The Hispanic community gathered at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw for the annual Misa Hispana, or Hispanic Mass, celebrated by Bishop Robert Gruss. Father Christian Tabares, Father José María Cabrera and Father Andy Booms concelebrated, and Deacon Librado Gayton, director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry, also served.
This Mass celebrates the rich traditions of the Hispanic Catholic community, particularly through music and language in the bilingual liturgy. To follow the Liturgical Guidelines and Protocols for Resumption of Public Masses, some of the traditional features, such as the annual children's program, were omitted.
Bishop Gruss' homily, based on the parable of the generous landowner from Matthew 20:1-16, encouraged the faithful to cultivate gratitude for God's goodness and generosity. He reminded those gathered that God does not limit his love by our response.
"Ask God for a grateful heart daily," he said. "In grateful hearts, God is able to work wonders."
The next Misa Hispana will be at 4 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Frankenmuth.
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