Ministerio Hispano 

 

Spanish Apostolate

 


 

St. Patrick Church in Phenix City welcomes everyone to join us in our Catholic ministries and join our faith-filled community. We are pleased to offer Mass in Spanish on Sundays, with Confession offered before Mass. Father George González speaks Spanish and celebrates Mass in Spanish at 7 PM each Sunday.

 



 

The Spanish Community at St. Patrick’s Parish in Phenix City

 

Spanish Translation, Click here: La Comunidad Hispana de San Patrico en Phenix City

 

St. Patrick’s Church is celebrating this year (2011) one hundred years of existence.  In a very harmonious way you find here a very pluralistic melting pot of races, languages and ethnicities.


The Spanish Community has been here for years.  It is a small group of families worshiping on Sundays at 7 p.m. with a very active choir and musicians full of contagious enthusiasm.


This year this group of families enjoy a good dinner after the Sunday Mass.  They themselves contribute with delicious ethnic food, and the rest is graciously provided by Father Tom (our Pastor) who takes the time to cook and serve the food himself to each one of the visitors attending the Mass.

 

Father Gonzalez (Retired U.S. Army Chaplain) has been presiding at the Mass this year.  With the help of Mrs. Nelly Morales we enjoy not only the celebration of the Mass in Spanish but also the preparation for the Sacraments of Baptism, First Penance, First Communion and Confirmation.


During the fellowship after Mass these families share all the hardships of being away from their own country and their own families, dealing with a different language, most of them struggling with the lack of official papers to work, to drive, to go to the hospital---and suffering the consequences of the undocumented migrants---testing their human dignity and their human rights.


When we break the Eucharistic bread at the Spanish Mass and sing the very happy melodies---we pray together to be strangers no longer---and to be together on the journey of Hope.  It seems like all the immigration laws are pushing these families into a deserted corner with which it is very hard to cope.


Jesus and his Holy Family were also refugees, as they fled to Egypt to escape the wrath of Herod.  They also felt the fear, the anxiety of being displaced.   As we celebrate the Centennial of this Parish, we give thanks to God for the warm and outstanding welcome to the stranger given to us here at St. Pat’s. 


-- Fr. G.Gonzalez