Help for the Construction of Saint Anthony‘s Parish in Belarus
Mahiljou, or Mogilev, is the third largest city in Belarus, with a population of over 381,000. It lies on the river Dnieper, in the east of the country, and at one time, it was equally Orthodox, Catholic, and Jewish. Today, Catholics are a small minority, but still, Saint Anthony‘s Parish, currently under the care of two Claretian Fathers, is flourishing.
More people are coming to Mass and participating in parish life. Attendance on Sundays is close to 200, and that number would likely be higher if the parish chapel weren’t so small; there are also several prayer groups, further demonstrating the commitment of the local Catholic faithful. In fact, Saint Anthony’s could really do with another priest or two.
For several years now, work has been underway on a new church and parish center. The church will have seating for 150 people, and the center will not only have rooms for various group meetings, but also accommodations for five priests and three Sisters. Additionally, the parish plans to open a soup kitchen, but for all in need in Belarus, not solely Catholics.
Two-thirds of the church is now finished, and ACN has been asked for help with its completion. The COVID-19 pandemic hit the parish hard: priests became ill, and they were unable to travel as they normally do to nearby Poland, where they help out in other parishes and collect donations.
We have offered a contribution of $60,700, so that the building can be completed, and the parish can at last make full use of its new church and facilities.
Will you join us in funding a church and parish center in Belarus?
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