“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Help Build a Church in Northeast India
The mission station of the Piarist Fathers in northeast India is surrounded by jungle villages, where mostly disadvantaged ethnic minorities live. Few are able to read and write; most eke out a meager living through basic subsistence agriculture; and children must work to support their families.
In the midst of these challenges, Piarist missionaries work so that more children in India can attend school and have a chance at a better future. The Piarists are, above all, a teaching order, with a special mission for the education of young people and the running of schools, especially for the poor.
The Fathers are also responsible for the wider pastoral care of the community. At present, 484 Catholic families belong to their mission station in Kamda, which will soon obtain the status of a fully independent parish. The children of the community love going to Sunday school, where they can learn more about their faith.
At present, the outstation does not have a church of its own. The church in the central Parish of Torpa, also in India, is too far away; for now, Holy Mass in Kamda is celebrated in the open air, next to a shrine of Our Lady. In the meantime, the Sunday congregation has grown close to 500 people. Every week, many of them walk three to ten miles to attend the Mass.
The people long for a nearby church, but they are too poor to fund such a project themselves. In response, ACN is offering a gift of $30,400, so that the local Catholic faithful can finally build their very own church.
Will you contribute to the construction of a church for this mission station in northeast India?
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