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Family Rosary - Santiago, Chile Mission Staff Reach Out to Families in Many Ways.


ChileSubmitted by Sister Catherine Poirier, CSC, Director

New Program Developed: As the Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Andacollo Parish celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, we took time to evaluate the needs of the parishioners. We have found that a great need for us to fulfill is to accompany families in mourning. After training through the Vicariate of the Family, a group, called “Esperanza” (Hope) has been formed to fill this need . The program extends beyond the funeral as people need more time to heal after the loss of a loved one.

Year of Faith: The opening of the Year of Faith, which was proclaimed at the Plaza de Armas in front of the Cathedral, coindicted with the procession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel,. the Patroness of Chile. To mark the occasion, we invited 25 students from our two Holy Cross schools, Andacollo and Saint George’s College, to form a mission rosary with balloons. These were raised as the principal doors of the Cathedral were opened. What a marvelous way to diffuse our mission of evangelization with such a large crowd. As the Rosary left us in the beautiful blue sky, we could almost hear Father Basile Moreau’s call to go beyond ourselves, to move forward and to be unafraid; and isn’t that exactly what Father Peyton did in faith?”

Try Prayer! It Works!: The annual Try Prayer! It Works! Contest reached 7 new dioceses this year, and overall we increased significantly the number of High school participants. What a tremendous idea to deepen our love for the joyful mysteries each year!. After 8 years of being Director of this annual campaign and promoting the contest with much dedication, Sister Evelyn Boucher, CSC, will be leaving our ministry. We shall greatly miss her. Please keep Sister Evelyn in your prayers during her transition.

Collaboration with New Rosary Group: In Santiago presently, there are 5 various groups promoting the Rosary and through a Mr. Andrés Giménez who represents “Un Rosario por Chile,” we have discovered that our mission activities have much in common. Through sharing of resources, we hope to expand both their outreach and ours. Mr. Giménez has successfully organized outreach to a major prison where young adults are making Rosaries. Next we will be working together to collaborate on a program to promote the Rosary in the classroom as well as to the students’ parents. The program will have a dimensión to reach disabled students as well. Working together we are able to conserve our resources and also reach more prisoners, students and families. “La familia que reza unida permanece unida” Siervo de Dios Padre Patrick Peyton, CSC