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OLMC raises $2,400 to help fund church roof for East Africa sister parish

January 16, 2015
Jim Clifford

Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Redwood City continues to aid its sister parish in East Africa, this time raising more than $2,000 toward completing a church near famed Mount Kilimanjaro.

About half the $2,400 was raised by children at the parish school. The check was recently presented to Father Paulinus Mangesho, who accepted it on behalf of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Kiraeni, Tanzania, where the priest was raised.

“I appreciate this,” he told a group of Mount Carmel parishioners. “It will help us but we are not done yet. I hope you will continue to support us.”

Among other things, the funds will be used to provide more pews and seal the church floor, he said, adding that the next priority is to build a cistern to catch and store rain in the area, which often suffers through drought.

Earlier, the Redwood City parish conducted a successful “raise the roof” campaign that contributed funds toward putting a corrugated metal roof on the church in the village of 5,000 people who live on an average income of $1 per day.

Mount Carmel also supports the Tanzania Health & Education Mission, called simply T.H.E. Mission. Members of both T.H.E. Mission and the Sister Parish Committee have visited Tanzania, the largest of the East African nations.

Clifford is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.


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