[quote="anp1215, post:16, topic:283327"]
I feel that you should stay and continue to advocate for these parishioners who seem to have no voice in their own parish. It sounds to me like maybe God sent you to this parish for a reason.
The situation you describe truly saddens me! All this will do is alienate and push these Hispanics into the arms of the welcoming Protestant church down the street that offers services in their language.
I get really angry and annoyed when I hear the "Welcome to America, learn to speak English immediately" attitude. I fully and 100% believe that immigrants should make every effort to learn the language of their new country, but that is easier said than done. For one, this DRE has no idea how long many of the Hispanic people have been here. For all she knows, some of these kids moved here a few months ago with their families. It takes time to learn a new language. Where do all of these people work? If they work in the home, learning English is going to be even more difficult. A stay at home mom might not leave the house often enough to pick up much English. She might not be able to afford English classes (this is why I want to start a ministry at my parish that offers free English classes to immigrants).
Also, nowhere did you even say that these people can't understand English. I bet many of them can. So where did the "they live in America they need to speak English" comment from the DRE even come from? Just because you can speak English doesn't mean you can never hear/speak Spanish ever again.
I'd like to see this DRE move to the Netherlands and immediately learn to speak Dutch. And even if she lived there for a long time and did learn the language, does that mean that she wouldn't appreciate the comfort of hearing her native language in church? That's what a native language is to me, a comfort. What harm would it do to allow these people the small comfort of hearing a single song in their language?
you have said exactly what i am feeling but am still not sure about staying as the man who is the dre has quite a temper,carries grudges and has been in the diocese as an educator for many years.Along with this,he wields much power*.these families are already beginning to leave this catholic church and are joining more hispanic non catholic organizations *
this dre comes from a small town with small town ideas and finds honoring others cultural backgrounds unacceptable.Despite having a fairly rapidly growing african-american-and hispanic community within 2 miles of this church there are NO outreach ministries.
I will continue to pray over this and hope this next communion mass this week has a much happier tone from the dre and his helpers.I intend to NOT take a backseat this mass and will work hard to keep the joy in this special occasion as it should be:):gopray2: