With the increase of Hispanic families in the Diocese, the need for a welcoming community and a sense of belonging continues to grow. Sacred Heart Church is home to over 200 hispanic families and continues to strengthen every year.
The Hispanic Ministry promotes Mass and registration of the attendants in order to meet their needs in an appropriate and personalized manner. Volunteers are needed as Eucharistic ministers, lectors, musicians, and in all other liturgical roles. Christian formation, sacramental preparation, evangelization, lay leadership development and social concerns for the Hispanic community are also part of our immediate agenda.
The Initial Steps took place In the 80's, when Sister Patricia Brown with some local parishioners participated in the American Bishops Encuentros to provide input to the National Hispanic Pastoral Plan.
During the early nineties, following the Council of American Bishops Pastoral Plan for Hispanics; we formed a Pastoral Team to analyze the Catholic Hispanic reality in our community. During this time occasional Masses were celebrated by Fr David Kahlic, an Air Force Reserve Chaplan and we started visits to migrant camps (Miami Valley) and other households in the area.
In 1993, Fr Robert Channey arranged for Fr Raul Perez, from Augusta to celebrate Mass in Spanish once a month on a week day. In the meantime, we continued outreach visits to migrant camps to fulfill their spiritual and social needs. Our goal was to attract the Hispanics in our area back to their Catholic roots.
In July 1994 Sacred Heart became the first Church in the Diocese to hire a Hispanic Ministry Coordinator.
Our Ministry grew from a humble beginning celebrating occasional Liturgies attended by 20-30 parishioners to where we stand today with weekly Masses averaging 450-500 parishioners.
Throughout this time we have been blessed with the support of our visiting and local priests, specially our Pastor, Father Fred.
Mass in Spanish: Sunday, 2:00 pm
Reconciliation: 1:00 pm - 1:40 pm
For more information on our Hispanic Ministries, please contact Sandra Molina.