Sister Parish Update Video – https://youtu.be/jn6nmv6V0ro
Recent Update from Fr. Antonio at Santa Maria de los Angeles:
“To our brothers and sisters in the parish of St. Matthias; The mercy of God the Father, the redemption of his Son Jesus Christ and the strength of the Holy Spirit always be with you. In order to share with you, our sister parish, the progress we have made so far in the rehabilitation of the service buildings in the parish of Santa Maria de los Angeles, we have made this video to show the achievements made and the ongoing needs that we still have to provide much-needed maintenance and protection for all the parish spaces. We are infinitely grateful for your help. God bless you today and always.”
St. Matthias’ sister parish is Santa Maria de los Angeles in Aramberri, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Aramberri is a small city located in the Northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, it is located at the southeastern corner of the state.
Originally founded as Santa Maria de los Angeles de Rio Blanco Mission in 1626, its current name honors Jose Silvestri Aramberri, a general involved in the Mexican war of reform.
The city of Aramberri is located in a valley in the Sierra Madre mountain range at an altitude of 3,543 feet with the surrounding mountain peaks extending for an additional 2,624 feet.
The city of Aramberri has grown to 12,000 inhabitants.
Fr. Antonio is the new pastor, and his parish boundaries include 36 small communities scattered throughout the surrounding mountains.
Rough mountain roads pose a challenge to Fr. Antonio’s missionary outreach.
These small communities have been helped by the people of St. Matthias. With your generous support, chapels have been built to bring the word of God to these isolated areas.
Another example of the help given is the electric water pump made available to one of these small mountain communities. The village has a community well that is 80 meters deep. They had an electric pump to feed water to the community but it broke. They had to resort to unreliable wind power to keep the water flowing.
The women of the community drew water from the well and carried it by hand to their homes. Throughout this time of trial, the faith of our brothers and sisters remains strong and hopeful.
Christian formation classrooms were built with funds donated by St. Matthias parishioners. A library of books was made possible by your support, and 160 Bibles were made available for adult formation. This gift of love from You, the people of St. Matthias, is the first Bible the people of the parish ever had.
Words to live by
En los momentos felices, alabamos a Dios.
En los momentos dificiles, buscamos a Dios.
En los momentos tranquilos, adoramos a Dios.
En los momentos dolorosos, confiamos en Dios.
In happy moments, we praise God.
In difficult moments, we seek God.
In quiet moments, we worship God.
In painful moments, we trust God.
Thank you for all the love and support You have given to us.