JOURNEYING TOGETHER | Mother and child in the Hispanic Catholic imagination

May is traditionally a month when Catholics turn their attention toward Mary more intentionally. Marian processions and crownings in parishes and schools remind us of our childhood. I love processions!

I remember the school processions in May growing up in Colombia, South America, holding candles and singing hymns as we followed an image or a beautifully decorated statue of the Virgin Mary. Parents and neighbors joined along. By the way, this was a public school. Different world.

Dia de los Muertos becomes new tradition at Rosati-Kain


Next week when her friends go to Halloween parties and trick or treating, Vivian Garcia Cruz will be celebrating with her own culture's tradition of honoring the dead.

Garcia Cruz and several of her classmates at Rosati-Kain High School last week set up an altar to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican tradition to commemorate the lives of deceased loved ones.

The celebration is popular in Mexican culture, and typically lasts several days, beginning on Halloween and concluding on Nov. 2, the feast of All Souls.

Post-abortion healing retreat to be offered in Spanish

Project Rachel, the archdiocese's ministry to women who have experienced an abortion, will offer a retreat entirely in Spanish.

The retreat, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, is the culmination of several years of work between the archdiocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry and Respect Life Apostolate.

Project Rachel has received more than a dozen calls in the past several years from Hispanic women who were seeking a retreat in their native language, spiritual activities coordinator Marisol Pfaff said.

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