Back by request or 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, each other. Help us to remember the immense love you have for every person in this room and those that cannot be…

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In 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican farmer. During that first sacred encounter and in several more apparitions over the next few days, Mary spoke to Juan Diego in his native Aztec language and asked him to petition the bishop to build a church. She instructed him to bring roses to…

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Dear sisters and brothers, When I sat down to write about this difficult year, I asked the Holy Spirit for guidance.  He immediately led me to the Nativity scene in Bethlehem where Joseph and Mary were alone to experience the birth of their Son.  The young couple were like many in the 2020 pandemic, separated…

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When I have food, help me to remember the hungry;When I have work, help me to remember the jobless;When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all;When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer, And in remembering, help me to destroy my complacency;bestir my…

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I pray for the leaders of our government to find Your peace and direction, and for these men and women to act and direct 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 of the nation.  In…

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In our recent transitus letter, the Casa Franciscana Mission bid vaya con Dios (go with God) to Father Tommy King who served in Guaymas for four years.  He started his time there by conducting a needs survey of over 400 households in the barrios around the Mission.  Over and over he heard about the need…

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NO, we are not asking for money!!  Amazon.com has a special program to contribute to charities chosen by its customers.  Casa Franciscana Outreach is one of those eligible charities.  The program is AmazonSmile and a simple way to support the Casa Franciscana Mission.  You shop; Amazon gives. Go to smile.amazon.com from your web browser on…

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As we celebrate the transitus of St. Francis October 3rd, both Fr. Tommy and I are, in a way going through a transitus, change from one life to another.  While at the Casa Franciscana in Guaymas, Tommy developed a calling for the people of Honduras.  He listened to their stories and saw the circumstances of the…

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Nancy Brown is the mother of six and the grandmother of 15.   She recently celebrated her 75th birthday and in true Nancy style, the only gift she wanted was for her family to contribute to the annual Casa Franciscana shoe campaign.  The campaign is to help children in Guaymas have shoes to attend school and…

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July 2020 Dear Sisters and Brothers, Last year, you provided shoes, a requirement for school attendance in Mexico, for 635 children.   God bless you for caring and knowing that education is the main road out of poverty!! As in the United States, it is uncertain when the children in Guaymas will return to school this…

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