Monday, August 17, 2020

PROJECT - DIRT TO CONCRETE

 




This week we are starting our 1st floor project here at our mission post.

Dirt floors are a common feature here for the poor in Peru, as it is in many other developing countries.

It is amazing how the women here can keep them so clean. I cannot imagine what a person would think if they were invited into a home with dirt floors in the United States, much less live in a home with dirt floors.

Since last October we have been invited to many homes where that is just the case. We have been blessed to get to know many people who live with the earth under their feet. When it rains it’s the leaky roof that creates the perfect scenario for mud, if it is not the leaky roof,  than its the poor drainage around the home that soon allows a river to run through the living space.

We also know that dirt floors prove to be ideal carriers of parasites, viruses, and bacterium, which cause diarrheal, skin, and respiratory diseases. These illnesses contribute to anemia, parasitic infestation, and malnutrition. Not to mention we can probably add to the list the deadly COVID – 19 Virus that is now able to breed in this perfect environment.

Through our service over the last past three years with the Medical Mission team here in Peru we know of the intense medical concerns that dirt floors create. However, with that said we also feel like this is an opportunity that Christ desires for us for many other reasons.  To name a few, one is because it gives us the opportunity to love the poor as Christ does. Secondly, it will give us an opportunity to work alongside these families, to bond and unite with them. Lastly, we hope that it creates a burning desire within the hearts of the poor,  that inspires them to know Christ and his immense love, so much, that it propels them to seek Christ and to have a relationship with Him.

With that said we have been moved by the Holy Spirit to turn the dirt floors among us into concrete floors. We have enough funds to complete our 1st home. The average home here will take 800 soles to transform their dirt floors to concrete. Which is roughly $300.00 US dollars. 

Obviously, we do not know how many homes we can complete. To be honest, that is up to the Holy Spirit. Our hearts have been moved and we desire to be faithful to this special project. We pray the Holy Spirit will find already softened hearts among you that hear the same call to help transform the floors of the poor from dirt to concrete.

 We invite you to please prayerfully consider if this is a project that the Holy Spirit desires you to help with.

If the Holy Spirit stirs in your hearts, please donate to this special project at the following link:

https://www.familymissionscompany.com/project/karen-del-castillo/

In the memo or in the special message box please add: Dirt to Concrete


Or by sending a check to:

Family Missions Company

Attn: Karen Del Castillo

12611 Everglade Road
Abbeville, LA 70510

In the memo write: Dirt to Concrete


“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!” 

Matthew 7:24-27



The fun part ! Hand mixing cement in the blazing sun.
 Pray for our new volunteers that have agreed to help for free.

Transforming a families life. Dirt to Concrete floor project

Saint medals are almost impossible to come by here and we did not have one medal with the holy family so we used the next best thing which was two medals.

Jesus Mary and Joseph pray for us and for this beautiful family !

After the 1st room was complete we prayed with the family and added the two medals into the concrete.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Laws of Man are not a Moral Compass




Greetings and blessings to everyone!

  We want you to know that each and everyone of you are in our prayers. It has been very heartwarming to receive so many emails from many of you who are worried about us and our situation with COVID here in Peru. The outpour of such kindness and prayers, we recognize as blessings and a gift from God.  Our situation here in Peru with the COVID virus is ever changing as I am sure is the case in the US. In July the government removed, for the most part, all of the military from our area and we were left with the obligation of maintaining the social distancing order and the nightly curfew which mandated that we were to be in our homes between 10 pm and 4 am each night. Although we had been asked by our Bishop and priest not to return to our formal ministries such as sacramental prep classes, youth group and bible studies we found comfort in the new normal of just being open to the Holy Spirit and knowing that soon our churches could open and formal ministries would be allowed to continue as we felt we could see the light at the end of the tunnel.  

