On Sunday, January 27, we left our house at 5:30 a.m. to travel with Bishop Launay Saturne to Seguin where he visited the parish community of Our Lady of Grace. Seguin is way up in the mountains. The road is very difficult to travel. You have to hold on to your seat because you bounce all around and, if you are not careful, you can bump your head.
Before we entered the village, about five miles before our arrival, a delegation of men on motorcycles greeted us with simple handmade signs welcoming the Bishop. When we entered the village, all the priests of the parish and the people who had gathered were singing a welcome song as they led us to the rectory. In the rectory we had breakfast with all the priests who had traveled miles to join the celebration. It is so beautiful to see the fraternal love the priests have for their Bishop. This is very common that the priests in the diocese do this for one another.
The Celebration of the Eucharist was at 9:30 a.m. The church was packed, people were hanging through the windows to see their Shepherd. It was like the story in the Gospel where the crowds gathered to see Jesus and blocked the doors and windows. The singing was beautiful as it accompanied the long entrance procession of ministers and priests. During the offertory procession, the people dancfifty up the aisle and presented about fifty baskets full of fruits and vegetables. We, too, received some carrots, potatoes, and grapefruit!