St. Mary’s parishioners proudly
work together to support our sister parish, St. Mary’s in
Tohatchi, New Mexico. This mission is on the Navajo Reservation
near Albuquerque, New Mexico. This mission work has been taking
place for many years.
At Christmas a special
collection of needed articles for the Mission is put into
motion. Needed articles range from socks, gloves, and underwear,
(of all sizes) to towels (kitchen and bath), blankets, sheets,
assorted toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc.) and
laundry and dishwashing detergent. Sister Mildred and Sister
Marlene, along with Father John Mittelstadt (all Franciscans),
who live at St. Mary’s Mission, guide us and provide us with
information to best help our sister parish.
Several Mission trips have been
organized, with the help of Father Steve Schaftlein, our former
pastor. A group of St. Mary’s Youth and several adult groups
have traveled to New Mexico to help with various projects, such
as, repairing and painting existing buildings and building or
renovating new buildings acquired by the Mission.