DETROIT – More and more Hispanic families are joining the Catholic Church. The Archdiocese of Detroit said it has seen a 49% increase since 2016.
Maria Guadalupe Romo joined Most Holy Redeemer parish in 2011 and said she immediately felt like she was part of a family.
âI really fell in love with the community of this particular parish. I just started to get involved in the youth group and in different areas that I could. I ended up being a Eucharistic Minister and Elector for Mass, then finally my parents and my sister also became members of the parish and they invited our other friends, âsaid Maria Guadalupe Romo.
His church family grew from there – they felt an even deeper connection going to Mass celebrated in Spanish.
âThese are people who understood my language, understood my culture, understood my food. It was just something that I pretty much felt at home. … I have been to several English parishes, but it is not the same because it is not the same feeling of “You’re welcome.” You are home, âshe said.
Hispanic families are flocking to local churches and the numbers are booming, especially in Detroit. Masses are now celebrated, often in Spanish, in more than 25 different parishes. One of the ways families give back is to serve, not just join church.
It is a trend that continues to grow, even during the most difficult times.
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