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FAQ (Hispanic Ministry)

How does a parish determine its ministry to and among Hispanics?

The pastor consults with his local parish leadership.  The parish and deanery should steadily work with all members of the parish to assist Hispanic Catholics integrate in the life of the parish. 

Is welcoming and outreach to Hispanics a requirement in the Archdiocese of New York?  Yes.  The faithful become Catholic by virtue of their baptism and therefore, they have the same rights to pastoral and sacramental care under the Catholic Church’s code of Canon Law regardless of the legal status or country of origin.

Does this mean that every parish must offer a Mass in Spanish?

No. The decision to offer a regularly-scheduled Mass in Spanish or to assign Spanish-speaking priests to a particular parish will be based on the needs of the parish.