Report from Honduras – August 8, 2011

The following e-letter was submitted by Sr. Larraine Lauter, who is heading up the current Mission to Honduras.

Christo statueGood morning to all our family, friends and supporters! It looks to be another beautiful day here in Honduras. We’ve enjoyed pleasantly cool weather (never higher than 80ish) and much cooler nights, and last night was especially comfortable. We turned in fairly early after a long day that involved a lot of traveling back and forth.

We began with our traditional Sunday morning excursion to Cristo de Picacho, a five-story statue of Christ standing above the city on the mountain of Picacho, surrounded by gardens and natural beauty. This is the site of our Sunday morning group prayer, concluding with a blessing for the 1.4 million people of the city below.

From Picacho we headed back to the other side of the city and up the mountain to Divina Misericordia, arriving in time for liturgy with our friends. It was the first time this week that we’ve had a chance to meet with Fr. Elmer, who looks good though tired—he pastors 8 different communities, and had 4 or 5 masses ahead in his day. Liturgy was, as always, celebrated with great enthusiasm and many hugs—the usual 10 minute sign of peace!

Reflections on Sunday’s Mass: August 14, 2011

Woman and JesusThis Sunday is the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Matthew gives us a glimpse of Jesus that never fails to surprise us; can this be the Jesus we know, speaking of the difference between children and dogs? Ignoring the imploring cries of a desperate mother?

August Honduras Visitation has begun!

Honduras MissionPlease pray for our visitation team and the Divine Mercy community as we deepen our relationship through shared prayer, reflection and service.

Our service includes water filtration program, children’s enrichment activities, home construction. We’ll also be checking in with the micro-enterprise and scholarship recipients. Along with frequent prayer and liturgy, we will conclude next Saturday with a shared retreat day.

The next visitation dates will be March 9-18, 2012, to coincide with college spring breaks.

Report from Honduras – August 7, 2011

The following e-letter was submitted by Sr. Larraine Lauter, who is heading up the current Mission to Honduras.

Honduras MapGreetings to all our Honduras team supporters!

Progressive Mission now boarding!

The following is another item in our Epigram series of articles.

Remembrance & Hope: Ten Years after 9/11

Sunday, September 11, 3:45 PM - 7:00 PM

By Lucio Caruso

Progressive Dinner

How many have had the experience of a progressive dinner? Usually a number of families, friends, or households all take responsibility for a portion of the meal. One might begin at a home where drinks and hors d’oeuvres are served with delightful conversation. Then everyone proceeds to another location where the main course is provided. After more conversation, and perhaps helping with clean-up, everyone embarks to a final destination to indulge in tasty desserts.

Ministry: Epigram

Youthful Inspiration for the Beloved Community

KilimanjaroThis story was also reported in The Record: "High School Students Climb a Mountain"

Epiphany youth Katherine Cook and Hayes Hagan, recently made a successful climb and summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. They chose to dedicate their climb to building awareness of clean water issues for the world's poor. In their fundraising letter, they wrote:

Did you know that impoverished people around the world face a clean-water crisis, which results in a daunting mountain of debilitating illness and even death? ...On June 2, 2011, (we) will depart for Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Our climb will be dedicated to raise awareness of Water with Blessings and raise money that can bring life changing clean water to the poor. Our steps will be energized by your desire to help us in this effort....Our goal is to climb and summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. At 19,000 feet, we anticipate this journey will take approximately 8 days. We have been training and preparing for this adventure for months, and are taking on the challenge of successfully summiting the highest peak on the African continent. With each step we take we also hope to change the lives of the poor in Honduras.

Helping the Homeless through the Schuhmann Center

Msgr SchuhmannThe Schuhmann Center, serving the needy and homeless in the St. Martin of Tours area, is very much in need of summer clothing items, especially men’s pants.

They are also in need of volunteers (morning hours) to assist with distribution of clothing and food.

Good News for our GARDENERS in the Plant A Row Program

PlantarowYour donations of fresh produce are eagerly received and appreciated by the folks at EACM. We’re planning to start providing produce at the Sister Visitor Center as well. Please keep picking and packing your produce for the poor!

Don't have a garden...but wish you did?

Boy Scout Troop 71 enables wifi in the Lighthouse

Burying the conduitDue to electrical storms repeatedly striking underground cabling and shorting out networking equipment in both Epiphany House and the Epiphany youth center (a.k.a. the Lighthouse), there has been no internet connectivity in the Lighthouse for about a year.

But thanks to an Eagle boy scout project from Troop 71 (the troop that meets in the Lighthouse), new fiber optic cable -- that is not susceptible to lightning strikes -- is now in place between Epiphany House and the Lighthouse.  

The Lighthouse now has wifi internect connectivity again!  Woo hoo!

Many months ago, Daniel Scrivener, one of the scouts from Troop 71, chose as his Eagle project to restore the networking to the Lighthouse.  The first, and perhaps most important, step was to restore the "backbone" connectivity between the main Epiphany LAN in the Epiphany House administration building and the Lighthouse.  Restoring this connectivity was the bulk of Daniel's project; once the LAN was connected to the Lighthouse, the Epiphany Tech Committee could easily restore the Lighthouse's wifi access.

Obituary for Gerald D. "Jerry" Barnett

JerryGerald D. "Jerry" Barnett 67, of N. Myrtle Beach, SC, formerly of Louisville, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

He was born January 30, 1944 in Louisville to John S. Barnett and Cecilia Dorothy McBride Barnett. He was a 1961 graduate of Trinity High School, received his BS in Commerce in 1967 and his MBA in 1969, both from the University of Louisville. He was later an FBI agent for over 27 years, stationed as senior agent during the Olympic Bombing in 1996 in Atlanta, special agent in Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Louis and Puerto Rico, and also special agent stationed in Idaho during The Wounded Knee conflict. Jerry received many awards and honors for his FBI service to his country. He was a Kentucky Colonel, an Army reservist and a member of the Ocean Drive Shag Club and a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in North Myrtle Beach.

Ministry: Bereavement