Miami-Dade County

Pastors in flux at St. Basil

When a congregation looses its spiritual leader, it is almost like losing a loving, natural father. That was the general feeling of the members of St. Basil Catholic Church, 1475 NE 199th St. in North Miami Beach, when their long-time pastor, the Rev. Peter Lickman, died last March.

Recently the congregation was blessed with a new pastor, the Rev. John Fink. However, since Father’s Day, Fink has not been able to lead the worship services because of recent knee surgery. Serving in his place is the Rev. Glenn Pothier, who will lead the worship services through September, when Fink returns.

Because of Pothier’s heavy schedule, the Sunday Mass and services will be held each Saturdays until Fink’s return. The Rosary will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by the liturgy at 6 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to the services.

Free concerts

Florida International University’s Department of Religious Studies and the South Florida Sri Chinmoy Centres will present two free concerts by Kanala Auer a Vienna, an Austrian sitar artist at FIU.

The first will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in Room SIPA-100 at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW Eighth St.

The second concert will be at 7 p.m. Sunday in Room ACI-135 at the Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami. The concert will consist of devotional music by Sri Chinmoy, that has been arranged by Auer for the sitar.

Auer, a solo performer, is also a member of the internationally renown Gandharva Loka Orchestra. According to a press release, Auer tries to convey the essential spiritual qualities of Sri Chinmoy’s songs, such as love, peace and joy to the audience. He has toured extensively throughout Europe and has performed on a regular basis in the United States, including the 2010 “Songs of the Soul” concert series in Miami and Tampa. He also has performed regularly in Asia.

Auer is a graduate of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and has been continuously modifying the sitar to give it a “unique and exceptionally overtone-rich sound. And example is the funnel shaped “tumba” made of teak wood that he has attached to his sitar.

Following the tradition of Karma Yoga, all of Auer’s performances are free. And for those who are interested, instructions in meditations will be offered after each concert. Call 305-348-3909 for more information, or go to the website:

‘Things are Cooking in Overtown’

The 15th annual “Things are Cooking in Overtown” fundraising gala will be Aug. 22, in the TreeTop Ballroom at 1111 Jungle Trail at Miami’s Parrot Jungle and the .

Presented by the St. John Community Development Corp., the event brings together many long-time former residents of Overtown for the benefit of the St. John CDC.

Each year, the event honors several individuals and businesses for their overall contributions to the community. This year’s honorees will be announced in a later column.

Tickets are $100 per person; $1000 per patron table and $1,500 per corporate table. To make your reservations, call the office at 305-372-0682.

Walk against breast cancer

Warm congratulations to Gerry Necuze, who will be the chairperson of the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Miami Walk to be Oct. 11 at the Marlins Park.

Necuze is the co-founder of Mira TV, the new Hispanic television channel. According to a press release, Necuze’s support is moved not only by a personal belief of doing good in the community, but also with a corporate social responsibility commitment: He has made possible the pledge of Mira TV as the Pink Premier Presenting Sponsor of the walk. The channel offers news, entertainment and variety programming.

In a statement Necuze said, “It’s an honor to chair an event that has positively affected the lives of thousands of women and offered hope during times of despair in their fight against cancer.”

The 5K walk helps to raise awareness and restricted funds to help end breast cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society’s efforts to find cures and support programs and services for all people facing the disease. The Making Strides Walk is one of more than 300 events the organization will be celebrating across the country this year.

If you and your group want to participate, it isn’t too early to register, or to donate to the event. For more information call Audra Affitto at 305-779-2847 or visit