Earlier this year, donors generously agreed to support the construction of the new St. BrendanParish Church in Kitete, Tanzania. With the construction now complete, we'rehonored toextend to donors a heartfelt "Thank you!" In October, St. Brendan's Parish celebrated its 50th anniversary as a parish and as youmay recall, St. Brendan's parishioners wished to celebrate this anniversary by building anew church, at an estimated cost of $170,000. Though poverty is characteristic of theparishioners, who have an average income of only $400 per year, many pledged $37 perfamily to raise nearly $80,000. They also donated materials and countless hours of labor.Even with this momentous show of faith and sacrificial giving, they were still going to fallshort of their goal. That is, until news of their commitment and determination reached afamily here in the states. The family offered a $30,000 matching grant to encourage otherUnited States Catholics to assist St. Brendan's. The Holy Cross District of East Africa and United States Province of Priests and Brothers, ofwhich Holy Cross St. Brendan is an apostolate, thank you for helping build God's Kingdomthroughout the world.
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