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Church in Lomas Taurinas

The Church: Jesús Principe de Paz

 

The principal church in Lomas Taurinas began as a small chapel built by the first settlers of the Colonia. It was named San Agustín (St. Augustine). The little chapel was built of scrap wood and sheet metal, and measured about 10 feet by 10 feet. Around 1990, the government bulldozed the chapel to make way for a new school. The people protested vehemently, and demanded a place for a church. The government refused to listen, and the protest of the people escalated.

 

When the Mexican government refused to give land for a church, the people of the community built a makeshift chapel of wood and plastic sheeting. This became a focal point for 24-hour non-stop prayer. People would be in the little chapel day and night, praying that they could have their own land for a church. In the interim, Sunday Mass was celebrated outdoors by a priest from a nearby parish. 
The story got to the Tijuana newspapers, and the prayer vigil softened hearts of the officials. The people of Lomas Taurinas eventually got their land.

 

Today Lomas Taurinas has its own beautiful church, named Jesús Principe de Paz (Jesus, Prince of Peace), and their own resident priest. Our Lady of Refuge again played a role in the establishment of this Church. Our parish donations included a tabernacle, vestments and money for the marble floor in the sanctuary.

 

In addition to the parish church of Jesús Principe de Paz, the Indian community in Lomas Taurinas has its own Chapel - San Gerónimo (St. Jerome). Our Lady of Refuge helped the Indian community by paying for materials used in construction of the roof. (The photo at left shows Antonia, the Indian chief and a number of the Indian children standing in front of the Chapel of San Gerónimo.)

 Original makeshift chapel of wood and plastic sheeting

Sunday Mass being celebrated outdoors by a priest from a nearby parish.
 New Church Jesús Principe de Paz (Jesus, Prince of Peace)
 Antonia, the Indian chief and a number of the Indian children standing in front of the Chapel of San GerónimoAntonia, the Indian chiBef and a number of the Indian children standing in front of the Chapel of San Gerónimo