Fr. Francis A. Akwue
Dear Parish Family of St. Henry
Special two days of God’s Graces and Blessings at St. Henry Church
November 6 is the First Friday of the month. Our Devotion and Act of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will follow the Mass at 8:00 A.M. Graces and Blessings await those who practice true devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Plan ahead to join us and participate in the special Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Also November 7 is the First Saturday. Following the Mass at 8:00 A.M. is our usual Devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and the Legion of Mary will lead us in a devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We all need the graces especially during this pandemic. Don’t miss out, join us in honoring the Virgin Mother of Jesus and our Mother.
Come, Let us Worship Together
Some of our members do not know that our church reopened after the short closure due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Please let it be known to all, that although live-streamed worship by others are readily available, they can never substitute for participating actively in a public worship. Watching a live-streamed Mass from one’s couch will not provide the presence of Christ that occurs when we gather together in worship. We spent and continue to spend much money to make our church as safe as possible strictly following C.D.C. Guidelines. So, summon courage, determine to cooperate by following the guidelines of wearing a mask, social distancing, hand-sanitizing and come back to worship together as a family. Since the outbreak of the virus, our offertory collections have diminished to a trickle while we have to continue spending to maintain a sanitarily safe environment. I thank all the members who have continued through thick and thin to give financial support to the Church. Please join me in thanking and praying for people outside our Parish who have been coming to our assistance.
May the Lord, through the intercession of St. Henry, grant them special blessings and to all of us protection from all dangers.
- Father Francis
Estimada familia parroquial de St. Henry
Dos días especiales de las gracias y bendiciones de Dios en la iglesia de St. Henry:
El 6 de noviembre es el primer viernes del mes. Nuestra devoción y acto de reparación al Sacratísimo Corazón de Jesús seguirá a la Misa a las 8:00 a.m. Gracias y bendiciones esperan a quienes practican la verdadera devoción al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. Planifique su agenda con anticipación para unirse a nosotros y participar en el Acto especial de Reparación al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. También el 7 de noviembre es el primer sábado. Después de la Misa a las 8:00 A.M. es nuestra devoción habitual a Nuestra Señora de la Medalla Milagrosa y la Legión de María nos conducirá en la devoción al Inmaculado Corazón de María. Todos necesitamos las gracias, especialmente durante esta pandemia. No se lo pierda, únase a nosotros para honrar a la Virgen Madre de Jesús y a nuestra Madre.
Venid, adoremos juntos
Algunos de nuestros miembros no saben que nuestra iglesia reabrió después del breve cierre debido al brote de la pandemia de coronavirus. Por favor, háganle saber a todos que, aunque a adoración transmitida vía internet está disponible, nunca puede sustituir la participación activa en una adoración presencial. Ver una Misa transmitida en vivo desde el diván no proporciona la presencia de Cristo que ocurre cuando nos reunimos para adorar. Gastamos y seguimos gastando mucho dinero para hacer que nuestra iglesia sea lo más segura posible siguiendo estrictamente C.D.C. Directrices. Por lo tanto, decídase a venir cumpliendo las pautas de usar la máscara, el distanciamiento social, la desinfección de manos y volver a adorar juntos como familia. Desde el brote del virus, nuestras colecciones de ofertorio se han reducido a un mínimo mientras tenemos que seguir gastando para mantener un entorno sanitario seguro. Agradezco a todos los miembros que han continuado en las buenas y en las malas para brindar apoyo financiero a la Iglesia. Únase a mí para agradecer y orar por las personas fuera de nuestra parroquia que han venido a ayudarnos.
Que el Señor, por intercesión de San Enrique, les conceda bendiciones especiales y nos proteja a todos de todos los peligros.
- 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.