NEWS FROM FR DENIS PARRY IN PERU
Fr Denis Parry who is based in Peru, is raising funds for the construction of a much needed church building for his parish.
This is a longterm project that needs every help it can get.
The people in this very poor district of Peru are doing everything they can to fund the build.
Any help you can give however small will be very much appreciated. Just get in touch via the link below to find out how you can donate.
The lock-down began here in Peru much sooner than back home. We have now experienced isolation for four weeks and this week the government extended the lock-down for at least two more weeks. The law here is much stricter than back home with men only allowed out (to shop etc) Mon, Wed & Fri while women are only allowed out Tues, Thur & Sat. Sunday nobody is allowed out. The reason being John that Peru doesn't have the facilities to cope with the virus like countries in the 1st world. Even so we still have almost 6000 people infected & 170 deaths. While these numbers are dwarfed by those back home if the pandemic took off here it would be catastrophic & impossible to control. Fortunately I am isolated in the St James Centre House in Barranco ( a lovely quiet suburb of Lima) with 3 other priests. It has been very sad for me celebrating mass especially in Holy Week without anybody else present. I am missing all the dear people from my beloved parish. Likewise I feel so sorry for the millions of good people like yourself who have been denied the opportunity of celebrating holy mass especially at this very special time of the year. I am perturbed as I recently received a text message from a lady in my parish informing me that coronavirus has now arrived in a sector of the parish. I don't know how many people are affected but pray to God that it can be nipped in the bud before spreading far and wide.
I was deeply saddened to receive the news of the death of yet another beloved friend from L/H, Martha. She truly was a very gracious lady and I shall miss visiting her when I am next home. May she rest in peace with David her husband but most of all with the person she loved most of all, her Saviour and brother Christ Jesus. I am sure that she & Barbara shall be experiencing the greatest Easter they have ever celebrated, even better than those they celebrated in L/H. Thanks be to God.
Finally John may I take this opportunity of wishing you and your daughters a most blessed and peaceful Easter. May the Risen Lord Jesus & our blessed Mother of Guadalupe protect and fill your hearts their infinite gifts of Peace, Joy and Love in spite of the difficult times that surround you and all in the world. Please convey my love and best wishes also to my beloved friends back home in L/H.
Holding you all ever present in my thoughts, masses & prayers. Let us remain united in love and prayers,
God Bless and take care,