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Archdiocesan news briefs for January 2023

Archbishop's 2023 Motorcycle Ride


Join Archbishop Thomas Wenski on his annual Motorcycle Ride, Sunday, Jan. 29, beginning at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 11691 N.W. 25 St., Doral, and ending at Peterson's Harley-Davidson South, 19825 S. Dixie Highway, Cutler Bay.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by Mass at 8:30 a.m. and kick stands up at 10 a.m. The cost is $20 per bike. There will be prizes, live entertainment and food trucks.

More information and registration at:


Encuentros Juveniles marks 50th

Encuentros Juveniles, a movement founded in the Archdiocese of Miami that hosts retreats and weekly formation sessions for youths ages 14-25, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with several events in 2023.

The first will be a Mass and display on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas University, 16401 N.W. 37 Ave., Miami. Archbishop Thomas Wenski will celebrate Mass in the university chapel, then open an exhibition of photographs retracing the history of the movement.

On Saturday, March 4, a Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel of St. John Vianney Seminary in Miami, followed at 8 p.m. by a formal gala at Comber Hall, next door to Little Flower Church, 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables.

All Encuentristas – past, present and future – are invited to participate. For more information go to


World Cup fever: priests vs. seminarians


Archdiocesan seminarians from all three Florida seminaries — St. John Vianney in Miami, St. Vincent de Paul in Boynton Beach and Redemptoris Mater in Hialeah — will compete on the soccer field with Miami priests in a fun echo of the recent World Cup.

The game will take place Friday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. on the field of St. Thomas University, 16401 N.W. 37 Ave., Miami Gardens.

Nineteen seminarians and 18 priests have been identified as players. Three coaches of archdiocesan high school soccer teams will coach the game of 40-minute halves. St. Thomas University students will serve as referees. Elementary school cheerleaders will lead the crowd in cheers for their favorite team. 

Father Manny Alvarez, pastor of Little Flower Church in Coral Gables and famous sport fan, will provide the commentary. He will be joined by Ana Rodriguez-Soto, editor of the Florida Catholic and former Optimist Club girls soccer coach.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free but donations to the Seminary Burse Fund are welcome. More information at [email protected].


World Day of Consecrated Life

The Office for Religious will be celebrating the World Day of Consecrated Life on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Cathedral of St. Mary, beginning with eucharistic adoration at 4:30 p.m. and Mass celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski at 5:30 p.m. A dinner will follow honoring all the consecrated men and women serving in the Archdiocese of Miami. To RSVP, email Sister Ana Lanzas, of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, at [email protected].


Mass for couples marking anniversaries

All couples married in the Catholic Church celebrating their Paper (one year), Silver (25 years), Gold or 50-plus wedding anniversary in 2023 are invited to come to a Mass to receive a blessing from Archbishop Thomas Wenski. The Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, 7525 N.W. Second Ave., Miami. Couples interested in having their picture taken with Archbishop Wenski should arrive by 4 p.m. Register at this link: More information at 305-762-1127 or [email protected].


MACCW Scholarship Fundraiser

The 24th annual Scholarship Fundraiser hosted by the Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1100 S.E. 17 St., Fort Lauderdale. Proceeds from this event go towards the MACCW Scholarship Fund, which since 1997 has awarded over $341,000 in scholarships to 76 girls from Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Miami who want to continue their education at a Catholic high school. For tickets, contact Mary Weber at [email protected].


Catholic Days at the Capitol, March 7-8

You are invited to join Catholics from across the state March 7 and 8 as they gather in Florida's capital city to learn about the legislative process, advocate for policies that promote human life and dignity, and pray for elected leaders. 2023 Catholic Days activities include: a legislative briefing on policy issues affecting human life and dignity; pre-scheduled meetings with lawmakers; an awards breakfast for Catholic Days participants, Florida's bishops and legislators; group photos of each diocesan delegation with their bishop; the opportunity to view the legislative process in action; annual Red Mass of the Holy Spirit concelebrated by the bishops of Florida to pray for those working in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. Pre-registration with the diocesan coordinator is required. Contact Angela Curatalo, 954-981-2922 x 1001, [email protected]; or visit


Sunday Mass for shut-ins: online, on TV and on YouTube

The greatest gift that you could give a sick or homebound person is to remind them that hearing God’s word in livestreamed and recorded Masses is only a few clicks away. To watch the Mass in English or Spanish, visit; or watch the Spanish Masses on our YouTube channel,CatholicMiami. Mass recordings become available at 6 p.m. every Saturday through midnight Sunday, and a direct link is posted on the News Center on the home page of the archdiocesan website. Masses also are broadcast in Spanish on Univision 23 on Sundays at 6:30 a.m. Those who are homebound and would like a visit from an extraordinary minister of Communion should contact their parish office directly.