Our sister parish
in Honduras, Inmaculado
Fr. Dick Donahue sends his sincere gratitude to all at Holy Family
who support our BECAS, Bringing
Contributions aid education of the students with special needs
who attend Nazareth School. He is grateful for our continued interest and
financial support and asks that we keep all their programs,
volunteers, and people in our prayers.
Father Donahue has a blog, and it
highlights his ministry in Juticalpa, Olancho. Well worth checking
out. You may view it at:
He writes every two weeks.
Since 1996 as a parish
community and headed by Sr. Anne Conway, CSJ, we have tried to make a difference in the lives of people
whose situations have demonstrated a need for help. We have sent
financial donations collected annually following Fr. Donahue’s
visit, school supplies, eyeglasses, medical supplies and books. We
have paid for the education of over 150 students through our Annual December/January BECAS scholarship drive, allowing them to continue
their education beyond the legal sixth-grade limit. All of this is
accomplished through the good will and generosity of all of you!
We decided to encourage a Mission Team to visit our sister-parish of Inmaculado Concepion to meet the folks there, watch Fr. Donahue,
“Padre” in action, help out where they could, and return home to
share with the rest of us how this relationship is actually working.
The first trip was followed by a second and then a third, and so on! Mission
Team members have enthusiastically responded to the people they have
met. They have bonded with children and families in many ways;
including, painted a school,
had their eyes opened to extreme poverty, sponsored a Field Day at
Santa Clara, participated in a Solidarity Event for special needs
students, visited and been touched by several local families, and
witnessed tremendous faith, joy-filled faith, in so many people
possessing little of this world’s goods. Over the past years, our
many “missionaries” have returned from a life-changing
experience, searching new ways to help from home. They have begun to
“adopt” families who lack life’s necessities and send “care
packages” to them a few times each year.
Please continue to keep all aspects of this
ministry in prayer.
Dear Friends at Holy Family:
I write having heard from Sister Anne of
your generous response to my visit in November for our needs in
Honduras and especially for the staff at the Nazareth School for
Special Needs. You have always been very attentive to the needs of
our people and we are all so very grateful. Again, thank you and
please keep us in your prayers. Muchas Gracias a todos. Padre