Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Florida Catholic staff - Florida Catholic
MIAMI | Like the intimate Thanksgiving gatherings that were called for this year, the 2020 ThanksforGiving Mass brought less than 50 people to St. Mary Cathedral.
Due to the pandemic, attendance was capped at those receiving special honors: the three recipients of the One in Faith, One in Hope and One in Charity awards and six new inductees to the Archbishop Coleman Carroll Legacy Society, accompanied only by close family members.
The rest — hundreds who give annually to the ABCD (ArchBishop's Charity and Development drive) — watched from the comfort of their homes via livestream Nov. 21, 2020.
Whether his listeners were near or far, Archbishop Thomas Wenski expressed his heartfelt thanks to all who "in so many other ways ... seek to serve Jesus present among 'the least, the last and the lost'” through their generous support of the ABCD.
Honored this year with the One in Faith award were Henry and Grace Lopez-Aguiar, active parishioners, lectors and extraordinary ministers of Communion at Little Flower Parish in Coral Gables.
The One in Hope award went to Delores McKinley, who could not make the ceremony in person. An active member of St. Helen Church in Fort Lauderdale since 1996, she volunteers her time to serve as an extraordinary minister of Communion and is a member of several committees at the parish.
The One in Charity award went to Sandy McCarthy, a long-time parishioner at St. Louis in Pinecrest. She has contributed to the ABCD for more than a decade and sits on the board of Morningstar Renewal Center, where she has given not only her time but financially to advance their mission.
The Carroll Legacy Society acknowledges those who have remembered the archdiocese in their wills. This year’s inductees were:
- Charles Eddie Hutton of Nativity Parish in Hollywood
- Daniel T. Murphy and Dilvert Hatchett of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Fort Lauderdale
- Solange and Jean Claude Joseph of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Miami Shores
- Marie Lourdes and Carl Montes, Sr., of St. Mary Cathedral Parish
- Marielena Rousseau Figarola of Prince of Peace Parish in Miami
- Ronald Rivas and Gloria Maritza Rivas (posthumously) also of Prince of Peace.