On the 1st of March, with the Grace of God, H.G. Bishop Youssef prayed the first Liturgy at Saint Verena Church in the community of Santa Rosa. H.G. Bishop Youssef provided a spiritual sermon about temptation during the Liturgy. We shared an agaby meal with the community. Certificates were provided to newly baptized members of the church. Some of the congragation from the Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Mark from Santa Cruz and Archangel Michael Church from Paquio joined the celebration. After the celebration, we spent time at Archangel Michael Church in Paquio where a new church is being built. May God continue to bless this service.
“Flee also youthful lusts..” 2 Timothy 2:22
The 7th Annual Youth Retreat was February 15-17, 2015. We had a blessed time together. We discussed youthful lusts and how we can flee from them. We had about 30 of the Bolivian youth in attendance, in addition to Dr. Christine, Dr. Tony, and Sylvia Menias from Chicago, Dr. Maryann Salib from Maryland, and Dr. Veronica Chehata from Pennsylvania. We were blessed by the attendance and spiritual words of His Grace Bishop Youssef during the retreat. The retreat was filled with spiritual talks, liturgies, hymn lesson, plenty of games, and a fun talent show.
Bringing our Christmas festivities to a close, the youth gathered at the Cathedral this evening for a celebration starting with the Agpeya prayers and spiritual songs with live guitar followed by a sermon from His Grace Bishop Youssef about the feast of the Nativity. The celebration continued into the courtyard for games and gifts handed out by Bishop Youssef and the church fathers. We wrapped up the night feasting on a great dinner together. It was a wonderful evening filled with fellowship as we honor the birth of Christ.
As we continue the celebration of the nativity feast, we held a party for the Sunday School children at the cathedral of St. Mary and St. Mark in Santa Cruz. We began with songs followed by a bible study; then we were joined by a minion and Ducky for games and, of course, a visit from Papa Noel to distribute gifts to all the children. We also enjoyed dessert and juice together for everyone. We were blessed with the prescence of His Grace Bishop Youssef who attended the event to spend time with the children and lead us in prayer. Also, our four missionaries from the USA (Christine and Amanda Farag from Chicago, and Peter Soliman and Justine Kirolos from Tennessee) joined in the festivities. We wish you a very blessed Christmas!
“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 Today the church celebrated the Nativity feast by praying the liturgy under the auspice of His Grace Bishop Youssef. The congregation of the cathedral Santa Maria y San Marcos; the church of San Miguel in the village of Paquió; Valle Sanchez’s congregation Santa Maria y San Jose; parishioners of San Philopateer y Santa Mehraíl in Montero; San George church of Santa Cruz, and Santa Verena in Santa Rosa joined together as one body in Christ to rejoice in the birth of our Lord. We welcomed the presence of the Consul Sherif Badrawy as he attended the liturgy and shared a few words. Following the liturgy, we listened to the Christmas Papal message from His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and enjoyed dinner together – truly a blessed evening filled with agape and of course, pictures! Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas!