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

Before this Lenten season slips away, I need to highlight some of our projects that have been accomplished this March through help of some friends from the States. Both groups from Christendom College and Marymount University gave up their spring breaks to spend a week in our parishes. With the guidance of Fr. Jack Peterson, Marymount University Campus Ministry (13 volunteers strong) put a garage on San José parish and built a house for a family who lost theirs due to fire. Our parish of San Francisco hosted 25 students from Christendom who spent their time building a chapel for the community of Pilón and painting two other chapels (San Andres & La Heradura). FYI, the community of Pilón, which never had a chapel, is the home of our first priestly vocation from the parish, Pedro (de Pilón) Mateo.

Working on the garage of San José

A helping hand to the homeless


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