The community of Laramie does a great job of serving its neighbors. Whether it's food, transportation, or physical labor, there is a multitude of ways residents help each other feel included in the community.

The Catholic church on the corner of Fourth and Grand Ave is part of that outreach. St. Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church now offers Spanish Mass every Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

It was offered years ago, said Gemma Szott, Administrative Assistant at the church, but when the church no longer had a priest who spoke Spanish, the Spanish Mass also ended. 

Szott said the parishioners like Dolores Cardona spearheaded the effort to bring it back.

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The current priest at St. Laurence O’Toole, Father Jaimon Dominic, “Put his full support behind it, to bring Spanish Mass back,” so more community members can enjoy religious services. Dominic is not a Spanish speaker, so Szott said they found a priest who is. 

“Father Dan Gonzalez is retired, but there’s a need and he stepped for it. We’re really thankful,” Szott said. 

Spanish Mass was rebooted on Sept. 17 with Father Gonzalez leading. Last weekend, there were 56 attendees; Szott said they’re hoping for more. 

At the end of the month, St. Laurence O’Toole is hosting a potluck after mass, so people have an opportunity to share food and community after mass.

Szott said the church plans to host a monthly food event for community building and fellowship. For those interested or wanting to offer support, the potluck is immediately following the Spanish Mass at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 29. 

For more information about St. Laurence O’Toole, visit the website here


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