Complete a Parish Center in Ukraine
The Church in Ukraine still suffers to this day from the consequences of the Soviet persecution. Many of the Church properties that were confiscated by the communists have still not been returned to this day; others have been returned, but in a pitiful condition. Only little by little is it possible to repair and restore them, or, where they are beyond repair, or no longer exist, to build replacement churches.
The Latin-rite Catholic Parish of Saint Katharine of Alexandria is situated in Voyutychi, in West Ukraine, within the Lviv administrative district. It was reopened in 1990, following the political changes. However, it has been a long journey to completely restore the church. The presbytery, by contrast, was in such a poor condition that it could only be demolished. To this day, the priests have to live in cramped and unsuitable conditions above the sacristy of the church, since they have nowhere else to live.
Nor is there any suitable place for the many and varied activities of this lively parish community, which serves 148 families. Until now, all of these activities – the children‘s and youth groups, the altar servers‘ group, the old people‘s club, the Legion of Mary, the parish choir and many others – have had to cope with inadequate conditions, which is hampering parish work.
It was decided to build a new parish center that would provide living accommodation for the two priests while at the same time furnishing the necessary space for the various different groups to conduct their many activities.
Building work has already begun, and the parish priest, Father Victor Palczynski, asked for our help to complete the project. We promised a contribution of $11,200 so that the building can soon be ready for use.
Will you help us fulfill this promise to complete the building of this parish center in Ukraine?
We are sure Father Palczynski and his grateful parishioners will remember you in their prayers.
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