St. Theodore set to begin regular Spanish masses

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 6, 2001


Friday, July 06, 2001

St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea is reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community with regular Spanish masses beginning Saturday, July 7, at 7 p.m with confessions preceding the service at 6:30. Baptisms are also available afterward. The Rev. Kurt Farrell, who is fluent in Spanish, will conduct the weekly mass.

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According to Mike Ellis, parish administrator at St. Theodore, the Diocese of Winona recognized the demand in Albert Lea, and appointed Farrell a couple of months ago. Austin’s three Catholic Churches will also begin offering the mass.

&uot;The church is always here to meet the needs of the people, and the need is definitely there in our community,&uot; Ellis said. &uot;I think this will be an excellent addition to the church. It will be interesting to watch the services evolve over the next few months.&uot;

Ellis said he regularly receives calls from people wondering where they can find the nearest Spanish mass.

&uot;It will be nice to tell them that we’re having one every Saturday, as opposed to holding one periodically or directing them to another city or church,&uot; Ellis said.

To make the community aware of the new mass, Ellis put ads in local publications and put a notice at La Tienda Mexico.

&uot;It’s amazing how word is getting out and how many calls we’ve received wanting to confirm the time,&uot; Ellis said.

Ellis said the Hispanic/Latino culture has a rich history and association with the Catholic Church, and many families in the city have been waiting anxiously for a Spanish mass.

St. Theodore is the third area church to offer a Spanish service joining Grace Christian Church and Christ Episcopal Church.