Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Outreach Helping Many

Knights of Columbus group at Christmas tree sale.

Knights of Columbus group at Christmas tree sale.

The generous congregation of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Doral contributed two tons of food and more than $1,000 in cash and gift cards to help make the Thanksgiving Day dinners for those less fortunate a good one.

As always, the Boy Scouts were also on hand after mass helping collect donations while many others helped orchestrate this very successful food drive.

 Tony Samito (left), Luis Ochoa and Father Israel Mago help trim tree the morning after Thanksgiving at Doral Charter High School.

Tony Samito (left), Luis Ochoa and Father Israel Mago help trim tree the morning after Thanksgiving at Doral Charter High School.

Fr. Israel Mago,pastor, gave thanks to David Iglesias and Palmetto Ford for providing trucks and helping deliver collected food donations to those in need.

For a congregation without a physical church building, you would never know it by all its members have accomplished from participating in Emmaus Retreats to organizing CCD Classes, Bible Study, Choir and more.

In addition, the church has just organized a Youth Group that promises to offer teens of age14-18 live music, activities, camps, faith formation, retreats and more. The group meets every other Thursday from 7 – 8:30 p.m. For more youth details, visit <www.facebook.com/guadalupe.doral>.

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Knights of Columbus is also a very active group. After a successful golf tournament, the male group tackled another new venture that proved a success: pre selling more than 150 Christmas trees and wreathes, all delivered the day after Thanksgiving. The weather could not have been better for this first time fundraiser.

Fr. Mago was among the men on hand to help out that morning and as an added bonus, provided a blessing for the trees as they were trimmed and loaded into waiting cars of his many parishioners.

Among those helping were Luis Ochoa and Tony Samito, two of several K of C’rs orchestrating this great kickoff to the Christmas season, so successful it’s now expected to become a tradition.

For more information on all church activities, call 305-593-6123.

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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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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