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Feature News | Sunday, November 05, 2023

Archdiocesan news briefs for October 2023

All invited to Catechetical Conference

Parish catechists, Catholic school educators, catechetical leaders, principals, and parishioners are invited to nourish the seed of their faith at the annual Catechetical Conference hosted by the Office of Catechesis. The conference will take place Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Archbishop Edward McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches. Archbishop Thomas Wenski will preside at the opening Mass, to be celebrated next door at St. Mark Church. The Mass will be followed by the keynote address of Scott Lefor, program director of Mary College at ASU, a campus of the University of Mary located in Tempe, Arizona. The keynote in Spanish will be given by Luis Soto, general director of Evangelization and Discipleship in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma. Enrichment sessions in English and Spanish will continue the rest of the day. For information and registration, go to:

Cemeteries host Masses for All Souls Day

Archdiocesan cemeteries will host special Masses on the feast of All Souls, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, both at 10 a.m. Archbishop Thomas Wenski will preside at the Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 11691 N.W. 25 St., Doral, which is located next to Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Auxiliary Bishop Enrique Delgado will preside at the Mass in the chapel of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1500 South State Road 7, North Lauderdale. For more information call 305-592-0521 in Miami-Dade or 954-972-1234 in Broward or visit

Mass, luncheon mark Black Catholic History Month

National Black Catholic History Month will be celebrated throughout the month of November. On Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, Archbishop Thomas Wenski will celebrate Mass at Holy Family Church in North Miami at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited. On Saturday, Nov. 18, the annual National Black Catholic History Month Luncheon and the St. Martin DePorres Awards presentations sponsored by theOffice of Black Catholic Ministry will be held at noon in the Convocation Hall of St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens. For tickets and information, contact Katrenia Reeves-Jackman at 305-762-1120 or [email protected]

Travel to Rome for Jubilee of Young People

The Archdiocese of Miami is planning a pilgrimage for the Jubilee of Young People to be held in Rome, Italy, in 2025. An informational meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, at 7 p.m., online, for those interested in attending. There will be three pilgrim tracks: high school students ages 16 and up; college students, 18-20; and young adults, 21-29. The archdiocese’s Office of Youth and Young Adults also will lead a catch-all group for those not traveling with a parish, college or high school. The pilgrimage will feature visits to Rome’s four major basilicas. For more information, contact [email protected].

New blog on archdiocesan website


The Archdiocese of Miami’s Communications Office has launched a new blog that will appear the first Wednesday of each month on the archdiocesan website, Called Through the Catholic Lens, the blog will focus on looking at art, media and entertainment through a Catholic worldview. The idea came from Florida Catholic freelancer Emily Chaffins, a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes in Miami who is studying for her master’s in fine arts, with a concentration on creative writing, at Florida International University. Chaffins envisions the blog reaching all audiences, but especially young adults like herself, who “could be further evangelized through content of interest,” she said. Chaffins will author some of the blogs and curate the submissions from other bloggers. Her first blog, connecting the Disney film “Moana” with John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, was posted Sept. 6, 2023, and can be found by using the keyword “Moana.” The second blog, by Eleanor Bourg Nicholson, was posted Oct. 4, 2023. It’s titled, “Horribly boring Halloween horror.” Check it out.

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