Collection of goods for the Hogar Rafael Orphanage in Guatemala.

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The Great Fast presents each of us the opportunity to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength, and with all our mind (Lk. 10:27). The increased fasting, prayers and scripture reading, help us put the Lord first and foremost in our daily lives. Loving our neighbor as ourselves is also a part of this (Lk. 10:28-37). The Fast gives us this opportunity to offer something to those who have nothing, as if we were making an offering to the Lord himself.

They are many options we can support of during the Fast, one such is assisting Sophia Duran’s collection of goods for her trip down to the Hogar Rafael Orphanage in Guatemala. Although Sophia (and her husband Nick and daughter Isabelle) live in Oakburn Manitoba, they are part of our family at St. Nicholas, and it is a blessing that she can take some time to go and work down at the orphanage. It is also a blessing we can assist her in this mission.

Below is a list of some specific items requested by Mother Ivonne from the San Miguel del Lago Children’s Orthodox Residence (the Hogar Rafael Orphanage) in Guatemala. We are working on gathering these items as a team, so others are reaching out to their parishes for some of these items as well. If anyone is interested in donating something from the list, she can pick it up this weekend while in Winnipeg. If anyone wants to make a monetary donation, it can be done through their website, or she can purchase the needed item(s) and or hand deliver any donation. If people would like to know more about the ministry visit: hogarafaelayau.org The needed articles are.

For boys
Size 2, 6, 8, 10 underwear for boys
Size 3, 6, 8, 12 undershirts (sleeveless)
For girls
Size 2, 6, 8 10 undershirts (sleeveless)
Size 6 pants
Size. 6 blousesPlastic mattress covers (twin size)
Shower curtainsThank you!