The Hispanic ministry here at St. Mary covers many differnet topics:
The St. Juan Diego School for Catholic Lay Leaders offered by the Archdiocese
of Oklahoma City. The school's courses provide a foundational background in
Catholic teaching of doctrine, scripture, spirituality and lay ministry.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
Enrich and deepen their prayer life and relationship with God, while
making more meaningful and responsible connections between their
Christian faith, everyday life and their ministry.
Deepen their knowledge and understanding of the history, traditions,
beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church so to have more confidence
and competence as a lay minister.
Enhance their effectiveness collaborators in the New Evangelization
through development of communication and group dynamics skills.
We offer pre-baptismal classes, preparation for parents and god parents
for the baptism of their children. It is a full understanding of what is
the sacrament of baptism.
Introduction to Bible study. This class is for people that start growing
in faith and feel the call of our lord Jesus Christ into the scriptures.
Advanced Bible study. This class is for people who wish to
study the scriptures in a profound way and reflect over it and group
discussion. At this time they are studying the Gospel of Matthew.
Prayer group: sagrado Corazon de Jesus. This group meets on Thursdays
and do prayer and sing hymns, also meditate over scriptures and contemplation
of the holy sacrament. Pray for people that are sick, alone, and welcome new members.
Hispanic choir: involves adults and teens, this group not only
participates during Sunday mass but other important events such
as, cursillo, ultrella and other church events.
Counselling people that are having marital issues.
We work as a community when we have a funeral, we work together in
order to better serve the parish and their needs as a church.
Spiritually and economically, if necessary.
We organize the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe en posadas we
have a committee that works very hard to bring our culture and beliefs
to our youngest and there is involvement of adults, teens, and children.
We organize bilingual stations of the cross. We do a live procession
of the cross. That helps us to better understand the suffering of
Jesus to the parish.
We have a cursillista group that prepares to better serve others and
to engage them with their faith.
Problems with teens, give them support when needed and refer them to
another resource when needed.
Folkloric group that sings and dances Spanish music and also we have
matachines group, and these participate at parish events.
Juan has been working at the parish since 11/16/01, and has been a
parishioner since 2000. Originally from Mexico, Juan came to the
U.S.A. in 1988. His duties include keeping the buildings clean. He
also fixes problems such as electrical, plumbing, etc., as well as
taking care of the award-winning landscape and flowerbeds. Juan is
extremely active in church activities, and is planning on becoming
a Deacon. He currently assists the D.R.E. in Spanish, plays guitar
in the Spanish choir, and is a communion minister as well as a
sacristan. Juan and his wife Maria help to prepare baptisms and
Quinceneras for the Hispanic community. Juan has been married to
his wonderful wife since 2001 and has been blessed with four children.