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MISSION APPEAL – 2021
Please help the Diocese of Balasore, India.
A small write up on the Mission Diocese of Balasore, India. Of course, now you might think, here comes another collection from a foreign land. Yes, by giving we receive, by giving something to the mission, we become missionaries to spread His Gospel.
The Diocese of Balasore is young and extremely poor. We are located very near to Calcutta, which as you know from Saint Theresa of Calcutta, is one of the poorest places on earth. There’s widespread illiteracy because of educational shortcomings, especially for girls. We have 30,000 Catholics in the Diocese in a population of 9 million, who sacrifice out of their poverty, but their sacrifice is like the widow’s mite. The only way we can build Churches or schools, the only way the Church can carry out our mission to preach the Gospel, to celebrate the Sacraments, to love our neighbor with the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, is through the generosity of others.
Our Catholic presence is not appreciated by the vast majority of Hindus in the region. Tragically, anti-Christian violence is widespread: our Churches have been burned, our religious sisters raped, our priests killed. But this gets little attention in the Indian media not to mention international media. Our small flock, with great courage, soldiers on with trust in God.
I would like to appeal for your help. First, please pray for us. Second, please take an interest in us (balasorediocese.org) and help the world not forget about us as we suffer for the Gospel. Third, if God has blessed you with more than you need, please prayerfully consider sharing some of those divine blessings with us. I promise you that not one penny would be wasted. It does not cost much in that part of India to build a Church, or a school, or to help poor families under persecution. So please be as generous as your means allow toward this Mission appeal. And as Jesus promises, God who sees the alms you give in secret will reward you. And he will never forget what you do for the least of his brothers and sisters.
Thank you very much for your consideration and for whatever you can sacrifice. May God bless each one of you, your parish and the United States of America where freedom of religion is such a cherished, first freedom!
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Joe T. Chacko
Mission Co-Ordinator for Balasore, India.