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Scaled-down Thanks-for-Giving Mass honors some in person, most via livestream

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.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski gives Henry and Grace Lopez-Aguiar the One in Faith award during the Thanks-for-Giving Mass celebrated at St. Mary Cathedral, Nov. 21, 2020.

Photographer: JONATHAN MARTINEZ | FC

Archbishop Thomas Wenski gives Henry and Grace Lopez-Aguiar the One in Faith award during the Thanks-for-Giving Mass celebrated at St. Mary Cathedral, Nov. 21, 2020.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski gives Sandy McCarthy the One in Charity award during the Thanks-for-Giving Mass celebrated at St. Mary Cathedral, Nov. 21, 2020.

Photographer: JONATHAN MARTINEZ | FC

Archbishop Thomas Wenski gives Sandy McCarthy the One in Charity award during the Thanks-for-Giving Mass celebrated at St. Mary Cathedral, Nov. 21, 2020.

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:

The 2020 inductees of the Archbishop Coleman Carroll Legacy Society who were able to attend the Thanks-for-Giving Mass celebrated at St. Mary Cathedral, Nov. 21, 2020. From left: Charles Edward Hutton Jr., Ronald Rivas, Maria Elena Figuerola, Marie Lourdes Montes, and Jean-Claude and Solange Joseph.

Photographer: JONATHAN MARTINEZ | FC

The 2020 inductees of the Archbishop Coleman Carroll Legacy Society who were able to attend the Thanks-for-Giving Mass celebrated at St. Mary Cathedral, Nov. 21, 2020. From left: Charles Edward Hutton Jr., Ronald Rivas, Maria Elena Figuerola, Marie Lourdes Montes, and Jean-Claude and Solange Joseph.

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