Parish Mission Journey to Piura, Peru
contribution form here!
Here is some important information about the Family-to-Family Program. You’ve no doubt heard of the wonderful Missions that St. Patrick's has sent to Piura, Peru. Well, if you can’t make the next Mission this is a great way to help those in need
The following topics are
Facts about Peru
Families’ Environment in Peru
Help for Your Family
with Your Family
(from the CIA World Fact Book, 2015):
30% are below the poverty
line (over 55% in rural areas)
81% are Roman Catholic
Land area of 1.28 million
sq km (slightly smaller than Alaska)
Climate is tropical in
the east, dry desert in the west, temperate to frigid in the Andes Mountains
Natural hazards are
earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides, and mild volcanic activity
Independence Day is July
28 (from Spain in 1821)
Labor force of 16.8
million. (26% is in agriculture, 17% industry, 57% services)
Unemployment rate is 7.4%
in Lima; elsewhere widespread underemployment;
Piura - Blessed Sacrament Parish unemployment is approximately 50%.
12.3 million internet
Environment in Piura
department (county) of Piura is in northern Peru, just south of Ecuador.
Though 66% of Peru is forests and woodlands, Piura is mainly desert,
receiving a couple inches of rain a year.
Piura Mission takes us to the very poor parish of Santisimo Sacramento (Blessed
Sacrament) with over 40,000 people located in the outskirts of the city. Though
the families we sponsor are very poor, they are happy and have a strong faith.
The poorest of the poor are the ones for whom the missionaries build homes.
A new home built by the missionaries has 3 rooms, with walls of bamboo
sheets held together by wire ties and bamboo poles.
The roof of the home is of corrugated metal; the front is thin plywood,
with a lightweight tin door. Some
people may paint or otherwise decorate the plywood, so their home looks a bit
different from the others in the neighborhood.
Homes are usually built just a couple of inches apart, except in the
remote farm areas. The cost of
materials to build each home is about $700. Basic furnishings (double bed,
mattress, sheets, blanket, plastic table & 4 chairs can be added for about
$300. There are two smaller rooms, usually used as bedrooms, with one long room
being more of an open area. The
kitchen is out back, sometimes within some type of shelter.
There is a fire pit for cooking, and a few pots and pans stored on the
side. Generally, there is a
clothesline by the kitchen, and sometimes a few plants.
The homes have no bathrooms, though some families have constructed a
small outhouse in the backyard.
homes have running water and electricity is beginning to be available in some
communities. However, the cost to
hook up to electric is prohibitive for most families.
It is not unusual to see an extension cord running between houses, the
family with electricity willing to provide light at night for their neighbor.
floors are dirt, but are swept regularly to keep the house clean.
Families sometimes pour water outside the front of the home, to keep the
dust down and out of the house. Cardboard
boxes are flattened and attached to bamboo walls to help keep out the cool night
air; pages from magazines do the same, plus add color to the home.
homes have one or two small bed frames with a thin mattress and a blanket; some
families may have bed sheets. The
majority of homes have several holy pictures decorating the walls.
The people of Piura
receive much of their clothing from U.S. donations of used clothing.
This means that clothes and shoes don’t necessarily fit well.
But, these people are so excited and grateful to receive the clothes,
shoes, blankets! Folks generally
have footwear, though they are primarily sandals and rubber flip-flops.
the exception of an occasional ball or doll, there are few toys.
And, there are few playgrounds for children – public, private, or
schoolyard. Public schools also do
not have many books (when they have them at all), and school supplies are not
provided by the government. The
people of Piura rely on donations of any school supplies – pencils, crayons,
- St. Rose of Lima, patron of florists and gardeners
St. Martin de Porres, patron of social justice and public education
go to Santisimo Sacramento Parish website to get a better idea of their world
and photos of St. Pats Mission trips!
– Click on “English” then
“See Gallery of Missionaries” – Click on “2015” – Scroll down and
click on “St Patrick Church from Chicago” to see arrival of St. Pats
missionaries and greetings from parish staff and sponsored families in Piura.
make your check out to the St.
