ACN Project of the Week – A new parish church in Camela, Brazil11 Jul 2019, by ACN BENEFACTORS, ACN PROJECTS, Brazil, South America in
A new parish church amidst the sugarcane
The town of Camela has a population of around 30,000 souls, and lies in the midst of the vast sugarcane plantations of northeastern Brazil.
The life of the people here is marked by great poverty and grave social problems manifesting in widespread violence and drug addiction. Moreover, there has been an expansion into the territory of fundamentalist sectarian groups. Today there are no fewer than 75 different temples belonging to them in the town, while the Catholic Church has just one – far too small – parish church and chapel in the cemetery.
Furthermore, the church is sandwiched between a store and a supermarket, leaving no possibility of extending or enlarging it. Since there is not enough space inside the church for all the faithful. Sunday Mass is instead celebrated on the local sports grounds.
Father Laion Fernando Gonçalves dos Santos Ferreira, the parish priests, works very hard to serve his people. Together with three lay missionaries, they provide an excellent and fruitful pastoral ministry.
The parish has now been given a plot of land on which to build a new parish church. And they need our help.
ACN is proposing to offer $53,550 to support this project. Will you help us?