About the Area
In Costa Rica not everyone has access to the sacraments. In 2011 the sacrament of Holy Matrimony was celebrated only once.
One Church, Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in the diocese serves 17 communities in catechesis. The diocese took action and is bringing the sacraments closer to the people through Missionary Centers. These Missionary Centers were built inland in Temples, Cartagena, and Portegolpe. It was hard for families that live in these areas to get to catechesis for sacrament preparation because they often do not own cars and the roads are unpaved.
The Missionary Centers bring pastoral services to these outlying communities. The people are able to receive Anointing of the Sick again, along with the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and Holy Matrimony. Catechesis has increased in these areas and pastoral agents are being trained to continue evangelization to their communities.
The people are so thankful for the Missionary Centers because they provide a lifeline in their spiritual lives.
Nuestra Señora de los Angeles Parish in Huascas