More than 500 faithful gathered at Corpus Christi Church in Chambersburg for the annual Hispanic Cultural Mass on Sept. 29. Bishop Ronald Gainer was the main celebrant and homilist for the Mass in Spanish. The faithful joined the bishop for a social, featuring various Latino ethnic foods, costumed festive dances and family-oriented drama productions. Father Luis Rodriguez, pastor, and Father Richard Lyons, parochial vicar, concelebrated Mass and hosted the celebratory event.
The Mass is an annual activity of the Diocesan Hispanic Apostolate, which provides spiritual and pastoral services to the Hispanic community of the diocese. It recently hosted a Couples Retreat in Spanish, focusing on the healing power of forgiveness and how to live a Christ-centered life as a family.
The first ever Hispanic Youth Council (Pastoral Juvenil Council) was inaugurated last month with the election of officers. The group will work jointly with the Diocesan Youth Council to advance the USCCB agenda in implementing the goals of the V National Encuentro. All youth are welcomed to join; contact Jaclyn Curran at 717-657-4804 or by email.