calls us to “fish” for those who have lost all hope.

May we find within ourselves and within our means our own “nets” to bring the grace and peace of God to those in our boats.

A PRAYER FOR LENTEN GRACE

Loving God, During the sacred season of Lent, bring me closer to you. Prepare a place in my home and heart for silence and solitude, so that I may re-discover the grace of a prayerful life.

Help me to fast from those things that threaten the well-being of body and soul and remind me of the grace of simplicity.

Enlarge my heart so that I give to those in need and, in so doing, re-discover the grace of gratitude and generosity.

May this season be a grace-filled time to rekindle my love for and faith in you. Amen

“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure — pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

Luke 6:38

2017 Archbishop’s Charity and Development Drive (ABCD) Begins

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  • Goal for 2017: $310,822.

ABCD: Give and You Shall Receive

Our church is a place to pray, to give thanks, to mourn and to celebrate. A place for us all to unite—in need and abundance—to have mercy, lift each other up and ease pain and suffering. A place people turn to in their time of need. We are all instruments of God’s mercy and peace. One church, one family uniting to help those in need.

Thank you to all who have already generously responded to this year’s ABCD. Your support strengthens the ministries that serve our Archdiocese and allow the Church to form new disciples. As Scriptures remind us, Give and it shall be given to you. Your neighbor needs you. You are the answer to someone’s prayers, and together, we are changing lives.

If you have yet to respond to this year’s ABCD, please join us by making a gift now. You can obtain a pledge envelope from the parish office or you can make a gift online at www.isupportabcd.org. Thank you for all that you do and the spirit in which you do it.

Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski

Archbishop of Miami

ASH WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

March 1, 2017

8:00 am - English.
12:00 pm - English.
6:30 pm - Spanish.

ROSARY ALTAR SOCIETY MEETING

The Ladies of the Rosary Altar Society would like to announce their monthly meeting on Friday, March 3rd; They will begin with mass at 8:00 am, pray the Rosary in the Chapel at at 8:30 am, followed by the meeting in the Parish Hall.

All are welcome!

ROSARY ALTAR SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

On March 4th and 5th the Ladies of the Rosary Altar Society will hold their annual Membership Drive. This is the oldest Ministry of Saint Agnes Parish. They promote devotion of the Rosary and are dedicated to the care of the Altar

They are responsible for the Church decorations by providing flowers, linens, candles, caring for priest’s vestments and seasonal decorations. They have monthly meetings every first Friday, an annual bake sale and the White Elephant Bazaar. This drive will provide funds for the Church decorations. There is an annual $15 membership fee and all are invited to join.

For more information contact Susana Gamarra (305) 733-1775 or send an email to .

EMMAUS MASS

Tuesday, March 7th at 8:00 pm.

All Emmaus brothers and sisters are invited to the special celebration.

ROSARY IN ENGLISH

All are invited to pray the Rosary in English on Mondays, 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm in the church.

RESPECT LIFE MINISTRY

Rosario Keif (305) 794-1743
Ana Maria Jauregui (305) 205-8075

Website: www.respectlife.org;
email: .

Project Rachel: Post Abortion Counseling & Reconciliation
(954) 981-2984 / 1-888-456-4673.

YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

Middle School Ministry Social Gathering:

Join us, 6th, 7th and 8th Graders, for an evening of fun, food and friendship. We meet on Friday, March 3rd from 7:30 - 9:00 pm in Alberston Hall to build friendships and grow in faith. Be sure that you are enrolled!!

Youth Mass!

What are you waiting for, St. Agnes Youth! WE NEED YOU!! We need some more teens to contribute to the Youth Mass. The Youth Mass is the 6:00 pm Mass every two weeks with the next one tonight, February 12th. Do you feel called to proclaim God’s Word; serve as an usher or serve on the altar? Contact Annmarie to serve at these beautiful celebrations. Even if you don’t serve in the Mass, be sure to JOIN these Eucharistic Celebrations especially planned for the youth of St. Agnes.

Upcoming Service Opportunities: 3/10 - Helping the Homeless—YOUTH NIGHT at Milanezza; 3/3 and 3/17 - Homeless Ministry - Family Outreach dates; 3/19 - Middle School Sandwich Ministry; Are you Aware of Projects that We Can Help with, Pass Along the inforomation for me to Research!

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

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 3:00 pm.
  • Monday: 3:00 am.
  • Tuesday: 1:00 am.
  • Friday: 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm.
  • Saturday: 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm.

14 Prayer Partners needed.
2 Critical Need.

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

LIVING IN THE LIGHT OF TRUTH SEMINAR
IGNITE THE FAITH

Another successful retreat!

Thank you to all of you for your prayers and support for making a difference in the lives of our parish youth. 52 teens attended and another 28 teens helped in making this experience a reality. God is so good!!!Check out the video at ly/2Ignite2YouTube

MINISTRY FAIR, MARCH 4 & 5

Everything we have is a gift from God. This includes the unique talents He gave us. In thanksgiving for those talents, He expects us to share them with others. Many of you have asked how you can use your time and talent to serve others. We are excited to announce that next weekend (March 4 & 5) after all of the masses, our parish will be having a Ministry Fair. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the many ministries that we have at St. Agnes and to sign up to help and to share the gifts that God has given you. Be sure to stop by the tables after Mass.

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WHY I GIVE TO ABCD

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“I give for one simple reason ... because I am thankful. I am thankful that I do not need to worry about putting food on the table for my family, or where my family is going to sleep tonight. I am thankful that whenever one of us gets sick we have the money we need to get medical help.

I am thankful to be part of this wonderful community and that I have family and friends in this community, upon whom I can depend if I need something. I am thankful to be a working professional. I know that Catholic Charities will use my contribution to better the lives of those many persons in need.

Let's all be thankful for our blessings by giving back and showing our support for ABCD.”

~A fellow parishioner

Humor Corner

A woman noticed her husband standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach. “Ha ­­! That’s not going to help,” she said.

“Sure, it does,” he said. “It’s the only way I can see the numbers.”