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Hispanic ‘Congress of Mercy’ to include music, speakers

A Hispanic "Congress of Mercy" July 30-31 in Omaha will feature speakers, singers, choirs, mariachi bands and a youth play.

Titled, "Experiencing Together God’s Mercy," the event, all in Spanish, will be held in the gym at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha.

The goal is to "gather in a spirit of unity, especially in this year that we are celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy," said Deacon Gregorio Elizalde, manager of the archdiocese’s Latino Ministry Office, which is sponsoring the event.

"Our heavenly Father invites us to have a personal encounter with his son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to experience his mercy," he said.

Father William Bond, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Omaha, will celebrate the opening Mass July 30 at 8 a.m., followed by a video welcome by Archbishop George J. Lucas.

Father Scott Hastings, judicial vicar and vicar for clergy, who resides at St. Bernadette Parish in Bellevue, will speak on "Jesus Christ: Face of the Father’s Mercy."

Several guest speakers and singers from around the United States and South America will take part.

The event also will feature choirs composed of members of several lay apostolates and ecclesial movements from around the archdiocese, and a 3 p.m., July 31 concluding Mass celebrated by Archbishop Lucas.

Cost is $20 per person. For more information, contact Deacon Elizalde at 402-557-5571 or

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