Here are some photos of our visit to two remote parishes along the Brazilian/Bolivian border. We accompanied Padre Pascal on a 35km trek by car traveling on single track dirt roads through farm lands in the drier part of the Pantanal.
The parish of Sao Paulo (photo at right) is located on a farm and during the mass we could see cows and horses wondering by, not forgetting those pesky mosquitoes that kept us busy swatting throughout the service.
I particularly liked the Black Madonna statue and ceramic cross on the wall behind the simple altar.
These parishioners live a very simple life and some travel for miles to attend this monthly service.
This is the parish of Santa Lucia in the village of Borracharia.
At the end of school holidays in early February, the older youth from CAIJ were treated to a fabulous day- out at the military recreation centre, located a short distance from the Corumbá – Bolivia border.
The day started with an evaluation/reflection exercise on their experience as young leaders and ways they could improve. This was then followed by some team building games, churrascarias for lunch, a fun afternoon in the swimming pool, some football, volleyball and hanging out in the shade. If ever you are in Corumbá, then this is a great place to visit for rest and relaxation, and of course, to cool down when the temperatures are soaring above 35 degrees Celsius.