BENEFITING: CHURCH OF ST FRANCIS XAVIER
EVENT DATE: Jun 22, 2012
The Spirit of St. Francis Xavier Reaches India Again
Paul Barnes, Hanley Donofrio, Viviana Laines, Russell Lofter, Collette Elizabeth O'Brien, Nicholas Rosado and Morgan Shahi will receive the sacrament of the Confirmation this Sunday May 27 at 5:00 pm.
As part of their preparation for the sacramental they, and their catechists Paul Kelly and Gilbert Ong, have been taken on several community service projects, the most significant one of which is their commitment to help the newly formed The India Group (TIG) at the Church of St. Francis Xavier, which was formed to help address various needs of the people in India. (see https://sites.google.com/site/newyorknewdelhi/home)
By far one of the most pressing problems in India is the devastating impact of illiteracy and access to adequate education. Therefore, the seven Confirmation Candidates at St. Francis Xavier have decided to sponsor the education of seven children who have a sincere desire to learn but whose families can not afford to send them to school. The students have committed to raising $7,000, which will be given directly to two schools to cover the tuition, books, uniforms, transportation, test fees and private tutoring for all seven children for more than three years, which should give them a significant head start there quest for literacy and learning. By educating even one child in a family we not only impact that child's life but this can have positive effects on a family for generations to come.
Help with this cause by donating online or sending a check payable to the Church of St. Francis Xavier to the following address:
Church of St Francis Xavier (Family Faith Program-India Project)
55 West 15 Street
NY, NY 10011
The money will help 4 students attending the Catholic School, Sacred Heart Convent School, in Khajuraho.
It is a pre-K-10 school with more than 400 students; most of them are not Catholic and few come from the lower caste people we have identified and aim to serve. The school is run by an Indian order of nuns, the Sisters of Destitution, and is associated with St. Joseph Catholic Church that practices the Syrio Malabar rite of Catholicism; this early rite, in union with Rome, is said to trace its roots back to St. Thomas.
The 4 students identified for scholarships are 3 early elementary-age girls whose fathers come from a farming caste; thus, their surnames are Ahirwar:
and 1 middle school boy whose father is a tailor:
We want to help also 3 students in Varanasi. All 3 Varanasi students are girls in their early elementary years. They come from related families whose caste works on the Ganges River; thus, their surnames are Sahani
They go to the Imperial Public School in Varanasi
This pre-K-12 school is an English-medium (the medium of instruction is English) school as is the Convent School in Khajuraho. Following the British tradition, “Public” in the school’s name identifies it as a private school. While the Convent School is more Western and Catholic, the Imperial School is more Hindu and Indian; though it should be noted that neither school teaches religion as doing so in schools in India is against the law.