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In 1998 a new church edifice opened to the public on the West Side of Cleveland Ohio The name of the new church is La Sagrada Familia translated means Holy Family This new church is the result of the merging of two smaller churches within the Hispanic community San Juan Bautista and Cristo Rey These two church bodies became one to better serve the Hispanic community as a whole Unfortunately in the process of bringing these two entities together much of the original spirit of the two individual churches was not carried over into the new church family San Juan Bautista was a place that was well known by many in the Hispanic community Outside of the Cleveland area when one identified oneself as coming from Cleveland the first question posed was Are you a member of San Juan Bautista This church had a solid and respectable reputation within the Hispanic community It was a church that was alive with the sense of family It was difficult to be a part of San Juan Bautista and not be known by those who attended the church on a regular basis People here cared for each other deeply No one was left to fend for himself if they belonged to this congregation At San Juan Bautista people where greeted with love and acceptance You were made to feel as having always been part of this family Groups within the church cooperated with each other helped each other out and encouraged each other There was a real spirit of unity and oneness at San Juan Bautista During times of special events at the church everyone turned out to help and participate in whatever way they could San Juan Bautista had a youth group that was alive and active a group that was making a difference in the community When retreats where conducted by the youth group there would be crowds of 500 youth in attendance Young people
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