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National Hispanic Heritage Month to be Observed with Mass Celebrated by Cardinal Tobin

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Newark NJ, the Archdiocese of Newark’s Hispanic Ministry is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with a commemorative Mass on Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. in Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark — who began his life as a priest by ministering to a Detroit parish’s Hispanic community from 1979 to 1984 — will preside over the Hispanic Heritage Mass. All are invited to participate in the Spanish-language liturgy, which will feature music and songs performed by the Cathedral choir and visiting musicians. Attendees are especially encouraged to wear attire representing their Hispanic cultures.

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“We’re celebrating a Mass to honor our culture because, as Hispanics, our faith is a key part of our identity,” said Deacon Asterio Velasco, director of the Archdiocese’s Hispanic Ministry. “We’re an immigrant community, so honoring our faith is a way of maintaining our identity. Holding celebrations like this is important because we’re passing our traditions, like the joyful way Hispanics worship, to the next generation.”

This intertwining of faith and culture will be demonstrated with a procession prior to Mass, during which participants in cultural attire will carry the flags of Spanish-speaking countries into the Cathedral in a display of global solidarity. Other processors will carry banners of the corresponding nations’ advocation of the Virgin Mary as an acknowledgement of her crucial role in Hispanic worship.

“Hispanics are a very Marian people,” Deacon Velasco said. “Even those who leave the Catholic Church bring the Mother with them. The idea of praying to Our Lady is ingrained in our being and our prayers since we are infants. So it’s important that we honor her through this procession.”

The Hispanic Heritage Mass is the latest event for the archdiocesan Hispanic Ministry. Earlier in 2022, the ministry conducted 212 Spanish-language group discussions in which more than 2,000 people shared their opinions on the Catholic Church as part of Pope Francis’ worldwide Synod on Synodality. Now that results have been recorded and released publicly, the ministry will work to address participants’ concerns, such as finding better ways to connect with youth. It will also continue collaborating with the roughly 85 local Hispanic ministries in parishes throughout the Archdiocese.

To learn more about the Archdiocese of Newark’s Hispanic Ministry, visit

The Archdiocese of Newark serves 1.3 million Catholics throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. There are 212 parishes, 73 Catholic schools, and many missions and ministries in the Archdiocese, and hundreds of Masses celebrated in more than a dozen languages each week. Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., the sixth archbishop of Newark, leads the Archdiocese with four auxiliary bishops. Together, they serve the northern New Jersey community through faith, education, and social services. For more information, visit

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  1. When is National European Heritage Month?

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