    However due to the rise in COVID cases, as of August, the 1st our region, along with many more regions, have now been placed back on a strict quarantine and they have moved our curfew up a few hours making it now mandatory to be in our homes each night at 8 pm until September. With the nightly curfew comes a mandatory stay at home order each Sunday, making the possibility of the Church doors opening here in Peru impossible any time soon, along with halting once again travel between any other regions of the country. Not to mention there is absolutely no concrete idea of when international travel will be allowed to resume which has made it hard for the Peruvian economy as many of the poor here rely on tourism for their family’s income. The government has said that, they are hopeful by the end of 2020 or the 1st quarter of 2021 being an option of when international flights may return.


    It is surreal to think about what toll and effect this pandemic has taken on so many people’s lives and of the effects caused by the heavy handed governments which have had to take action out of fear rather than faith. I must note that I do not stand on either side of the debate. With one side fussing loudly about the need to wear masks and the other side screaming of the unjust of government overreach by shutting down their lives and meddling in their personal movements and affairs, it seems that picking one of their sides would not solve much when dealing with this pandemic.  It is important to know that with the eyes of the world we cannot combat the virus or its effects on this world; but to see with prudent eyes would be to see it through the eyes of the Lord and perhaps that is the best way to combat this pandemic.


    Knowing are actions must be a mirror image of the Lords merciful nature, and the need to obey the greatest commandment “You shall love...God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength....You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31) it gives a narrow gate to enter but we can be confident that our actions will be aligned with those that Jesus spoke about.


  I cannot help but think of the words of Saint Benedict: “that a person love not his own will nor take pleasure in satisfying his desires, but model his actions on the saying of the Lord, ‘I have come not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”(John 6:38)

 
  With that said I must share with you of my personal struggle during this quarantine, but 1st I  desire to enlighten you of the familiar story of the two sisters Mary and Martha, which often replays in my head during my personal prayer time. As I recall the many times lately “I” have become a hindrance in Christ’s Mission set before me. I am very much a “Martha”, a planner, go getter, and a worrier, instead of mirroring the wisdom of Mary and her peaceful silence and contemplative nature like I know I should. After all, Jesus told Martha, “Martha, Martha, you are worried about many things. Mary has chosen the best part and she will not be deprived of it.”(Luke 10:41-42)



     Do not get me wrong Martha’s concerned nature and the life she lived of service is not frowned upon by Jesus; after all the Church celebrates ST. Martha and her life of service every July 29th. However, Jesus addressed the fact that we cannot always live a life of service at all times. We must also have time for prayer and Holy Silence to set before the Lord. To desire to seek His face and the ability to possess a life of contemplation is also a very important role as a Christian and for our own sanctity. 

Although the Martha in me has definitely been challenged everyday during this time of uncertainty,  I have also been very blessed to see the new fruits that have come from living day to day, guided by the Holy Spirit and of contemplating on the face of Jesus in Holy Silence, rather than a “to-do” list.  As I have been reminded of the fact that to follow Christ also means that we should make His cares, wishes, concerns, and loves our own cares, wishes, concerns, and loves, rather than those of our own will. “For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:24-25). But to do this “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.”--Blessed Mother Teresa and it is “In silence and quiet the devout soul advances in virtue and learns the hidden truths of Scripture.”--Imitation of Christ


 In keeping this commandment, we obviously cannot live in this world, there is no mistaking that the only way to do so is to realign our hearts to that of our Lords. I know as a Christian I cannot without prudence solely live of what the Government demands of us, and live strictly on adherence to their rules, because their laws are not a moral compass, nor can I live on the liberal view point, with the mentality that I can live as if only my rights matter and are more important than my neighbors. Instead I must be focused more on the universal call to holiness and what that means personally for me and for those souls that I may help bring closer to Christ.

  In this season it seems that Jesus desires to highlight the Martha in me, as I have often forgotten to be more like Mary.  As I often heavily weigh my worth and how God sees my worthiness by the works of my hand.  The fact that I am always engulfed in the works of my hands rather than just sitting attentively to Jesus with my gaze fixed to his face has indeed been stressed during this pandemic, leaving no doubt that this season for me was meant to be a season  of change and a season of renewal. 

