Wednesday, June 3, 2009

30 Couples Married Simultaneously At St. Adalbert Church

Milwaukee’s Bishop presides over confirmations

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 3, 2009

Milwaukee - On Saturday May 30th, an estimated 30 couples were married simultaneously at St. Adalbert Catholic Church, 1923 W. Becher St. in the predominately Latino South side community in Wisconsin. Father Luis Pacheco-Sanchez and Father Eleazar Perez-Rodriguez presided over the holy matrimonial ceremony. The only other time St. Adalbert Church had that many couples married at once was in 2005, according to Marta Dominguez from St. Adalbert office staff.
Bishop William Patrick Callahan, O.F.M. Conv. (Order of Friars Minor Conventual) was also visiting St. Adalbert Church for the first time and presided over 50 Christian confirmations. Bishop Callahan was welcomed and serenaded by a multi-parish membership church choir.
The traditional St. Adalbert’s church festival will be held next July 10-12, according to Father Pacheco, pastor and administrator of St. Adalbert. Last year with the aid of Mission Spirit Inc. volunteers, the church festival at St. Adalbert reported at least $80,000 in profit after all expenses were paid off.
Mission Spirit Inc. held its first festival “Unity in Diversity” at the Wisconsin State Fair Park on May 22-25. Spirit Mission’s charismatic founder Father Eleazar Perez-Rodriguez is on a mission to generate funding for spiritual services 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Father Pacheco said, Spirit Mission Inc. and its festival is separate from St. Adalbert church.

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