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Dia de los Muertos becomes new tradition at Rosati-Kain

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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.

Hispanic ministries seek unity, integration through V Encuentro process

Leaders of Hispanic ministry in the United States carry the V Encuentro cross to the tomb of St. Peter in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 26 at the Vatican. The leaders were on a five-day pilgrimage to the Vatican in preparation for launching the four-year Encuentro process in the United States.

VATICAN CITY — Carrying a tall wooden cross over the threshold of the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica, a U.S. delegation brought the concerns of the country's Hispanic Catholics to the heart of the Church.

In a political climate marked by angry rhetoric, fear and division, U.S. bishops and others who minister to the Hispanic and Latino community are focused on "communion, unity, and service," said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of Dallas.

Embrace, love people is advice to Hispanic leaders at 'Heart to Heart Talk' in Ferguson

The Heart to Heart Talk — una charla, Corazón a Corazón — grew out of curiosity mainly, arising from the juxtaposition of the national Hispanic ministry conference at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel to Ferguson, just five miles away, and violence there starting with the shooting death of African-American Michael Brown by a white police officer just about two years ago.

Our Lady of Guadalupe feast celebrates Blessed Mother's generous response of faith

Marco Urbina nervously wrapped his fingers around a maraca as he waited in the church vestibule for the dancing to begin. The 14-year-old has attended Holy Trinity's annual Las Mañanitas and Mass to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe since he was 6; now he's part of the matachines — a group of dancers who perform a ritual dance in honor of the Queen of Heaven.

"We dance for the Virgin Mary," said Marco, with a wide grin and a dimple in his cheek. "It's like celebrating a special birthday for the greatest woman who ever lived."

Vocations workshop looks at meeting Hispanic Catholics' pastoral needs

Bishop John G. Noonan of Orlando, Fla., addressed the assembly Oct. 29 at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, N.Y. Bishop Noonan was the keynote speaker on the first day of a two-day Hispanic vocations workshop sponsored by the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors.

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. -- As Jesus called His disciples in many ways, vocation directors and seminary faculty must walk with candidates and students to understand and meet their individual needs as they discern their call to priesthood, according to the bishop of Orlando, Fla.

Diocesan policies and seminary practices should accommodate varying expressions of prayer and cultural celebrations, particularly in the diverse and growing Hispanic Catholic community, said Bishop John G. Noonan.

Blending of cultures, veneration of Maronite saint's relics lead to ‘unique experience’

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Roxana Azurdia and her grandaughter, Krysta Flores, prayed at the reliquary of St. Sharbel Makhluf, an ascetic monk of St. Maron who was born in Labanon in 1828. St. Sharbel’s relics were at St. Raymond Maronite Cathedral, and events included a Mass celebrated in Spanish, Aramaic, Latin and English.

With the veneration of the relics of St. Sharbel at St. Raymond's Cathedral in St. Louis Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 came an opportunity to involve the Hispanic community in a Spanish Maronite Mass there Nov. 1.

Maronite Catholics belong to one of the 22 Catholic Churches that are in union with each other and in full communion with the pope in Rome. The spiritual heritage of the Maronite Church is traced to a fourth-century hermit, St. Maron. St. Raymond's architecture, liturgy and devotions are all part of the Lebanese Christian culture.

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