Rev. Stephen Hickman, a retired priest from the Diocese of Richmond who lives in Los Lunas, filled in for our pastor, Rev. Ark Biczak in the blessing of the letters that we wrote primarily to Sen. Martin Heinrich, Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham at St. John XXIII Catholic Community in Albuquerque. A couple of people also wrote to Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Rep. Steve Pearce. Bread for the World's 2016 Offering of Letters urged Congress to prioritize support for maternal and child health programs at the global level, emphasizing nutrition.
We counted a total of 91 letters from this year's Offering of Letters, which took place on July 23-24 at our parish, bringing the total in Albuquerque and Las Cruces to almost 1,650 letters. Father Hickman blessed the letters at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on July 31. Here is a short video of the blessing, courtesy of Maria Duran.