Seeking out Parishes
"Seeking out Parishes." Volk auf dem Weg, December 2006, 30.
Translation from the original German-language text
to American English by Alex Herzog, Boulder, Colorado
NOTE: This is the part 3 of a series of installments of
this article, continued from the November '06 issue of VadW.
The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese "Transfiguration of the Lord"
(Novosibirsk) and Ordinary for the Catholics of the Byzantine Rite
in Russia, Joseph Werth, uses various letters to appeal to friends
and benefactors of the Church in Siberia. By means of the following
letter he intends to seek parishes in other countries that might be
willing to support a parish in his diocese.
Bishop Joseph Werth
Year in, year out we receive money and support from the two great
assistance organizations Renovabis and Church in Need that help
to finance the work of our diocese. Without these two organizations,
and without their assistance, dear benefactors, it would be nearly
impossible for us to support any parish in our diocese effectively.
In contrast with Germany, for example, we the
Catholic Church receive not a single ruble from the State. However,
our communities are generally very poor, and their faithful are
not rich. But they give what they can. During their village visits,
our priests and nuns regularly receive donations of eggs, bread,
and milk -- all of these gifts being real sacrifices of the faithful,
which they gladly give to the Church.
However, these kinds of gifts do not suffice to finance the ongoing
costs of the parishes, e.g, heating expenses for the church building
-- an expense that especially in Siberia can be rather high. Or
the steep prices for gasoline that is needed for our priests' frequent
car trips to the various villages. Renovabis and Church in Need
do help our parishes as much as they can, but by far not sufficiently
to cover all the costs of our work.
This gave me the idea, along with a huge request, that we might
seek parishes in other countries that might be able to support our
diocese financially. My thought is of minor acts of sponsorship
that might culminate in real partnerships. So we would like to seek
out parishes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy that might
be willing and have the means to support ours (one
example, through the earnings of, say, an Advent bazaar). Here in
Russia, a thousand euros would constitute a big help that might,
for example, pay for electricity.
So I turn to you, my honored benefactors, with this request: should
you have contact with a parish that might be willing to support
one of our parishes, please help us by interceding for us and making
the necessary contacts. Should you wish to do this via e-mail, please
use the following address; (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
The parishes in our diocese with which partnerships might be established
would, of course, offer regular information and attempt to maintain
contacts to make sure that real partnerships might exist across
I thank you all warmly for your support, and I continue to pray
for God's blessings for you and your families.
Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation
of this article.