This mission church in the K2K Mission Hope Family is located in La Pesca, Mexico, the beautiful people in this simple fishing community began a relationship with the mission in May of 2006.
Missionaries of Hope are unable to serve here due to the violence which caused the Bishops to ask missionaries and parishes to not go into Mexico at this time. However, we served in areas of evangelization and education here for eight years and loved the people very much which made it extremely difficult to leave.
With the permission and support of the local Bishop, Monseñor Antonio González Sánchez ,Obispo de Victoria, Tamaulipas, México, and working under the supervision of Padre Ignacio Garza García, Párroco, Capt. Norm (or Hermano as the people call him) a Minister of the Eucharist did Preside at Liturgies of the Word and Communion celebrations bringing the Body of Christ to His people. Hermana Maria Teresa coordinated the Religious Education/Sacramental Preparation program and as a music minister, directed the church’s choirs.
Hermano Norm was asked to celebrate a Graduation Liturgy. The people of this little fishing village are hungry for the Word and Eucharist. Fr. Nacho has 40+ villages to serve and cannot do it alone. He has asked us to invite others to come and serve as well.
Volunteers, Tom and Carla have visited twice sharing their time, talent and treasure to help the mission get started. They have won the hearts of the people and begun friendships that will last for many years.
Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation were celebrated at † Iglesia Católica Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in June 2006 with 75 people from ages 7 years old to 35. It was a beautiful day filled with the Holy Spirit!
Our Lady of Guadalupe church in Mexico needs restrooms and a building that offers classrooms, meeting rooms, kitchen and covered activity area. The mission needs funds to build this facility. The people here are humble fishermen and don’t have the financial ability to purchase the materials. They are willing to work hard to build but need help.
Look for the photo taken in the little community called El Canal about 3 miles from La Pesca. They started this church 10 years ago but the gentleman who had been helping them financially died and the building, which only has the floor and walls has not been completed. The people are poor fisherman. Some women and children are without husbands and dads because they have died out at sea trying to make a living. One young woman told me that it is very hard when you wait, and wait, and wait for your husband to come back and he never returns. Some of the stories really tug at your heart.
The people in this area have migrated from Vera Cruz and they want to complete their church. They are willing to work but need Help. Please pray for these sweet people and offer what you can in time, talent and treasure.
St. Paul said “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive!’” Acts 20:35
The very first church built by the mission 19 years ago, was amplified in Guatemala this year. The villagers celebrated the “Day of The Maya” on the same day the blessing of the church took place. Giving thanks for all they have especially their children is a three day event in the Q’eqchi villages!
Five churches and two chapels have been built by K2K Mission Hope in Guatemalan villages. Working with Bishop Gabriel Peñate Rodriguez and Father Jose on the Rio Dulce as well as the Claratians has been a joy. These men are truly loving and compassionate towards God’s people. Their pastoral concern is evident in the work they do to help the poor. This is Holy Ground.
Children’s Children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6
The Q’eqchi really love their kids. The children in the villages are very well behaved. The saying about, “It takes a village to raise the kids” certainly applies here. Kids rarely get into trouble here.
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. Isaiah 44:3
Morning Prayer is a daily event when Missionaries of Hope are present in the villages.