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Las Vegas, St. Francis of Assisi.

June 1, 2015
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St Francis of Assisi – Las Vegas

Full of energy around 7AM, we departed toward our parish, St Francis of Assisi. We had to talk in the four Masses that they have: 7.30am, 9:00am, 11:30am, and 5:00pm.

I spoke in the first two Masses and I did it better than yesterday, way better! I still struggle talking in public, but then, I added that it was in a different language. However, counting on the grace of God and on rehearsing, we may improve. In Spain we have the said that announces: A Dios rogando y con el mazo dando” – “ Praying to God and hammering” which means that we should ask God for help and assistance, yet we also work.

At the end of the 9:30 Mass we got together with our dear hosts and had some donuts. During the last Mass of the morning, I had the great opportunity of having a great conversation with Leia, a Philippine lady who is in charge of the Catholic store. Other experiences that I had were listening to the strong encouragement of a man who handed me out the itinerary of EWTN. Then, another one was with a woman who was moved by our action. In fact, she commented that she was deeply proud of us and our movement. That we are the change of the world and she would not talk to me because she was about to shed tears. That was by far one of the best moments of the day, due to the fact that somebody told me directly how many people rely on us for the future.

On the other hand, when I was not inside the temple I was sharing quite nice moments with Grace, with whom I even danced swinging dance! She spoke very well in the other three Masses,

When our extensive break arrived, we decided to go with Marta downtown. We first tried try to grab lunch in Stake and Shake but it was to full to be waiting. Therefore, we walked out and went downtown without any solid idea, until we somebody came up with Hard Rock Cafe. Definitely, that was a magnificent plan, where we enjoyed a tasty lunch and good moments. Later, before we hopped in, we admired the marvelous spectacle of the really renamed fountain of Bellagio

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Hard Rock Cafe – Las Vegas

Finally, we turned back to the last Mass and then, we were done. Albeit Grace and I were tired and dozed off at the begging, we had very joyful moments horsing around and talking about more serious matters.

We thank a lot this parish for embracing us and then being able to share with them our apostolate. We hope see you again and pray more for you.

To sum up, I would claim that it has been a great day, but what annoys me the most is the real statement about Las Vegas: “The sin city”. And this is due to the great amount of inappropriate pictures, advertisements, spectacles and such that we might see on the streets. However, it is a quite impressive city where each building is a beautiful landmark from different countries. Going there, we might encounter one Pyramid of Egypt, the Eiffel Tower or the Liberty Statue itself. Furthermore, the time at the church was really worthy where we found a really generous community.

Fernando Maria

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