 With that said I have realized that within our vocation and ministry that we must welcome the opportunity to sit in Holy Silence with our Lord. It is a constant balance that we must maintain not to become too much like Martha and not enough like Mary. Since being called to live as a foreign missionary I have often worried if I am doing enough, If I was sacrificing enough for those I serve. So you can see that when the pandemic hit I felt our ministries were hindered significantly and I begged the Holy Spirit to prepare a way for us to show us how best to serve in this time while still obeying the rules of the government. Thanks be to God, through prayer and discernment the Holy Spirit made it clear to us where we could draw the line between following the rules imposed by the Peruvian government that hindered us from being able to keep the greatest commandment to love God and our neighbor.

  So, with that we have been able to make a respectable and holy decision to not actively visit the elderly in their homes. Forgoing our normal home visits that consisted of prayer and friendly conversation, instead we felt it to be more prudent to visit from a distance, so we have been walking to their homes to check on them and leaving food for them. We have also made the super hard decision to not visit the communities up in the mountains. As we felt that they are so many hours away from this crazy mess, secluded in their own world without intrusion from the outside world, we did not want to bring them harm and enter their secluded communities and bring the virus. Instead we communicate with them via telephone and have been able to check on them and pray together in that way.

  Thankfully, we have, yet again, learned new ways to serve as the Holy Spirit has led us to unusual opportunities this past month.  Thank goodness since the government has reactivated the quarantine measures, we have yet seen the military here in our town. We pray that in this round they will not return to restrict our movements any further than what they are. Because at the moment we are able to move around during the day and to buy our provisions as needed for ourselves and for those we have been helping by supplementing them with food.

  Also, without the militaries presence the children can play a lot longer together outside than the allotted 1 hour per day limit. and thank goodness the police next door has not said anything to them overstaying their play time.  And since our formal ministries have not yet been approved to resume it has provided the opportunity for all three of us to spend more time with the children here.

  I must tell you how Gabriel came up with a new way to serve his friends. He designed a water jug holder, complete with cup holders and had a local young man weld it into existence. It was really awakening to us the 1st day that Gabriel wheeled out the new water jug holder for the afternoon fun and games in the plaza. It is something so simple that we often forget the riches we have while being able to afford to buy clean drinking water. A 5-gallon jug here is roughly 2 US dollars. Clean water here is a luxury and the children feel so honored to be invited for a drink of clean water and to have their own cup to drink from.  Since water is such a sacred symbol in the bible, and I cannot help but pray that Gabriel’s water ministry will be able to bring others closer to Christ in the way he intended.


  Julianna has been taken this time to fix broken statues, a bit of a different kind of ministry you can say. It all started with her fixing a broken crucifix that had been thrown to the side of the church and ever since she has been asked to repair others from people here in our town.

  We also have used some of the of extra time that we have on our hands to bake cookies and homemade chicken pot pies to deliver to our older neighbors in the community.




    Each Thursday night we still have Holy adoration and on Sunday we have a celebration of the word, despite the church doors having to remain closed.  We remain obedient to this time and as a family fervently pray that others may hear us as we proclaim the word of our Lord and rejoice in song.

     I can not help but cringe when the church bells rings, as we know it is not to announce Mass is about to start. Instead the only reason they ring is to announce that another person has died. It has become way to common of a sound. Just this week we had another death, not directly because the person had the illness but because of depression due to losing his job because of the governments shut down to stop the spread of the virus. Mr. Luis leaves behind his wife and 7 year old son. This is a ministry that is very hard for my children and I, we ask that you please keep us in your prayers and all those who have passed since March.


I know it is very possible that as my family has, that the recent times have been riddled with many uncertainties for you and your family as well. We pray that you may be blessed to seek and to encounter the face of Christ, and that within your search you will encounter the most holiest of places where you may sit in the midst of His silence,  far away from the noise. You may find to carve out the time in your day, may be difficult at 1st but rest assure, that once you open your heart and silence the noise, your appetite for such prayer will increase over time; because during these intimate times in prayer your heart will be inflamed with such love and holy wisdom that you will be drawn more and more to these intimate and holy encounters with Christ. There you will find your moral compass! 

