El Corazón Latinx Ministry Initiative
El Corazón is our congregation's initiative to cultivate a community that will place Latinx people at the heart (el corazón) of our parish. Through worship, teaching, and acts of justice we seek to cultivate racial reconciliation by breaking down barriers of segregation in Northwest Ottawa County.
We have a Coordinator of Communications and Equity for our El Corazón Latino Ministry, Abby Teasley, who is happy to talk to you and find ways for you to get plugged in. You can contact her for more information. Abby is fully bilingual and happy to help! The full schedule for our ministry is online here, but you can also find out what we are doing in the various areas of our church's motto below.
We learn and grow in our faith through special events and opportunities throughout the year. Our Children & Youth Coordinator, Reyna, is also bilingual and ensures kids from Latinx families are fully integrated in those programs. Contact her for more information. Our special events for 2023 will be:
Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday, April 8, 2023, 11:30am – Join us for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 11:30 am, after the 10am English service and before the 12:00pm Spanish service. EVERYONE is welcome to join us! Please bring your own basket. Find out more and let us know you are coming online here.
Children's Day, Sunday, April 30 – Celebrated since 1925, this is a day where children are celebrated and pays homage to their importance in society, and endorses their well-being. It is a big party with candy, pinatas, food, games, music, and performances. More information coming soon. You can also contact Abby to find out more.
Día de los Muertos Altar, Sunday, October 29, 2023, 11:30am – We gather in the All Souls' Chapel to decorate a community ofrenda for Día de los Muertos. You're invited to bring photos of loved ones to place on the ofrenda, which remains up through All Saints' Sunday, November 5.
Inspired by Worship
We have bilingual prayer books available for those whose primary language is Spanish when the come to our 8:30am or 10:00am worship services. We also special services of worship in Spanish for particularly important feast days during the year. In 2023, those offerings will be:
Easter Sunday / Pascua, April 9, 2023, 12pm – Following the Easter Egg hunt at 11:30pm, we gather for worship in Spanish and celebrate the glorious resurrection of our Lord with special musicians!
Fiesta y Misa en El Campo – We choose a Saturday or Sunday in the summer months to offer a Fiesta y Misa en el Campo—a party and offering of mass in a local migrant camp. We try to bring together local agencies to celebrate and serve our migrant worker population and worship with them at the close of day.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 6pm – Celebrating Juan Diego's vision of Our Lady, we worship in Spanish and give thanks for a church that is mestizaje / mixed in culture and language. After the liturgy, all are welcome to a shared potluck style meal.
Christmas Eve / Nochebuena, Sunday, December 24, 2023, 12pm – We begin our parish's Christmas Eve celebrations with the traditional "Ceremony to Lullaby and Put to Sleep the Baby Jesus" (Ceremony para Arrullar y Acostar el niño Jesus).
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We are also passionate about acts of justice. We have an Immigration Justice Ministry, offer opportunities for bridge-building with our partnership with the Tri-Cities Puentes Initiative (including their annual Grand Haven Hispanic Heritage Fiesta), and in the summer months, as noted above, we bring "Fiesta y Misa en al Campo" to the area migrant worker camps, an offering of food, household essentials, and worship.