The building itself serves as the primary place for Catholics in the area to worship. It is easily recognizable as it is one of the taller buildings in town.
Father Greg Schaffer is first and foremost the pastor of the San Lucas Parish, giving mass and performing priestly duties among all of his other work.
Every Wednesday there is a children’s mass, where the children take a little time out of school to be a special part of this mass.
The Church itself provides a very important place to worship for this deeply religious community. It is the only Catholic church in the area, and as a result is often a busy place.
The dome and back of the church, pictured here, are part of the original building built in 1584.
Father Greg has been an integral part of the Parish since he first arrived in 1962 as a young priest barely out of seminary.
A women’s group prays at church. The style of prayer heard here may be a bit different from that in US churches, but it portrays the melding of cultures.
Life is not easy in San Lucas; the Parish is a respite from the daily struggle by providing a place where human dignity is affirmed, common good is celebrated, and hope is present.
The San Lucas Parish encompasses several outlying communities as well. Here, Father Greg has traveled to perform a seed blessing ceremony.
For many over the years, the Parish of San Lucas, through their dedicated work and commitment to the community, has become as much a part of San Lucas as the lake and volcanoes surrounding it.