Nachodkah, a port city in eastern Russia, overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It is as far from Moscow, the national capital, as New York is from Berlin, Germany: about 3,950 miles. Its population is about 160,000.
The local Catholic parish, Our Lady of the Pacific, opened in the early 1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. To this day, its members have no proper church. They celebrate Mass in private homes, most of which cannot hold more than 30 people.
Thanks to ACN’s donors, the parish has begun work on a church of their own: we were able to put $45,500 toward its construction. But while the building now stands in Nachodkah, the interior is incomplete. Parish priest Father Sebastian Marian D’Silva has come to us once again for help, so that the church can be quickly furnished and prepared for regular use. We have promised another $34,100.
To this, Father Sebastian replied, “We are constantly praying for you, for your organization, and for all those who have helped [fund our church]. May God richly bless all our benefactors and send them happiness and good health.”
Will you help Father Sebastian complete his church and support the Catholics of Russia?
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