10/18/2017 2:31:08 PM
Pastoral Thought 10/22/2017
AMELIA BANDA of our parish was honored by our bishop with the annual “Order of Merit” award last Sunday, which is given to an outstanding member of each parish.
Amelia has been one of the central organizers of religious and social events of our Hispanic community for the past eight years, working in a quiet and effective way to facilitate the Guadalupe festival and our annual Kermesse (fair), and much else. Weekly she supervises the 7PM liturgy and acts as sacristan for weddings and Quinceaños celebrations.
We thank you, Amelia. You have a deep faith and generous heart.
Amelia was among sixty Hispanic members of our parish who attended the Diocesan Encuentro rally in Dover last Saturday, along with 700 people from the fifteen parishes who have Hispanic ministry. The theme “Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love” is aimed at evangelizing the many Hispanic immigrants who do not have a relationship to a parish.
Despite a deep Catholic tradition, immigrants from Mexico can become lost to the Church, especially because of long working hours for both men and women. We are also grateful for the catechists of our parish who work faithfully on Sunday and Wednesday to supplement what is sometimes lacking in the family practice of the faith, due to parents long work hours.
Father John Hynes