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News briefs for November 2019

St. Vincent de Paul Society seeks Christmas toys

On Dec. 14, the Radio Paz Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be giving away toys to underprivileged children at Juan Pablo Duarte Park, 1776 N.W. 28 St., Miami. They are asking for donations of new toys to be dropped off at Radio Paz’s offices, 1779 N.W. 28 St., Miami. They expect to have about 3,000 children attend the giveaway. For information, call 305-280-6572 or contact [email protected]

Get ready for Welcome Weekend

Parishes in the Archdiocese of Miami will be holding a Welcome Weekend Dec. 7-9, a time to open the doors of the parish and encourage parishioners to personally invite others to "come and see" the Catholic Church. Those invited may be family members, extended family, friends and neighbors who may be drifted away Catholics, members of another church, or the rapidly increasing "nones." The first Welcome Weekend took place last year, in response to Archbishop Thomas Wenski’s challenge to invite one other person to our parishes. 

Msgr. Pace High renovates stadium

Msgr. Edward Pace High School, located in Miami Gardens, will celebrate the renovation of their Spartan Stadium at a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. The assembly will signal the start of the $1.5 million project, for which the school has collected over $500,000 so far. The new state-of-the-art field will feature a polyurethane track and turf and serve the athletic programs for football, soccer, track, cross country, cheerleading and girls flag football. The ceremony also will commemorate a new era in Pace’s Athletic Department, which is now led by Tom Duffin, a class of 1985 alumnus.  

Catholic Charities gets census, parenting grants

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami has received funding from The Children's Trust to provide parenting classes in the community. The agency also was awarded a Miami-Dade Counts Census 2020 grant to establish dedicated community sites to provide information and assistance, organize events to promote participation, and conduct targeted outreach and communication efforts. Anyone interested in learning more about Catholic Charities’ Strengthening Families program should call 305-759-3050. To learn more about the Miami-Dade Counts 2020 Collaborative, visit:

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