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Saturday, 30 January 2016 00:56

First Block Church Blessed

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In a colourful celebration in one of the outstations of St Francis of Assisi Parish, Tari, a new church was blessed.

 The church is the first all-cement block church building constructed in the Diocese of Mendi.  It was constructed with the generous assistance of a family of the place - Hangapo - that has a construction company.  Many of our outstation churches are built of bush materials.  Some use a combination of bush materials and hardware (like corrugated steel for the roof.)

The Diocese of Mendi is made up of two provinces in PNG - the Southern Highlands and the Hela Province.  Hangapo is located in the Hela Province.  There are over 31 parishes and pastoral areas in the diocese, with almost 350 rural outstations in total.

The blessing of a church building is a celebration of the faith of the people and a strong sign of the presence of God who desires to be close to the people.  In most of the outstations there is a tabernacle and the Blessed Sacrament is reserved for prayer, meditation and the care of the sick.  The Holy Mass is celebrated regularly in the outstations, but if the parish priest cannot come on a given Sunday to celebrate the Mass, then a lay-minister would lead a Communion Service according to the rubrics of the Church.

Few outstations have the resources to build a permanent church like Hangapo has done, still people love the Church and so love their churches, no matter how humble they are...they are places of worship, prayer and encounter with the merciful God.

 

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