The Missions: San Francisco and San José

Unless the mission is oriented by charity, that is, unless it springs from a profound act of divine love, it risks being reduced to mere philanthropic and social activity...Consequently, being missionaries means loving God with all one's heart, even to the point, if necessary, of dying for him. - Pope Benedict XVI

it's now official: for as long as anyone can remember, because of the sunday morning market there has only been an evening sunday Mass here in banica. however, we have finally found a way to have a morning Mass without too much trouble: starting next weekend we will celebrate a vigil Mass at 6pm sat night and a 7am Mass on sunday morning. the news, which wasn't a suprise to most in the congregation since word had been "leaked" over the last few weeks, was greeted with applause and joy.

also, saturday began the nine day preparation for the feast of St. Francis, complete with a 3.5 hour procession and Mass here in the church. i'll try and post some pics later.


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