This program associates a needy Peruvian family with a "padrino" family (from the U.S.A or anywhere). The "padrino" family provides a $25.00 food package each month (so it costs $300.00 per year). The Peruvian family is very grateful for this aid and holds their padrinos in their prayers. Letters and photos can be exchanged, packages can be sent, even visits to Piura to spend some time with the Peruvian family can occur. This relationship responds to the Gospel message, "I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was without shelter..." Tremendous hope and true joy touch the lives of both families participating in this program. The relationship between families is cared for by social workers at Santisimo Sacramento parish who are able to respond to inquiries and facilitate life-giving communication. If you would like to participate in this program send us an email (email@example.com) or send your donation to the St. Joseph Peruvian Mission Fund, 8008 Lakehurst Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73120 and include a note that you would like to participate in the Family to Family Program.
This program is similar to the Family to Family program but this allows benefactors (padrinos) who cannot afford to offer $25.00 a month in food, to offer $10.00 a month for needy Peruvian grandparents. The benefactor who donates $10.00 a month need not be a grandparent, but they frecuently are. Letters and photos can be exchanged and prayers are always offered from the Peruvian grandparents. It is easy to participate in this relationship of faith and charity by communicating with the St. Joseph Peruvian Mission Fund (see above) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Many Peruvian families in Piura are often in need of better housing. Santisimo Sacramento parish has staff members who can build a fine bamboo and plywood/grass, three room, corrogated tin roof home for $550.00. This home can be built in one day and if U.S. visitors are present, they are enabled to do the building with the parish staff. This is enjoyable hard work that provides a family with a worthy place to live.
This program provides about 100 bananas and 100 pieces of bread each day to anyone who is hungry. Many hard workers pushing carts or single mothers with small children tell us this is my lunch and dinner today. There is still hunger in the world today, and there is hunger in Piura. We laud Pope Francis insistance that hunger can be eliminate in the world today. There is enough food, it can be done. This simple program cycles through 30 different needy neighborhoods each month and offers the bread and bananas to anyone who is hungry. Sometimes information is offered by those in need so that further efforts can be made to resolve the hunger crisis they are enduring.
Hogar Santa Rosa is an orphanage near Santisimo Sacramento parish and staffed by Franciscan religious sisters. The sisters create a loving and faithful environment where about 60 children, mostly girls, but also infants form a family of hope and respect and collaboration. Their needs are significant and parish benefactors can aid this wonderful home with food and other educational resources.
Madre del Redentor home is a home staffed by the religious sisters of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate. About 70 young girls who come from threatening circumstances in the mountains, the jungle and the coast receive religious formation and education at this home. True virtue is developed here as capable young women are prepared to use their talents in a most gracious way. La Immaculada home is a complementary campus staffed by the same congregation for young girls in need of rehabilitation from trauma or delinquency. We enjoy supporting the needs of these homes through parish benefactors who are deeply loved by the girls.
Many Farmers were losing their crops and their fields due to untenable loans and the desire of corporations to force them to sell their property. At this critical time Santisimo Sacramento parish through the aid of great benefactors were able to offer capital to more than 200 farmers in the San Jacinto area. Agricultural engineers were involved, a warehouse was built, an association was formed and mostly no-interest micro loans were provided. These weathered, beaten men and women soon began to turn a profit, secure their properties and attract competitive buyers from throughout Peru and other countries. A transformation unimagined occurred to these many families whose livelyhood was saved by the San Jacinto Farm Program. Most farmers own between 6 and 8 acres and grow rice and beans. They are bouyed by hope and they look to the future and strive to acquire a vehicle, a tractor, harvesting equipment and developed warehouse facilities. This is the tale of exploited individual farmers who with sufficient aid and leadership have been able to unite in a respected block of 150 farmers with a quality product that is sought after. The recent rice mill has added to their growth. We appreciate continued support for these men and women who spend their days in their fields growing crops.
The parish boasts 7 active nurses who provide daily service to the citizens of Piura. Hospice care and home visits, pro-life, pregnancy check ups, advocacy for the ill and pharmaceutical attention are among the many services provided those who are too impoverished to seek services elsewhere. Medical missions are coordinated by the nursing team and visiting physicians who have built the St. Lucy Clinic at the parish are able to do outpatient surguries. Cataracts are removed, hernias are repaired, dental work is offered, internal medical teams attend throughout the poor neighborhoods and journey to the mountains. Teaching is offered to local physicians and follow up work is entrusted to them as well. The powerful gift of health services is built upon the resources of the parish nursing team. Marquette University nursing students earn course credit every summer and enrich our nursing services under the supervision of a faculty member.
