Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Florida Catholic staff - Florida Catholic
Photography: IZZY RENNELLA | FC
MIAMI GARDENS | The young and young at heart from around the archdiocese gathered at St. Thomas University Jan. 31 to listen to some rousing praise and worship before concluding the evening with solemn adoration.
The occasion was the annual Mercy Night put on by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. This year, Mercy Night was open to teens, young adults and families.
The night began with Jesuit brother, speaker and rapper Mike Martinez, a graduate of Belen Jesuit Prep in Miami who is now a theology teacher and campus minister at his alma mater.
Brother Mike was followed by the sounds of Village Lights, featuring Catholic performers and recording artists Ike Ndolo, Ricky Vazquez and Sarah Kroger. Both Vazquez and Kroger are Florida natives. Ndolo was born in Missouri to parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria.
The night concluded with a eucharistic procession and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament led by Father Matthew Gomez, parochial vicar at St. John Neumann Church in southern Miami-Dade County.