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Archdiocesan news briefs for August 2019

Email scam targets parishioners

The Archdiocese of Miami has been hearing reports of people receiving emails from scammers impersonating clergy, asking to verify personal information on a document titled Archdiocese of Miami Proposal. If you, your friends or family have received emails like this, please do not open the attachment, do not respond, and delete the email. Clergy would never ask you to verify personal information online. You can report the scam to Florida’s Consumer Protection Division by visiting and filling out a complaint form, or calling the Fraud Hotline, 1-866-966-7226. 

Celebrate feast of Our Lady of Charity

The annual celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Charity will take place Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Watsco Center on the University of Miami campus, 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables. This year’s celebration also marks the 40th anniversary of the ordination to the episcopacy of Miami’s late auxiliary bishop, Agustín Román, the first Cuban-born bishop in the U.S. The traditional artistic and musical vigil in honor of Cuba’s patroness will take place the night before, Saturday, Sept. 7, beginning at 9 p.m. at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, 3609 S. Miami Ave, Miami. More information at

Bereavement camp helps children

The next Camp Erin — a weekend bereavement camp for youths ages 6 to 17 who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives — will take place Oct. 18-20 at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale. The camp is led by Catholic Hospice professionals and trained volunteers. It is offered at no cost to families. Space is limited, and the deadline to register is Sept. 20. Contact Gian Carla Santayana at 954-944-2709; e-mail [email protected]; or visit  

Learn about advance directives in health care

The Respect Life Office is sponsoring “A Catholic Conversation about Advance Healthcare,” featuring Dr. Rose Allen, director of bioethics at Baptist Health South Florida. She will speak at three places and times: at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Miami; at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at St. Coleman Parish in Pompano Beach; and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Nativity Parish in Hollywood. Dr. Allen will speak about how families and individuals can plan and provide end of life care from a Catholic perspective. The links to register for the talks are as follows: at: Our Lady of Lourdes:; at St. Coleman,; at Nativity,

 Join pro-lifers at statewide conference

The Florida Respect Life Conference, with the theme this year “In the Heart of Our Mother,” will take place Oct. 11-12 in St. Augustine, Florida. Speakers include St. Augustine Bishop Felipe J. Estévez and Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. The conference will cover a variety of life issues such as abortion, the death penalty, bioethics, poverty, and human trafficking, all based on Church teaching. The conference, which rotates between the seven dioceses of Florida, is jointly sponsored by the State Pro-Life Coordinating Committee and the Florida Catholic Conference. All ministry leaders, parishioners and community members who seek to become more effective witnesses to the culture of life are invited. The registration deadline is Sept. 19. For information, visit

40 Days for Life begins Sept. 25

A 40 Days for Life Prayer-Vigil, aimed at changing hearts and minds about abortion, will begin Sept. 25 and run through Nov. 3, with participants standing in prayer across from Eve’s Medical Center, 8603 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Parish groups, ministries and individuals are invited to volunteer for an hour or more as often as possible. For information, go to

Christopher West coming in October

World renowned speaker and author Christopher West, along with musician Mike Mangione, are coming to South Florida with an event called “Made for More: Visions of The Promised Land.” This blend of live music, art, and presentation will offer a vision of the Gospel through the lens of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body. “Made for More” will be at St. Hugh Church, 3460 Royal Road, Coconut Grove, on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. and at St. Joseph Church, 8670 Byron Ave., Miami Beach, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. Tickets for the St. Hugh conference can be purchased at; tickets for the St. Joseph conference are at

Middle-schoolers invited to conference

“To the Heights,” a conference for middle-school students featuring best-selling author and speaker Matt Fradd and Michael “Gomer” Gormley as emcee, will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, from 1 to 9 p.m. at Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches. The conference is sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. For information, contact Vivian Yerex, [email protected].  

Medical clinic needs volunteers

St. John Bosco Clinic in Miami, which provides free health care to individuals who are uninsured and financially unable to access health care, needs volunteers for patient registration and office support. General requirements are fluency in English and Spanish and ability to use a computer. The clinic is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine. It is located at 730 N.W. 34 St., Miami. For a detailed description of the positions and requirements, go to or call 305-635-1335.

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