Each year we produce a Christmas card, the sales proceeds of which go to the Education Fund.
This year’s card is an angel’s head from Santiago
Inside are Christmas Greetings in English and Guaraní, and on the reverse it says:
An angel head with wings was a frequent theme in the art of the Jesuit-Guaraní missions (1609-1768). This angel was painted in Santiago, Paraguay, founded at the same time as nearby Santa María de Fe.
The cards are A6 sized, and come with C6 envelopes. They are priced at £4.50 for 10
plus postage and packing (second class delivery):
£1.75 for 2 packs;
£3.00 for 3 or more packs.
To order these cards email us on email@example.com
or write directly, enclosing a cheque, to
Gloucestershire GL56 9HH
Cards from previous years are also still available – why not buy several different packs? Ask for them by name.
Last year’s card was a nativity scene in appliqué, made by the Taller de Hermandad, the Sisters’ Workshop, in Santa María.
Christmas falls in mid-summer in Paraguay, and people place fragrant fruits before the crib.
This wall hanging was made by a sewing co-operative (www.santamariadefe.com) which gives work to thirty poor women of all ages in Santa María de Fe.
This crib was placed in an ox cart on the road to Santa María de Fe, Paraguay, in December 2014.
The standing figure in the background is the Virgin of Caacupe – the most famous statue of Mary in Paraguay – while the other plaster figures show the simple style typical of cribs made in Aregua.
This card is of an appliqué hanging made by the Taller de Hermandad, the women’s craft workshop in Santa María.
This painted wooden panel depicting the Holy Family is found in the museum of Santiago, a Jesuit-Guaraní mission close to Santa María de Fe in Paraguay: the two were founded together.
Another lovely image from the Taller, the craft workshop for the women of Santa María. This hanging shows the Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt, set in the familiar December Paraguayan landscape complete with fruiting palm tree.
Some of the students supported by the Santa Maria Education Fund also work part-time in this local sewing cooperative. This appliqué wall hanging showing the Flight into Egypt was used for one of Paraguay’s Christmas stamps.
A late seventeenth-century statue of Mary with the Christchild, of great historical and artistic importance, is housed in the parish church of Santa María de Fe, Paraguay.
This mural, painted by Nino Sotelo in 2008, shows the Guaraní indigenous carrying it out in triumphal procession during the period of the famous Jesuit Guaraní missions (1609 – 1768)
Particularly well-known among the wooden carved statues of the Jesuit-Guaraní missions (1609-1768) is this beautiful large crib in the museum of Santa María de Fe.
Martina, seen here in a Nativity Play, is from a very poor family who live on the outskirts of Santa María de Fe. She was a student at the Institute founded by the Santa Maria Education Fund, but took time out to look after her baby.
Students like this would have no hope of further education and future employment but for the generosity of overseas donors. This was our very first Christmas Card – we still have a few copies left for our supporters.