Sister Patricia Anne Clossey, CSC, right, and Julieta Gaitan, choir director at La Luz Parish in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico, shop for guitars for a parish youth music program. Thanks to a grant from the Donald D. Lynch Family Foundation, La Luz Parish bought guitars for teachers and students, instruments and sound equipment to enhance performances, and Bibles for a youth spiritual formation program.

Music, sweet music

Grant helps parish youth ministry in Nuevo León, Mexico

La Luz Parish in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, Mexico, has a long history with the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Many sisters have ministered in this large, economically diverse urban parish for decades, and they know well the needs of the parishioners. Recently, the parish youth expressed a keen interest in music, but there were no resources available to help them.

Sister Patricia Anne Clossey, CSC, a pastoral associate in the areas of social service and spirituality at the parish, shared this story of extraordinary need—and extraordinary opportunity—to support the faith of these young people through the gift of music.

It was in 2015 when the youth, particularly the young men, began to express their desire to understand and play music. One 15-year-old named Leonardo, who goes by Leo, began to learn the guitar, thanks to a fellow parishioner who let Leo use his instrument when they were together. But Leo did not have a guitar on which to regularly practice. He also had stated that he wanted to study to be a priest. Other teens expressed similar interest in music and in spiritual matters.

The parish earnestly wanted to take advantage of the young people’s interest and enthusiasm, but there was no money to buy guitars for lessons and practice.

The need for funds came to the attention of the Congregation’s Development Office, and an application was made to the Donald D. Lynch Family Foundation, which subsequently determined the project fit their criteria for support. With the grant from the Lynch Family Foundation, La Luz Parish bought guitars for teachers and students, instruments and sound equipment to enhance performances, and Bibles for their spiritual formation program. In addition, a secure, central storage area was built that would both protect the instruments and make them available for use within the parish.

The La Luz community is tremendously grateful for this gift of music and spiritual resources. “We are very excited about the grant, and what it can do for the parish and for the faith life of the young people,” said Sister Patricia.

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