‘Our Lady of Guadalupe’ brings bilingual Mass to St. Mary’s

The family that brought in items later placed at the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the church sanctuary included, front, Monserrat Saray Gonzales, middle, Gabriel Saray Gonzalez.  On the back row (L-R) are Felipe Saray Rosales, Felipe D. Jesus Saray Gonzalez, Sheccid Saray Gonzales, Francisca Saray Gonzalez. Photo/Special.

The first bilingual Mass, celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, was held at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in December. Father Fernando Molina-Restrepo, pastor of St. Theresa’s Church in Douglasville, was principle celebrant, assisted by St. Mary Magdalene pastor, Father Dan Fleming. The special Mass was attended by close to 200 worshipers.

The Mass featured Hispanic music, provided by members of the parish music ensemble as well as members of the Hispanic choir from Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City. Paul Bauer, director of music at the host parish, was leader of the combined choirs. The event was offered by the parish Liturgy Commission.

Father Fernando, who had served at Holy Trinity when St. Mary’s was a mission of Holy Trinity, spoke in both English and Spanish during the homily as well as during the liturgy of the Mass. Following the Mass, an Hispanic luncheon was held in the parish’s Fellowship Hall, hosted by the parish Knights of Columbus.