Even in 2010, there are still many places in Eastern Europe where parish communities are forced to worship in the harshest circumstances. The Catholics of Ochakiv, a small town not far from Odessa in Southern Ukraine, need urgent help to build a beautiful place of worship. These photos give you an idea of their current situation. The first photo shows the “rectory,” a tiny room where Father Kazimierz, the parish priest, now lives. The kitchen lacks running water. Nearby, a dilapidated entryway to the chapel gives parishioners some cheer in the colorful children’s drawings posted on the bare wall. The chapel itself could not be more basic: flimsy wooden benches and a makeshift altar. A thin carpet covers the cold concrete floor. Worst of all, there is no heat.
Please help Father Kazimierz and the Catholics of Ochakiv to build a decent chapel. Please help the many other parish communities that long for a beautiful space to give glory to God. Your contribution to the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will go a very long way to meet the urgent needs of Catholics throughout the region.