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.