More than 4,000 attend healing Mass at Mount Vernon High School

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As bishops in the United States sponsored the National Week of Migration, Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge issued a statement inviting Catholic immigrant families to attend a healing Mass at Mount Vernon High School gym in Alexandria Jan. 14. More than 4,000 people attended the Mass, organized by the Renovación Carismástica and supported by other diocesan councils. 

The celebrant was Father José E. Hoyos, director of the diocesan Spanish Apostolate. Father Luis H. Quiñónez, parochial vicar of Good Shepherd Church in Alexandria, concelebrated.

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In his homily, Father Hoyos said, “Bishop Michael Burbidge has prayed for and supported our immigrant families and has thanked the churches who for many years have welcomed foreigners and refugees. 

“Today in this Mass of healing, we join also to ask God for the new government, that immigrant families will leave behind fears about massive deportations and will not forget that our office is here to support, and never lose faith or hope.”

People participated in liturgical songs, prayers, Eucharist and heard testimonials.

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Churches in the diocese are not the same as they were 20 years ago, said Father Hoyos, due to pastoral programs, the effort of diocesan councils and priests who collaborate with Hispanic ministry. The Hispanic Catholic community continues to grow in faith.

Father Hoyos asked for prayers for the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic Ministry, which will take place in Fort Worth, Texas, Aug. 20, 2018. The Encuentro will encourage church leaders to be active and participate in the New Evangelization. 

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017