Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, June 24, 2018

migrant mass 7355 webGuests pray at an end-of-season Mass for migrant farn workers on Nov. 5 at Rose's Berry Farm in South Glastonbury, which brought together workers from several local farms. A potluck dinner followed.

This was the fourth such Mass at the farm. The previous Mass was celebrated to mark the seasonal arrival of the migrant community last May.

The bilingual Mass was celebrated in what normally is used as a packing room in a barn and was attended by about 150 people. Father Michael Galasso of St. Edmund Campion Parish in East Hartford, who has worked with the Hispanic/Latino community for many years, was the celebrant.

Father Galasso, whose family is from Mexico, said that he admires the migrant workers from Mexico who show "graciousness and generosity of heart" by their willingness to travel to do difficult work and divide their wages among family members near and far.

In his homily, Father Galasso reminded the men that Our Lady of Guadalupe chose to appear Juan Diego, a humble man. He told them, "You are far from your families, but she is your protector, your intercessor. Turn to her when you find yourself troubled. She's there with you."

Mariachi guitar, keyboard and vocals were provided by the family group Santa Trinidad, comprising Franklin and Sonia Godoy and their children Layla, 9; Monica, 19 and Daniel, 10.

The event was coordinated by Mary Joan Picone, Rose's Berry Farm and the JustFaith Ministry at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)