We rejoice that the people of Piura hold dear the sacredness of human life. Peru is a country that does not permit provoked abortions nor does it permit the death penalty. Though secular forces from international enterprises attempt to install the culture of death, our Pro-Life office provides great aid to the entire region in celebrating and defending the culture of life. Free attention is offered to all who wish to check on their pregnancies with our ultrasound equipment and nursing care. Vitamins and other healthy aids are provided, the Ovulation method is taught to couples, local adoption counseling is given, and traumatic pregancies from rape and other circumstances are given the full support of the many life-giving resources in Piura. This office also manages our program of post-abortion healing and reconciliation for those who suffer the drama of abortiion either as willing participants or those affected by the aftermath of this tragedy.
Our good friends Mark and Kay Redmond and their family saw that many of our people were dying in their poor homes without proper care. Their lives were ending in a way unbefitting the human process of death. So together with the aid of their friends the Los Angeles Hospice was built. Now 24 hour nursing care is provided to an average of 12 patients. The hospice has been functioning for 6 years and over 40 patients have died here in an environment that is blessed and graceful. Spiritual care, physician aid, appropriate pain relief and family integration have enriched the patients preparation for an acceptable death.
Vida Nueva is a residential drug rehabilitation facility that provides spiritural and psychological care for men suffering substance abuse. The 12 step program is employed and humane and respectful treatment provides a therapeutic and renewing community environment supervised by a psychologist and other pastoral agents from the parish. This program has been functioning for 22 years with wonderful results. Our first few months are a time of detoxification. Then we have the therapeutic community that renews and resolves traumas and histories that may contribute to addiction. Finally our social reinsertion phase permits recovering addicts to return to the outside world for work and training while they continue to live in the residential center.
Free psychological counseling is provided by two psychologist who were formally part of our youth groups. This counseling is offered in a parish office and also in the field at our many chapels. Many people come to receive advice and recommendation for raising their children and responding to problematic behavior. This ministry is offered with a Christian understanding of the human person.
Casa Maria is a shelter for women and children suffering from domestic violence. Often poverty prevents those suffering oppresive and physical abuse to find an alternative. So the parish created Casa Maria which is a residential facility that provides refuge for months until our legal team can provide viable solutions. Many wonderful solutions are found and sometime reconciliation occurs as well. But thanks to this home and the team that cares for those seeking refuge, the most acute abusive phase is overcome and a program for moving forward in a supported and protected plan provides relief and new life.
Above the refuge is a 20 bed facility that hosts young women from the local orphanages that must move on when they reach their 18 birthday. Here they can find safe haven while they transition from the life of the ophanage to the life of a young adult. Scholarships are sought so that they can study beyond high school or jobs are found so they can earn enough to develop their vocation. This homes gives former orphan girls the opportunity to transition into the world as healthy yound adults.
This is a center where people gather with seniors to share moments of entertainment: sing, dance, play, eat lunch with them, always helped by the love of God.
Here we meet with all the old people of the village to give them our friendship and helping them in their care and hygiene, medical attention and visits by our missionaries.
They are very happy to share these unforgettable moments.
The Legal Advice of our parish attends free hundreds of families and individuals in the processes of:
Family-Civil Matters: Food, increase food apportionment of food, filiation extra bed, visitation, custody and child custody, correction of certificate, family violence, interdiction and curatorship of persons with disabilities, intestacy, division and partition , eviction cases of material and moral hazard abandonment of minors, execution of acts of reconciliation, duty to give sum of money, contracts, invalidity of legal act, prescription.
Criminal matters: Omission family care, theft, fraud, violation of sexual freedom of minors, negligent injury, theft, violation of domicile, quarrels.
Labor matters: Payment of social benefits, reinstatement of the worker and arbitrary dismissal.
Constitutional matters: Under action, action compliance, habeas corpus.
Guidance in general matters.
This retreat house features 90 beds in 30 rooms with facilities for conferences, spiritual walks, adoration, reading areas and rest. Many groups from the city and region use the facility either for weekend retreats, days of reflection, or other events of a spiritual nature. Confirmation groups use the facility for weekend retreats throughout the year. The village of San Jacinto provides a wonderful pastoral setting for time away from the bustle and demands of the active city life.
Our Educational Institution, gives a warm welcome to Parents, students and community in this new year began. And of course we ask God and Our Mother of Good Counsel bless you greatly. Also inform you that the registration of our students starts from January 5th.