“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
A Chapel for a New Parish in India
The town of Bettiah is in the state of Bihar in eastern India. Bihar borders Nepal to the north and is ranked as the third poorest state in India. In the suburb of Maihindiyabadi, on the edge of the town, a new Catholic parish was established some time ago. Many people are migrating to the area, including a number of Catholic families.
But at the moment, the parish has no church. The Holy Mass is celebrated in the open air, which can pose many difficulties, especially in winter and during the heavy rainfall of the monsoon season.
This also leaves Father Kishore Reddy, the parish priest, without a proper place to live. He currently has an old wooden house with mud on the walls, but termites have eaten much of the timber, and the walls have large cracks that allow in water, snakes, rats, and scorpions. The house is in danger of collapse.
The diocese is now planning to construct a new building, which will include both a chapel and a small presbytery. As soon as the building is finished, two priests will move in and minister to the parish.
But the parish is short of money. So are the people in this part of India, who mostly live from hand to mouth on whatever they grow or produce. Their faith is important to them, and they play an active role in parish life, but there is little they can contribute to the cost of the new building.
The chapel and presbytery are of great importance to this young and growing parish, so ACN has offered to contribute $26,500.
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