Parishioners of St. Michael Parish in North Philadelphia gathered for the 11:30 a.m. Mass in Spanish on Sunday, April 24 as they do every Sunday, led by Father Arturo Chagala. But on this day as on five Sundays in Easter, parishioners including those with the Neocatechumenal Way invited members of the community to join them outdoors for the second annual Great Mission, a service of Scripture and song in nearby Norris Square Park. St. Michael’s is located at 2nd and Jefferson Streets. Also watch our video of the event here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Nisla Rivera and Maribel Baez
St. Michael Parish, with its ornate sanctuary, dates to its founding in 1831. Father Arturo Chagala, parochial administrator, celebrates the Liturgy of the Eucharist as Deacon Israel Rosario assists at the altar.
The Hispanic community of St. Michael Parish extends their hands to offer a blessing to Pablo Perez on his first birthday.
Young, jubilant worshipers lead the way into Norris Square Park in North Philadelphia for Great Mission services.
Worshipers dance in a circle in the park during the Great Mission.
The Spanish Choir of St. Michael Church fills the church with song.
Father Arturo Chagala and Deacon Israel Rosario welcome the community at the beginning of Mass.
From left, Patricia Loor, Jasmine Vera and Angel Vera pray at Mass.
Praying at Mass are (from left) Alfonso Pantoja, Laticia Justo and Maria Pantoja.
Lector Nelli Cintron
Deacon Israel Rosario proclaims the Gospel reading.
Iliana Pagan reads along to Gospel.
Carmen Ortiz (left) and Karina Valdez present the bread and wine to Father Arturo Chagala.
Maria Alameda prays with her family during the Spanish Mass at St. Michael Church.
Father Arturo Chagala offers a blessing for Pablo Perez on his first birthday at the end of Mass.
St. Michael parishioners process around Norris Square Park for the second annual Great Mission outdoors, which is held for five Sundays in the Easter season.
Father Arturo Chagala welcomes all to the Great Mission in Norris Square.
People of all ages gather at Norris Square for St. Michael’s second annual Great Mission.
Father Arturo Chagala welcomes parishioners before Mass.