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ACN Project of the Week: A New Village Chapel in Bangladesh

Success Story: Building a village chapel for the faithful of Noyanagar

For many years now the Catholic faithful in the village of Noyanagar have been longing for a new chapel. The tiny mud chapel they built themselves almost 30 years ago has become far too small for their growing community. The walls have deep cracks and the rain is seeping through the roof in quantities that make it impossible to celebrate Mass during the rainy season.

The people of the village belong to the Sandal ethnic group, formerly a pagan, animist people. Most of the villagers converted to Catholicism long ago. Though they are very poor and live from hand to mouth, they are happy and content with the little they have and grateful to God for it. They are very strong in their faith and take an enthusiastic and active part in Church life. The liturgical feasts and festivals are celebrated with great devotion.

The community of the faithful in Noyanagar will be forever grateful to the benefactors for their warm hearts and outstretched hand of friendship in helping us to build this chapel, “writes Father Narayan Singh.

The parish church is almost 11 km away from the village, a difficult distance to walk a fitting place of worship is gravely needed. Until recently they simply couldn’t find the money to build a new one, but thanks to our generous benefactors, we have been able to come to their aid with a contribution of $15,750.

The villagers of Noyanagar can now go ahead and build a modest but permanent chapel. Their joy is immense, it will be a community affair—all the people of the village will help with the work! They can hardly wait for the day when the chapel is finally finished!

It will be a great joy for the Catholics and all the people of the village of Noyanagar to be able to pray in peace and tranquility. They will be still more committed to their Christian values; the Sunday Mass and the other forms of worship will be still more fruitful. The community of the faithful in Noyanagar will be forever grateful to the benefactors for their warm hearts and outstretched hand of friendship in helping us to build this chapel, “writes their priest, Father Narayan Singh.

Our sincerest thanks to all of you who helped!

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