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St. Thomas University: ‘Responsibility & Vigilance’ art exhibit

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM - English

Artist Susan S. Buzzi sheds light on the dark world of human trafficking in the United States in her exhibit titled “Responsibility & Vigilance” opening at St. Thomas University Wednesday, Feb. 22. 

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Buzzi hopes the exhibit helps generate awareness about a topic that is still rarely known across our nation. Reports of domestic human trafficking continued to increase in 2016, jumping 35 percent over 2015, according to recent data released by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center and the Polaris Project.


St. Thomas University
Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum (located in the Main Library)
16401 NW 37 Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33054 (Map)

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Isabel Medina


St. Stephen Mardi Gras Carnival

Feb 23, 2017 to Feb 26, 2017 - from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM - English

St. Stephen Church will be celebrating our annual Mardi Gras extravaganza Thursday, Feb. 23, through Sunday, Feb. 26. 

This event will feature spectacular rides by Michaels Amusements, an international food court, international entertainment, and games for young and old. 

Discounted ride bracelets are good for one session, cost $20, and are now on sale at the rectory office and gift shop. Buy now and save $5 before opening day.

Weekend bracelets good for all four days are on sale for $50 and available through Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. 


St. Stephen Church
6044 SW 19th Street, Miramar, FL 33023 (Map)

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VITA Tax Preparation at St. Thomas University

Next date: Feb 25, 2017 - click here for time schedule - English

IRS Certified Volunteers are available on campus every Saturday through April 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to prepare federal income tax returns, free of charge for individuals and families with a yearly income of $54,000 or less. For more information, visit


St. Thomas University
16401 NW 37 Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33054 (Map)

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Silvia Velazquez


Grandma's Attic

Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - English

Bargains galore on good useable household items, Come and join us for a fun day of shopping and refreshment. Vender tables are available, Please Call Anna Marie Muggeo, 954-748-8952


St. Bernard Church
parish center
8279 Sunset Strip, Sunrise, FL 33322 (Map)

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Anna Marie Muggeo


L'Arche Community information session

Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM - English

On Sunday, Feb 26, Jesuit Father Kevin Cullen and Sister Rita Baum, of the Sisters of St. Joseph, will share information about L'Arche and will invite attendees to consider establishing a Community of L'Arche (residential services for adults with intellectual disabilities) in South Florida.

The presentation will begin with 10 a.m. Mass in the Mercy Hospital Chapel; followed by the talk from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital's 6th Floor Conference Room. Lunch is included.

For questions or to R.S.V.P., call Michael Garrido at 314-324-2528 or email


Mercy Hospital
Chapel and 6th Floor Conference Room
3663 S Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33133 (Map)

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Polish Night Dinner and Dance

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM - English

Celebrate the last day of Mardi Gras Tuesday, February 28, with a Polish dinner and live music by Jersey Polka Richie at St. Gabriel Parish Hall, 731 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach.  The menu features stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, pierogies, green beans, salad, haluski, dessert, beer, wine, soda and coffee. 

Purchase tickets in advance for $25 from Joe Dziminski, 954-942-4748 (no tickets sold at the door).

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m.  

Proceeds support charities of Knights of Columbus John A. Hill Council 4955.



St. Gabriel Church
Parish Hall
731 North Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33062 (Map)

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Bill Whiting


40 Days for Life

Mar 1, 2017 to Apr 9, 2017 - from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM - Bilingual (English and Spanish)

40 DAYS FOR LIFE - Prayer and Fasting, Constant Vigil and Community Outreach 

From March 1 to April 9, our community will take part in 40 Days for Life … a groundbreaking, coordinated international  mobilization. We pray that, with God’s help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city — and beyond.  

Our prayers closed one abortion site last year, please join us in 2017!

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Join us for the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil at the abortion site Eve’s Medical Center, (8603 S. Dixie Hwy) across Dadeland North Metrorail station

We will be in prayer for 40 Days, 12 hours a day for the mothers/families considering abortion and conversion of all involved in the abortion industry. We will stand across the building on 68th Court in view of the center’s West entrance.

This Vigil is during Lent. Please make this Prayer Vigil your Lenten sacrifice!! 

Please enlist fellow parishioners, ministries and prayer groups in your parish to come and stand in prayer for whatever time they are able. Prayers work miracles! We shut down the 117th Place abortion site! 

