Saint Clement has formed a three year partnership with Parroquia San José (St. Joseph Parish) in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, which will serve as recipient of our parish-wide Lenten almsgiving.
Parroquia San José is located in Luquillo, on the northeast corner of the island, about an hour drive east of San Juan near the El Yunque National Forest. Parroquia San José suffered extensive damage to the church and parish hall from Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that struck the island of Puerto Rico in September 2017. Saint Clement has pledged support to Parroquia San José over the next three years, providing financial assistance, human resources, material supplies, and spiritual support for the community in Puerto Rico. Your donation will support repairs to the windows and roof. The most immediate need is to replace the windows in the church and parish hall. Security is a primary concern, given looting, as well as installing windows that can withstand hurricanes in the future. The roof of both the church and parish hall were also damaged and need to be repaired. Through our Lenten almsgiving, we hope to aid Parroquia San José in repairing these important aspects of their property. We will also look to continue our support of Parroquia San José over time, as they continue to rebuild.
Donation boxes, envelopes, and information about Parroquia San José are available in the vestibule of the church. A donation of any size helps. Please make your check payable to: Saint Clement Parish, with Puerto Rico in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Update on Parroquia San José, Puerto Rico
The weekend of January 19 and 20, Fr. Paul and Fr. Rex, accompanied by two staff members and two parishioners, traveled to Puerto Rico to visit the parish of St. Joseph (Parroquia San José) in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, of which last year’s parish-wide Lenten almsgiving supported. If you recall, Parroquia San José suffered damages to their church and parish hall from Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Donations collected helped support repairs to the windows and roof.
Saint Clement has pledged support to Parroquia San José as they rebuild, and the group’s travels there will focus around relationship building and better understanding the needs of their community. We ask that you keep the group in your prayers, as we look to further support their parish and members. We look forward to updating you upon our return!