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YOUTH PASTORAL, OF OUR PARISH OF 
           SANTO TOMAS, CAME TOGETHER TO                                   CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS! OVER 150
           YOUTH OF FOUR COMMUNITIES CAME.
           TOGETHER, WITH MUSIC, DESSERT, GAMES                     AND SHARING.  THE PASTOR, PADRE TOMAS, 
 IS THEIR SPIRITUAL LEADER AND WENT 
           DOWN TO SHARE PRAYER AND ANIMATION
           OF THE HOLIDAYS!

           OUR FOUR MAYAN PRIESTS, CELEBRATED 
NEW YEARS DAY MASSES AND SHARING                               CONTINUES IN THE PARISH OF SANTO 
           TOMAS, AND OVER 120 MOUNTAIN MAYAN
           COMMUNITIES.  TONIGHT THEY ARE ALL
           RESTING!!  HAPPY NEW YEAR,  FELIZ AÑO

NUEVO TO ALL, AND GRACIAS TO ALL OF
           THE MISSION OF THE DIOCESE OF HELENA,
           MONTANA, IN GUATEMALA, SINCE 1964!!!
HAPPY NEW AND PEACE TO ALL IN 2019!!!









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A BLIND FRIEND,WHO TAUGHT ME 
HOWTO LIVE A FULL, JOYFUL LIFE,
                  AND DO IT ALL, OVERCOMING ALL
                  HARDSHIPS IS DIEGO LOPEZ, 52 YRS.

                   DIEGO IS BLIND FROM CHILDHOOD,
                   BECAUSE OF POVERTY AND MALNUTRI-
                   TION, HE SUFFERED SINCE AN INFANT. 
                   WE BEGAN BY PROVIDING ADVICE, 
                    NUTRITIONAL, AND EMOTIONAL 
                    SUPPORT  AND A PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST!                          THE PROBLEMS WE CONFRONTED HERE 
                    ON ARRIVAL WERE OVERWHELMING.                                  WHAT WE DID NOT LACK WAS  FAITH, 
                    LOVE IN FAMILIES AND A DESIRE TO 
                    REACH OUT FOR HELP FROM OTHERS!
                    THE CLINICA MAXEÑA WAS TO SERVE
                    THE POOR,TO FIND JUSTICE, AND CURES
                     FOR  THE MANY WHO CONTINUED TO
                     KNOCK ON OUR DOOR! DIEGO IS AN
                     EXAMPLE THAT WITH LOVE AND 
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OLDEST DAUGHTER BECOMES A MOTHER!
              MOTHER DIED IN CHILDBIRTH, FATHER
              ABANDONED FAMILY! 7 CHILDREN A 
              FAMILY NOW!

              MANUELA WAS 16 YEARS OLD; SHE BECAME
              MOM TO HER SIBLINGS WHEN DAD LEFT!

              "THE FATHERS´S" DAD GIFTED THIS FAMILY  
              HOUSE HE DID NOT NEED.  THE MISSION 
              HAS HELPED TO FIX HOUSE, PROVIDE 
              FURNITURE, AND HELP PROVIDE THIS
              FAMILY FOOD NEEDED.  THANK YOU
              "MANUELA" FOR BEING MOM TO YOUR
              SIBLINGS AND MAKING THEM YOUR LIFE!
              THE NEXT OLDEST SON BECAME THE DAD!
               AND WORKS IN THE FIELD.
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GOOD NIGHT FROM ALL
              US FURRY FRIENDS AT CLINIC!

          WE ARE MANY FURRY ONES WHO
           ARE PART OF CLINIC! "MASCOTS".

           FIVE DOGS! TWO CATS! ONE 
          ROOSTER AND ONE HEN, AND
          THIRTY TWO BUNNIES!!!

           SHEILA IS GIFTING A PROJECT
           OF ORGANIC PONEDORES AND 
           THE EGGS ARE FOR THE MAL-
 NOURISHED CHILDREN IN OUR
           PROJECT OF MALNOURISHED 
           CHILDREN! NO CHICKENS YET!

           THE BUNNIES DO  MULTIPLY AND
           WE ARE SELLING THEM BY COUPLES TO
            INTERESTED WORKERS!  MEET THE
            FAMILY!!











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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE
                            MISSION!!   


       GOOD EVENING.  MUCH JOY AND
       LOVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS!  WE 
       ARE ALSO CELEBRATING THE
       FEAST OF SAINT THOMAS, PATRON           SAINT OF OUR PARISH AND TOWN!

       I HAVE PUT UP CHRISTMAS EARLY!
       I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR.  THIS 
       IS MY HOME.  THE TREE I BROUGHT
       FROM BUTTE, MONTANA.  IT WAS
       MY MOM´S. THIS IS MYSELF AND
       COCO, MY BEST FRIEND,  A COCKER
       SPANIEL, NOW 10 YEARS OLD!!!
       MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL OF
       US AT THE MISSION.  WE ARE FOUR
       MAYAN PRIESTS, SHEILA AND                       
COCO!!!
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OUR MISSION IS
    LOCATED, IS SANTO TOMAS LA                    UNION! FEAST DAYS ARE                                CELEBRATED WITH GREAT PRESECE.      THOUSANDS COME FROM THE                    MOUNTAINS.  OUR PARISH CHURCH IS      SAINT THOMAS APOSTLE.THE STATUE      IS PLACED IN NEW ATTIRE, WITH                FLOWERS AND SATIN ROBE, IN THE          FRONT OF THE SANCTUARY.                          ADORATION BEGINS THE NINE DAYS        BEFORE, WITH CANDLES, AND                      PRAYERS.  THE DAY OF SAINT                      THOMAS IS DECEMBER 21ST. MASS 
     IS CELEBRATED USUALLY BY OUR


