Miami priest heads north, will be missed

The words of the gospel song, May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me, ring in my ears as I inform this community about the departure of the Rev. John Cox, OMI, and the brethren of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate from South Florida.

"It is time to leave," Cox said. "We (the OMIs) don’t have the numbers that we once had and can’t staff every place as we have in the past. We are sad to leave South Florida, but the area has some other resources. We made a choice to be in places that don’t have the resources that are available in South Florida. It is our commitment to be in the neediest places. It’s hard to leave, but it’s time for me to do something else while I still can."

That "something else" will place him on the Ojibwe Indian Reservation in White Earth, Minn., where Cox will be on a three-person team serving the people on the reservation. He said the reservation is 1,300 square miles and there are six churches that he and the brethren will provide services for. "Not sure yet, as to what else I will do because I’ve never been there before, " Cox said.

Cox, who came to Miami in 2004 to serve as pastor at St. Francis Xavier in Overtown, became the full time pastor at Holy Redeemer Catholic in 2006. He hit the ground running, so to speak, and got involved in just about every aspect of the community. It didn’t matter that your church was Baptist or Pentecostal or Episcopal. Cox just wanted you to know he was here to serve you. His departure from this area will certainly leave a void in the community.

On Sunday (Fathers Day), Holy Redeemer and the community will honor Cox with a proper send off. The special Mass will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a reception in the church M. Athalie Range Fellowship Hall.

The community is invited out to say good-bye to one of the area’s favorite persons. If you go, RSVP to Sandra Wallace at 305-620-0701.

Church says thank-you to police

Christ Fellowship Church will host its first Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast at 9 a.m. on June 29 at Westminster Christian School in the activities center, 6855 SW 152nd St. in Palmetto Bay.

All active and retired law enforcement officers, correctional and probation officers, and military police are invited to this free breakfast. The program will include special guests, a dollar raffle give away and other special presentations. To register to attend the breakfast, go online at:, or call Aimee Artiles at 786-486-7339.

Christ Fellowship is a Southern Baptist-affiliated church that has six campuses throughout Miami. In addition to Palmetto Bay, there are campuses in downtown Miami, West Kendall, Homestead, Redland and Coral Gables.

Church honors seniors

The senior citizens of Miami Gardens are invited to a complimentary luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Hermon A.M.E. Church, 17800 NW 25th Ave.

The event will be in the church’s Henry E. Greene Community Center. If you go, please RSVP by calling 305-586-6516.

Catholic school students to set up clinic in Dominican Republic

A warm send-off to the 65 students from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, and Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart, who will join Father Frank Permuy, alumni, engineers and a medical staff on a nine-day trip to La Piragua Abajo, Dominican Republic, where they will build a bridge and set up a makeshift clinic. The group will leave on June 28 and will return July 7.

According to a press release from Belen Jesuit, the purpose of the mission is to serve the poor in a remote village of the Dominican Republic. The group will also deliver medicines, mostly vitamins, and building tools that will be used to construct a much-needed bridge in the village of La Piragua Abajo.

Belen President Father Pedro Suarez said, "Our school has supported such missions for over 30 years. It is one way in which Belen Jesuit fulfills its motto. "Forming men for others."

Night of fun for Episcopal youth

A "Youth Lock-in" hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida’s Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry and the North Dade Deanery, will be from 7:30 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 464 NE 16th St. in downtown Miami.

The event is open to all local middle and high school age youth. Participants will take part in an evening of exploring the cathedral, a candlelight midnight worship service, games, a service project and very little sleep. The theme is "The Power of Forgiveness."

To register, call Kathy Walker at 786-417-3261.

Shores church awards scholarships

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 scholarship recipients at Miami Shores Community Church. They are: Angela Caselle, who will attend Florida State University; Elise Stewart, who will attend Florida A&M University; Emily Sell, a sophomore at the University of Florida; Sara Merrill, a junior at Florida State University; Austin Stewart, a senior at Florida A&M; Steven Pattavina, a senior at Florida State, and Lindsay Pattavina, a graduate student at the University of Central Florida.

The awards were made at the church’s Recognition Sunday on June 2.

One more win for longtime coach

Recently I told you that Bob Haworth, a baseball coach at Grace Lutheran Church, would soon be moving to Winter Springs. Well, not before his team brought home the championship.

It was a nice send-off for Haworth, who served as coach of his team and commissioner of the league. The championship game was on June 2, and Grace defeated the Seventh Day Adventist of Miami Springs team 24-10.

Way to go, Bob.

Silver Palm UMC seeks volunteers for healing ministry

Marlene Porter of Silver Palm United Methodist Church at 18420 SW 267th St. in Homestead, wants to get the word out about the church’s new class to train a team of people who want to serve others in a Healing Ministry.

She said those attending the class over an eight week period, grew in their knowledge of who they are in Christ Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit in them to minister to others. "Our faith has grown and we have learned to expect from God, rather than just hope it will happen."

Porter said trained leaders at Silver Palm are ministering to hurting people, who need physical, financial, emotional and relationship healing. She said services are at 2 p.m. every third Sunday, with the next Healing Service to be on Fathers Day.

It’s free and open to everyone. For more information call the church’s pastor the Rev. Diane R. Gutierrez at 305-247-3769.

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