The SJA Sister Parish group has had a busy October. Here's a summary of what's been happening...
Tamalada - October 5
A tamalada is a traditional communal event where people gather to share the work of making lots of tamales. Our intrepid team assembled over 100 tamales in preparation for the Sister Parish-sponsored Guatemalan dinner and movie night. Everyone had a task, from washing banana leaves and cooking masa to assembly-line preparation and wrapping of the tamales. Who knew that making tamales is almost as fun as eating them?
Guatemalan Dinner & Movie Night - October 12
But eat them we did! Over 60 people gathered at SJA the following week to dine on delicious Guatemalan tamales and watch the animated film Coco. Adults shared fellowship and kids brought their pillows and stuffed animals for movie-watching. One attendee, Katharine Malaga, shared her perspective of the event.
To Be Seen
- by Katharine Malaga
The aroma of fresh tamales and apple pie filled St Joan of Arc's Hospitality Hall for the annual Sister Parish dinner and fund raiser.
"Its so good to see you!" said many of our fellow travelers to Guatemala.
"It's good to be seen," Ross said after three bear hugs.
I piled Ross's plate with two tamales de elote (corn tamales), rice, black beans, and cole slaw. Every bite brought memories of Guatemalan families and the homes where we had stayed. As he ate, several parishioners came to our table. "We remember the wonderful retreat you led." That was in March of 2010, a month before his stroke. "We still recite the prayer you wrote." That was also in March of 2010. "We remember the talks you gave," they said.
Here, in this hermandad, this relationship of solidarity, between St Joan of Arc in Minneapolis and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Guatemala, Ross is not an invisible person walking with a cane and struggling with speech. They "see" him. This is the value of solidarity with others: we see and are seen.
Solidarity Walk - October 21
On a recent sunny Sunday morning, parishioners gathered for a high-energy Solidarity Walk in the St. Joan of Arc neighborhood with several stops for reflection and prayer. We lifted up our almost-25-year relationship with our Sister Parish in Tierra Nueva Dos (TNII), Guatemala, and we carried a banner covered with parishioners' signatures and well-wishes collected after both masses. Our time together was filled with remembrances of our TNII family, mindful discussions about "who is our family," and joyful songs with beautiful trumpet and guitar accompaniment.