Fr. Francis A. Akwue
We are humbled by your generosity and support of the Archbishop's Charities and Development Drive (ABCD). Your sacrificial generosity to the ABCD truly bears witness to our faith and the essence of being an embodiment of the Church - a place of refuge for the hopeless; a place filled with mercy and love.
Because of you and your sacrificial giving, the ABCD can bring hope by serving others in their time of need, help our students continue on their journey of learning and prepare them for the future and raise a unified voice for peace and dignity of all human life. Together, we are the Church.
If you have yet to respond to this year's ABCD, we need you! Please prayerfully consider mirroring the love of Christ by putting your faith into action by making a gift today. Even a small gift can make a big difference. You can obtain a pledge envelope from the parish office or you can make a gift online at www.isupportabcd.org. Thank you and God bless you!
This year, St. Henry Church's goal is $59,076. Please consider a donation to this year's ABCD and no gift is too small. Thank you to all who have contributed and to those considering a donation this year.
- Father Francis
Nos sentimos humillados por su generosidad y apoyo a la Unidad de Caridades y Desarrollo del Arzobispo (ABCD). Vuestra generosidad sacrificial a la ABCD da verdaderamente testimonio de nuestra fe y de la esencia de ser encarnación de la Iglesia, lugar de refugio para los desesperados; un lugar lleno de misericordia y amor.
Gracias a vosotros y a vuestro sacrificio, el ABCD puede traer esperanza sirviendo a los demás en su momento de necesidad, ayudar a nuestros alumnos a continuar su camino de aprendizaje y prepararlos para el futuro y preparar una voz unificada para la paz y la dignidad de toda la vida humana. Juntos, somos la Iglesia.
Si aún no has respondido al ABCD de este año, ¡te necesitamos! Por favor, en espíritu de oración consideren reflejar el amor de Cristo poniendo su fe en acción haciendo un regalo hoy. Aun, un pequeño regalo puede hacer una gran diferencia. Puede obtener un sobre de compromiso en la oficina parroquial o puede hacer una donación en línea en www.isupportabcd.org. ¡Gracias y que Dios los bendiga!
Este año, la meta de la Iglesia St. Henry es $59,076. Haga una donación al ABCD. Ninguna donación es demasiado pequeña. Gracias a todos los que han ya ha donado y a los que van a donar este año.
- Padre Francis
IN MEMORY OF FR. BILL MUÑIZ
Father William Muñiz was a "father" in every sense of the word. He was a spiritual father to Christian communities in Nicaragua, Texas and South Florida. He was a biological father to his three sons, a grandfather of five and a husband for 63 years to his wife, Olga. A former Episcopal priest who was ordained for the Archdiocese of Miami in 1994, Father Muñiz died the evening of July 31, 2020, of complications from COVID-19. He died at the same hospital, Holy Cross in Fort Lauderdale, where he ministered as a chaplain until 2012.
Father William Muñiz: Born June 23, 1935; ordained for the Catholic Church, May 28, 1994; died July 31, 2020. Father Muñiz was 85 and had marked his 25th anniversary as an archdiocesan priest last year. Before that, he had been a priest in the Episcopal Church for 27 years.
"He had a positive COVID test and just went downhill from there," said his middle son, William D. Muñiz. "He was not sick. He was very agile, very entertaining, made people laugh," said Father Francis Akwue, pastor of St. Henry Church in Pompano Beach, where Father Muñiz started a ministry to Hispanics in 2015 — three years after his retirement from fulltime ministry.
"The history of St. Henry would not be complete without him because he started the Spanish work here, the apostolate to the Spanish-speaking," Father Akwue said. The parish was planning to start a novena of Masses for Father Muñiz Aug. 3, 2020. "We expect the Spanish-speaking will fill the church today and many other days to come," Father Akwue noted.
"His call (came) when he was in his 30s," said son William. Prior to that, Father Muñiz worked as general manager for LANICA Airlines in Miami, and before that for Pan American Airlines in his native Nicaragua.
"He just decided to do more of God's work instead of the rat race," said William Muñiz, who often served on the altar when his father celebrated Mass and accompanied him to food and toy giveaways for the poor.
"He was an individual who wanted to always help the poor," said Muñiz. "He set up a clinic in Nicaragua for the low-income people. He established missions throughout the coast of Bluefields in Nicaragua. So he was very (good at) spreading the Lord's mission and God's presence."
"He was very active and very dedicated," said his son William, recalling that their family life, along with his father's ministry, was "a team effort" with his mother, Olga. "It was beautiful." "He was always positive and always trying to make everybody happy and breaking the ice," Muñiz recalled. "He was a rascal in that way, I guess. He always made people comfortable." He stressed that his father had a knack for making people feel like they belonged in the church, to the point that they did not just attend Mass but got involved in various ministries. "That was the rewarding part from the congregation itself, to feel that they were part of the mission," Muñiz said.
He retired from fulltime ministry in March 2012 but continued to help at St. Henry and other parishes in Broward County. Father Muñiz is survived by his wife Olga, sons William, Allen and Richard, daughters-in-law Annette and Lina, a sister, Violeta Muñiz Castillo, and five grandchildren.
Excerpted and retrieved from Archdiocese of Miami's webpage on August 11, 2020
St. Henry Church’s Golden Jubilee: 1969 - 2019:
Building a Legacy - One Brick at a Time
In honor of St. Henry Catholic Church's Golden Jubilee in 2019, we will be designing and installing a Golden Jubilee Center, located in the center island area of our property.
We are offering parishioners, community members, and businesses the opportunity to have a brick or bricks engraved and installed in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee. We hope to create a beautiful, relaxing area for all our members to use and enjoy, while creating lasting memories for years to come.
St. Henry Church’s International Food, Family & Fun Day:
On June 9th St Henry's held their annual community event - International Family Fun Day with plenty of food, games, activities, & raffles for everyone to enjoy a lovely day.
St. Henry Church celebrated three significant milestones in the history of the parish:
St. Henry Church broke ground for addition that includes new covered front entrance.
Pictured from left: St. Henry's pastor, Father Francis Akwue; pastor emeritus, Msgr. James Reynolds; Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher; David Prada, senior director of Building and Construction for the archdiocese; Brian Herbert, of Gallo Herbert Architects; and Msgr. John Glorie, a retired archdiocesan priest.
|Sunday||8:00am, 10:00am, 11:30am||1:30pm|
|Holy Days Vigil||6:00pm|
|Holy Days||8:00am, 12:00pm, 6:00pm||7:00pm|
|St. Jude Novena||After the 8:00am Mass|
|Miraculous Medal Novena||After the 8:00am Mass|
|Religious Education Class||10:00am||12:00pm|
|Religious Education Mass||11:30am||1:30pm|
Exposition After the 8:00am Mass
Act of Reparation after 8:00am Mass
Adoration after 8:00am Mass until 12:00pm
With ardent faith we celebrate the Eucharist, sharing the mystery of Christ's presence in our Holy Communion.
Compelled by the love of Christ, we reach out beyond the walls of our church and minister, not only to members who are unable physically to attend and participate actively in the Liturgy, but also to people near and far, who need our services.