The purpose of our relationship is for the mutual benefit and support of both parishes. Each parish will learn from each other, pray for each other, share resources, and strengthen our kinship in Christ.
The people of Our Lady of the Mountains and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parishes ask the blessing of Almighty God upon this mutual endeavor. We pray that our partnership will increase our love for Jesus Christ and one another.
OLM is located in Stanton, Ky. There are only 36 Catholic families in the parish and they provide an amazing amount of services for the community. IHM, through independent fund raising, has provided over $4000 in the past 2 years to help OLM.
In January 2000 IHM and Cultural Center of Batahola Norte began their twinning relationship. Fr. Jan Schmidt, Sr. Margie Navarro, CSJ, and members of both communities signed a covenant which stated that we would learn from each other, pray for each other, share resources, and strengthen our kinship in Christ.
Further, we pray that our partnership would increase our love for Jesus Christ and for one another. Immaculate Heart of Mary works with Friends of Batahola, an organization formed after Sr. Margie’s death. Since then, IHM parishioners each year have visited the Center and individuals from the Center have visited IHM.
Our relationship continues to flourish. The Twinning Committee is chaired by Sue Keefe, 513-706-2789. The Center continues its mission of education and transforming society into the Kingdom of God. www.centrobatahola.org (Espanol) or www.friendsofbatahola.org (English).
Sponsorship of students at the Cultural Center for classes held at the Center and for further education in primary, secondary, or college levels. Sponsorships are accepted November through January. Please Click Here for a brochure and sponsorship form.
Contact: Jim Vorwald
IHM/McNicholas High School Immersion Trip
Annual trip of youth and adults to visit the Cultural Center of Batahola Norte takes place early June each year. Over 250 individuals from the Anderson area have visited the center.
Contact: Sue Keefe
How has twinning affected our community at home?
Our immersion trip students have gone on to study in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ghana, Japan, and China. They have studied a fourth year of Spanish, and majored in Spanish and international business in college. They minored in Third World Peace Studies and are studying premedicine. Immersion in another culture has increased their knowledge of the world and seeing the face of Christ each day has increased their faith. Mission came alive.
Our adults who have participated in our mission trips have begun Project Education, organized a calendar of faces from Nicaragua, and have become more active in social justice issues. As a parish, we are all richer in our faith because we have met our brothers and sisters in Nicaragua through visits, stories, photographs, and videos. We are working together with our family at Cultural Center of Batahola Norte.