Our Hispanic Community is a vibrant, diverse community with parishioners from many Latin American countries, including but not limited to Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Cuba, Guatemala, Chile, and more, but we are all members of the community of St. Sabina. All parishioners and visitors are welcome to attend our weekly Mass in Spanish and all the events hosted by our Hispanic Community. We hope you can join us!
In February of 2001 St. Sabina Parish began offering a weekly Mass in Spanish. Since then our Hispanic Community has grown to 400 families and our weekly Mass is held on Sundays at 12:30pm. Our Hispanic Community celebrates their faith and culture each week at Mass, but also at various times throughout the year. In January on the feast of the Epiphany we celebrate this feast day by having 3 children dress up as the three kings, who offer a bag of candy, peanuts and an orange to each child present at Mass that day. During Lent we pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday both in English and in Spanish and our parish celebrates the Triduum with bilingual liturgies on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Each year during the month of March our parish hosts a Mass and celebration in honor of Bishop Oscar Romero, who was martyred while celebrating Mass on March 24, 1980 in El Salvador. To raise funds for this celebration our Romero Committee hosts a raffle and two pupusa sales. A pupusa, a popular Salvadoran food, is a thick corn tortilla stuffed with pork, beans and/or cheese and then grilled. Our Hispanic Community also co-hosts fiestas in conjunction with Cinco de Mayo and our Heritage Celebration, which occurs in September. At our Heritage Celebration we have tables set up reflecting the many countries of origin from all around the world of our parishioners. Those that attend bring a pot luck dish reflective of their country of origin. December is a busy month for our Hispanic Community. We have an annual celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. Activities to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe include a re-enactment of the Apparition of Our Lady to Juan Diego, our Matachines dancers, dressed in colorful costumes, dancing in honor to Our Lady of Guadalupe, followed by the celebration of Mass, and of course, a fiesta after Mass in our parish gym. During December our Hispanic Community also hosts Las Posadas, a re-enactment of Joseph and Mary’s journey to find shelter in Bethlehem for the birth of our Lord, Jesus. This is a fun event with songs and skits by our children, a meal for all to share, and piñatas for the children.
ESL (ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE) The parish offers ESL classes for free to those who would like to learn English. Classes are on Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Juan Diego room of the Education Wing. If you are interested in teaching ESL, contact Marlen Dibben firstname.lastname@example.org or Sharon Walker email@example.com.
If you have any questions or would like to help with our hispanic ministry, contact Kris Larkey or Berenice Zayas.