We love each one of you!
Karen, Julianna and Gabriel Del Castillo







We would be honored to receive your prayer request. At anytime you may send them to us through our email address listed below.
We would be extremely blessed if you would pray for us to remain obedient and humble to the will of our Lord.  


We thank you for your prayers and your support. 


Without the sacrifices made by each of you this work would be impossible. 

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 Email:  karendelcastillo@familymissionscompany.com




Friday, July 17, 2020

This mission is only beginning









Julianna Del Castillo Graduation Picture 2020

As we learn from St Paul in 2 Corinthians chapter 10, we should not boast instead we should seek humility. St Paul explains how important it is that, we do not boast of ourselves but of what the good things the Lord has done, if we must boast it should be only of our own weakness.  We should not boast beyond limits but will keep within the field that God has assigned to us, to reach out even as far as you. 2 Corinthians 10:13 


I Pray immensely, that I do not come across with folly or with a prideful heart, for my intentions are to tell you of the great faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Many have wondered about our sanity when we made the difficult decision to follow Jesus to a foreign land in search for His most beloved poor.  I really can not count how many times I heard, “What about your children’s education?”

Even though we as a family, said “YES” to the Lord, I cannot lie, the education of my children, was a worry I carried into the mission field with me. However, I had been gifted the opportunity in 2016 to read one of the founders of Family Missions Company’s testimony in the book called , Go You are Sent, the words Genie Summers wrote kept replaying in my heart and in my prayers as I lamented to Christ my desires and concern of my children’s education.

Mrs. Summers wrote in her book the words that our Lord gave to her and to her husband personally, as they prayed for guidance,  as they were experiencing the same situation, they too worried about the cross that their own children would bear, as missionary children, living in a third world country.

As any responsible parent would, Mr. Frank and Mrs. Genie Summers indeed discerned heavily, the call they had received, to go into foreign missions and what crosses they must bear. Worried about her son Beau’s education she entered a time of discernment;  there Genie received comforting words from our Lord as He said “You and Frank, as parents, shouldn’t try to protect your children from the cross. You should rejoice when your children have the courage to pick up their cross each day and follow me. I am building Beau’s character as My disciple.”  Mrs. Summers goes on to write about one of Franks prayer times and when he heard the Lord tell him “Trust Me, all wisdom and knowledge comes from Me. Beau’s education is My responsibility. I can use schools, but I don’t need them.”

One cannot deny the education struggles that present itself in the mission field, it is a concern indeed, but we must remember to give those concerns and worries to Christ, as he knowns better than anyone how to carry a cross.  We must realize that the Lord is the best teacher of all teachers! We should, as parents rejoice in the fact that our children are willing to embrace their own cross, for the sake of His kingdom. The testimony of both Frank and Genie Summers, that was shared in the book, of God's goodness and love for His creation, inspired me to have trust and faith in our Lord,  as my own children followed Him into the mission field.


 The powerfulness of Christ’s words that He spoke to the Summers, speak truth to the fact, when we give all and whole heartily carry our crosses to follow Jesus, he pours His immense love over us. He knowns what He is asking when He calls a person, or a family into missions, and what sacrifices they will need to make. He knows that we leave the world behind, friends, family, comforts, and education to serve His beloved poor. With that said we should know that He loves us so much that He sees fit to make the impossible possible. He as a loving Father wants the very best for his children.

I can not in any explainable terms, tell you how full my heart is at this time. To the world it is nonsense, to the world it is unbelievable, as He asked us to sell all our possession in order to become poor and to follow Him to the corners of the earth; and due to our obedience, we were left without worldly prediction of the future, only left with His will to be done among us, as “we are His clay and He is the Potter” Isaiah 64:8. Which to be honest is not easy to overcome as you need to totally trust in God alone and not of the lies of the world. It requires one to have the willingness to allow Him to smooth all the rough edges which at times can be painful. Once we said “Yes” our lives were in His hands, our task is merely to sustain our obedience through prayer and to seek His beloved poor and to love them as ourselves.

As I testify not of my own doing, but of my faults and weakness, I urge you to hear of the goodness of our Lord !


