Due to the ongoing pandemic, the normal mission appeal that would occur at the parish the weekend of Sept 19-20 has gone virtual. To support the missionary sisters, you can drop a check in collection baskets or at the rectory. Please make the checks out to St. Thomas More with the memo line: Missionary Sisters.
Watch the video below for a special message:
“Do not be afraid, I am with you” was the courage of our Sisters – The Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC) – who entered apartheid-ravaged Namibia in 1927 where to this day they continue to minister to youth, women and the underprivileged in the fields of health, education, pastoral work, social work and administration. In fact, we MSC Sisters are doing just this in 21 countries in which we currently serve. We have established firm foundations on which indigenous religious women and priests can continue to build so that all people can know and grow spiritually in the Heart of God.
Today’s spiritual reality for the people in the village of Omakuva in northern Namibia is that they are served once a month by the priest from the nearest mission station which is approximately 20 miles away. Seeking to fill this gap in services, MSC Sisters will build a house and hall in this village to provide spiritual programs and activities that will meet various needs of the people, especially the Namibian youth. Poor and unemployed, the youth lack the spiritual, moral, emotional, social and educational advantages given to others in our world. By focusing our efforts on the young adults, we can make an impact on the whole of the population and answer the urgent need to maintain the values and morals of the Catholic Church at Omakuva village.
In order to complete projects such as this in Namibia and in neighboring Angola where we will build a school, we need your financial support. Your donations will enable our young religious women to be educated in the needed fields of education, health care, and social work. Your dollars will enable us to house our Sisters and to build a hall which in turn will change the lives of the Namibian youth. Your donation will make a concrete difference to people around the world who need us to care and to act as the Heart of God for them. With your support, the MSC Sisters, will continue to “not be afraid. [For] God is with us always.”
Learn more about the MSC mission and ministries by visiting their website HERE. Questions? Email MissionAdvancement@MSCreading.org.