Thank you and God bless you! 

Vigilia de oración - 40 Dias por la Vida 

Reúnanse con nosotros en la Vigilia de Oracion 40 Dias por la Vida en frente del sitio de aborto Centro Médico de Eva, (8603 S. Dixie Highway) en frente de la estación de Metrorail Dadeland Norte.

Estaremos rezando por 40 Days, 12 horas diarias por las madres/familias considerando aborto y por la conversion de todas las personas invulcradas en la industria del aborto Vamos a pararnos por la 68 Court en frente de la entrada del oeste del edificio. 

Esta viligia es durante la Cuaresma. Por favor haga esta vigilia su sacrificio de Cuaresma! 

Por favor recrute feligreses, ministerios y grupos de oracion de su parroquia para que vengan a rezar por cualquier tiempo que puedan.Las oraciones hacen milagros! Acuerdese que el sitio de la 117 avenida se cerro! 

Gracias por participar y que Dios los bendiga



Abortion site on US1 and Kendall Dr
Please visit
8603 South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33143 (Map)

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Maria Wadsworth

St. Mark's Carnival in the Ranches

Mar 2, 2017 to Mar 5, 2017 - click here for time schedule - English

The community is invited to attend St. Mark the Evangelist's 29th annual “Carnival in the Ranches,” Thursday, March 2, through Sunday, March 5, at 5601 S. Flamingo Road in Southwest Ranches.

Enjoy the midway, the International Food Tent, a four-day indoor garage sale, musical entertainment and games for all ages.  Discounted Ride Session Passes are $20 per session or $50 for a four-day wristband and may be purchased beginning Feb. 13 until March 1 in the Parish Office. Check with us in February for possible online payment option new this year!

For more information, please email: or call 954-473-4495.

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Garage Sale Hours in the Air Conditioned Parish Center:

  • Thursday, March 2 (4-8 p.m.)
  • Friday, March 3 (4-8 p.m.)
  • Saturday, March 4 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.), and
  • Sunday, March 5 (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.).

Midway rides from Amusements of America including Gravitron, Sizzler, Pharoah’s Fury, Fireball and Ring of Fire, in addition to many others.

International Food Tent: Meals and treats from around the globe - Irish, American, Latin, Mexican, Italian, Caribbean, Funnel Cakes, Chicken Wings, Hot Dogs, our Snack Shack, Soda and Ice Cream booths.

Adult beverages are available at the Irish Pub, and other locations.

Carnival session passes available at the door: $25 per Ride Session

  • Thursday and Friday from 6 p.m.-close;
  • Saturday from noon-6 p.m. and 6 p.m.-close; and
  • Sunday noon-6 p.m., and 6 p.m.-close.

Save 20 percent until March 1: Unlimited rides per session $20 or enjoy four days of unlimited rides for $50.

Sponsorships and/or vendor spaces available: Please download the forms from the St. Mark website: 


St. Mark Church
5601 South Flamingo Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330 (Map)

Social Active Adult Meet-up (S.A.A.M.)

Next date: Mar 11, 2017 - click here for time schedule - English

Come join The Social Active Adults (SAAM - anyone 21 and over, married or single) for an evening of fun, fellowship and a meal on the second Saturday of each month in Trinity Hall (behind Blessed Trinity Church), 4020 Curtiss Pkwy, Miami Springs, FL 33166!

Spread the word! Bring a few friends! Bring a dish to serve 6-8 people and your favorite beverage.

Remember, you may be the one someone new to SAAM needs to meet!

R.S.V.P. to Candy at 305-733-1353 or Vicky at

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The Social Active Adult Ministry - S.A.A.M. - at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Miami Springs, is a social group composed of active adults, single or married, over the age of 21, interested in interacting with other adults.

Participate in an evening of fun, fellowship and a meal on the second Saturday of each month in Trinity Hall (behind Blessed Trinity church), 4020 Curtiss Parkway, Miami Springs, FL 33166.

Come as festive or as casual as you wish! Bring your friends! Spread the word! Although you may not personally need to meet new folks, you may be the one that someone new to S.A.A.M. needs to meet.

Coming by yourself? Don't know anyone? Let us know when you make your reservation, we will warmly welcome you!

