Colonial Florida Cultural Heritage Center • Corpus Christi Church • Martha/Mary Concerts
Due to ongoing conditions related to the pandemic, all events are subject to change, and most events scheduled at other venues may be moved to the Corpus Christi main church (Iglesia Madre). For further details, timing and exact locations (La Merced Chapel, La Casa, Corpus Christi Church or one of the parish missions) please visit the individual websites or call the parish office at 305-635-1331.
Sunday, September 6
Virgen de la Caridad
Location: Iglesia Madre
The September 8 feast of Our Lady of Charity, the Patroness of Cuba, developed from early 17th century events surrounding a statue that is now in the National Sanctuary in El Cobre. La Virgen de la Caridad was proclaimed the Patroness of Cuba in 1916. Our celebrations coordinate with those at the Ermita de la Caridad in Miami.


Saturday, September 12
Virgen de Coromoto
Location: Iglesia Madre
The customs regarding the September 11 feast day (and current related Venezuelan bank holiday) began in the mid-17th century; The Virgen was named Patroness of Venezuela in 1942; today we celebrate with traditional food and customs.


Saturday, October 3
Blessing of the Animals
Location: Mision de San Francisco y Santa Clara
This tradition, related to the Italian Saint Francis of Assisi’s love of nature, is celebrated on the Saturday nearest his October 4 feast day. All persons are invited to bring their pets (on leash, in cage) for a ceremony and individual blessings by the priests of the parish.


Saturday, October 3 & Sunday, October 4
Clarice Assad, Vocals & Sergio Assad, Guitar
With Sammy Figueroa, Percussion
These Brazilian father-and-daughter superstars will bring their unique Brazilian jazz vocals, samba, and jazz guitar – with Miami’s own jazz percussion legend, Sammy Figueroa – in their premiere South Florida performance.
Clarice Assad

Sunday, October 18
Senor de los Milagros (Peru)
Location: Iglesia Madre
The October 18 Lord of Miracles Procession in Lima is one of the largest Catholic gatherings in the world. A Colonial painting of the Senor, from the same period and geographic area as the “miracle” painting in Lima, now hangs in the Chapel of La Merced and is the focal point of the festivities on the grounds of the Chapel and the Mother Church.

Thursday, November 19 – Sunday, November 22
Corpus Christi Festival
Location: on the grounds of Iglesia Madre
Celebration of all the people and cultures at the Corpus Christi parish, with rides, games, outdoor entertainment, and homemade foods representing many of the countries and customs of parish families.

Sunday, December 6
Griteria/La Purísima
Location: Iglesia Madre
This is Corpus Christi’s adaptation of Nicaragua’s unique multi-day Festival of the Immaculate Conception. For several hours, traditionally dressed members of the Nicaraguan community share dancing, singing, and homemade foods in the grassy area outside of the parish hall.


Sunday, January 10
Festival de Senor de Esquipulas
Location: Iglesia Madre
Celebrating the 425-year tradition of El Cristo Negro, based at the Catedral Basilica del Cristo Negro de Esquipulas in Guatemala, celebrated on the Sunday nearest the January 12 feastday.

Sunday, January 24
Festival de la Dia de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia
Location: Mision de la Altagracia
Based on a 16th century story of a shepherd’s vision of the Virgin Mary, this Dominican Republic national holiday is celebrated on January 21 at the Basilica Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia in Higuey, home of the original painting brought from Spain in 1502.

Sunday, January 31
Daniella Mass: Broadway & More
Recipient of international acclaim from her success on America’s Got Talent, Columbia-born and now Miami-based Mass had her Miami debut on last December’s MMC Concert, sharing the program with jazz flutist Nestor Torres. Her extraordinary three-octave range and emotional power thrilled our audience. She returns this year with her own show and ensemble, featuring Broadway show tunes and popular songs sung in multiple languages in a big venue. We would not be surprised in our series’ great friend Nestor Torres also showed up.

Daniella Mass

Sunday, January 31
Fiesta de la Virgen de Suyapa
Location: Iglesia Madre
Mirroring the 250+ year tradition, centered on the Patroness of Honduras whose name day is February 3; the tiny statue of La Morenita is kept in an 18th century chapel adjacent to the 20th Century Basilica of the Virgen de Suyapa near Tegucigalpa.

Saturday, March 13 & Sunday, March 14
The Emmet Cohen Trio: Baroque Jazz Club
The New York-based international jazz sensation and 2019 winner of the coveted American Pianists Award will bring his trio back to our series after an absence of 10 years, continuing the “Baroque Jazz Club” inaugurated by Shelly Berg and Martin Bejerano this year. His recent set of recordings with 20th Century jazz legends express Emmet’s bond with the jazz tradition, and have received world-wide support and acclaim.

The Emmet Cohen Trio

Good Friday, April 2
Semana Santa
Location: Begins at Iglesia Madre, continuing through the neighborhood streets with police escort.
The Semana Santa procession is based on the weeklong celebrations in Seville and throughout the Latin world, with La Macarena music, a Cruz de Guia, at least two Pasos (floats) carried by costaleros – and a huge alfombra (carpet of flowers) made by the Guatelmalan community. This is one of only a handful of such events in the United States.

Sunday, April 18
The Frost Chorale
(International Tour Premiere Performance)
The acclaimed 70+ member Frost Chorale begins its international tour with a generous, multi-lingual program of choral music from early times to the present, featuring a renowned guest soloist, in the acoustically superb main sanctuary of the historic Corpus Christi Church.

Frost Chorale

July 2021
La Milagrosa
Location: Iglesia Madre
This mini-festival incorporates the spirit of the Novena of the Miraculous Medal, a devotion that originated in Paris, France and now is celebrated every November in Cebu City, the Philippines.

First weekend in August
Salvador del Mundo Festivities
Location: Iglesia Madre
The parish joins with the El Salvador community to emulate the “Patron Saint” and namesake festivities traditionally celebrated during the first week of August at the Catedral and the Basilica in San Salvador.

First weekend in August
Festival Boliviano: Bolivian Independence Celebration
Location: Iglesia Madre
The August 5 national holiday in Bolivia is celebrated with a special mass in the main church followed by traditional Bolivian foods made by the Bolivian members of the parish.