All are invited, encouraged to attend

Bishop Gilmore to celebrate multicultural

Mass, reception, Dec. 5 at cathedral

The Most Rev. Ronald M. Gilmore is offering a special invitation to people across the diocese to join together for a multicultural celebration in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
This event will begin at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, when groups will process to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City from the parking lots of the Church of the Nazarene (just south of the cathedral), and Ross Elementary (south and east of the cathedral on Ross Blvd.).
Individuals are invited to park at the cathedral and carpool to either Ross Elementary or the Church of the Nazarene; or they can park at the one of the two locations. They may also choose to park and stay at the cathedral. Those who wish to take part in the procession but who do not want to walk a great distance should meet in the cathedral’s rear (north) parking lot.
Led by Azteca dancers, the groups will converge on 14th Street and will together process into the cathedral for a 7:30 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Gilmore.
A reception with pastries and chocolate will follow in the Holy Family Center.
The event is a fitting “welcome back” for Bishop Gilmore, whose pastoral vision includes unifying different ethnic communities within the Diocese of Dodge City, while at the same time celebrating cultural diversity.  
“I see a church that I must make one through the unity of the Father, Son, and Spirit,” the bishop said. “That will require a more concerted effort in blending our major ethnic communities….”
While the Mass will be presented in English and Spanish, the Prayer of the Faithful will be presented in multiple languages, including the languages of Guatemala, Vietnam, the Philippines, Nigeria and others.  
“We are trying to be inclusive so we can celebrate the unity of the Body of Christ and honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus,” explained Sister Angela Erevia, MCDP, one of the organizers of the event. “I want us to celebrate the Eucharist in unity because that’s what Jesus calls us to do.
“Being that it’s diocesan and it’s bilingual, we want to make sure the community -- the people of the diocese -- know it’s not only for the Hispanics. This is a diocesan celebration for all the people of the diocese.”