Building God’s Kingdom by Providing Safe Homes
Thank you for demonstrating Christ’s love to vulnerable families in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima, Guatemala. These families live an incredibly hard life, dependent on subsistence farming or the wages of a day laborer and unable to afford housing beyond the most basic makeshift shelters that quickly fall apart. Now, thanks to you, these families’ sleepless nights are at an end!
The headquarters for the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima is located in Cuilapa, about 40 miles southeast of Guatemala City. The city itself has a population of about 20,000 people, and the department of Santa Rosa has a rural population of 441,032.
Cross Catholic Outreach is introduced to the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which sends Cross Catholic funds to build homes for earthquake survivors.
Cross Catholic launches a $1.4 million fundraising campaign to restore and grow Caritas Santa Rosa.
Cross Catholic donors help support construction of a Catholic school/multipurpose facility to benefit 400 children and 5,000 adults.
Santa Rosa uses Cross Catholic aid to help families get through the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
The home construction project that your generous gift funded in fall of 2020 continues to move forward.
Over the past eight years, donors like you have helped fund:
Despite delays caused by COVID-19 and back-to-back hurricanes, the construction of the 80 homes is almost complete! The second half of 2020 saw 42 homes completed and a total of 190 children and 150 adults moved into their new homes. Early this year, work was progressing on 20 homes in Los Chilitos, and 13 new homes in La 46 were nearly finished.
Sebastián Set Chitic is a catechist and lay Eucharistic minister in the community of La 46. He traces his spiritual awakening to the intervention of the People’s Holy Mission after an accident on the road nearly killed him. His life is a miracle story and a wonderful example of the positive impact the Church’s evangelization efforts have had throughout the region.
Sebastián came to La 46 as a baby with his family to escape the Guatemalan Civil War. He grew up in poverty and without opportunities to pursue a better life. But in 2018, Sebastián should have died. He was run over by a vehicle and left badly injured on the roadside for a day before being found.
While he underwent emergency treatment, everyone in the local missionary communities united in prayer and solidarity with Sebastián and his family. He was so moved that he promised to start his catechetical training for his baptism.
The doctors said it was a miracle Sebastián was even alive, let alone able to work again. What’s more, Sebastián followed through with his promise to be baptized. He got involved in a missionary community, and he even participated in the effort to secure a plot of land for the construction of a chapel in La 46.
Today, Sebastián looks back on the accident as a blessing in disguise. He is grateful for how he found Christ through the People’s Holy Mission.
Cross Catholic Outreach transforms lives by building safe homes and improving the spiritual lives of the community. Thank you for helping lay a solid foundation, both materially and spiritually, for a brighter future in Santa Rosa!
Lifting the poor out of poverty requires a wise strategy that fosters community cooperation. The men, women and children help with the homebuilding process to the extent they are able, working alongside a skilled construction crew. Through this hands-on process, they develop a sense of pride in their home — while learning God cares about their needs, both material and spiritual.
Total homes: 80 new homes
Beneficiaries/Communities: 152 adults, 400 children. La 46, Plan del Amante and Los Chilitos
Cost: New home — $5,412 per house
Materials: Concrete walls and floor; galvanized steel roof
Size: 338 square feet (comprising 3 rooms)
Features: Secure doors and windows, environmentally safe stove, washbasin, latrine, electrical wiring
Fully Funded – Thank you!
Drawing its name from the Latin word meaning “charity,” Caritas Santa Rosa and Cross Catholic Outreach team up to bless the poor with both physical and spiritual sustenance. Under the dedicated leadership of Father Raúl Monterroso, Caritas has worked to restore hope through a wide range of outreach programs. In addition to home construction, their projects have included feeding programs, water projects, educational efforts and agricultural support.
The Role of the
People’s Holy Mission
Today, the People’s Holy Mission is a key component of the overall Caritas mission as it spreads the word of God into the community. The mission encourages members to meet weekly in the house of a lay Catholic leader. At these meetings, members enjoy fellowship, read and discuss the Bible, pray, worship and strategize about ways to minister to their local community. The mission also sponsors training sessions and retreats for missionary groups, lay catechists and ministers.
One blessing your generosity made possible was that local Catholics were able to move forward with their dream of building a chapel in the community of Piedras de Agua.
In March, Fr. Raúl led a dedication ceremony preceding the start of construction, which is expected to be completed by late spring.
The relationship between Cross Catholic Outreach, Fr. Raúl and Caritas Santa Rosa has been long and fruitful. The relationship began in 2015, when the people in the diocese were struggling under the heavy burden of poverty. Over the years, you have helped Fr. Raúl empower the Church in an incredible way, defeating poverty and bringing people into a closer relationship with Christ.
This program helps equip farmers with the supplies and training they need in order to improve their yields. In recent years, many farmers have not only put food on the table, but also had money left over to spend on doctor’s appointments, medicines, and education for their children.
For years, Cross Catholic Outreach sponsored scholarships for children who attended public school. Although the pandemic has slowed down construction, the diocese is on the verge of opening a new Catholic primary and secondary school — which will transform education throughout the diocese.
Over the years, hundreds of needy families have been blessed with durable concrete homes. Each new home includes a metal roof and lockable doors, as well as electrical wiring, an outdoor latrine and a clean-burning stove.
Fr. Raúl has worked hard to solve the water problems that have long afflicted the villages in Santa Rosa. To date, thousands of families now receive clean running water in their homes — and hundreds more are on the verge of receiving the same blessing.
Cross Catholic Outreach’s staff prays daily for friends of the ministry. Click below to submit your prayer intentions.
When you include Cross Catholic Outreach as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy, you will make a difference for poor communities by meeting both material and spiritual needs for generations to come.
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2021, the close of our ministry’s new fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.