PETROPAVLOVSK, Russia, MARCH 19, 2007 ( Construction is under way in the city of Petropavlovsk, in far-eastern Russia, for its first Catholic church.

With the blessing of Bishop Cyryl Klimovicz, of the Diocese of Irkutsk, the new church, like the parish, "is devoted to St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus," said Father Krzystof Kowal during a recent interview with Aid to the Church in Need.

Catholics make up 3% of the 250,000 inhabitants in Petropavlovsk, mostly descendants of those deported from Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine during and after World War II.

The new church will replace the small chapel in an old wooden house where the faithful have been meeting since 19

Code: ZE07031927

Date: 2007-03-19


Teachings of Christ

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7,8 ESV)

Lamb and Redeemer

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Do not pray that things may be according to your desires, for your desires are not always in keeping with the will of God. It is better to pray as you were taught, saying: "Thy will be done" (Matthew 6:10). Pray in this way about all things, for He always desires what is good and profitable for your soul, whereas you do not always seek it.

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