Our Sister Parish
St. Raymond's parish in the city of San Carlos, district of Alzatate, Guatemala, is our sister parish. The relationship dates to 1986 and was established through the efforts of Fr. Vince Haselhorst and Missions International. Fr. Vince had previously served as a pastor in El Progresso, Guastetoya, Guatemala for 6 1/2 years in the 1960's.
On the second Sunday of each month, the parishioners of Immaculate Conception parish make a special offering for the work of the Church in St. Raymond’s. The children of our school and parish school of religion also contribute throughout the year for the sake of their brothers and sisters in Guatemala. St. Raymond’s current pastor, Pe. Mario Portillo, frequently expresses his appreciation for Immaculate Conception’s efforts. Our annual offering is ten times what the parish in Guatemala would be able to achieve on their own and has allowed for the development of many necessary ministries. A 1998 "Journey of Friendship" to St. Raymond's by three of our parishioners found the Spirit making wonderful changes in the community through our help. Some help the Missions by going, some by giving.