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St. Gabriel Mission in Manassas Park celebrates its first Palm Sunday as a mission

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St. Gabriel Mission in Manassas Park celebrated its first Palm Sunday as a mission March 25.

Father Juan A. Puigbó, parochial vicar of All Saints Church in Manassas with special care of the mission, said celebrating the Mass was an honor. “The summit of our faith is in the passion of our Lord and His resurrection and doing that for this community just beginning is an honor,” he said.  “We are doing this around missionary discipleship. Celebrating the Triduum at the mission is not only an honor for me but an opportunity for people to recognize God is there.”

The mission was established by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge September 2017.

Iris Chavez, coordinator of evangelization and outreach at St. Gabriel Mission, compared the early church beginnings to the beginnings of the mission. “To have complete remembrance of the Lord’s passion is exciting,” she said. “Seeing our witness as a community has inspired others to also become full members is a culmination of all the work done by so many people in the mission.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018