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Sixth Sunday of Easter : May 21, 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.

SUMMER MASS SCHEDULE

Starting Memorial Day Weekend May 27-28.

Saturday

  • Vigil Mass 5:30 pm - English.

Sunday

  • 9:00 am; 11:00 am 6:00 pm - English.
  • 1:00 pm and 7:30 pm - Spanish.

“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

NOON MASS TO BE CANCELLED

The 12:00 pm daily Mass will be cancelled beginning Tuesday, May 30th.

The noon Mass conflicts with scheduling of funerals, memorial masses, and Academy activities. This Mass has the least number of parishioners regularly attending. We are truly sorry if you have attended this Mass frequently. We ask you to please call the church office if you have difficulty finding transportation to attend daily Mass so that we can help you. The noon Opus Dei Mass will continue to be celebrated on Thursday twice a month.

CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN SECOND COLLECTION

Sunday, May 28 you will have the opportunity to support TV programs and Masses, newspapers and radio programs with your donation to the Catholic Communications Campaign.

Please be generous in this Second Collection.

WHY CATHOLIC RETREAT

Come and join us in our third Why Catholic Retreat “Celebrating Jesus in our Journey of Faith.”

Bring your bible. June 3rd, 2017; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Albertson Hall;

Suggested donation: $5.00.

RESPECT LIFE MINISTRY

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

Website: www.respectlife.org | email: respectlife@stakb.org

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

YOUTH MINISTRY

Middle School Sandwich Ministry:

6th, 7th and 8th Graders join us as an Easter people as we gather to grow in our faith and to help others. First meeting is Friday, May 5th from 7:30 - 9:00 pm for fellowship and fun. Then on Sunday, May 21st from 2:00-3:30 pm. We will be at service to our homeless neighbors. Both meetings are in Alberston Hall. You must have a parent waiver signed, see how below.

High School Ministry:

High Schoolers you are invited to join us for friendship, service and faith on a weekly basis until June 14th. Starting May 24th 8th Graders are invited to join the high school gathering. Come, check out what we’re about! You must have a parent waiver signed, see how below!

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! Or access the site at: bit.ly/StAgnesYouthMinistry.

Parent waiver must be completed for involvement in Youth Ministry, use this link for the remainder of the year and use the Scholarship Enrollment option: bit.ly/YouthMinistryEnrollmentSTA

For more information, e-mail: , Instagram: stakbyg, Twitter: @stakbYG, YouTube: St. Agnes Youth Ministry. Facebook: @stakbYM.

Get involved!!! Stay informed!!

PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

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

  • Sunday: 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm
  • Monday:3:00 am and 2:00 pm;
  • Tuesday:12:00 pm and 3:00 pm;
  • Wednesday:12:00 am, 3:00 am, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm;
  • Thursday: 1:00 am
  • Friday:1:00 pm, 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, and 11:00 pm.

5 Critical needs;
18 Prayer partners needed

For more information, contact Ana Lucrecia De Aguiar at .

CATHOLIC VOLUNTEERS IN FLORIDA IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!

As you consider career paths, have you thought about participating in a life-altering year of full-time service that will bring you many new opportunities?
We have multiple volunteer positions open for our 2017-18 service year which begins in August. Apply now if you are ready for a year that will change your life! Applicants should have a college degree and a heart for serving marginalized communities in Florida or the Dominican Republic.

Catholic Volunteers serve in many roles such as teachers, social workers, case managers, resident assistants, paralegals, volunteer coordinators, and medical assistants.

Benefits include housing, health insurance, a monthly living stipend, quarterly retreats, leadership training, and the AmeriCorps Education Award (for qualifying positions).

65% of our volunteers are offered employment in the organization where they serve after their year of service!

Our program focuses on active spirituality, doing justice, creating community, and living simply.

Application deadline is May 31, 2017.

To learn more or to start an application, go to www.cvif.org.

Are you considering your career path and trying to figure what to do next? How about spending a year strengthening your professional skills and spiritual life while serving communities in need in Florida or the Dominican Republic?

Catholic Volunteers in Florida is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 service year.

We provide volunteers with free housing, health insurance and even a monthly stipend for living expenses during one service year. Close to 65% of our volunteers are offered employment after the year so it's also a great way to find the right opportunity for your future.

Submit an application and “become who you are” today by visiting www.cvif.org or call us at (407) 426- 7771.

CALLING ALL MIDDLE SCHOOLERS!

All 6th, 7th and 8th Graders are invited to join us to grow in service, faith and friendship.

5th Graders we’d love to have you check us out! Join us for the June meetings as our season winds down and you are moving up to Middle School!!

Mark your calendar and get involved.

  • May 21st - Sandwich Making
  • June 2nd - Social Gathering (5th Graders invited!)
  • June 4th - Sandwich Making Ministry (5th Graders invited!)

A parent waiver is required to participate. Please CLICK HERE and select the (Scholarship Enrollment).

EFFETA RETREAT #1

DATE: Jun 16,17 & 18 - 2017.

AGE: Young Adults 18-23

TIME: Starts on Friday 16, at 6:30 PM. Sharp! Ends on Sunday 18, at 5:00 PM, after the Mass at St Agnes Church 100 Harbor Drive, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.

