By Carlos Ruiz, Office of Hispanic Ministry
The Church of the Grand Junction Deanery was filled with the workings of the Holy Spirit on August 12 to 13, as over 300 people gathered in Delta to celebrate the Hispanic Ministry "Days of Mercy." Bishop Stephen Berg spent quality time with the people throughout the weekend, celebrating reconciliation for over three hours and the closing Mass late Saturday evening. Faithful parishioners and professional pastoral leaders from six communities came together to form the Grand Junction Deanery Hispanic Ministry steering committee. Collaborating across the region, the HM steering committee planned the event over the past several months, under the guidance of the Office of Hispanic Ministry and deanery clergy. Empowered by the Spirit, the lay leaders of these parishes gave testament to their faith by working hard to create an atmosphere of prayer, formation and community. Local St. Michael’s leaders organized generous parishioners to open their homes and host families from Gunnison overnight.
The days included included adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, reconciliation and a Eucharistic procession. Fathers Don Malin, Albeiro Ciro Herrera and Andres Ayala as well as Carlos Ruiz presented catechetical workshops on the "Year of Mercy" as declared by Pope Francis, corporal and spiritual Works of mercy, and reflections on the Blessed Sacrament. Saturday night ended with a solemn celebration of the Mass, led by Bishop Berg and concelebrated by deanery priests, and accompanied by Deacons Dan Leetch, Jerry LeBlanc and Price Hatcher. Joyful musicians from Carbondale enlivened the weekend with prayerful song.
The Office of Hispanic Ministry, together with lay and clergy leaders from the Alamosa Deanery, will offer a "Days of Mercy" event in Alamosa in October. These deanery events are part of continued efforts by diocesan leadership to respond to the needs of her immigrant and Latino Church. The Diocese of Pueblo is participating in a national Encuentro movement, and a diocesan Encuentro will be hosted at Western State University in Gunnison, scheduled for June 23 to 25, 2017. These pastoral efforts will culminate in the National Encuentro of Hispanic Ministry in Grapevine, Texas in 2018, where delegates will represent our diocese.
For more information about Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Pueblo, visit the Diocese of Pueblo's contact page for Hispanic Ministry:
(Left photo is of the Encuento Cross, blessed by Pope Francis almost one year ago during his September 2015 visit to Philadelphia.)