R.S.V.P. no later than two days prior to the event. Make S.A.A.M.'s Second Saturday Social a New Year's resolution you can keep. Come join us, make new friends, enjoy fun activities and potluck dishes!



Blessed Trinity Church
Trinity Hall (behind the church)
4020 Curtiss Parkway, Miami, FL 33166 (Map)

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Candy or Vicky


St. Joseph Parish 75th anniversary

Next date: Mar 18, 2017 - click here for time schedule - English

St. Joseph Parish is planning the following activities to mark the 75th anniversary of its founding in 1942. All are invited to take part.

  • Wednesday, Feb.1, 1942-2017: Solemn Vespers at 7:30 p.m., "In Thanksgiving for our Legacy." Presider: Archbishop Emeritus John C. Favalora. A reception will follow.
  • Sunday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m.: One outdoor Eucharistic celebration for the entire parish, "In Hope for our Future Growth in the Lord." Presider: Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami
  • Saturday, March 18, at the Parish Hall: "In Preparation for St. Joseph's Feast day," a dinner concert featuring pianist Alberto Joya and singer Cristi Arias
  • Sunday, March 19, at the church: Classical concert by Maestro Alberto Joya at 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 20, Solemnity of St Joseph: Distribution of St. Joseph's Bread and Solemn Vespers
  • March 24-April 6: Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome
  • April 22, 7 p.m.: St. Joseph Parish Spring Gala at the Seaview Hotel


St. Joseph Church
8670 Byron Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141 (Map)

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St. Thomas Law 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 at 8:00 AM - English

Join in on the fun of running and walking St. Thomas University Saturday, April 8! 

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The 2nd Annual STU Law 5K Run welcomes the STU family and local community to explore the hidden natural beauty of our campus. Form a team or participate as an individual and dust off your sneakers for some friendly competition and camaraderie!  

The run is open to everyone, but keep in mind it is NOT a stroller-friendly course

Water, coffee, and snacks will be provided post-race. Race shirts will be given only to those who register by March 31! 

To register, visit  


St. Thomas University
Law School
16401 NW 37 Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33054 (Map)

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Stephanie Theile


Magnificat of Broward - Breakfast with Marta Vargas

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM - English

Magnificat of Broward, "Handmaids of the Lord," invites you to a breakfast with guest speaker Marta Vargas. It will be on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Signature Grand located at 6900 State Road 84, Davie, Florida 33317.

Tickets are $25 and include a hot breakfast. Please register by April 12. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Marta Vargas is a singer, songwriter and speaker born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, who also enjoys creating and serving in a multitude of other ways like poetry, painting, photography, and her work in the corporate world. She also worked 10 years for the Archdiocese of Miami in various roles for the offices of Campus Ministry, Family Life, and Youth and Young Adult Ministry. During her time there she served as blogger, TV Mass cantor, and producer/host for two radio programs.


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Currently serving in the field of sales as a Regional Territory Manager for a dental medical billing firm, Marta has served professionally in a wide range of industries from hospitality/conference planning to consumer products, television advertising and medical sales.

She continues to serve the Archdiocese of Miami in various ways including teaching for the School of Lay Ministry and singing at two parishes. Amid the diversity of ways in which Marta has been sharing her gifts, she has discovered that her greatest passion is to simply share God’s love and hope as an instrument of peace and unity. She also learned not to worry about what she could or couldn’t do or give, but simply to do all she could and give all she had and do it with God.

Her joy finds its foundation in the greatest joy of all, the love and precious company of God, family and friends, among them her special saints, such as St. Therese. For life isn’t so much about doing great things, but doing the smallest things with great love, only to discover the greatest greatness is in the smallest smallness. 


Signature Grand
6900 State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317 (Map)

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Joyce Schiel


New Americans Campaign Mega Event: Become a U.S. Citizen

Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Bilingual (English and Spanish)

Save the date for the 2017 Mega Citizenship Event

Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Locations to be announced. 

The Miami New Americans Campaign (Miami NAC), led by Catholic Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami, Inc., provides free, high quality, and confidential immigration law services to help individuals and families on their path to U.S. citizenship. Members of the Miami NAC also provide low cost citizenship classes, English classes, and other immigration legal services to Florida’s immigrants and refugees. We serve the community in many languages, including Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.


Several locations
throughout, Miami Dade County, FL 33138 (Map)