Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) are coming to the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative!

We Need Your Help to Welcome Them!

As you have seen in the bulletin, the NPH Pequeno Tour is coming to Wellesley in a few short weeks. The students will be with us at all Masses on the weekend of October 7 – 8, and we are anxiously awaiting this visit as a time that will surely bring our parish community closer and enrich our parish culture in a truly special way. (Be sure to scroll all the way down to learn more about this amazing organization!)

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) supports over 3,000 orphans and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean, and we are hoping to encourage some of our families to sponsor a child who is living in an NPH home. 

As we begin planning for this tour, we need your help! For three weekends, we will have sponsorship tables set up at both St. John and St. Paul, promoting NPH child sponsorships. We are looking for volunteers to run the tables and help make sure the sponsorship campaign is a success! The tables will be set up on the weekends of Sept. 30 – Oct.1, Oct. 7-8, and Oct. 14-15. Please click on the link below to sign up now for any and all Masses that you would be available to help. Remember, if you have kids, this is a great chance to get them involved with a wonderful organization – they can help you at the sponsorship table!

You will receive an email from Courtney O’Brien from NPH who is coordinating the tour with instructions about running the table. It is very easy but we do need someone for every Mass so please help by volunteering to take one or more Masses.  Thank you so much for your prayers and support as we prepare to welcome the pequeños from NPH Guatemala into our parish family!

Please continue reading below to learn more about Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos!

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative is welcoming this group of students from the NPH home in Guatemala to be with us at Masses on the weekend of October 7-8, giving testimony, dancing, and helping to lead the music at some of the Masses. The students will be staying in Wellesley from October 3-10 with families from our parishes.

 

NPH USA supports Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”), which works to transform the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, NPH is raising more than 3,200 children throughout nine homes in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. An additional 2,300 students who live outside the homes receive scholarships, meals, and health care. NPH’s outreach services assist more than 100,000 people every year. Truly, this organization is changing lives for the better.

The organization was started in 1954 by a Catholic priest, Fr. William Wasson, in Cuernavaca Mexico. Fr. Wasson was called to the police station in Cuernavaca, where the police had arrested a young boy who had stolen from Fr. Wasson’s church collection plate. When Fr. Wasson met the young boy, he asked him why he stole, to which the boy replied that he was trying to get money to feed himself. Fr. Wasson decided not to press charges, but told the police he would take the boy back to the parish, where he would give him a home and everything he needed so that he wouldn’t have to steal anymore. By the end of the month, the police had given Fr. Wasson seven more children to take care of in the same way – children they had arrested or taken off the street where they had nothing.

Fr. Wasson gave these children a home, and more importantly, gave them hope for a better life. Bythe end of the year, Fr. Wasson had to buy property to take care of all the children he was given by the authorities. And NPH was officially born!

NPH’s mission is quite simple:

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™, inspired by Christian values, strives to create a loving and safe family environment for vulnerable children living in extreme conditions. Through comprehensive education, healthcare and spiritual formation we give the children the opportunity to develop their potential, shaping better futures for themselves, their families and their communities.

To learn more, here are some helpful links and videos for you to check out:

NPH International website

www.nphusa.org

Cardinal Sean on NPH USA

NPH Family: Celebrating 60 Years

NPH Path to Success

 

 

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