9 February 2020
As you read this, I will be arriving at our Sister Parish in Guatemala. I will be celebrating Mass in Spanish this weekend, then spend the week working with a doctor and other members of our group at our clinic. This will be my fifth trip to our Sister Parish. This was not something I envisioned doing when I first arrived at Saint Patrick Parish eight years ago. However like so many other things, it has become a real blessing: seeing all that we support in the village and at the parish, meeting many great people, serving in ways so different from a typical day at Saint Patrick’s, being blessed by the kindness the Sisters and residents in the village and Sisters and children at the orphanage we visit extend to us.
Before departing, we held three identical one-hour gatherings on February 3, 4 and 6 to provide information about our capital campaign to volunteers involved with our church and school ministries. I am grateful for those who were able to join us and who received their personalized information on the campaign. Just as at previous meetings, several good questions were asked and input was provided to help us as we continue with our campaign and projects the campaign is targeted to fund. In the coming weeks volunteers will be reaching out to those who received an invitation but were unable to attend a meeting. Again remember with our campaign that we are not telling you what you ought to give or making a suggestion. We are simply asking you to prayerfully consider how you have been blessed, what our parish means to you, and how you can help your parish fix what is broken, replace and update what is needed, enhance what is necessary, and do what is responsible.
Anytime I am away from the parish, my thoughts and prayers are for all of you. That will certainly be the case while I am in Guatemala. In addition, I will be praying for wisdom and guidance as each of us has a conversation with God (and of course our family) to determine how we can do our part to help fund the proposed facility improvements and ministry enhancements.
Our capital campaign is an ambitious undertaking. With God’s help and the power of the Holy Spirit we can be successful in raising the necessary funds to complete our maintenance projects and enhance our ministries. With our collective enthusiasm and financial support, this can energize us to accomplish great things!
Saint Patrick Parish has been blessed with great gifts, talents and financial capacity. Now is the time for us to unite ourselves with a fervent commitment, deeper than we have ever felt, reflecting the convictions we have in our hearts for our parish. While I am excited to depart on our mission trip, I am looking forward to returning in ten days to hear of the commitments that have come in while I am gone and leading our parish in completing a successful campaign during the next two months. It is exciting to depart on a trip, but I also know how good it feels to return home. I look forward to seeing you when I return home. God’s blessings and prayers from San Jose, Guatemala. P.S. Watch our FACEBOOK page for pictures.