Coverage Areas:  National |  South Carolina |  Aiken |  Beaufort |  Charleston |  Columbia |  Greenville |  Myrtle Beach |  Rock Hill
Menu

Hundreds flock to Midlands for Guadalupe celebration


By PAUL A. BARRA

COLUMBIA — Four large Midlands celebrations of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe culminated with a Mass at St. Peter on the feast day itself, Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The final celebration also marked the start of a new Hispanic ministry in the deanery’s mother church, an effort welcomed by the priest whose life is consumed by his service to Spanish-speaking Catholics.

“I’m glad it’s starting here because there are many Hispanics in the area,” said Father Filemon Juya.

Germaine Carney, a member of St. Peter’s Hispanic Ministry, said that the parish is now offering a Spanish language Mass on the first Friday evening of each month.

“This is such a central location and there are a lot of Hispanic people working around here. Also, the ministry was mandated by the bishop,” Carney said.

Sara Millus, who teaches mostly Latinos in her English as a Second Language classes for Lexington School District 1, was also pleased with the latest development in diocesan Hispanic ministry. “All people deserve the opportunity to worship in their primary language,” Millus said, “and the population of Hispanics is really growing in Columbia.”

Some of Millus’ students were performers in the skit about the legend of Our Lady of Guadalupe that augmented Father Juya’s homily. The Mass was sung in Spanish and was concelebrated by Father Jose Juya of the Diocese of Charlotte and the pastor of St. Peter, Msgr. Leigh Lehocky. A reception followed.

Editor’s note: Father Filemon and his brother Jose both celebrated the 19th anniversaries of their ordinations to the priesthood on Dec. 12.




  • Diocesan Events Calendar
    View All Events
    Jun 287:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    7:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 1All Day Convocation of Catholic Leaders - Orlando
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    USCCB National Convocation of Catholic Leaders
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 2 Vietnamese Women's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Jul 37:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 5 African American and African Young Adult Gathering in Orlando FL
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 6 National Black Catholic Congress XII
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 8 Vietnamese Men's Club
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Jul 96:00 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    Jul 10 High School CLI
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    Jul 1112:05 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
    From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
    2:00 pm Loaves and Fishes Stewardship Webcast
    From the Calendar of Office of Stewardship and Mission Advancement
    Jul 158:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Jul 168:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jul 19 Tekakwitha Conference
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    7:00 pm Junta de Vicaria (Charleston)
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Aug 1 New Youth Minister Boot Camp
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry