STM Welcomes the Nunez Family
Pictured above: The Nunez family in front of their new home in El Mirage. From left; Celso, Celso Jr., Azucena, Jesus and his wife Olga. Not pictured, son Maximiliano.
Our 16th house built out of love, now becomes their new home
By Deacon Sal
It was a very warm day on Saturday, June 2nd, one of the first 100-degree days this year. It was even more noticeable when the new house’s AC was not fired up as yet. But the crowd that gathered in the Nunez’ living room were not concerned about the room temperature, as the fire of Gods love was burning brightly in all who were in attendance. For this day was an exciting day for the family and all that gathered; for this was the day that the keys were given and the house became the new home of the Nunez family.
After what probably seemed an eternity for the Nunez family; the weeks of pouring concrete, framing, plastering, painting, plumbing, electrical, installing doors and windows and all the rest had finally almost come to an end. While a few items were not yet complete, most all was ready to celebrate, and that is exactly what we did.
Many came to the dedication ceremony. From Habitat CEO Jason Barlow to a coalition of church representatives who all together donated more than 3,000 hours of time to complete the house; they all came to celebrate with the Nunez family. From sponsors to contractors, many crammed into the living room to applaud their volunteerism. But no home would be complete without Gods favor upon it. This time it was my turn to complete the blessing initiated by Deacon Richard at the ground breaking in early February, by inviting the Holy Spirit to surround this shelter with love. With the help of their son Jesus, who sprinkled blessed water in every room, a prayer of blessing for the new home was completed.
And no house warming is complete without presents. Many were given. Startup items, from crock pots to mix-masters, a wooden cross, Tupperware, a kitchen set; even an American flag.
Before the ceremony was complete, our newest ministry, “Gods Work Our Hands”, had a special gift to give to Olga. It was a prayer quilt. This quit was lovingly made by member JoAnn Cooley and prayed over by all their members. Tears were flowing by both Beth Lema and Olga Nunez when the presentation was made.
St. Thomas More was the ground-breaking sponsor. This was the 16th home that our parish has been a part of. For each of the last 16 years we have donated, time, talent and treasure to help one family move into a house now become a home. We the people of St. Thomas More continue our calling of growing in faith and acting in love.
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