Bringing Christ to the Latinos

GLM Latino Ministry with Bishop Boyea

GLM Latino Ministry with Bishop BoyeaGrass Lake –  It has been a year blessed by God for the seasonal workers from Mexico and Guatemala who have been spiritually attended by Fr. Paul, Fr. Satheesh and Sr. Rosemary in the three different areas of the Diocese of Lansing.
A group of them came to the Shrine of St. Joseph in June seeking a special blessing for their work. They joined a bilingual celebration on the Solemnity of the Body of Christ including a procession with the Blessed Sacrament. A joyous gathering with a traditional Mexican feast followed.
Throughout the summer Guanellian Co-operators Dr. John Lopez, his wife Millie and other volunteers prepared them for the Baptism and First Communion of the children. The co-operators also ministered to some couples who were living together but desired to get canonically married.
Bishop Earl Boyea visited the camps giving First Communion to those children who were prepared and expressing his appreciation for our pastoral work with the Latinos.
On October 27th the workers wanted to be blessed before returning home. During the Eucharistic celebration three children were Baptized.

Guanellian Religious Celebrate Jubilee

Guanellian priest and nun cut cake

Guanellian priest and nun cut cakeGrass Lake – On September 15th, friends and faithful gathered in the Shrine of St. Joseph to celebrate the 50th and 25th anniversary of Fr. Paul and Sr. Brenda. It was a meaningful celebration. During the homily Fr. Paul connected the message of the Sunday’s readings with the meaning of the Guanellian religious commitment as a way to participate in the mission of the Church. Then the two renewed their Vows before the assembly. After Mass everyone was invited for refreshments.
The evening of the same day Fr. Paul, Fr. Satheesh, Sr. Rosemary and Sr. Brenda joined together the Eucharistic Celebration at the Camp of the Latino workers. Bishop Boyea of Lansing presided at the celebration. It was meaningful for all of them to be there and to assure to the Bishop that the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence are committed to work with the Latino immigrants following their Guanellian vocation and open to the needs of the local Church.  After the celebration the Fathers and Sisters were the special guests of a friendly supper Latino style, prepared for all the participants.