Church Celebrates Fest Day; Releases New CD

Church Celebrates Fest Day; Releases New CD

Children in native Mexican costumes participate in mass.

On the Dec. 12 Feast Day for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Doral held a massive bi-lingual celebration at the Firefighters Memorial Building in Doral.

A standing room only crowd was moved as they passed through the archway entrance beautifully adorned with flowers by industrious and faithful parishioners who donated their time and talent to honor the Virgen of Guadalupe. Children came dressed in native Mexican garb to participate in the mass that concluded with a performance by Mariachis. As an added bonus, the congregation heard for the first time a new CD written specifically for the parish, “My Guadalupe”.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church is an incredibly large congregation in Doral that has become a parish community despite not yet having a church building. Thanks to very strong church ministries, the congregation looks to raise the needed funds, very often in creative ways.

Most recently, a few talented folks from the Music Ministry produced the aforementioned CD with the song specifically about the Church. The song was written by Carlos Puchi with arrangements by Latin Grammy winner Paul Hoyle and graphic design by Yeshica Yanes.

On the CD, the song about the Church is performed in both English and Spanish and is available for a donation of $10. Thus far, funds raised from this CD exceed $2,000.

Fr. Israel Mago, Church pastor, announced the church had collected more than 2,300 toys during the Christmas season as donations for the less fortunate in Homestead and other areas of great need.

For more information on Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, visit .

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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