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Dear Friends,
Even though I will be back when you read this, I write it from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, on my semi-annual visit. I was speaking with the priests yesterday of how, in the early years of our presence on the Islands, I would come down four and sometimes five times a year. In those years, there were so many challenges, so much to do, so many plans to be made, new churches, a school, presence on the out-islands.

So much has been accomplished in these last 18 years. It is hard to believe that the first priests came from Newark on July 1, 1998. But with God’s grace and some strong leadership and commitment from the resident priests (including Fr. Peter), the community continues to grow. Holy Family Academy is bursting at the seams with over 120 children and is looking to expand once again as it gets ready to graduate its second class. (Remember, they use the British system and so they graduate in what would be equivalent to our 11th grade). In addition, since the large house in which the teachers live is about to be sold, the Mission needs to find suitable accommodations for the staff of the school.

The biggest challenges continue to be how best to serve the out islands. Transportation among the individual islands is not the easiest and it makes for some complicated juggling of schedules. And these islands, as yet, do not have the benefit of the large numbers of tourists whose presence helps support the parish as they do on Provo. But the priests are working hard to build for the future as the Turks and Caicos continue to grow. And most importantly, they know they are working for the Lord and their spirits are high because they continue to trust in His Providence. Please pray for them, and the work of the Missio.

I have to admit that leaving the parish on the day after Commitment Weekend was difficult. And I would have liked to share with you the results, not only of the weekend, but of the whole campaign so far. I will do that next weekend when I will be able to present to you a more accurate picture. But I do want to say again, I am so grateful for all those who have responded so far to the appeal, at whatever level. I had an email from a parishioner who explained the difficult financial position she was in at this time. Believe me when I say that I understand that the invitation to participate always depends on your individual assessment of your own financial resources. And I respect that decision. All I ask is that everyone give some reflection to this invitation and, if possible, at this time, to join in this one family effort.

As I have said so many times, you are an extraordinarily generous community that I am privileged and blessed to serve.
God bless,
Fr. Ron

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Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 

 

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