“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
A New Chapel for a Village in Malawi
The Catholic sub-parish of Saint Joseph is in Mathotho, a village in southern Malawi. The area is remote and underdeveloped, and its people are materially poor. But despite their conditions, they are strong in faith: there are 900 Catholic families in the community.
The Catholics of Mathotho have always longed for a small church. It is a long way to the parish center in Nkhate, a walk of about 12 or 13 miles for those who wish to attend Sunday Mass. Needless to say, this is a challenge for many of the faithful, but those who can travel do.
The community has a brick chapel that was built in 1980, but it was not built well, only with materials that were locally available. Now, there are big cracks in the walls, and water leaks in during the rainy season. The damage has gradually worsened, and for the past two years, the building has been unusable. It is also far too small for the growing parish.
Liturgies and prayer meetings are currently held outside, beneath a tree. But this solution is flawed, especially during the torrential downpours of the rainy season.
This vigorous Catholic community needs a proper church to worship in, but the people cannot raise enough money for such a project amongst themselves. Father Samson Kayuni, the parish priest, has turned to ACN for support, hoping that a new chapel will bring about big changes. He writes, “We are confident that many souls will turn their lives back to God, through the presence of Jesus among them, and that there will also be social development, putting an end to immorality and poverty and bringing a sense of peaceful community. In short, the saving of souls is the ultimate meaning and goal of the existence of the Church in the world.”
The faithful will contribute their own labor in the church’s construction. They will also supply all the sand required. For its part, ACN has promised a contribution of $14,400.
Will you give so that this community in Malawi can have a proper church for the celebration of Mass?
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