|Holy Family girls prepare a welcoming dance |
for their Archbishop, for when he visits the mission June 2.
|Fr. Varghese led prayers to start out the final day of cement|
pouring for Holy Family Mission's new stage.
Because their church is too tiny to hold the some 2,000 people expected for Confirmation day, a rented tent and sound system are also needed. Water and a simple meal will be provided, to keep people well in the 100-plus degree temperatures. An itemized list of needs are outlined in the "Fundly" campaign shown in the box at right. Click on the title to donate or to support the Fundly campaign for free.
|If the stage's new concrete roof is not moistened by |
9 AM each morning, it will crack as it cures.
|Drawing water from the mission's bore well.|
|Watching the progress of a bucket as it's hoisted |
up to the roof by a rope.
|On May 24th, temperatures reached 116.6-degrees F. around|
the Kakinada region. Fr. Varghese and his young
volunteers sifted sand from gravel, preparing for
workers who would arrive later that evening.
|With no fancy construction equipment, workers |
have to use ingenuity and determination to
get the job done.
|The head becomes a useful carrying tool and a plaintain |
leaf shelters a worker from the intense sun.
|Little ones are curious about all the activity.|
|Workers take a welcome chai break.|
|Manually lifting concrete to the roof and pouring it, |
is tough and time-consuming.
|Workers have to watch their step. One fell 15 |
feet off the stage roof last week and Fr. Varghese
ran to do first aid.
|Parishioners were thrilled to receive the donation |
of 10 bags of cement.
|Fr. Varghese has been overseeing and working side by side with |
his people every day since Easter, to beautify their mission.
Here, he takes a rest near the Marian shrine he and volunteers
constructed out of stones from a nearby river.
|Laying the final cement in a project that will bless |
Holy Family Mission for years to come.
|Soon to be complete...|