hopefully the little parasitical maniacs have all died and i can get back to jalapenos and hot sauce without the obligatory 9.8 second 100 meter sprint to the nearest outhouse.
otherwise things are just fine down here. the christendom students left, and hopefully have arrived back in the states. the boys stayed up in a village and poured a cement floor, while the girls remained in banica and hung stations of the Cross in various chapels. another great visit from the kids from front royal.
needless to say, it's been terribly busy here on the border: school is back in session, construction continues, scripture studies have begun, the youth group talks cranked up, and the days seem to pass with a general sense of joy.
tomorrow i hope to take the students from christendom college up to the mountains to enjoy 60 baptisms. i'll see if i can't take a pic or two and post away.
God bless all of you who contributed financially and spiritually to the building of the school. it's a miracle that we began fundraising in april, broke ground in june, and began class on oct 5th.
we’re attempting to finish the school, which has included the building of about 50 desks, three chalkboards, painting chairs, and making 4 desks for the teachers. but we have almost finished. also, we hit a snag in the process when some knuckle-head stole my dewalt cordless drill (he didn’t, however, take the battery charger and extra battery which were sitting right next to it. a police investigation has begun). nevertheless, it looks like tuesday will be the day.
also, we are in the midst of the annual “patronales” - the preparatory novena for the parish feast day, october 4th. in honor of said novena, i am preaching on a different aspect of st francis each night and hearing confessions. the church has been just about full every night for the novena, and last night the crowd was out the door. once fr murphy and i finish hearing confessions the people take up three huge bongo drums and parade through the street in front of the church. quite a thing to hear.
so, everything is in place for the bishop to bless the school on monday in between the two Masses for the feast day - we will take plenty of pics of all events...