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Hispanic Catholics of the archdiocese face a new challenge
September 12th, 2016
By Father Moisés Agudo

A few months ago, the Hispanic Pastoral Ministries of the Archdiocese of San Francisco agreed to bring a new element into the Pastoral Plan: a Hispanic School of Leadership that will start in September of this year. The School of Leadership has been created by the Hispanic Pastoral Ministries and will include classes on the sacraments, history of the Catholic Church, Vatican II, Mariology, Christology, the church in Latin America, the sacred Scriptures, morals and sacred art.

For more than six years, we have been working together in the Hispanic Pastoral Ministries and, at the same time, we have developed an Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan for all the Hispanics of our archdiocese. The plan consists of the following:

A. Monthly meetings with the representatives of the Hispanic communities of the different parishes with Spanish Masses in order to create links of communion between parishioners.

B. Quarterly meetings with the Hispanic movements, associations, and charisms that work in our parishes.

C. One retreat of integration in each of the four regions of the archdiocese. The four regions are: (1) Marin County with four parishes, (2) San Mateo with seven, (3) San Francisco with 12; and (4) South San Francisco with 11 parishes. In each region we develop the same topics to create communion between the parishes and the archdiocese.

D. We have seven pastoral ministries: Youth, Vocations, Family, Catechesis, Litury, Communications and Social Justice. Each of them is to work with the corresponding office of our chancery. Some of the offices of the chancery are already working with the Hispanic Pastoral Ministries; others are in process.

E. The Hispanic School of Leadership has been our main focus this year. We have seen the need to provide a formal, structured and well-defined formation in the four dimensions of the life of the church: Catechism, sacred Scripture, sacraments and theology. Surprisingly, we have created also four schools of formation, one in each of the four regions. The school of Marin County is located at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto. The school of San Francisco is at St. Anthony of Padua. South San Francisco’s is at All Souls Church. And, San Mateo’s is at St. Matthew Church. We have over 70 students per school.

These classes will be offered by the Hispanic Pastoral Ministries together with professors from St. Patrick’s Seminary, the Office of Pastoral Ministries of the archdiocese and different professors in the archdiocese.

F. The fifth meeting of the Latino community in the United States has confirmed to us the greatness and the strength that the Hispanic community has to offer the church in this country.

The work in the archdiocese is huge. We have 34 parishes with an Hispanic presence. We are almost 40 percent of the Catholic population in the archdiocese. With the help of our archbishop, of our auxiliary bishop and of all the pastors, we, the priests, are taking big steps, and the Hispanic community feels more and more a fundamental part of our archdiocese.

G. Finally, we have the Hispanic Day of the archdiocese to create with the priests and the bishops links of communion. On that day, with the entire Hispanic community, we celebrate the Eucharist in thanksgiving at our Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. This year, the Hispanic Day will be on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We expect 3,000 people. Besides different presentations on mercy, we will also offer the sacrament of reconciliation and conclude with Mass celebrated by the archbishop.

Father Agudo is vicar for Spanish-speaking for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Hispanic Day set Oct. 29
Hispanic Day in the archdiocese will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The day will include presentations on mercy, and the sacrament of reconciliation will be offered. The day will conclude with Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, celebrated by the archbishop.

From September 15, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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