In the Heart of Barton

Twinning-San Gaspar

Twinning-San Gaspar


Mission Statement

"Living God's kingdom by nurturing friendship with the people of Taulabe in the joyful spirit of love, respect and humanity"


The idea was brought up at a parish council in 2001. The idea for a global ministry comes from the fact that our Catholic faith is universal which encompasses all of God’s children.  That is how the Twinning committee – Sister Parish relationship with San Gaspar began in 2002.

Our ministry focuses on education.  It is about providing an opportunity for young people in and around the village of Taulabe to learn a trade so they can become self-sufficient.  We also help grade school children with supplies, shoes, and school uniforms just so they can attend school.

The programs are funded through sponsorship programs, coffee sales and fundraising. 

Please check out the Sponsorship and Amigos Unidos links to learn more about this ministry.

The mystery of the poor is this: That they are Jesus, and what you do for them you do for him. It is the only way we have of knowing and believing in our love. The mystery of poverty is that by sharing in it, making ourselves poor in giving to others, we increase our knowledge of and belief in love.  —Dorothy Day


FARMER'S MARKET DATES: September 15, 2018; October 20, 2018

MISSION APPEAL SUNDAY: September 9, 2018

PENCIL CASE PROJECT: October 21, 2018

BAKE SALE AND QUILT RAFFLE: November 17 and 18. 


Sponsorship Program


Sponsor a child….and change a life.  

In Honduras, the government provides education through the sixth grade.  For many youth, the certainty of another school year is not the guarantee that it is here in the U.S.  Many cannot afford the costs that accompany an education:  registration fees, school supplies, transportation, and possibly room and board.  Those who cannot afford to continue their education will work at low paying jobs, if they can find one, for the rest of their lives.  Without education, the vicious cycle of poverty continues.

You can help! 

Saint Mary’s Parish, with the volunteer efforts of Twinning members both here and at San Gaspar, began a Child Sponsorship Program in 2005.  This year parish members responded generously by sponsoring 58 youth!  In eight years, we’ve seen many students graduate and move on to good jobs!

Here’s how it works.  

Sponsorship levels are $20 or $40 per month.  $40/month will fund a child’s education.  If you choose the $20/month level, we will pair you with another sponsor and assign you a child to share.  Sponsors at both levels will receive information on their child, letters, and a photo.  Your sponsorship donation covers tuition, supplies, traveling expenses and in some cases, room & board.   This program is volunteer run, so 100% of your donation goes directly to the education program.  The donation appears on your church statement along with your weekly giving.

For more information, contact:    

Joe Gresser at 262-707-5682 or email at 

Karen Gresser at 262-707-4962 or email at


Amigos Unidos - Grade School Program 

In 2009, the Twinning committee started “Amigos Unidos”, (translates to “close friends”), in an effort to help young children begin their education.  We raise money by selling “Fair Trade” coffee, holding a quilt raffle, bake sale and other fundraising efforts. We accept any donation to help the children. The average cost of keeping a child in elementary school for a year is between $30.00 and $35.00.  Proceeds go to provide school supplies, book bags, shoes, and school uniforms to over 100 grade school children in Taulabe, Honduras. 

For information on how you can help, contact Karen Gresser at 262-707-4962 or by email at: 

Amigos Unidos Coffee-Cocoa-Tea Order-100% Fair Trade


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