Updated: Nov 23, 2020
Karla is a 10-year member at St. Anthony, and she is mostly involved with the parish’s Hispanic community. She and her husband have servants’ hearts. They have demonstrated stewardship in action as a regular part of their lives. Karla has helped with Spanish faith formation classes, offered help with Spanish/English translation, and participated in family prayer groups. Her husband has cooked for countless parish events and retreats. Karla also developed advanced skills in discipleship training by working in a ministry called Disciples Today, Apostles Tomorrow with Deacon Gutierrez several years ago.
With all of this experience at her fingertips, Karla was quick to act when she saw needs arise from wide-spread confusion during the Covid-19 pandemic. Her vision was to personally connect with each family in our parish Hispanic community and to provide a chance to talk, a safe space to ask questions, and offer counseling and support. In that process, she and a team of callers discovered even greater needs and struggles with things like job loss, sickness, depression, fear, lack of resources and families overwhelmed and not able to participate in church activities. Many of the families were afraid to ask for help and did not know where to look for help.
What resulted was the creation of a new ministry called Reach Out In Love. It is a dedicated team of several women who are providing answers and support for our Hispanic community on a daily basis. Many of them have gotten MACG Social Leadership Training. One member, Irma Valdovinos, connects the parish with free medical and dental services. Others collect donations and continue to call, reaching out to keep personal connection. Deacon Marco and Fr. Scott Baier have also been integral supporters of the ministry team, helping each step along the way.
Their stories of need, help and hope are many. Several people have responded generously in beautiful expressions of love and support. The goal of Reach Out In Love is to share love where it is needed most, and to be the hands and feet of Christ in service to our Hispanic community. If you would like help, there are many ways to offer support. Please consider donating toys, food and household items for families in need. You can also donate funds to help these families pay for medical procedures and other emergency needs to survive. If you have tech skills, help is also needed to communicate to the community online and through social media.
Please contact Karla to get started.