PuntaArenaCHRIST IS BORN IN PUNTA ARENA

Returning home from the grocery store on the bus, I walk by a basketball court that is filled with young people. This same basketball court was the site of our Mass for the Solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi the night of October 4th. I walk through an alley of dirt and rocks filled with people of all ages and stray dogs. The neighborhood is nothing like I grew up in California but, after eleven years in Latin American missions, it feels completely normal-normal, but not as it should be. Unemployment is high and families are always in survival mode. Between loud radios and the speakers of the tortilla vendors, there is always noise in the streets. This is Punta Arena, the neighborhood of Casa Franciscana.

Our Franciscan Christianity emphasizes “the humility of the Incarnation”. God, the source of everything that is good, took on our human condition at Christmas to show the great depth of His love. Jesus was not born in the comfort of a hospital but in a poor neighborhood with smelly animals and noise-not so different from Punta Arena.

Casa Franciscana chose to be here because the humility of Christ is all around us, not just at Christmas time but all year. Kids need food, shoes, school supplies and more. People who are unemployed or just struggling to get by are hungry and come to eat meals at the Mesón de Jesús.

Punta Arena Children Mary and Joseph were migrants in need of shelter. So, too, we offer emergency shelter to our brothers and sisters who are migrants. People encounter God’s healing love in our clinic. The homebound and elderly receive physical, emotional and spiritual support from our social workers. Christ is born in Punta Arena each day of the year and Casa Franciscana is in the midst of this mystery. You allow us to be in this privileged place. On the next pages, please come to know more of the people of Casa Franciscana. See God’s face in them. We invite you to make them part of your Christmas.

Peace and joy to you in this holy season,
Father Tommy King, OFM



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The program is called AmazonSmile. It is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Casa Franciscana Mission every time you shop with no cost to you. When you make a purchase at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the price to help support the Mission’s programs.

We hope that you will consider signing up for this program as another way to make the path walked by our brothers and sisters in Guaymas easier. Also, every time you shop at smile.amazon.com. please say a prayer for the Casa Franciscana Mission.
 

Casa Franciscana Mission THE CASA FRANCISCANA OUTREACH
The CFO is a Non-Profit Corporation, founded in the early 1980's. It is ministry under the direction of the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara, Oakland, CA. An all volunteer organization, the Outreach is rooted in the principles, traditions and philosophies of the Franciscan Order.

Its sole purpose is to provide financial support for the Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas. As an entity of the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara, the Outreach is the U.S. link to the Guaymas Mission. Through the Outreach, benefactors are able to provide financial support for the Guaymas Mission, and in-turn receive a tax deduction for their generosity.


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