A New Church in Slovakia
“May God reward you!” These were the words of Archbishop Bernard Bober, in whose archdiocese lies the Parish of Kecerovce in the eastern part of Slovakia, not far from the Hungarian border. It is a parish that also serves seven outlying villages, each with its own church. Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we have already been able to help for the renovation of two of these churches, with $17,500 for the church in Herl’any and $11,700 for the church in Bolianov. Your aid has given new enthusiasm and motivation to the parishioners to work still harder to bring new life to their parish, their priest assures us.
Also part of the parish is the village of Cizatrice, which has some 100 practicing Catholics but no church of their own. At present they are able to have use of the Greek-Catholic (Byzantine-rite) church, but this is not a practicable solution in the long term. The Latin-rite community needs its own church, where Holy Mass can be celebrated and catechetical instruction given.
They had made every effort, holding numerous collections in the parish and raising funds for a new church, which is now nearing completion. But at the same time the community had run out of funds. They still needed to fit the doors and windows before they could complete the project.
Thanks again to our generous benefactors, we were able to give them another $17,500. Now Archbishop Bernard Bober of Kosice has written to thank us. “Every day I include you in my prayers and remember all our benefactors in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”
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