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Archdiocesan news briefs for September 2021

Our Lady of Mercy Mass Sept. 24

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Mercy Hospital invites the community to join, via livestream, the 34th annual celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, the hospital’s patroness and namesake. Archbishop Thomas Wenski will be the main celebrant of the Mass, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, preceded by a rosary at 6 p.m. Due to safety precautions surrounding COVID-19, the hospital’s chapel and hospital grounds will be closed to the general public, so the Mass will be livestreamed on Mercy Hospital's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MercyHospitalMiami.

 

First impressions and good stewardship

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Pastors, staff and parish and ministry leaders will get two-for-one lessons while attending the 2021 Stewardship and Ambassador of First Impressions Day. They will learn how to make a good “first impression” that enhances the culture of parish life while also picking up tips on how to foster engagement and increase support for carrying out the mission of the Church.

The theme of the trilingual conference is “If you love me ... feed my sheep,” and it will take place Saturday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, 500 S.W. 127 Ave., Miami. The keynote speaker will be Cande De Leon, author of “Heart of the Mission” and executive director of the Office of Mission Advancement in the Diocese of Phoenix.

The day will consist of 16 breakout sessions featuring special guest speakers who will offer the courses in three languages, English, Spanish and Creole. Archbishop Thomas Wenski will celebrate a Mass at 11:30 a.m. with praise and worship led by Father Pedro Corces and music provided by “The Call.”

Registration fee of $35 includes breakfast and lunch. Register online at https://adomdevelopment.org/event/include-stewardship-day-and-ambassador-of-first-impression/. For more information, contact Grace Veloz at 305-762-1064.

 

Mass at the Park with Knights of Columbus

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Everyone is invited to join the Florida State Council of the Knights of Columbus, and Archbishop Thomas Wenski, for Mass at the Park, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at LoanDepot Stadium in Miami. The stadium will open at 11 a.m. for the 11:45 a.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Wenski. Participants can then stay for the Marlins vs. Phillies game to follow, with the first pitch set for 3:10 p.m. Tickets for this special event, which cost $25, can be purchased by contacting Elizabeth Rivera at [email protected] or 305-480-1644. $5 will go to the American Wheelchair Mission, a partner organization with the Knights of Columbus. LoanDepot Park is located at 501 Marlins Way, Miami. Ticket vouchers also can be obtained by going to www.floridakofc.org/events.

 

Foster parents needed for Afghan children

The Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program of Catholic Charities is seeking foster parents for Afghan children who arrived in this country alone during the recent airlift from Afghanistan. The requirements to be a foster parent include: Be at least 21 years old; be able to provide adequate bedroom space and a separate bed for each foster child; have reliable transportation; be willing to participate in a 30-hour free training; be prepared for adults in your household to undergo complete background checks; be able to meet basic resources to support the household.

Catholic Charities provides 24-hour case management, monthly stipend to help with the care of the refugee minor or youth, continuing education and more. For more information, call 305-883-3383 or visit www.ccadm.org.

 

Congreso Pro Vida coming to Miami

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Miami will play host to the 6th National Congreso Pro Vida beginning Friday evening, Oct. 29, and concluding Sunday morning, Oct. 31, at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. This marks the first time the congress is held on the East Coast.

This pro-life conference will feature keynote speakers in English and Spanish, including Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-life Activities; Mother Adela Galindo, foundress of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary; and Mari Pablo, Catholic speaker, campus minister and morality teacher in Miami.

Other speakers include Jim Wahlberg of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation; Dr. Grazie Christie of The Catholic Association; Mary McClusky of Project Rachel; Theresa Flores, a human trafficking survivor; Clemente Aguirre, a death row exoneree; as well as Randy McGrorty of Catholic Legal Services; bioethicist Father Alfred Cioffi of St. Thomas University; and Rebecca Brady of the archdiocesan Respect Life Office.

Those wishing to attend the congress can do so in person or online. In person attendance is $99; online attendance is $25. Go to https://congresoprovida.com/for registration links and a complete list of speakers and schedule.

 

Respect Life Month: Baby Bottle Drives

October is Respect Life Month and parishes throughout the Archdiocese are hosting Baby Bottle Drives to support their assigned Respect Life Pregnancy Help Center. The links to donate online for participating parishes are available at respectlifemiami.org/baby-bottle-drive. To schedule a Baby Bottle Drive or for help promoting the Gospel of Life at your parish, contact [email protected].

 

Editor’s note: Most of these news briefs are printed in the September 2021 Miami edition of the Florida Catholic. Several which came in after deadline have been added here.

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