Propagation of the Faith: The Perpetual Help Project 2020
This year, it is not possible to have an “in person” missionary appeal at Saint Julia’s to benefit the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Still, the missions need our support and we have been asked to help with a very worthy cause in Brazil, The Perpetual Help Project.
Father Patrick McGillicuddy, ’71, a Redemptorist Missionary who has been working in Brazil since 1980, founded The Perpetual Help Project in 1992. The purpose was to attend the basic needs of young adults and street prostitutes in Curitiba, a major city in southern Brazil. The project offers housing and employment, emergency food relief, counseling, drug, alcohol and abuse counseling as well as a hot meal to more than 250 people every day.
The Perpetual Help Project now has a receiving centre for prostitutes, a boarding school for street youths, a rehabilitation centre for those suffering from substance abuse, and a home for graduates from the school. Father Pat also maintains St. Clement Preparatory School, a night school that offers a basic education for rag-pickers. All these successful projects provide life-giving hope to the castaways of society. Father Pat concludes,
“Still, it is only a drop of love in a sea of misery but that little drop of love gives hope and life to so many through the life-giving love of the Lord present in this ministry.”
Monetary donations are kindly accepted by check and should be made out to: Saint Julia Parish, with the memo clearly indicating “Propagation of the Faith.” Mail to: St. Julia Parish, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA 02493
Or, if you are attending a weekend Mass, it may be dropped into the church offertory collection basket.
Thank you for your generosity in supporting this cause and helping our brothers and sisters of need in Brazil.
Learn more about our local Society for the Propagation of the Faith and their related missions.
(Image: Our Lady of Perpetual Help)