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Archdiocesan news briefs for February 2019

‘Love that satisfies’ talks aimed at teens


Catholic author, speaker and podcaster Matt Fradd will speak to confirmation students and other youths about “The Love That Satisfies” on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7-8 p.m. at St. Mark, 5601 South Flamingo Road, Southwest Ranches. He also will speak to young people Thursday, Feb 28, 7-9 p.m. at Blessed Trinity, 4020 Curtiss Parkway, Miami Springs. Along with Fradd in Miami Springs will be Dr. Peter Kleponis, who will talk to adults about cyberwars and offer tools for parents to protect their children from pornography. For information, email Sister Karen Muniz, [email protected], or call 305-762-1090.


Children’s choirs invited to festival


Pueri Cantores, the national student choral organization of the Catholic Church, invites all parish and school treble and mixed voice choirs in the archdiocese to a Festival and Mass for singers in grades 4-12. The festival will take place Saturday, March 30, at St. Bonaventure Church, 1301 S.W. 136 Ave., Davie, beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding with Mass at 3 p.m. During the festival, the combined choirs, conducted by Richard Robbins, will perform a liturgical music repertoire spanning 1,500 years, from Gregorian chant to music of the 21st century. The deadline to register a choir is Feb. 28. Cost is $150 plus $25 per participant. For information and registration, go to


Join 40 Days for Life campaign


40 Days for Life is a peaceful campaign to pray for an end to abortion, patterned after the 40-day periods of fasting, conversion and repentance in biblical history. Individuals are invited to come by themselves or with their church groups to provide a prayerful witness throughout the 40 days of Lent, March 6 to April 14, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., in front of a local abortion clinic. In Miami, the group will stand across from Eve’s Medical Center, 8603 S. Dixie Highway, along the right of way on 68th Court. Visit for details of attending groups and churches. Or go to to find vigils at other South Florida locations.


Reflect on the ‘theology of human love’

St. Augustine Young Adult Group, UCatholic Campus Ministry and the Agrupación Católica Universitaria will present a Theology of Human Love Retreat Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the St. John Paul II Evangelization Center, 3087 S.W. 15 St., Miami. The day will include Mass, adoration, confession and praying of the rosary in addition to talks about St. John Paul II’s theology of human love. Cost is $30 lunch included. Tickets can be purchased at St. Augustine Church, 1400 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, or online at For more information call 305-661-1648 or email Sister Sarah Rose Miller at [email protected].


Cardinal Tagle to speak at seminary


St. John Vianney College Seminary will mark its 60th anniversary the weekend of March 22-24 with a visit from Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila and president of Caritas International. Cardinal Tagle will be the keynote speaker Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the seminary’s annual Fides et Ratio lecture. Tickets for the lecture are $20. On Saturday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m., the cardinal will lead evening prayer, then take part in a reception and banquet. Tickets to the banquet are $60 and proceeds will benefit the seminary. On Sunday, March 24, Cardinal Tagle will lead morning prayer at 10 a.m., preside at Mass at 10:30 a.m. and take part in a noon lunch. Tickets for the lunch are $20. For more information, and to purchase tickets to these events, go to or call the seminary at 305-223-4561. St. John Vianney is located at 2900 S.W. 87 Ave., Miami.


Free bereavement camp for children


Catholic Hospice will host Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for children, the weekend of March 22-24. The camp is for children and teens, ages 6 to 17, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. Campers will be given time and the tools to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills, and make friends with peers who are also grieving. Activities include music, art, dance movement and pet therapies as well as remembrance ceremonies. The weekend will take place at Camp Owaissa Bauer, 17001 S.W. 264 St., Homestead. The camp is offered at no cost, including lodging, meals, comfort gifts and transportation from the Catholic Hospice offices in Fort Lauderdale and Miami Lakes. For information, contact Gian Carla Santayana, 954-944-2709 or [email protected]; or go to


Share the Journey through Rice Bowl this Lent

Catholic Relief Services’ annual Rice Bowl campaign invites Catholics to take part in the second year of Pope Francis’ Share the Journey, a global campaign aimed at raising awareness and inspiring action on behalf of migrants and refugees.


Rice Bowl is built around the Lenten spiritual pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving and has been a tradition among Catholic families in the U.S. for the past 45 years. Using nearly 4 million ‘rice bowls’ for almsgiving, participants raise nearly $12 million annually, of which $9 million supports CRS programs around the world. The remaining $3 million, or 25 percent of the total alms collected, stays in the local diocese, supporting hunger and poverty alleviation efforts.

“We hear about migration and refugees in the news every day,” said Beth Martin, director of U.S. Programs for CRS. “We encounter so many families around the world forced to migrate, either because of conflict and violence or the inability to make a living, and their stories lead us to a more human understanding of this complex issue.”

CRS Rice Bowl also brings those stories to life through its Lenten Speakers Tour, this year featuring CRS staff and partners from Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Guatemala and Ghana. For more information, go to


Donations sought for Cuban tornado victims

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami is accepting financial donations, by check or online, to assist Caritas Cuba in helping victims of the tornado in Havana. The tornado that ripped through Cuba’s capital Jan. 27, with wind speeds estimated at 180 mph, killed four people and injured 195. The rare tornado was the first to hit the city in decades. Staff at the Hijas de Galicia maternity hospital had to evacuate. The archdiocese encourages all concerned members of the Miami community to support the people affected by this disaster. Donations can be made online at or by mail at: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, 1505 N.E. 26 St., Wilton Manors, FL  33305. Please note on envelope and check: Cuba Relief.


Climate conference coming in April

St. Thomas University will host the second International Conference on Climate, Nature and Society Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5. The first conference, held in February 2016, focused on the scientific evidence for climate change and some of its sociological impact. This second conference will feature an interdisciplinary team of speakers from the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and secular traditions – including a Vatican representative – sharing what faith communities in the region and the world are doing to care for Creation. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the talks will be transmitted live via simulcast and simultaneously translated into Spanish. For details and to pre-register to attend the conference, go to The university is located at 16401 N.W. 37 Ave., Miami Gardens.

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