“Because of their poverty, faithful cannot offer much to collaborate in Evangelization." Father Jeferson Slussarek

Appeal of the month

In the Guata Community in Brazil, there is a riverside community that had never been visited by a priest before Father Jeferson Slussarek arrived.

The community is marked by illegal deforestation, the prostitution of minors and work-like slavery. Though crime is widespread, Father Jeferson brings to the local miners and the rest of the community, holiness and gifts from God – the joy of celebrating the Holy Eucharist. He also visits families, hears confessions, anoints the sick and celebrates the other sacraments. Though Father Jeferson is rich in the spirit, he is poor in material needs.

“Because of their poverty, faithful cannot offer much to collaborate in Evangelization. In their Faith they bring to their Father a simple offering like fish, fruits, or something they take from the land that sustains them. I receive each gift with a grateful heart for the manifestation of Divine Providence. And with this same heart, filled with gratitude, I turn to you.”

Can you offer a Mass for your loved one, while extending its stipend to a priest who brings gifts of God to the troubled and hopeless, but himself is so in need of basic essentials?

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Devastation in beirut

“Beirut is a devastated city. It’s a war scene – there is destruction and desolation in all its streets, its districts and its houses.”
Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai.

The destruction caused by the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate which exploded inside a warehouse was immediate, its impact intensely felt by the Christian quarter.
For a country hit by civil unrest, economic collapse, COVID and now disaster, how much more can our faithful endure? Please give today.