In our mission schedule as a family, we allot time for school, for both Julianna and Gabriel. Though it is on the schedule many days come and go without time to open school books in order to study spelling words or algebra. We learned very quickly in missions that school often comes to a halt by the knocks on the door from someone in need, or a home visit to someone who is sick and might die within the hour. This is the life of a missionary kid. Though we learned that with loss time there is also time gained and glory to be given to the Lord. We mustn’t fixate on the days that were redesigned by the best designer of all (God) because there are many perfect school days that were created, and exists,  and on those days Julianna and Gabriel are able to get three days’ worth of school done in just one,  without distractions.   

With that said, I must not keep you any longer, but I must tell you of the good, that the Lord has done for my daughter Julianna.




Julianna - medical mission clinic. 


 Julianna said “YES” to missions when she was 15, she had just started high school, an incredible trying time for any teenager, as you can imagine. With her “YES”, came the responsibility of saying goodbye to her life as she knew it in the United States. Turning away the privileges she had as a citizen of the U.S. to live in solidarity with the poor in Peru.

Her desire even at a young age, was to become the hands and feet of Christ. To care for the sick, the lonely, and the less fortunate. And somehow even though she placed the needs of the poor before her own, she was able to finish high school and has been giving an unfathomable opportunity to continue her education through Connecticut’s, Holy Apostles Catholic University and Seminary.  She was giving the choice to return to the states to become a fulltime student at the college, however after much prayer she feels called to remain in the mission field, serving those around her as a fulltime missionary and an online college student.



Julianna, removing a neighbor's IV using plastic bags for gloves. 

We are not sure how the financial aspect will work out in the future, as she attends college while on a missionary budget; but what we do know is that with God anything is possible. It is merely our job to remain obedient and faithful, and to serve the poor as they are His beloved people, everything else he desires of us he will provided in his own time and way.

We want to encourage all of you who have heard the call to serve Christ in missions, not to fear. The world, most certainly, will tell you it is impossible but we pray that the testimony of Frank and Genie Summers, and within the witness of Julianna’s own testimony, that you too, may find peace and comfort to trust in the Lord’s call to serve His beloved poor.  

We know that “The mission of Christ the Redeemer, which is entrusted to the Church, is still very far from completion……. this mission is still only beginning and that we must commit ourselves wholeheartedly to its service. It is the Spirit who impels us to proclaim the great works of God: "For if I preach the Gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!" (1 Cor 9: 16) Saint John Paul II, writes of the sense of urgent duty to repeat the cry of St. Paul and it is indeed an invation to you, to engage in this most urgent mission to go to the ends of the earth to preach the gospel.

Please pray that we as a family, especially my daughter Julianna, will always “Thirst” for Christ on the Cross. Pray that our days will be focused on the urgent need to satiate the “Thirst” of Jesus, with every single drop of our blood, as we wish to bring more souls to Jesus!


You my brothers and sisters we carry in our prayers, as we try desperately try to become worthy handmaids of the Lord.




We thank you for your prayers and your support. 



Without the sacrifices made by each of you this work would be impossible. 


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Thursday, May 21, 2020




As Christians we are called to LOVE! 

We are on day 66 of quarantine here in Peru. But really who’s counting! If you can imagine how shipments of food and how the entire population is suffering because they are not allowed to return to work. Still today we are currently in the phase that if you are not Police, Medical or a Food vendor you are not allowed out of your home or on the streets. 

Rightfully so considering the daily number of those infected by the virus is still on the rise here. The lack of hospital beds and the lack of oxygen to help care for the sick is greatly becoming a frightening issue. 

However despite the virus’s evil attack on human life, God’s love is so much greater. The gift of encountering His merciful love each new day and a chance to spread that same Godly love to others around us mustn’t be wasted.

With that said we have been trying for so many weeks to gain permission from the authorities to deliver food to the sweet people we serve. To the point we felt that our requests were going unheard and unanswered. 

However, after feeling like we had been waiting for an eternity to our delight we heard a knock on our door. 
When I opened it, to my surprise it was the Military telling us we could deliver food. 

