It has been five years since Father McCarthy said yes to a Latino man’s request, “Can we have a place at St. Ann to pray and worship our Lord?”
Many parishioners have ancestors who immigrated to the U.S. a long time ago. At that time, churches were built for each nationality – German, English, Irish, Italian, and the like. Today, individual Catholic churches are asked to open their doors to Catholics of all nationalities. At times, differences in culture, worshiping traditions and language can make it difficult to understand and appreciate each other. However, we all share a love of and devotion to Jesus Christ and a strong Catholic tradition.
In the five years that the Hispanic Ministry has been part of St. Ann parish, much growth has taken place both in the numbers of new parishioners and the involvement of our Latino parishioners. This growth is due to an inherent love of the Trinity and the desire of our Latino parishioners to become established members of the larger St. Ann community. The large number of infant and adult Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations and weddings
show love and devotion to Christ and to our parish.
We can be proud that both our Spanish speaking and English-speaking parishioners call St. Ann “my parish.”