Hispanic ministry

Children's 'feliz' contrasts with rough past

Together at last

(To see Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's message, see http://stlouisreview.com/Yjd)

For more than seven years, the four girls stayed in Honduras without their mother, in homes where they were neglected or abused. They had about a half dozen caregivers, all but a couple of them caring only about the money they were sent to care for them.

The girls’ mother, Lizeth Gavarrete, left Honduras for the United States just as her mother did when Gavarrete was just age 4. Gavarrete was seeking work and fleeing an abusive relationship.

Pan y Amor spreads mission of hope and love with first Family Day

Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Emily Sumner, left, 10, of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Sophia Francis, 10, of Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, and Nicolas Cardenas, 11, of St. Joseph Parish in Manchester, wrote letters to children in Bolivia, Colombia, Uganda and Kenya at Pan y Amor Archdiocesan Family Day Sept. 14 at the Cardinal Rigali Center. Pan y Amor is an archdiocesan mission program helping needy children in Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda.

"Hola, mi nombre es Nicolas," 11-year-old Nicolas Cardenas of St. Joseph Parish in Manchester wrote as he crafted a greeting card at the Pan y Amor Archdiocesan Family Day. Nicolas' card is one of many that will be sent to children in various countries who are sponsored by the Pan y Amor mission-aid program.

Pan y Amor -- which means "bread and love" in Spanish -- is a program of the Archdiocesan Mission Office. Through sponsorship donations, Pan y Amor funds programs for children in need in Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda.

NFP advocate bridges language gap

Rocio Aguayo, left, is a Natural Family Planning instructor at St. Cecilia Parish where she is able to speak to the Hispanic population in their native language as they learn the method. She met with Brenda Corona who she has been learning NFP to achieve pregnancy. Corona is now 12 weeks pregnant.

With the Archdiocese of St. Louis in need of a Spanish-language instructor for Natural Family Planning, Father Anthony Ochoa was ready to fill the void.

Originally from San Diego, Father Ochoa speaks Spanish, and he's the pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in the city, a parish for the faithful of the Hispanic community in south St. Louis. He also has worked with couples in marriage preparation, and he knew a bit about NFP from a class in the seminary.

If he needed to teach NFP, he'd volunteer to do that, too.

A diverse past, present and future

Mariachi musician Fabian Pena, of the group Mariachi Juvenil Guadalupano, received the Precious Blood during the weekly Spanish language Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester June 29. The group participated in the Mass while visiting St. Louis from Monterrey, Mexico.
Photo by Sid Hastings

St. Joseph Parish of Manchester started as a small pioneer outpost in the first half of the 1800s, a mission called St. Malachy at which the pastor from St. Peter Parish in Kirkwood held Mass for Irish Catholics who had migrated into the area to build the railroads.

Then, in 1865, after an influx of German immigrants, a parish was constituted and St. Joseph was born, near the crossroads of two dirt trails -- now Woods Mill and Manchester roads -- about 25 miles from the Cathedral by the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

Archdiocese creates new initiative that intergrates faith, culture

The archdiocese has announced a new leadership initiative called Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs, which will integrate the work of the archdiocese in supporting a rich diversity of cultures and faith communities in the St. Louis area.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has appointed F. Javier Orozco, director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry, to serve as executive director of the new initiative beginning July 1.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Focused on Christ

F. Javier Orozco

As we look around at the world, it is easy for us to note how prevalent multitasking has become. In our personal, social and work lives, we spend much of our time moving from task to task. Family members, friends and colleagues expect us to be able to simultaneously engage in different projects with the same passion and intensity for each. In our professional world, this multitasking skill set is often rewarded and compensated well.

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