St. Thomas is helping our sister parish in Comapa, Guatemala to pay for a four-wheel drive pickup truck used by the priest to travel throughout the geographic boundaries of the parish. This enables him to celebrate Holy Mass and minister to parishioners in the 30 oratorios (chapels) built by villages that belong to Immaculate Conception Parish in Comapa.
The balance their parish owes on the truck is $4200. This is a huge amount for them, considering the average Guatemalan lives on about $2 a day. A special offering box to help pay off the debt is located in the back of our church on the Sister Parish display table. Please consider making a weekly donation for this cause. Thank you!
We are proud to have a “sister relationship” with Immaculate Conception Parish in Comapa. The town is located in Southeastern Guatemala, near the El Salvadoran border. While the main church of our sister parish is in Comapa, members of the parish are spread out over many rugged miles in 30 remote villages. The use of a reliable vehicle able to navigate the rough terrain is crucial to the priest’s ministry to his parishioners.
The great distance from the main church to these villages prevents many of the people from traveling to the church for weekly Mass. Therefore the priest, catechists, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion travel to the villages to provide the sacraments, pastoral care, and opportunities to share the Word and learn more about the Catholic faith.
A special thanks to St. Thomas parishioners who faithfully support our sister parish each month through the monthly offering envelopes. Your generosity is making a huge difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Guatemala.