You may have noticed that there is a new banner in the church on the wall to the right of the altar. It is a symbol of our connection to Our Little Roses home for girls in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I made the banner from fabric that I got while in Honduras with members of St. Mary’s this past August.
The striped fabric you see around the edges and in the center is called ‘Lenca,’ the traditional fabric of the indigenous people of Honduras. The colored panes framing the center are in the order of the church seasons, and the 2 yellow roses and rosebud represent the girls of Our Little Roses.
While at the home this past summer, 13 of us from St. Mary’s repainted their chapel and I got to help staff members sew new seasonal banners to hang behind the altar. When we were finished I asked if I could have some of the leftover fabric to make some sort of “sister” church piece for St. Mary’s. They generously gave me pieces of all 5 seasonal colors plus the Lenca fabric that we had used for their hangings.
On Sunday mornings when you see that banner, think of the girls and staff in Honduras who are in their church at that time too. Perhaps they won’t seem quite so far away.
By Brita Bruemmer