Our thanks to Fr Daniel Heenen of the Fraternity of St Peter for sending us this account and some pictures of a recent mission trip to Peru. You can see more pictures by clicking here.
One of the most important accomplishments of the trip was introducing many new people to the Traditional Latin Mass. The parish of Sanctísimo Sacramento, where the St. Francis Xavier Mission Trip served, is a parish of approximately 40,000 souls all served by one parish priest. Though the pastor’s labors are nothing less than heroic, he is always grateful for help with his immense flock, so he requested that the FSSP priests celebrate public Masses in chapels throughout his parish. Each time a new group of people, some of whom only have the chance to attend Mass occasionally, were introduced to the beautiful chants and ceremonies of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Some people remembered when they had last attended Mass in that manner. Others asked if they would now be able to attend this Mass every Sunday. Without exception, all were edified and commented profusely about the transcendence and beauty of the ritual.
The St. Francis Xavier Mission Trip is expanded and is always in need of help. If you would like to donate or learn how you can help, please email SFXmission@gmail.com or visit www.sfxmission.com (new website coming soon.) Registrations for the 2015 trips will begin at the end of October. Of course, we earnestly depend on your prayers for the success of this endeavor. May God reward you.
Fr. Daniel Heenan, FSSP
Nuestra Señora del Pilar
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico