Bring a loonie to a Catholic school on Friday, December 11 to support Mission Mexico, an outreach project in the Diocese of Calgary.
Funds raised by MHCBE students and staff support education, health and human rights projects in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.
Letter from Bishop McGrattan
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
I am writing you today to once again affirm our support as a Diocese for Mission Mexico.
Some fifty years ago, Father Lawrence Moran, CSB, a priest who had taught in Calgary for thirty years, “retired” to the poorest region of Mexico, the mountains of the State of Guerrero. Twenty years ago, Father Fred Monk, a priest from the Diocese of Calgary, visited Father Moran and decided that he too wanted to support the impoverished indigenous peoples of the mountains there. Thus was born Mission Mexico.
Pope Francis, in his latest encyclical called “Fratelli Tutti” (“On Fraternity and Social Friendship”), tells us that he writes so that we might better live “a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel” (1), so that each of us might be inspired by “that dream” of “identifying with the least” and becoming “the brother [and sister] of all” (287). The pope reminds us that “the smallest, the weakest, the poorest should touch our hearts” (194).
Mission Mexico allows the faithful of the Diocese of Calgary to respond faithfully to this Gospel challenge. Mission Mexico has proven its ability to help transform the lives of thousands of the neediest of the needy. The COVID pandemic has now brought with it special challenges, but hopefully this will encourage us even more, in the words of Pope Francis, to think not in terms of “them” and “those,” but only “us” (35).
For twenty years our diocese has given its support and has shared in the struggles faced by our indigenous brothers and sisters in Southern Mexico. The indigenous “People of the Mountain”, from over 700 towns and villages, share with you their prayers, gratitude and perseverance as your generosity fills their hearts.
Therefore, I am once again designating December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, “Mission Mexico Day”, in the Diocese of Calgary. You may give your financial donation through your parish’s second collection on the weekend of Dec 12/13, at participating Catholic schools, or online at the website: www.missionmexico.com
As the People of God, let us continue to help build a better future for our brothers and sisters in Mexico, and let us sow hope among the needy in our human family. Thank you for your heartfelt generosity.Yours in Christ,
+William T. McGrattan
Bishop of Calgary