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Project of the Week — A Vehicle for a Catholic Lay Community in Brazil

 

Success Story: Needed transportation for the Mar a Dentro Catholic lay community

The Catholic lay community Mar a Dentro (Out to Sea/Out into the Deep) has been active for 15 years now in the city of Belem, northern Brazil. They have established a spiritual centre here where they organize prayer meetings and Eucharistic adoration, as well as prepare young people for Confirmation and young couples for marriage. The community also offers various educational opportunities and psychological counselling and cares for those in need, especially the children.

Here in the Amazon region, however, these young lay missionaries, both men and women, and their volunteer helpers, don’t confine themselves only to the big city. Faithful to the words that Jesus spoke to Peter: “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” (Lk 5:4)—from which the community incidentally takes its name—they minister to the people living in the rainforest on the river banks and on the islands in the rivers. Many of these villages are solely accessible by water. And that is why, some years ago, thanks to our kind benefactors, we were able to help provide them with a boat to carry out their pastoral work.

The community also needed a car to transport materials and for its many charitable projects and pastoral programs, both in the city and in other towns and villages that are accessible by road. The roads are poor and the journeys are often long.

Thanks once again to the help of our generous benefactors, we were able to contribute $29,400 allowing the community to purchase a vehicle suited to its needs. Everyone is delighted! These lay missionaries send their heartfelt thanks—both for themselves and on behalf of those they serve.

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