Why Catholic?
Why Catholic?
Why Catholic?
Why Catholic?
How can Catholics support the upcoming Synods of Bishops on the Family?
How can Catholics support the upcoming Synods of Bishops on the Family?
How can Catholics support the upcoming Synods of Bishops on the Family?
Greetings Council Sisters
Greetings Council Sisters
Greetings Council Sisters
Greetings Council Sisters
Why I should Attend the 56th Annual MACCW Convention
Why I should Attend the 56th Annual MACCW Convention
Why I should Attend the 56th Annual MACCW Convention
Why I should Attend the 56th Annual MACCW Convention
56th Annual MACCW Convention Package
56th Annual MACCW Convention Package
56th Annual MACCW Convention Package
56th Annual MACCW Convention Package

Events

Why Catholic?

Posted by Ann Cubillas

Why Catholic?

“Why Catholic?” a program developed by Renew International, begins this month in most of the parishes of the archdiocese. This program responds to the need for better adult formation identified during our second archdiocesan Synod.

“Why Catholic?” is based on the four “pillars” of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: the creed, the sacraments, the life of faith and the prayer of the believer. “Why Catholic?” promises — in small group meetings among parishioners — not only to help communicate the content of our faith but also to facilitate a deeper encounter with Christ present “where ever two or three are gathered in his name.”
Our fathers kept the faith — in spite of the persecutions they faced; our fathers passed on the faith to us — often overcoming many obstacles to do so. “Why Catholic?” by giving “an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope….” (1 Peter 3:15), will help make those who take part more “religiously literate” and thus better able to keep it as well as to pass it on.
“Faith of our fathers, we will strive
to win all nations unto thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
We all shall then be truly free.”

Homily

How can Catholics support the upcoming Synods of Bishops on the Family?

Posted by Ann Cubillas

LETTER OF POPE FRANCIS
TO FAMILIES

 

Dear families,

With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.

This important meeting will involve all the People of God – bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world – all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer. Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever. This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church. I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task. As you know, this Extraordinary Synodal Assembly will be followed a year later by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. In that context, there will also be the World Meeting of Families due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015. May we all, then, pray together so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel.

I am writing this letter to you on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. The evangelist Luke tells us that the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in keeping with the Law of Moses, took the Baby Jesus to the temple to offer him to the Lord, and that an elderly man and woman, Simeon and Anna, moved by the Holy Spirit, went to meet them and acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah (cf. Lk 2:22-38). Simeon took him in his arms and thanked God that he had finally “seen” salvation. Anna, despite her advanced age, found new vigour and began to speak to everyone about the Baby. It is a beautiful image: two young parents and two elderly people, brought together by Jesus. He is the one who brings together and unites generations! He is the inexhaustible font of that love which overcomes every occasion of self-absorption, solitude, and sadness. In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey.

Dear families, your prayer for the Synod of Bishops will be a precious treasure which enriches the Church. I thank you, and I ask you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of God in truth and in love. May the protection of the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph always accompany all of you and help you to walk united in love and in caring for one another. I willingly invoke on every family the blessing of the Lord.

From the Vatican, 2 February 2014
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

FRANCIS

President's Corner

Why I should Attend the 56th Annual MACCW Convention

Posted by Josephine Gilbert

By: Waiting For The Word

My Dear Council Sisters,

Greetings to you all and I wish you a hopeful Easter. We have 14 days, to be exact, until our convention. The MACCW Board and the Monroe District Ladies have been working hard to get all our ducks in a row. Now that the time is getting closer, the registrant numbers should be a lot greater than we have right now. In case you are still deciding on whether you should attend, here are some reasons.

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Events

56th Annual MACCW Convention Package

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By: A.Davey

The 56th Annual MACCW convention will be held April 25th through 27th at the Miami Airport Marriott on LeJune Road in Miami. The Convention theme is “MACCW: Missionaries of Hope; Strengthening Family Life”. The theme this year will reinforce our efforts to bring hope to our communities through our programs.

Join us for a weekend of sharing out spirituality with faith-filled programs and fun.

Download the 56th Annual MACCW Convention Package which includes a schedule, registration form, room reservation form, business advertising forms and more.

 

Homily

The Holy Family and All Families

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By: Katie Hunt

On December 29, the feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis spoke in a special way to families.  He highlighted the Holy Family of Nazareth and talked about the difficulties that families face.  In the example of the Holy Family, he said, we are reminded of all who are suffering.  In a special way, this includes refugees and immigrants, and people who are marginalized within their own families, like the elderly.

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Affiliation News

Scholarship Gala

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By: Waiting For The Word

Dear Friends of Education:

The Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (MACCW), an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW), is an organization that recognizes the gifts and talents of Catholic Women from Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. It supports their efforts in the areas of evangelization, leadership, spirituality, service, and education. It is in the area of education that we are appealing to you to join us in our cause.

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