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Hispanic men focus on role of father, son and worker at day-long retreat


Isidro Vega of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Chelsea prays during Feb. 28 retreat for Spanish-speaking men at St. Mary Church in Waltham. The day-long retreat, delivered by Father Mario Castaneda, of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Fla., focused on the men’s roles as Christian fathers, sons and workers. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

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WALTHAM -- The Hispanic men of the Archdiocese of Boston had an opportunity for reflection and prayer on their role as Catholic men at an all-day retreat held on Feb. 28 at St. Mary Church in Waltham.

Over 400 men, from all the corners of the archdiocese, packed themselves into the pews at St. Mary Church as Father Mario Castaneda, of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Fla., exhorted them to reflect on their roles as fathers, sons and workers.

With spirited talks that were dotted with scriptural passages, Father Castaneda began the retreat by speaking about the importance of being Christian fathers, and not allowing the responsibility of bringing children to the faith to rest solely with mothers. Each talk was followed by a reflection delivered by one of the retreat participants.

“Maybe in the world we find irresponsible fathers who bring children into this world and abandon them -- and I hope and pray that none of you here are among those irresponsible fathers -- but God is not an irresponsible father. God does not bring children into this world to abandon them,” Father Castaneda said.

“God’s love is unconditional. God loves me not because of who I am, God loves me because he is a father -- my father,” he continued.

For Luis Enrique Campos, a parishioner from St. Mary Church who is originally from Mexico, this talk struck a chord. During a break, Campos told The Pilot that the talk helped him to understand his wife.

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