HISPANIC COMMUNITY

1993

OVER THE PAST 9 YEARS, THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY OF HOLY CROSS HAS EXPERIENCE TEMENDOUS GROWTH, BOTH SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY.

 

THIS VERY VITAL PART OF OUR COMMUNITY BEGAN IN 1984 WITH THE COMMITMENT OF THREE FAMILIES MEETI NG REGULARLY AND, BY 1986, THE FIRST MASSES IN SPANISH BEGAN TO BE CELEBRATED.  AMOUNG THE ORIGINA'L FAMILIES THAT WORKED WITH FATHER HARRY MCGOVERN AND SISTER BETTY IN MAKING THIS POSSIBLE WERE THE SEPULVEDAS, THE SANCHEZS, THE R ENTERIAS AND THE GUILLERMINA WATTS FAMI LY. ALSO ASSISTI NG WITH THIS PROJ ECT WERE PARISHIONERS PAT GREEN , CINDY FARRIS AND PATTY SEPULVEDA WHO DID THE MUSIC. MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WERE ENCOURAGED TO SHARE THEIR TALENTS, A ND NOW THE MUSIC MINISTRY IS BRINGI NG PEOPLE TOGETHER IN PRAYER AND SONG AT WEEKLY PRACTICE SESSIONS AND THE i 2:30pm SUNDAY LITURGY.

 

AS THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY GREW, THE DIOCESE BEGAN TO PROVIDE FOR THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF ALL THE HISPANICS AND HIRED WILFREDO MOREL AS A PASTORAL ANO SOCIAL WORKER . CECILIA HIGGINS AND OTHER MEMBERS ASSISTED HIM AS CATECHISTS. AS THE WQRKLOAD BECAME GREATER, CHRISTINA TAPIA WAS HIRED AND LATER TOOK OVER WILFR EDO'S POSITION. VICKY UTSMAN BEGAN IN 1990 AS A VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT. WHEN CHRISTINA LEFT , V ICKY KEPT THE OFFICE OPEN OFFERI NG HELP FOR NON­ ENGL ISH SPEAKING LOCAL RESIDENTS .

 

WITH A FOUNDAT ION FIRMLY IN PLACE, THE EFFORTS OF EV ERYONE DID NOT GO IN VAIN. fOOAY, ATTENDANCE AT SUNDAY'S 12:30 MASS RANGE FROM 200 TO 300 PERSONS AND IT IS A COMMUNITY IN WHICH CHRIST'S PRESENCE I S TRULY FELT .