Parroquia Nuestra Madre Santísima de La Luz, Guadalupe, NL
Parroquia Nuestra Madre Santísima de La Luz is located in the Archdiocese of Monterrey in Northern México. It is a very poor parish of 45,000 Catholics that is divided into five different areas called “Chapels.” Each Chapel has its own Liturgies, Catechism Programs, Social Concerns Outreach and Chapel Councils.
Since México is a country with more than 50 percent of its population under 16 years of age, La Luz Parish has many activities for children and young people. For example, there are hundreds of children in weekend programs as well as 20 youth groups and choirs in the the parish. Also, the Holy Cross Seminarians do a lot of pastoral ministry in La Luz Parish.
Parroquia San José, Tamán
Parroquia San José is one of the newest parishes of the Province, as well as one of the largest. Situated in the 2,000-family town of Tamán and part of the Cuidad Valles diocese, San José consists of a main church surrounded by 55 mountainous communities. While the church in Tamán regularly celebrates the Sacraments and provides formation for youth and families, each community also has its own chapel and distinct faith life.
A highlight of the year for these communities is the feast of their patron saint, which often involves music, dancing, communal rosaries, Masses and, of course, much food. In San José, our priests have the unique challenge of ministering to a bilingual community, since a majority of the parishioners speak Nahuatl, a variant of the ancient Aztec tongue, as their first language.