Wisconsin diocese’s programs help Latino families put faith into action

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May 4, 2015

Yelixa Hernandez helps collect donations during Mass at St. Willebrord Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin, April 26. Hernandez is a member of the parish's Hispanic youth group, Amigos de Jesus, that participates in liturgical ministries once a month and meets twice a month to learn more about the Mass and other church practices. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass) See FAITH-DISCIPLES May 4, 2015.

Yelixa Hernandez helps collect donations during Mass at St. Willebrord Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin, April 26. Hernandez is a member of the parish’s Hispanic youth group, Amigos de Jesus, that participates in liturgical ministries once a month and meets twice a month to learn more about the Mass and other church practices. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — Juanita Fiscal and her husband, Julio Zuniga, enrolled in the “Discipulos de Cristo” (Disciples of Christ) lay formation program, sponsored by the Diocese of Green Bay, three years ago. As members of St. Willebrord Parish, they wanted to learn more about their faith.

“We were lacking so much knowledge about our Catholic faith, especially about the Mass,” Fiscal told The Compass, newspaper of the Diocese of Green Bay. “We are here almost every Sunday, and not knowing exactly what was happening or the meaning of certain things. That was embarrassing.”

As they prepared for graduation from the program in early May, along with 16 other Latino Catholics from around the diocese, Fiscal said the program not only taught them about the Mass, it inspired them to start a youth program with other parents at St. Willebrord. The “Amigos de Jesus” (Friends of Jesus) group helps children learn about the Mass and participate in liturgical roles.

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