The church has re-opened for public Mass.
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
Fr. Francis A. Akwue
On July 3, the First Friday of the month, we had a solemn celebration during which we made an act of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This devotion is dear to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. We will continue the devotion every First Friday of the month, come one, come all!
Every day, by the grace of God, a Mass is celebrated in our church at 8:00 A.M. This is widely known and it has been a source of blessing to us. Both parishioners and visitors enjoy the opportunity that exists in the parish. Often, people who do not belong to our parish, attend the morning Mass here. Some of them have made significant donations to our parish.
By God’s grace, on Wednesday, July 15, we shall begin daily Mass in Spanish at 7:00 P.M. Parishioners who understand the value of the Mass, will embrace this opportunity that is created for all. Very likely, Catholics from other parishes will seize the opportunity too and stop by after the day’s work to give thanks to Jesus and place the protection of their families in the hands of our Blessed Mother.
May the Lord protect us from all evils!
- Father Francis
De nuestro Párroco
PRIMER VIERNES 3 DE JULIO: DESAGRAVIO AL SAGRADO CORAZÓN DE JESÚS
El 3 de julio, el primer viernes del mes, tuvimos una celebración solemne durante la cual hicimos un acto de desagravio al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. Esta devoción es querida por los Corazones de Jesús y María. Continuaremos con esta devoción todos los primeros viernes del mes, ¡Ven una vez y vendrás a todos!
Todos los días, por la gracia de Dios, se celebra una Misa en nuestra iglesia a las 8:00 a.m. Esto es ampliamente conocido y ha sido una fuente de bendición para nosotros. Tanto los feligreses como los visitantes disfrutan de esta oportunidad que nos brinda la parroquia. A menudo, personas que no pertenecen a nuestra parroquia asisten a esta Misa: algunos de ellos han hecho importantes donaciones a nuestra parroquia.
Por la gracia de Dios, el miércoles 15 de julio, comenzaremos Misa diaria en español a las 7:00 p.m. Los feligreses que saben el valor de la Misa, aprovecharán esta oportunidad que hemos creado para todos. Muy probablemente, católicos de otras parroquias también aprovecharán la oportunidad y se detendrán, después del trabajo del día, para dar gracias a Jesús y colocar la protección de sus familias en manos de nuestra Santísima Madre.
¡Que el Señor nos cuide y nos guarde de todo mal!
- Padre Francis
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.
Drawn together by our common bonds of Faith, Hope and Love, we strive to serve God and one another as members of a parish family under the patronage of Saint Henry.
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.