The only problem that we faced was how would we purchase the food. I quickly sent an email to a wonderful benefactor and within the hour the funds were in our account. 

Within days we had purchased three loads of food that consisted of 500kg bags each of rice, potatoes, and sugar. Over 300 lbs of pasta, cooking oil, milk and fresh baked bread. Which was not easy to accomplish due to Military road blocks and the fact the government shutting down the market because of the 250 vendors that tested positive for the virus.
 Needles to say the supply and demand chain has been violently interrupted in our area, as I assume to be the case in most areas of Peru. 

So here is a very amateur video of what it looks like to deliver $1,000.00 of food to such sweet beautiful people. Praise God for a benefactor’s bountiful donation that allowed us to feed over 150 people in three different pueblos that we serve in.

There are so many uncertain things here within our mission post due to this pandemic, however the one thing that remains the same is that each day we must Love as he Loves us. 

Our goal for sharing this video is to invoke within your heart the urge to Love Christ and all His people with all your heart! 

If you feel called to support our mission or would like to donate towards providing food during the epidemic please follow the link below.
https://www.familymissionscompany.com/p…/karen-del-castillo/




Sunday, April 19, 2020








Greetings to you and your family


 Today on the second Sunday of Easter,  wherein the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday,  we are praying especially for you . 


The last month or so has been extremely trying for all of us. There are so many who are suffering from the hardships that have been evoked by the deadly Corona Virus. I am certain if you yourself have not been affected,  you know someone who has. Perhaps if not affected by the virus directly,  the economical trials, mandated isolation requirements, and the closing of schools and churches have totally changed our lives. We ourselves quickly found out,  the spiraling effects of being Americans in Peru during this epidemic,  comes with new challenges. 


Not to mention the mental aspect of it all. Perhaps it is easier to say “we have no worries”, however we must at some point admit , even if we like it or not, times are pretty traumatic, and uncomfortable to say the least. A desire to return to normal is sensed throughout the world. There is an urgency among us all to be able to return to our normal lives. It seems all unreal, but the seriousness of borders closing; such as our situation here in Peru,  to the jokes about people suffering for the lack of a haircut, women suffering because their true hair color is showing and let’s not forget the jokes surfacing on social media about the pounds people are putting on because of the inability to leave their homes has become everyone’s so called normal state of life. There is no denying it,  and no sugar coating the traumatic changes the world has and will face in the months to come.  The unknown and the inability  to control one’s own life can be SUPER SCARY and a REAL SUFFERING.  


But we must not forget to rejoice in our suffering and fears. In the second reading today Saint Peter reminds us that “In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1: 6-7.  Yes even in times we feel we are in the middle of a fire we should lift up our voices and praise God. So today is a wonderful reminder that we should embrace the opportunity of suffering that we are faced with today. 


Let us today be reminded of His Mercy for us and remember the act of praying “For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”  We cannot  forget the Divine Mercy He has for us all, Jesus Suffered and died on the Cross for each one of us. From our lips we must proclaim the miracle of his death and resurrection and together cry out We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.” We mustn’t forget He is among us today, even during this pandemic. 


Do not think for a minute Jesus does not know of our sins, desires, needs, and sufferings. That being said we should not be afraid to bring our sins, fears and anxiety to the Lord, no matter how big or small they are. Let us not forget that It is through our sufferings that we are united with Christ.  Which is why we need to cry out today of all days, JESUS I TRUST IN YOU! 



Please remember to send us your prayer request! It is such an honor and a blessing to storm Heaven on your behalf.  You can send them via email to: Karendelcastillo@familymissionscompany.com



We appreciate your prayers and support for our family as we try to find unique and different ways to reach those we live among during these trying times. This past month we have experienced a lot of change in plans, and in our ministries. We have adjusted to the new normal of quarantine and nightly curfews and are adjusting to military patrolling our streets,  by clinging to Jesus.  





Saint Faustina, Pray for us!  






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Without the sacrifices made by each of you this work would be impossible. 




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Karen,  Julianna and Gabriel Del Castillo 











Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion—inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.