     BISHOP AND PASTOR. THERE WILL 
     BE NIGHTLY  PROCESSIONS. THE                 STATUE WITH  FLOWERS IS PLACED         ON A CARRIER AND CARRIED BY 
     THROUGH ALL THE STREETS OF                 TOWN  SIX TO EIGHT MEN.
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PASTORAL SOCIAL, PARA EL ELDERLY!
                      CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION


          TODAY, WAS THE CELEBRATION OF THE DAY,
           CHRISTMAS PARTY, GIFTS, BY PASTORAL                           SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY.  A DELICIOUS                           LUNCH, PLUS A TAMALE TO TAKE HOME.  IT                     ALSO INCLUDED  MANY CHRISTMAS GIFTS,                       AND A FOOD BASKET TO TAKE HOME.  THE                       ELDERLY CAME ALONE, SOME WITH FAMILY                   AND A  FRIEND.  SOME WALKED WITH CANE,                     ADULT CHILDREN ACCOMPANING, OR THEY 
           CAME IN A TOWN SMALL TAXI.  THESE TAXIS
           COST, TWENTY FIVE CENTS.  THEY LEFT                             SMILING AND GRATEFUL.

           SISTER MARY WADDELL, BVM AND SISTER                      ANNA,BVM, RIP, STARTED PASTORAL SOCIAL.  
          WE ARE DELIGHTED IT CONTINUES WITH 
          JOY AND SUCCES.  I INCLUDE SOME PHOTOS!!








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A BEAUTIFUL TALENT OF THE WOMEN

           THE TALENT OF WEAVING ON HOME MADE                       IS TAUGHT FROM MOTHER TO DAUGHTER. 
           MANY OF THEM HAVE NEVER GONE TO 
           SCHOOL.  MOTHER TEACES DAUGHTER!
           MANY ARE FOR THEIR OWN WEAR BUT
           THERE ARE SOME WOMEN WHO SELL THEM
            IN THE TOWN MARKETS  IN THIS TOWN
            MARKET DAY IS SUNDAY, AND HUNDREDS CAN                BE FOUND.  THEY SELL THEM FOR MUCH LESS                THAN THEIR WORTH. 

             AT OUR RECENT  CHRISTMAS PARTY, A 
             MOTHER HOLDING HER INFANT HAD ONE 
             OF THE MORE GORGEOUS BLOUSES I HAVE
             SEEN.  I NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO
             ASK HER WHAT VILLAGE SHE WAS FROM.
             THE IMAGE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
              IS PRICELESS.  I WANT TO SHARE THIS 
              BEAUTUL WOVEN BLOUSE.  MOTHERS 
              TEACH THEIR DAUGHTERS TO WEAVE SO


               THERE IS NO SCHOOL FOR LEARNING.
               MANY OF THESE WOME…
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BUEN VIVIR
                          THE GOOD LIFE

       WE FIRST MADE OUR BOOTH FOR 
       SELLING SNACK FOODS A FEW                       YEARS AGO.. IT WAS MADE FROM                 BAMBOO AND BANNANA LEAVES
       IT IS LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE                     CLINIC.  SNACKS ARE  NATIVE AND
       ORGANIC.  WE ALSO USE THE SPACE
       TO EDUCATE AND ANNOUNCE WHAT
       SNACKS WE ARE SELLING. WORKERS
       HEALTH TALKS AND ALSO EVENTS 
       HAPPENING IN HEALTH. THE                           AUDIENCE IS MOSTLY PATIENTS
       WAITING DOCTORS OR LAB.  

       WE RECENTLY REBUILD IT WITH                   WOOD AND MORE ATTRACTIVE.
       WE AWAIT YOUR VISIT, CONSULT  
        OR PURCHASE.!






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CHRISTMAS IS IN THE AIR!

     TODAY THE CLINICA MAXEÑA HAD 
      ITS FIRST CHRISTMAS FIESTA IN                    OUR CLINIC MEETING ROOM.  OVER  
      150


      MOTHERS AND INFANTS CAME!
      THEY WERE PART OF A PASTORAL 
       HEALTH PROGRAM THAT OUR NURSE
       MAGALI STARTED.  THERE WAS    
       LAUGHTER, A SNACK, CANDY AND               SMALL TOYS.  ALL WENT HOME                     HAPPY.  THANK YOU MAGALI FOR
       ORGANIZING THIS. 

       DONATE TO THE CLINICA MAXEÑA!
       GUATEMALA MISSION, CLINICA
       MAXEÑA, P.O. BOX 1729 HELENA,
       MONTANA, 59624!

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THIS INFANT CAME A LONG DISTANCE TO SEEK HELP FROM
                        THE EYE SURGEONS, WHO RECENTLTY TREATED PATIENTS IN
                        OUR CLINIC .  THE CHILD WAS AN INN PATIENT SOME.TIME. IN THE                                    CLINIC IN THE CITY BUT LEFT BEFORE EVALUATION COMPLETED

                         THEY  HAD BEEN  SEARCHING DIFFERENT CLINICS FOR CARE .
                         HE DID SPEND A FEW WEEKS IN THE CHILDREN´S CANCER CLINIC IN
                         THE CITY.  THEY DECIDED TO LEAVE FOR FAULT OF MONEY OR MIS-
                          UNDERSTANDING.  WE KNOW WELL THE CLINIC AND DOCTORS
                          AND THEY WERE PLEASED WE LOCATED THEM.  HE HAS RECEIVED
                          HIS FIRST CHEMOTHERAPY.  HE HAS HAD SEVERAL TESTS AND
                          WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED AND PROVIDED ASSISTANCE FOR
                          CARE NEEDED.  THIS IS A WONDERFUL HOSPITAL AND EXCELLENT
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