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News & Announcements
Farewell to Our Director of Worship
Sunday, August 28th following the 9:30 Mass
Join us in the Marashci Room to show appreciation to Stephen Sauer for 3 years of dedicated service to our Parish as Director of Worship.
Parish Picnic & Ministry Fair
Save the Date! Sunday, September 25th
This year the parish picnic and the ministry fair are being combined.
Meet old friends and new, have great food, and learn which parish ministries interest you most.
Aug 20th & 21st – Non-Perishable Food Drive
Aug 27th & 28th – Shelter Meals
Aug 27th & 28th – Brown Bag Lunch
Sept 3rd – Sandwich Saturday
Sept 5th- Labor Day – Parish Office Closed
Sept 10th – New Parishioners Reception
Sept 10th & 11th – Shelter Meals
Sept 10th & 11th – Simple Needs Weekend
Sept 17th & 18th – Non-Perishable Food Drive
Sept 24th & 25th – Shelter Meals
Sept 24th & 25th – Brown Bag Lunch
Sept 25th – Parish Picnic – Ministry Fair
A Message From Our Pastor
Dear Sisters and Brothers –
As you know, Fr. John and I traveled with parishioners Maria Boden and Harry Hutzel to El Salvador last month to visit our sister parish, Parroquia San Antonio. We also took the opportunity to learn more about the realities of the broader situation in one of the many countries that is America.
While it’s true we were hosted by the entire parish, that task was mostly born by the pastor, Fr. Estefan Turcios, and the various members of their half of the Las Vecinas ministry. (We have the other half!) Harry and Maria were housed with some of those families, and Fr. John and I stayed in a small house with the associate pastor, Fr. Mauro. It would be unjust not to tell you that their hospitality was unparalleled: meals, ferrying us around, house calls with food and medicine for the sick (yours truly was struck with Montezuma’s revenge and out for a day). Several even took vacation days to host us. Fortunately, we will have the opportunity to return their many kindnesses when several of them will visit us in November.
San Antonio is the only parish in the sprawling, bustling, densely crowded and poor Soyapango, a suburb of the capital city San Salvador. The parish covers a large territory and includes several outlying communities in rural areas. Most have their own chapel and very active and committed parishioners, to which Frs. Estefan and Mauro travel to say Mass and attend various other functions on Sundays and during the week. The parish complex is a beehive of activity every day and night of the week: literacy classes, outreach to at-risk youth, ministry to married couples, prayer groups and Bible study, an extremely effective medical clinic and much, much more, in addition to the usual committees and commissions for finance, worship, administration and so on that you might expect.
Among those many activities are the three workshops that St. Ignatius currently sponsors: clothing design and construction, artificial flower making and a bakery. Over the years, we have supported these and several other projects. We have raised money through our Annual Pancake Breakfast and other means to pay instructors and purchase sewing machines, professional baking equipment, materials and supplies. Both parishioners and people of the local neighborhood attend classes wherein they learn skills that enable them to earn money that provide some of the very basic needs for their families. Some workshop graduates have gone on to open their own shops.
We also provide scholarships for nine young people that enable them to attend local public and private elementary and high schools. Those who attend San Antonio, a private high school where the quality of the education is high and the local gangs have no presence, must meet high standards for admission (marks of 8 out of 10). But, to be clear, we’re not talking about St. Ignatius College Prep or Convent, University or Stuart Hall, when it comes to tuition – that is only $28 per month.Each student receives $30 a month, without which he or she simply could not attend school. While some use it to pay for tuition, most apply their scholarships to supplies, making copies of the textbooks, paying for breakfast and lunch at school and transportation by bus. I am told that there are another fifteen qualified applicants, currently for whom there are no scholarships.
It was a delight to meet the students in the workshops and those who receive scholarships. It was a privilege to receive their gratitude, on your behalf. It was inspiring to witness their faith and their hope. I hope to keep their examples with me when I am tempted to be overwhelmed by the responsibilities and vagaries of my life.
In the next weeks, I will write more of our experience. Stay tuned!
Please, please, please add our sisters and brothers of San Antonio to the list of those you pray for. Their lives are difficult, their faith and hope a model for all of us.