1st Week of Advent, November 29, 2015
Online Giving is now available at San Isidro!
Archbishop's Charity And Development Drive
We need YOU.
The Scriptures are unambiguous about God's concern for the poor. Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land (Deut. 15:11; Isa. 58:6-12). Jesus showed a preferential option for the poor. As the example of the saints has taught us, in loving and serving the poor, we too love and serve Jesus Himself.
ABCD is our one opportunity during the year to reach out in support of all of the people of God beyond the boundary of our parish. Through the ABCD, we follow the example of Christ to serve our brothers and sisters here in the Archdiocese of Miami. Jesus Christ is the common thread that binds us all. We are one.
We need you. You are making the good works of the local Church here in south Florida possible. Together, we are making a difference and impacting the lives of those in need. Please be as generous as possible in your response to the ABCD. Thank you for uniting with us to be One in Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity.
Holy Day of Obligation
Tuesday December 8th we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America.
Masses will be celebrated:
6:30pm - English.
8:00pm - Spanish.
Free Christmas Concert
Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:30pm.
Join ‘Cross Culture’ San Isidro’s at 9:00.
Music Ministry for an evening of festivity, Christmas music, joy and good will!
We hope to see you there!
Study the Bible Book
“Acts of the Apostles” on Every Wednesday at 7:00pm.
We Use Bible and Video and Study Like never Before.
The office of Religious Education is asking once again of your generosity. We have families in our community in need of assistance to make their kids Christmas more joyful.
Please donate a gift card by December 18th. Toys are also welcome.
Thank you for your donation and may you receive abundant blessings in return!
What About You?
Thirty years ago I came to San Isidro because I felt I needed to DO something besides going to church and praying. I heard a testimony (from the altar) about a few people who cleaned up a sick older person's house. She had multiple dogs and could not clean up after them. You can imagine how that house looked and smelled. The volunteers cleaned up that mess. I said to myself, "I could do that". From that point on, I had this strong need to be doing something for the Lord.
Today I heard Pope Francis say "What About You? What are you going to do?" I believe there are many people who have been called to serve, and the Pope makes the point that all are called. Every Christian man and woman, by virtue of their Baptism, has received a mission.
Pope Francis talked about challenging the young to get involved. He said, "Do we challenge them? Do we make space for them and help them to do their part above all in works of mercy and concern for others?" All of us, young and old, need to get involved and accept our mission from the Lord. So, What about YOU? Is the Lord pulling at your heart inviting you to do something for Him? Do you have the feeling you want to do more? I believe that you (and I) are being called to be a reflection of Jesus. A reflection of His love and compassion. He is giving you the grace you need to do what He is calling you to do. Step out in faith and follow His lead.
The San Isidro Food Ministry has been in the business of performing works of mercy for more than 30 years. The very nature of the Food Ministry is love and concern for others. Could the San Isidro Food Ministry be what the Lord is calling you to? Did you know that St. Francis had difficulty discerning his calling. He believed that he was being called to build / repair the church. So he got his hammer and nails and started building and repairing. Later he realized that he was to build up the church in a totally different way.
Most of us don't really know what we are being called to do. Like St Francis, we need to start somewhere. A good place to start is in the Food ministry. By serving the poor, your life will be changed. My life is changed. I admit, I wasn't sure about the ministry, but I didn't quit. Soon my wife and children were telling me I had changed. (I didn't know it) But they told me I was different, nicer. (I thought I was nice to start with). God has a way of changing you and there is nothing that compares to what He does.
The food ministry workers (ministers) deliver food to about 40 families almost every Saturday. Delivering food is just the work part. Getting to know the people, praying with them and understanding their situation is the best part . It is not easy, it is not usually fun, but it is truly rewarding. We always go out in pairs, so don't worry, you do not go out alone. Someone will be there to show you the basics and be your partner. Come out with us for seven Saturdays and see if the ministry is what God is calling you to do.
My hope is to see you some Saturday morning about 9:00 AM joining our ministry. My real hope is that you will make this ministry your ministry and come back every week. We truly need people to serve. A number of our ministers are doing double duty week after week because there are not enough volunteers (ministers). Your presence in our ministry would be a true blessing.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
God Bless You, Your Brother in Christ,
Please feel free to call me with any questions you might have. Home 954-971-2846 Cell 954-854-3006 If you would like to support us financially, make your check payable to the San Isidro Food Ministry and send it to San Isidro Church, 2310 Martin Luther King Blvd, Pompano Beach, Fl, 33069. Thank You!