Palanca is the Spanish Word for Lever or Influence.

A palanca letter is written to lift up, support, and encourage a friend or family member. Usually given while on a religious retreat or mission, palanca letters can also be sent to someone in prison.

Whoever the recipient, they are incredibly emotional and uplifting for both the recipient and writer. Palanca letters are not terribly lengthy and are always spiritually uplifting.

Palanca Drop off Information

Delivering Palanca Letters for Upcoming Cum Christo Weekends

Please hand-deliver directly to St. James the Less (SJL)-Ministry Center at the west side kitchen door only at the following times:

  • Thursday evening until 8:00 PM
  • After school Friday from 3:30 PM until 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM
  • Sunday at Serenade or before 10 AM.

There will be a drop box at the SJL – Ministry Center kitchen side door.

Please DO NOT
Bring your palanca to the SJL – Ministry Center except during these times and please be respectful of St. James the Less School and pantry hours/events.

Palanca should not be sent or delivered to St. James the Less Parish office. The door to the SJL – Ministry Center is kept locked at all times, and the doorbell is very loud and rings throughout the entire building, which would be very interruptive to the Weekend.

Food Palanca and Larger Items
Please drop them off during the day at the SJL – Ministry Center, west side kitchen door, during the above times. Please knock on the door and the kitchen staff will accept your food or large items.

Deadline for dropping off palanca at the SJL – Ministry Center is 10 AM Sunday.

Questions? please contact us if you have any questions.