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Northeast Portland parish marks Hispanic ministry milestone
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Diana Ruiz, coordinator of Hispanic ministry at St. Andrew Parish, tells parishioners about her work. The parish is marking 25 years of outreach to Latinos.

Francisco Lara/Catholic Sentinel

Diana Ruiz, coordinator of Hispanic ministry at St. Andrew Parish, tells parishioners about her work. The parish is marking 25 years of outreach to Latinos.


Francisco Lara


About 600 people gathered this spring to celebrate 25 years of Hispanic ministry at St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland. At a bilingual Mass, Father David Zegar, pastor, sounded themes of love, unity and cooperation.

“We have to understand in our hearts and minds that God loves us all, and that is the basis of being a church,” the priest said in Spanish.

Hispanic ministry at St. Andrew has grown and attracted worshippers from different areas of the city. Many Hispanics are leaders not only in the parish, but outside as well.

“They are using their talents to fully benefit not only the church but also the community in general,” he said.

Diana Ruiz, coordinator of the Hispanic ministry, said her work receives strong moral and financial support from Anglos. “We feel we are part of the church,” Ruiz said, thanking St. Andrew priests for the welcome.

A party for all followed Mass. There was mariachi music, ballet and Mexican food. Children could play free games and ride ponies.





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