St. Jude was blessed to have St. Ann’s in Coppell bring the Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) to us in 2002, conducting retreats for both women and men. In turn we, have had the opportunity to take CRHP to St. Mark’s in Plano in 2008/2009 and our sister parish in Wylie, St. Anthony’s in June 2010.
Both outreach teams consisted of 24 men and 24 women from various CRHP teams of St. Jude. But our most ambitious outreach was to take CRHP to Honduras. From previous mission trips there, the teams reported that CRHP would make a great impact in renewal of the parishes we serve there.
Diocese of Trujio, Honduras
St. Jude sent eleven women and two men to Saba, Honduras to take Christ Renews His Parish to our sister parish, St. Rita’s. What a blessing to see so many women from St. Rita’s parish attend the retreat. We had 36 women from the area attend. The women didn't know what to expect but were opening up to what the St. Jude team was offering. The team gained energy and exuded joy from serving the women of St. Rita's. We saw them sing, recite scripture....laugh, cry, hug and pray.
The team gave of themselves and loved the women of St. Rita's parish. We experienced a lifestyle that was void materialism but rich in Spirit with an astounding commitment to faith-filled joy!
Filled with the knowledge that God loves them, they discovered a hunger to grow in their faith, to love each other, and to serve each other and their community. The miles can't separate us from our sisters in Christ. The people of Saba face many hardships that we can't imagine. Many participants walked a long distance to attend the retreat and then walked home. One of the women who attended said this about her experience, "I have always known my mother's love, but this weekend I experienced a love so deep that is beyond what I have ever experienced before."
The families gathered at the close of the retreat anticipating hearing from their spouse, mom, daughter, cousin and friend on how the retreat went. What a joyous opportunity for the team to meet them all and see the love spill over in every direction. God is so good!!!
Padre Antonio sends a thank you to St. Jude for their commitment to our mission to serve the community of St. Rita's. The team thanks you for your commitment. Your donations and prayers have given the women from St. Rita's and St. Jude the opportunity to have an extraordinary experience in our walk of faith in Christ together. Thank you so much!