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

Tropical Storm ALPHA has begun. we're in the beginning of what should be an exciting 12-18 hours of tropical sorm ALPHA. we're making history here people. that's right, banica looks like we'll get the brunt of ts ALPHA. first time in history that greek alphabet was needed to name storms.

since it's just a ts, we'll get a bunch of rain, hopefully not too much, and some nice winds. at 0645 the current conditions are:

temp: 74.7 degrees
wind: 0 kts
pressure: 1007.7 mb and falling

we'll keep you posted.

good news folks, the new roof is under construction. the welding guys finished the job and we're now in the process of re-building.

fall is here - high's in the mid 80's and lows in the low 70's. just about perfect weather. nice breeze blowing through the banana trees as well.

say a prayer for fr murphy who is on retreat.

we had a great patronales. the apostolic nuncio came out and celebrated one of the Masses. it was quite an event, with two bishops and thousands of people. i have to admit that i'm glad it only occurs once a year though...

bad news folks. as the men were finishing the welding of the awning a single spark flew and the flamability of dry palm fronds was demonstrated. unfortunately, without any fire trucks all the buckets in the world couldn't keep this blaze from just completely incinerating the roof of the school.

fortunately, no one was injured, other than the coughing and headaches from the smoke we all inhaled trying to contain this beast. there must have been 100 people helping us - a massive bucket brigade indeed. we did save the bananas though. we now plan on rebuilding and we won't lose a day of classes due to the fact that we are on a three day break for the parish feast day and we can get everything cleaned up in a timely manner. the labor on the construction will be free, we just need to raise the money for the materials. so, if you have any spare quarters tucked in the sofa cushions they would be appreciated.

God did send a nice shower just as we were finishing, which was just what we needed.


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