2009 STAOP LENTEN ELEMENTARY FAITH FORMATION PROJECT
San Felipe de Jesus Catholic Church and its Pastor, Fr. Hector Cruz, s.m. serve Cameron Park, a neighborhood just outside of Brownsville, Texas. In 2005 the US Census designated Cameron Park as the, “poorest community in the USA“. Hard working Catholics who subsist in these colnias or neighborhoods along the Texas border often lack running water, street lights and have limited electricity. However, the lay people and religious find time to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of those who are even less fortunate and live a few yards away in Matamoros, Mexico in trash dumps like we see on TV in Latin America and India.
The ministries of San Felipe de Jesus Catholic church include the Middle School, lay medical ministries on both sides of the border that are coordinated with other local religious and secular groups, and Catholic lay/religious outreach and formation ministries that serve Cameron Park, other colnias and Matamoros. Cameron Parish and the San Felipe Catholic community has been the subject of several TV news clips and specials on the plight of people living along the border. There are more than 1,500 colnias along the border who enjoy very little support from local governments and the State of Texas. Due to hard work, prayer and the efforts of San Felipe de Jesus the Cameron Park colnia now has paved roads and is making progress.
This 2009 Lenten Elementary Faith Formation (FF) project this year for our K-6th Grade students will focus on outreach to this Catholic border community. MOVING BEYOND OURSELVES allows our children to help those who are in real need in a very specific way with a Marist theme that helps us concentrate on others instead of ourselves. The project theme, “We are with you in Mind, Body and Spirit” allies our children with their less fortunate counterparts by having the FF classes donate items that are for the Mind, Body and Spirit. At today’s FF there was an audio/visual presentation to all classes introducing them to the issues challenging the families in the Catholic border communities. The items will be used to create Family Paks of mind, body and spirit items for a family of four. The Family Paks will be transported to San Felipe de Jesus church and distributed to the families. All administration and oversight will be handled by the STAOP Lay Marist ministry of the Society of Mary.
PLEASE DONATE THE FOLLOWING ITEM BY BRINGING IT TO YOUR FAITH FORMATION CLASS ON MARCH 29,30 OR 31.
REQUESTED ITEM FOR THE PROJECT: See your Faith Formation Teacher