St. Brons staff works to create a countywide Hispanic ministry
By Taylor Hale
PORTAGE COUNTY — Staff at St. Bronislava Parish in Plover are working to create the first deanery-wide Hispanic ministry in Portage County. The project is being led by St. Bronislava Director of Faith Formation Julie Studinski.
The first Spanish mass will be held on May 23 at St. Bronislava, 3200 Plover Road. A social meal and listening session will be held after the mass to learn more from the guests and establish a future schedule for the Spanish masses.
“We want to talk to people after and hear their needs,” Studinski said. “Then we can decide whether to make this a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly thing.”
Studinski noted that members of the Spanish-speaking community approached the church about hosting the alternative mass. She and her peers were happy to oblige and saw an opportunity to create a new social space for county residence to connect.
“It’s more than offering mass, we want to offer something for the Spanish-speaking community,” Studinski explained. “We thought, let’s do something to bring people together.”
Pacelli Spanish Teacher Catalina Cabello helped translate the homily and other materials, which will be delivered by Fathers Ed Shuttleworth and Brandon Guenther. Bilingual parishioners will deliver the readings in Spanish during the mass.
Staff added that other bilingual priests are available and may be called in to deliver future masses.
Studinski said that this could be the first Stevens Point Deanery-wide Hispanic ministry and that she hopes to see a large turnout for the first mass.
Future mass dates will be posted after staff speaks with guests during the May 23 gathering. Spanish-speaking community members can learn more by contacting [email protected] or by calling 715-344-4326.