Joseph Peruvian Mission Fund. Note
on your check, your sponsored family number (located on the bottom of your
family’s Information Sheet). While
our preference is for one annual payment in the amount of $300 plus $10 for
translation service, you may pay semi-annually ($150) or quarterly ($75). (If
you do not need the English translation, please tell us and we will not expect
the additional $10.) Payments must
be received before the 25th of the month.
Your contribution should be mailed to Fran or Ginni. Please DO
NOT drop off at the Parish Office or in the Sunday collection basket.
Ginni Kerpan Andersen
4978 Shagbark Ct.
Gurnee, IL 60031
Pat’s Family-to-Family committee sends all checks to the St. Joseph Peruvian
Mission Fund in Oklahoma, identifying the families of Blessed Sacrament Parish (Parroquia
Santisimo Sacramento) to receive the support.
As all administrative costs of this fund are donated, 100% of your
donation goes to your sponsored family!
a month, employees of Parroquia Santisimo Sacramento will make a delivery to
your family. A typical delivery
consists of rice, lentils, pasta, vegetable oil, flour, evaporated milk, and
occasionally a plastic bin or a wool blanket.
The families feel so blessed to know that someone is willing to be so
generous and to care for them. It
gives them hope and keeps their faith strong.
St. Pat’s missionaries assist on these deliveries during the annual
mission trip to Piura.
support of your family is greatly appreciated.
contribution is fully tax deductible as allowed by law, and you will receive a
donation statement directly from St. Joseph’s Peruvian Mission Fund or St.
Patricks Church. This is a
non-profit organization whose mission is dedicated to improving the health,
education, and welfare of the 40,000 people of the Santisimo Sacramento parish
in Piura, Peru.
your employer have a Company Gift Matching program?
so, your contribution may qualify for additional funds to be provided to Blessed
Sacrament Parish. Please pursue this
avenue with your employer!
you have any questions on the program, please feel free to contact one of the
following St. Pat’s F2F Coordinators:
Ginni Kerpan Andersen
If you would like to
send extra money, to be designated for specific needs or in general, for
whatever the family may need, you may do so.
Just follow the Sponsor Process above, adding a note on how you want the
extra donation to be applied (e.g., “For whatever the family needs”).
you choose to send a donation “for whatever the family needs”, the Blessed
Sacrament parish staff will visit the family, find out what their needs are,
purchase the items, and deliver them.
you choose to do, your family will know it is from you, and will give thanks to
God for their padrino and madrina (godfather and godmother)!
are grateful for your sponsorship!
with Your Family
Communicating with your
family is so important to them, especially when you send them the photo of their
“American family,” which they will treasure by placing it in a prominent
place. While your financial support sustains them physically, it is your letters
and prayers that provide hope & encouragement to continue on in their daily
lives. The fastest and easiest way to send a letter/photo is via email to
Blessed Sacrament parish. They will print it and deliver it to your family when
their next food delivery is made.
you wish to correspond with your sponsored family, be
sure to include with your letter the sponsored family’s name and their I.D. number (SP#____) assigned by our F2F
Committee on your Family Information Sheet.
You can help the workload
of the staff at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Piura by translating the letter into
Spanish before sending. Mary Label
has graciously volunteered to assist F2F sponsors by translating their letters
to their Peru families from English to Spanish. Just email her the
English and she’ll email back the Spanish translation. Mary’s email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
email the letter to: email@example.com.
In the Subject line type: “Letter for St. Pat’s Family (SP#____)”
- OR -
don’t have a computer:
(Family Name) (SP # - __)
(Name of village - see Family Information Sheet)
mail generally takes about 10 days from the time you mail it to the time the
parish receives it. I usually allow 2 wks for delivery (e.g. birthday cards) to
your family send you letters, they will be translated to English, scanned, and
emailed to our F2F Correspondence Coordinator, Stan Crevier (firstname.lastname@example.org),
who will forward them to you promptly. If
you do not use email, Stan will print and mail your letter to you. We pay
the parish an additional $10 per year, per family, for translating from Spanish
to English, which we add to your sponsorship. If you do not need the English
translation, please tell the F2F Committee member (Fran or Ginni) and the extra
$10 would not be expected.
you have any questions about corresponding with your family, please contact: