Featured Projects in April 2020 

Success Story: Help to set up a chapel and a small library for the prison ministry in the prison of Boriziny / Port-Bergé
Help to complete the new church and community centre in Abnee Baitak
Help for the training of seminarians of the new spiritual community Opus Mariae (Eis aí tua mãe - Obra de Maria)
A car for pastoral work in the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Mass stipends for the 114 priests of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow

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Madagascar

Success Story: Help to set up a chapel and a small library for the prison ministry in the prison of Boriziny / Port-Bergé

For more than 40 years Father Henryk Sawarski has been a missionary on the island of Madagascar. In 2015, the year proclaimed by Pope Francis as an extraordinary Year of Mercy, this Polish priest was appointed as prison chaplain in the city of Port-Bergé (Boriziny) in the northwest of the island. Prior to that he had never even been inside a prison, but he immediately understood just how vital it is in such an environment not only to proclaim the mercy of God but to make it a tangible reality. He started with the practical, concrete "corporal“ works of mercy; for example he worked to create better hygiene conditions and managed to get rid of the rats and cockroaches. He brought the prisoners food and clothing and helped to provide them with medical care. From the start he "preached“ only through these acts of Christian charity, striving to give the prisoners back a little of their human dignity. But very soon the prisoners themselves, of whom very few were Catholics, came to him with their spiritual and psychological needs. They asked him for his prayers, or for a blessing, wanted some form of religious worship, or simply to unburden themselves of their troubles and guilt-laden lives, to acknowledge their guilt and be reconciled with God and their fellow men, so that after their release from prison they could start a new life. Again and again Father Henryk witnessed how God can "write straight with crooked lines", as he puts it. He was able to witness many conversions. As a priest with a particular devotion to the Divine Mercy, Father Henryk has made this message his life's mission.

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The new chapel at the prison of Port-Bergé inaugurated on December 7th 2019.

However, there was still no suitable place in the prison for religious worship or for his pastoral ministry to the prisoners. Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we were able to give him AUD $34,500 to enable him to install a small chapel and a little library – together with a precious investment on the road to a new life for the prisoners. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have helped!

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Construction of a chapel and library at the prison of Port-Bergé, Madagascar. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.
 

Egypt

Help to complete the new church and community centre in Abnee Baitak

Abnee Baitak is a new satellite suburb of the town of Madinat as-Sadis min Uktubar, the "Town of the 6th of October“, which itself is a relatively new satellite town, close to the capital Cairo. Abnee Baitak was built by the Egyptian government above all in order to provide living space for young families.

What this new suburb still lacks, however, is a Catholic church. At present the nearest Catholic church is over 20 km (13 miles) away.

In 2015 the Egyptian Prime Minister granted a building permit for the construction of the Catholic Church here. Since it is far from easy to obtain such permits in Egypt, work began immediately on its construction. ACN helped at the time with AUD $53,000 and now the building work on the new church and attached community centre for the various pastoral and social activities of the parish is well advanced. But in order to complete the work as quickly as possible, we have been asked again for help, and so we are stepping in again with a further contribution of AUD $53,000.

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Finishing of church and pastoral hall in favour of Abnee Baitak parish (continuation). Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.

If you would like to fund this project please copy and paste this code in the comment box in the online donation form: 
Code: 143-01-19

If funds raised for a particular project exceed those needed, the surplus funds will be reallocated to a similar project.

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Brazil

Help for the training of seminarians of the new spiritual community Opus Mariae (Eis aí tua mãe - Obra de Maria)

The Opus Mariae community (known in Brazil as "Eis aí tua mãe - Obra de Maria“) was founded in Brazil in 1990 and now numbers around 3350 members worldwide, from all walks of life, including priests, deacons, consecrated religious, married couples and single people. Together they all form one big family.

The community has now spread to 7 different Latin American countries, 22 African countries, to Israel and Palestine and likewise to Italy and Portugal in Europe. One of its missions involves organising pilgrimages to religious shrines all over the world, with thousands of people participating in them. The community also organises congresses, retreats and concerts in the service of evangelization, is active in the media apostolate and the youth and vocations apostolate, and likewise in social work projects, among other things for drug addicts.

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A particularly attractive feature of its work is the growing number of priestly vocations it has produced. Currently, there are 50 young men from the community training for the priesthood in the archdiocese of Olinda and Recife. They include young men from Brazil and from the African countries of Togo, Benin and Mozambique.

However, it is a challenge for this still young community to cover the cost of the formation of these seminarians, since it has to pay for their board and lodging and their study fees as well. So the leaders of the community have turned to us for help. We have already helped in the past, with $14,500 AUD for the formation of 23 of its seminarians. And we are planning to help again this year.

 If you would like to fund this project please copy and paste this code in the comment box in the online donation form: 

Code: 212-02-79
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Guatemala

A car for pastoral work in the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The diocese of Quiché in northwest Guatemala was severely affected by the civil war which raged through the country above all in the 1980s and 90s. To this day the people are still deeply marked by these events.

There are many indigenous peoples living in these mountainous regions. Before the civil war the overwhelming majority of them were Catholics, but the savage persecution by the government left deep scars behind it. Today barely 40% of the population are Catholics, while the Protestant sects are spreading rapidly. It is vitally important to provide a solid pastoral outreach to the people, so that they will continue to feel rooted in the Church.

The parish of our Lady of Guadalupe in the town of Chel was established only in 2018. It is one of the poorest and most isolated parishes in the diocese and the roads are extremely poor. Father Francisco  Vázquez Gómez is a young priest and ministers here to around 30,000 people, scattered across more than 24 different villages, some of them well over a hundred miles (170 km) from the parish centre. At present he only has an old car that can simply no longer cope with the treacherous road conditions and is in urgent need of replacement. We would like to help, with a contribution of AUD $35,300. 

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Purchase of a car for the Ntra. Sra. de Guadalupe parish, Guatemala. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.

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Father Salvador Quiejú Sosof of San José Ixcán on the way to the next mission. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.

If you would like to fund this project please copy and paste this code in the comment box in the online donation form:
Code: 219-01-29
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Russia

Mass stipends for the 114 priests of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow

The Catholic Archdiocese of the Mother of God has its centre in Moscow and covers a vast area of over 2.6 million square kilometres (a million square miles). And the 70,000 or so Catholic faithful are scattered thinly across the diocese. In some cities, like Moscow and Saint Petersburg, there are larger communities, but in many places the Catholic faithful are few and far between, so that the priests have to travel many hundreds of miles in order to minister to them.

The Catholic Church in Russia is poor. Her priests consequently receive only a minimal salary. And since most of the Catholic faithful themselves struggle to make ends meet, they are unable to contribute much to the support of the Church. Even the amount they are able to give in the form of Mass offerings is more often than not a minimal, essentially symbolic contribution. One priest has even written to tell us that his elderly mother, who herself struggles to survive on a small pension, still tries to support him.

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3,000 missae ordinariae for 114 priests of the Archdiocese of Our Lady in Moscow: Fr. Kirill Gorbunov with the Blessed Sacrament. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.

We are therefore proposing to support the 114 priests of the Archdiocese by means of Mass stipends. So we are passing on 3000 Mass offerings from our benefactors, for a total value of AUD $39,000. The priests will celebrate these Masses for the intentions of the benefactors who have given them and in return will receive the offerings, in accordance with the ancient tradition of the Church, as a gesture of thanks from the faithful and a contribution to their personal support.

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Fr. Andrey Pukhaev (pastor of St. Nicholas Church in Luga and philosophy lecturer at the Major Seminary “Mary the Queen of the Apostles” in St.-Petersburg) during holy mass. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.

If you would like to fund this project please copy and paste this code in the comment box in the online donation form: 
Code: 427-04-masses

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