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On Jan. 15, 2020, a medical mission team departed from airports in Cleveland, Akron, Louisville, Orlando, Phoenix and Miami to travel to Nuevo Paraiso in Honduras. The 70-member team is made up of doctors, dentists, eye doctors, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy assistants, interpreters, “others” and 18 students from Archbishop Hoban High School who will assist with English-Spanish translation. Two adults and four students from our parish are on the trip with Fr. Mike Ausperk. During the week, the medical team traveled to five rural villages in Honduras to provide healthcare to the villagers who have no access to healthcare.

The doctors and nurses examined the villagers and, if necessary, prescribed medicine for them, which was dispensed from a pharmacy set up for that day. The eye doctors offered eye exams and prescribed glasses, if necessary.

Thanks to a couple of generous donors, the group was able to purchase a second auto-refractor for eye exams. The dentists examined villagers and, if necessary, extracted teeth and performed other simple oral procedures. The interpreters made sure everyone understands everybody . . . no small task! The “others” were there to provide support to the medical team in various ways. While staying in the guest quarters at Nuevo Paraiso, the missionaries got a chance to interact with the children of the village at a house that Sociedad operates nearby. The children live with their “house mother” and most are abandoned or orphaned.

Mass was celebrated in Spanish for the missionaries and the villagers. A social was organized for one of the evenings to entertain the local children and the missionaries!

Along with the Banquet of the Clam fundraiser, donations have been collected at Holy Family Parish in Stow, St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Cleveland, St. Clarence Parish in North Olmsted, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Wadsworth and St. Francis Xavier Parish in Medina. Also, medicines and vitamins were procured, sorted and packed for the medical mission. Each missionary traveled with two large suitcases filled with medicines, vitamins and supplies for the mission. Personal items for each traveler were carried in their carry-on on the plane.

Thank you to all who have helped in any way . . . making financial contributions, donating supplies, sorting, repackaging, packing the supplies or supporting the Banquet of the Clam fundraiser this last October. Everyone’s efforts together will make a huge and lasting difference in the lives of thousands of people in Honduras.

Your prayers are asked for and needed while the medical mission team is away Jan. 15-22. Consider doing some of the following for the medical mission team and the people of Honduras whom we will serve:

  • Attend Mass during the week
  • Make a holy hour
  • Pray a rosary or another devotion
  • Say the following prayer as a family or as part of your prayer before a meal:

Lord, our God, watch over and protect the medical mission team while they are serving the needs of the people of Honduras. With your guidance and protection, may their words comfort, their hands heal and their hearts be touched by the people whom they serve. Keep them safe and healthy. May they truly understand that you have sent them to bring peace, comfort and healing. Bless the people of Honduras whom the missionaries will serve. Through the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Holy Family, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Clarence, St. Francis Xavier, St. Paul — the greatest missionary, and St. Luke — the physician, we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

We will remember you and your support while we are in Honduras! Muchas Gracias!

Donations can be made payable to “Holy Family Church” and mailed to:
Holy Family Church
Attn: Honduras Medical Mission
3450 Sycamore Drive
Stow, OH 44224