Pastoral Thought




            The bishop of our sister diocese, San Marcos in Guatemala, Monsignor Carlos Enrique Trinidad-Gomez will arrive in Wilmington on October 20 for a visit. Bishop Carlos has over 500,000 Catholics in thirty-two parishes, many of them with 50 or 60 “chapels”, small communities of faith too remote from the church for Sunday Mass. Our Wilmington Solidarity Committee has sponsored numerous delegations of Wilmington to San Marcos where we come to know them as brothers and sisters in faith, and build ongoing relationships.

            Bishop Carlos will stay at our rectory for several days, and on Wednesday evening October 25 will meet members of our parish at the home of Phil and Anne Annone. I have asked Phil to speak at Mass this coming weekend to witness to his experience in San Marcos on our August delegation. St. Catherine’s has not helped—until now—in the Solidarity partnership of our dioceses. I would like you to hear from Phil, then from Bishop Carlos, what even a modest sum from our parish can do to help one of their poorest parishes.

            My own solidarity relationship to San Marcos goes back fifteen years. It has been a call to conversion, and a deeper appreciation of what our Church is, for the poor and the excluded. The faith of humble people who have almost nothing, but trust God, can reach deep inside us.

Father John Hynes