Fr. Luis Largaespada
ABCD reintroduces Hope into the world by assisting the widow, the orphan, the alien, the oppressed and the poor. ABCD also works to protect the rights and the dignity of all.
We are called to give of ourselves to others, most especially to those who need it, and if we open our hearts, we will find countless chances to do so. An opportunity to give of yourself to others is through your support of the Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive (ABCD).
ABCD represents your participation in spiritual and corporal works of mercy above and beyond what one can do individually or just at the parish level.
The money you entrust to the Archdiocese of Miami through your pledge to the ABCD is used to support the works of mercy. Together we are able to educate and evangelize; support struggling parishes and schools; assist in the formation of families and priests. And, through multiple charities, we are able to care for the sick, the elderly, the immigrants, the less fortunate, and the spiritually poor—all of us who need God’s word, the sacraments, and the teachings of the Church.
To make your pledge, go to https://give.adomdevelopment.org/abcd and make sure you list St. Hugh as your parish.
There will be no morning Masses on Saturday, January 1, 2022. The 5:30 pm Mass on Saturday is that of the Vigil for Sunday, the feast of the Epiphany.
Registration for CCD and RCIA is ongoing. You may download an application here and bring it to the office with the necessary documentation.
The Archdiocese of Miami’s policy for gathering in liturgical or other spaces within the parishes continues to require the use of masks and social distancing. Groups or in person ministry meetings may take place with proper social distancing and use of masks.
In order to comply with Archdiocesan standards for the COVID-19 pandemic, occupancy of the church is limited to 30% of capacity. This means we can only accommodate a maximum of between 70-100 persons (allowing for families comprised of several members). Please make sure you sign up and arrive early so you don’t forfeit your seat.
INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER FOR FEBRUARY
For Religious Sisters and Consecrated Women.
We pray for religious sisters and consecrated women, thanking them for their mission and their courage; may they continue to find new responses to the challenges of our times
PRAYER INTENTION FOR THE WEEK
That we may generously support the Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive (ABCD).
A Sunday Reflection
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C)
BEFORE I FORMED YOU IN THE WOMB I KNEW YOU (Jer 1:5).
The readings this Sunday show us in a very special way God’s tender love and mercy. As the above quote from Jeremiah reminds us, He has known each one of us—more yet, He has loved each one of us—from eternity. Not only that, He promises to be with us and deliver us (cf Jer 1:19).
Then we hear St. Paul’s great hymn to Love (1 Cor 13:4-13), a reading very frequently used at weddings. But here I’d like you to go deeper. If, as St. John says in his letter, God is love (1 Jn 4:16), then this passage most certainly describes Him: patient, kind, not jealous, not seeking His own interests but ours. We could go on.
Finally, we come to the gospel. It is sad to see that, while at first being amazed and delighted at Jesus’ words (cf Lk 4:22), the people of Nazareth cannot look beyond appearances: “isn’t this the son of Joseph?” (4:22). Let this be a warning to us not to judge, but instead “put on love, that is, the bond of perfection” (Col 3:14).
In light of these readings, as an expression of this love, I invite you to be generous in your pledge to the ABCD this week. Consider pledging $1 a day for a year in gratitude for God’s love, mercy and blessings. God bless you!
Around the Parish
The rectory was recently painted and two beautiful mosaics installed at the entrance.
Work on the Lourdes grotto continues apace. We hope it will be finished soon.
The Book of the Gospels is reverently placed in front of the ambo to celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God.
The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles visited us.
PREK4 AND THEIR 4TH GRADE “BUDDIES” LEARN ABOUT ALPHABET SORTING.
PK 3 STUDENTS ARE LEARNING ABOUT SHAPES AND MOVEMENT.
KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS ARE STUDYING THE PARTS OF FLOWERS, WHAT THEY NEED TO SURVIVE, AND HOW WE PROTECT GOD’S CREATIONS.
1ST-GRADE STUDENTS READ THE BOOK “HOW TO TRAP A SNOWMAN”, AND
DESIGNED AND BUILT THEIR OWN TRAP.
2ND-GRADE STUDENTS ARE STUDYING THE CONTINENTS AND OCEANS. THEY DESIGNED AND BUILT THEIR OWN “GLOBE” USING A BALLOON.
3RD-GRADE STUDENTS ARE STUDYING THE LIFE OF ST. JOSEPH, THE PATRON SAINT OF BUILDERS. THE STUDENTS DESIGNED AND BUILT TALL TOWERS USING PIPE CLEANERS.