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ACN – Project of the Week – Haïti – Construction a Parish Church

07.03.2018 in ACN PROJECTS, Haiti, International Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need, Journey with ACN

Haiti

Construction of a parish church in a new and growing suburb

 

Even before the devastating earthquake of January 2010, which focused world attention on the plight of the country, Haiti was already the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Natural disasters, violence and political unrest, poverty and hunger all played their part, so that it has sometimes seemed that the Haitian people were spared almost nothing in the way of suffering. However, they are incredibly resilient.

 

The majority of Haiti‘s population consist of the descendants of former African slaves. Today, almost 7 million of the country‘s 8.6 million or so inhabitants are Catholics – though syncretistic and pagan rituals and especially the voodoo cult are still very widespread among the population. However, the Church is working very hard to instill an authentic Catholic faith in people‘s hearts. And there are many very lively parishes in which the faithful live their faith with great devotion and deep piety.

 

One such parish is the parish of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in the “Village Créole”, a new suburb in the town of Hinche in the east of the country, on the border with the Dominican Republic. This suburb has grown rapidly over the past 25 years and now has a population of around 70,000 Catholics! And yet until now it does not have a parish church of its own, and Holy Mass is celebrated in temporary accommodation. Clearly this is not an acceptable situation, and in any case there is not enough space for the congregation.

Haiti: Construction of the parish church of  Notre Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse, Village Créole (Photos: Patronal feast celebration mass on 27th November 2017).

The Catholic faithful are poor, yet they have made great sacrifices in order to be able to purchase a plot of land on which to build a church. Of course they have nowhere near enough to pay for its construction. And so ACN is helping with a contribution of$105,000.

Thank you to help! 


 

ACN Feature Story – “Without a roof over your head – there is no such thing as community.”

10.11.2017 in ACN International, ACN PROJECTS, Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

“Without a roof over your head – there is no such thing as community.”

The position of the Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is difficult, especially in the eastern part of the country, where war has been raging for decades over the coveted raw materials mines. The deeply damaging effects of these never-ending conflicts can also be felt in the north-western diocese of Basankusu.

 

Co-financing of the rehabilitation of the cathedral St Peter and Paul (phase 3)

For some time now, a structure has risen out of the surrounding countryside there and become a symbol of hope: a cathedral. Impressive, it stands tall and in its shadow a beautiful green countryside. Aid to the Church in Need has been supporting this project as it slowly has taken shape.

 

However, symbols of hope continue to rise in the middle of this state of affairs. With it, more than just a building has become visible and tangible to the local people. A Congolese saying goes, “Without a roof over your head – there is no such thing as community.” As the cathedral begins to rise up out of the field, “this literally establishes the community of believers for the local people,” explains the bishop, Msgr Joseph Mokobe Niodoku. After all, this is where they can gather in prayer or for educational programs, for trade fairs and celebrations, on sunny and rainy days. “For them, the cathedral is a perpetual source of motivation carved in stone to do something for the common good.” It symbolises being a part of the large family of believers that stretches beyond national borders.”

 

Bishop Joseph Mokobe Ndjoku at Mass  celebration of the Sisters’ vows

And it is also a link to the benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need from all over the world who have contributed to the funding of this cathedral. The new church represents the challenge “for Catholics in the Congo to become active in the Christian spirit for peace,” explains Joseph Mokobe Ndjoku. Which is why he describes the cathedral as the key. The inauguration of the church is planned for this spring.

 

Corruption, insecurity and terrible infrastructures

 

National elections are planned for late 2017. The ailing economy, marked by corruption and inefficiency. However, Bishop Mokobe reports that the preparations for these are stagnating; the round tables at which the church had repeatedly championed peace talks and the reformation of the bitterly divided camps that make up Congolese society have ceased to take place.

 

The exploitation of natural resources and its devastating impact on the people remains unresolved. One of the main demands of the church has therefore become “to hold the upcoming elections”.

