In 2010, our parish, under the leadership of our pastor, Father Tottle, and in compliance with the wishes of Bishop Lynch, began a twinning project with Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) parish in Jinotega, Nicaragua. The mission team helps to coordinate events and raise awareness. For more information on supporting this mission team, please contact the Twinning Committee Chairperson, Janice Andrews; (727) 669-0144.
This extremely poor parish with 24 remote mountain missions is staffed by one priest and several Sisters of Notre Dame, the same community that has ministered here at St. Michael’s for almost 30 years. So far, three teams of St. Michael volunteers, using their own resources, have visited this sister-parish and helped in ways needed at the time. In the years between 2010 and the present, the Committee has traditionally sponsored Fall and Spring events, e.g., the Oktoberfest and St. Patrick Day Dinner Dances as major fundraisers. As a result of their hard work and due to the attendance of our parishioners at these events, we have been able to accomplish the following major projects:
We have also been able to finance a trip by the Bishop of Jinotega to visit St. Michael’s and meet our parishioners. It is also our hope to bring the Pastor here to deepen our relationship with Sangre de Cristo parishioners.
One of the basic principles of twinning with a very poor parish is to avoid establishing a “hand-out” system. The Committee has been very conscious of this. We give what we can, and the people of Sangre de Cristo give to us through witnessing to Faith amid great trials. They give of their spiritual wealth and simple happiness and hospitality to us. Most importantly, we pray for each other across the miles as one family in Christ.