Just a note to inform you of our situation in San Luis Rio Colorado.
The current global health circumstances prevent us from doing the mission appeal this year. However, you and all missionaries have been pretty much in my thoughts and daily prayers as we continue to battle this pandemic that has greatly affected our society and our Church. I hope and pray that each one of you is staying safe and healthy.
In many ways, and under the grave circumstances of illness and death all around us, this forced quarantine has given us the opportunity to reconnect more closely with our Lord, who is one God and Father of all (Eph 4:6), and with Whom we are one family. My prayer, and those of our parishioners at Holy Spirit Parish, has become more fraternal, interceding constantly for those affected by the pandemic.
Like in the U.S., businesses, schools, and churches in Mexico had to be closed back in March to try to prevent the spread of contagion among the people. This has, however, had limited success, as many people, who live day by day, have been in need to go out and earn a living. This has caused a partial containment of the spread of the disease, and frequent uprises on number of contagions, disease, and deaths, especially among the most vulnerable. We are currently at the peak of contagion, and businesses have remained closed, which for many people, has meant a prolonged state of burden.
I am proud the say, however, that in the midst of all of this, our brothers and sisters at Holy Spirit Parish have remained in solidarity with the poorest of the poor. We distribute food weekly to the neediest families of our area and have a team that is available in case of a crisis, especially among the elderly and the poorest of the poor. We continue administering the sacraments and transmit the liturgy of the hours, Holy Hour, Holy Mass, and the rosary daily through our Facebook page (Rectoria Espiritu Santo slrc). We continue administering the sacraments and have been doing funeral services throughout the pandemic. On Sundays, we transmit Sunday mass at 10 am and then we distribute communion with people remaining in their cars, almost like in a drive-thru setting. We have thus allowed people to receive communion weekly.
At Clinica Santa Maria de Guadalupe we continue to be open daily, serving the health needs of our patients and their families. We have seen an increase of COVID cases in the last two weeks, but we have managed to keep our staff safe and free of contagion.
I would like to ask you to remember us in your prayers, as we keep you in ours. I have been blessed with more time to pray and re-connect with God during this quarantine, proof that in every adversity there is a blessing. I hope it is the same for you.
Let us remain united in prayer, and in our God, Father of us all.
In Jesus & Guadalupe,
Fr. Rudy Valenzuela, fsp
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