from Fr. Rich...
I am happy to report that last weekend (July 16-17), Sr.
Selvi's Annual Summer Mission Appeal talk was very well
received and over $2,000 was collected in the baskets
at church. (There will be a full accounting in the bulletin at the end of the month.) I join in admiration with all those who heard her talk of her own personal story, and the example of selfless service to our brothers and sisters in service to the Gospel she and her Catechetical Sisters of Our Lady of Good Health are doing in southern India. If you have not yet made a contribution to the Annual Summer Mission Appeal, you can always do so through GiveCentral (link at the bottom of this page), or by indicating your "Summer Mission Appeal" on your check or envelope. Thank you, as always, for your gift!
from Sr. Selvi....
I am Sr. Selvi Rayappan, a missionary sister from South India. I was speaking at your church this weekend. I truly thank each and every one of you for your warm welcome.
I was so honored to speak on behalf of my Catechectical Sisters of Arogyamatha (CSA) of Kadapa, in southern India.
Ours is a very young congregation
under the patronage of "Our Lady of Good Health" and our main work is to evangelize the poor and to catechize the new baptized in remote rural villages.
Our sisters remain committed to the pastoral, spiritual, evangelical, and educational needs of orphans, young girls, and women. We work in different missions in India where we visit the sick and those who are disabled and imprisoned. We work in village outreach, education and youth ministry. We educate the over 400 orphans in our boarding schools and care for the sick, especially those suffering with TB, HIV and AIDS, providing them with medicine. We work at the different shrines to spread the devotion to the Blessed Mother, lead prayers, and counsel the broken hearts of many pilgrims. In our tailoring school, we are provide women with skills to overcome economic barriers and achieve financial independence.
We live in the interior villages where there is no electricity, no transportation and no safe drinking water. Our area is very, very hot and dry during the summer and we walk many miles to do our ministry. Every drop of water is precious. Many times, one bucket of water, drawn from a village well, needs to last several days. Last summer, when I was home visiting my mother, there was hardly any water to drink. I asked her for water for a shower. She kept saying to me, "
." Finally, I realized she was delaying me because she had to walk about 3 miles, carrying the water home on her head, which made it very difficult for her to breathe. Here in America my showers are very precious as I always remember my experience at home.
We ask for your help to educate the orphan children ($30/month). We also ask for your help to educate the sisters who work with them ($40/month). Digging a well would also make a big impact ($2500). (You can donate
using the Summer Mission Appeal Event.)
In whatever ways you could help, we greatly appreciate and humbly remember you and your family in our grateful prayers.
Thank you and God bless you all.
Sr. Selvi Rayappan, CSA
301 Tilden Street,