PLACE: MorningStar Renewal Center 7275 SW 124 Street Miami, FL 33156.

MASS: Sunday, June 18 at 4:00 PM at St. Agnes Church. End of Retreat.

Please invite family and friends!!!

PRICE: $165.00. Check made to St. Agnes Catholic Church.

Click here to register and more information

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (CCD) REGISTRATION

An important message from Sister Maria Andrea

Dear Parents,

We thank you for entrusting your children to us for their religious education.

Our Religious Education Program at St. Agnes has grown and we are proud to share with you that last year we had over 640 registered students, 170 will receive the Sacrament of First Communion and 90 received the Sacrament of Confirmation. This growth would not be possible without your commitment to share your Catholic faith with your children, but especially this would not be possible without the over 100 volunteers that share their love and time with your children, the teachers and assistants. To be better prepared for the beginning of the school year, we have decided to open registration now.

In order for you and your family to take advantage of our early registration fee, you must register your children by June 16th.

Please read carefully the information attached to make sure you understand the new fee schedule. Fees goes up after June 16th and then again after August 25th.

It is also important to note that next year we will be offering classes on:

  • Tuesday from 4:30 pm to 6 pm;
  • Wednesday from 4:30 pm to 6 pm;
  • Sunday from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

You must choose the day you want your children to attend, but space is limited especially on Wednesday and we cannot make any exceptions, so if scheduling is an issue please register early.

This year you are able to register online in our App under the Applications tab.

If you prefer, you may register in person on Mondays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. After May 20th, we will receive registrations Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and on Wednesday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

If you have any questions please call us at (305) 361-1379.
Many Blessings!

In the love of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Sr. Maria Andrea, SCTJM

Click here to read more

SPECIAL INVITATION FOR 8TH GRADERS!

The 12:00 pm daily Mass will be cancelled beginning Tuesday, May 30th.

Graduation is just around the corner which means that high school is too.

We would like to invite you to join us at our Wednesday night high school meeting beginning Wednesday, May 24th.

  • Where: Albertson (Parish) Hall
  • When: Wednesdays - 7:30 to 9:00 pm
    May 24, May 31, June 7 and June 14 are the remaining meetings for this season.

Come and check us out! More info? Write to

100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE APPARITIONS OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA

The Archdiocese of Miami and the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary invite you to the events that will be taking place each 13th of the month from May to October, 2017.

We will make memory of each one of Her apparitions so that we may respond with love to each of Her Maternal calls.

  • June 13, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm : All Saints Parish.
  • July 13, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm : Sacred Heart Parish.
  • August 13, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm : Nativity Parish.
  • September 13, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm : St. Andrew Parish.
  • October 13, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm : Our lady of Guadalupe Parish.

For more information visit: www.miamiarch.org or www.piecedhearts.org

Click here to download the flyer

STEWARDSHIP

‘All shall give as they are able, according to the blessings which the Lord your God has given you.’ –Deuteronomy 16: 17

Thanksgiving to God In the early days of the United States, colonists would celebrate “thanksgiving” after a military victory, at the end of a drought, or at any event where showing gratitude and praise to God seemed appropriate. “Thanksgiving” was even held upon the enactment of the Constitution. In 1789, President George Washington proclaimed November 26 a “day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.” In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of thanksgiving be held in November. In 1941, the U.S. Congress named the fourth Thursday of November as the national holiday of Thanksgiving. A major supporter of establishing a Thanksgiving Day in the United States was Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879), a magazine editor best known for her poem, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” * * * The United States isn’t the only country that sets aside a special day to thank God for all its blessings. Canadians, for example, celebrate Thanksgiving each year on the second Monday in October. Tradition credits English explorer Martin Frobisher with establishing the custom in Canada. In 1578, in what is today Newfoundland, it’s said he held a formal ceremony of thanksgiving for having survived his journey to find a route to the Orient."

"After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Mt 3: 16-17) There are some people in this world who can go to the Grand Prix in Monaco or the Winter Olympics at the drop of a hat. Some can buy whatever they want, whenever they want. They can pretty much do whatever they want to do. As for the rest of us, we can do what we can do. I am gifted by God with freedom. Great gifts and wonderful things are within my reach. No matter who I am, how old I am, how young I am, how sick I am, how healthy I am, how rich I am, how poor I am, I can do what I can do with the gifts that God has given me. The Spirit who came to Jesus upon his baptism is the exact same Spirit who has come upon me at my baptism –not a likeness of the Spirit, the exact same Spirit. The voice from heaven that said, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased” –that same voice says the same thing of me: “This is my beloved child with whom I am well pleased.” I am gifted by God. I have the liberty of the children of God. I am part of God’s royal family. And I can do what I can do with the gifts that God has given me."

~ Excerpt from “The Little Burgundy Book of Stewardship.”

FIRST MASS FIRST BLESSINGS
ROSARY, MASS AND CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA
Funny Business

“We use a really strong sunblock when we go to the beach with the kids. It’s SPF 80: You squeeze the tube, and a sweater comes out.” - Lew Schneider