 

DEM.REP. CONGO, diocese of Basankusu, March 2017
Diocesan pastoral council

An example of a difficult situation in the country:  the infrastructure. It is in a very bad state of repair in many places if not hardly existent. This means that when Bishop Joseph Mokobe Ndjoku and his collaborators cannot go out to visit the parishes in his diocese of 77,000 square kilometres. Often they can only travel by canoe on the rivers because the streets are impassable. It takes him more than two days to travel about 300 kilometers!

 

Story by ACN International
Adapted by, Amanda Bridget Griffin, Canada

ACN PROJECT OF THE WEEK IN INDIA : Rebuilding their church

01.03.2017 in Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, By Marie-Claude Lalonde, CONSTRUCTION, India, Journey with ACN, Persecution of Christians, Religious freedom

ACN Success Story 

An immense and fascinating country, the Indian sub-continent is home to over 16 million Catholics.  The great majority is poor and does not have the funds to support the development of their parishes.  Aid to the Church in Need is there to respond to the needs of bishops, community superiors and others who are tasked with Church responsibilities who ask us to help them to strengthen the faith of Indian Catholics.  Here are some stories of projects – successful ones – which have seen the light of day thanks to you!

 


In the district of Kandhalma, situated in the diocese of Cuttack Bhubaneswar,

the Christians were particularly touched by the inter-confessional violence of 2008.  Villagers fro Bakingia were relegated to camps for the displaced for between 3 months to 2 years and not everyone returned.  For the sixty families who did return, houses needed to be rebuilt in the place of the destroyed ones.  Once that was done, they turned to Aid to the Church in Need to get help for the reconstruction of their Church which was also destroyed.  Thanks to donations from our many benefactors, the villagers can rejoice at having a church of their very own!

 


We have supported them with an amount of $26,775 – but their great joy is worth so much more!

 

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

 

 


 

ACN Project of the Week in India : Help to build a church in  Meghpal

22.02.2017 in ACN Canada, Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, By Marie-Claude Lalonde, CONSTRUCTION, India, Journey with ACN

ACN Success Story 

In this month of February, our Projects of the Week will be dedicated to India.  

An immense and fascinating country, the Indian sub-continent is home to over 16 million Catholics.  The great majority is poor and does not have the funds to support the development of their parishes.  Aid to the Church in Need is there to respond to the needs of bishops, community superiors and others who are tasked with Church responsibilities who ask us to help them to strengthen the faith of Indian Catholics.  Here are some stories of projects – successful ones – which have seen the light of day thanks to you!

 


 

On a recent trip to India, the Aid to the Church in Need team was met with songs and dancing in the diocese of Sambalpur. The benefactors of the organization are helping them build a church for the parish of Meghpal.  The majority of the inhabitants in this sector are displaced people from Jharkhand (displaced because of the industrialization and arrival of multi-nationals) and are first generation Christians.

 

They want thank you for your help of $20,150 that will allow them to have a gathering place sheltered from the sun and the monsoon rainfall!  Thank you!

Thank you from the bottom or our hearts!


ACN Project of the Week – a church for Rourkela

15.02.2017 in ACN BENEFACTORS, ACN Canada, ACN Intl, Aid to the Church in Need Canada, By Marie-Claude Lalonde, India, International Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need

ACN Success Story 

In this month of February, our Projects of the Week will be dedicated to India.  

An immense and fascinating country, the Indian sub-continent is home to over 16 million Catholics.  The great majority is poor and does not have the funds to support the development of their parishes.  Aid to the Church in Need is there to respond to the needs of bishops, community superiors and others who are tasked with Church responsibilities who ask us to help them to strengthen the faith of Indian Catholics.  Here are some stories of projects – successful ones –, which have seen the light of day thanks to you!

 

In the diocese of Rourkela, India, Aid to the Church in Need benefactors are contributing to the vitality of a parish community through the participation in the co-financing for the construction of a new church for the new parish of Bihadandh.  Every Sunday,  700 to 1,000 people come to celebrate Mass.  The community is enthusiastic and participates in the construction and transportation of bricks and cement and even lay bricks themselves.  They are proud of their church.  This church, even though incomplete, is a source of joy for this community.

 

Thanks to you, Aid to the Church in Need benefactors, we were able to support this community’s construction project with —$72,000

 

Thank you from the bottom or our hearts!