Posts by Helen Houser

January 14th-19th Medical Mission

Each year the Casa Franciscana Mission provides a “portable” medical mission to the rural communities outside of Guaymas, MX.  The undertaking is a joint effort of Casa Franciscana staff, the Franciscan friars from the Province of Santa Barbara who are medical professionals, local volunteer physicians and dentist, countless other volunteers, the local Public Health Department…

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Embracing Franciscan Values at Work

Volunteer CFO board member, Francisco López, traveled 20 hours to provide leadership training to the supervisory staff at the Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas.   Francisco tells us that it was clear that each team member sees his or her job not as a job but as a calling.   The commitment is to being the best…

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Farewell to Fr. Elias, a Mission Icon

A New Year’s tradition is to bid farewell to those who have passed in the closing year and on December 23, 2018 Fr.  Elias Galvez left us.  Given his life of good works, we are sure that he is now enjoying the presence of his Father and his beloved St. Francis. This quiet friar with…

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No Shoes for La Posada

As usual, we spend a lot of time in December organizing piñatas, cake, candy and new balls for Posadas/Christmas parties with kids in poorer neighborhoods and villages around Guaymas.  Last Saturday (December 15th)  we went to Guásimas, a fishing village of indigenous Yaqui people, that was about a half-hour drive south of Guaymas.  They still…

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A New Christmas Tradition: Prayer for Opening Gifts

Start a New Tradition: Prayer of Thanks before Opening Gifts   Lord, let us hold this time in our hearts, the wrong sizes, the snippets of ribbon and most important, being together. Help us to remember the immense love you have for each person in this room. With every gift we open, no matter how…

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A New Christmas Tradition: Prayer for Opening Gifts

Lord, let us hold this time in our hearts, the wrong sizes, the snippets of ribbon and most important, being together. Help us to remember the immense love you have for each person in this room. With every gift we open, no matter how perfect or imperfect, let us remember the many ways you gift…

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Prayer for our Nation’s Election’s

Prayer for our Nation’s Election We thank You, Lord, for the opportunity that the upcoming election puts before us, to exercise our solemn duty not only to vote, But to encourage others to vote. We pray that Your people realize that while politics is not their salvation, their response to You requires that they be conscientious caring citizens. Awaken Your…

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Prayer for the United States Senate

Prayer for Our Senate I pray for the members of the Senate to find Your peace and direction, and for these men and women to act and lead according to Your Word. A house divided against itself cannot stand, therefore, I pray for them to be unified in doing the right thing for the sake…

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Help to Send a Child to School

        My dear brothers and sisters, Each year I reach out to you for shoes to help to send the children in the poor neighborhoods of Guaymas to school.  Each year you answer my prayers.  Children cannot go to school without shoes and we need your compassion.  Imagine the heartache of parents…

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Show your Prime for the Mission

Amazon’s annual Prime Day is coming up 3:00 p.m. July 16th and will feature deals exclusively for Prime members. This is a great time to shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Casa Franciscana Outreach.   smile.amazon.com   is a program to contribute to the charities chosen by Amazon customers.  Casa Franciscana Outreach is one of the listed charities!!  When…

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