Heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed so generously to the Mission Appeal Collection on behalf of Fr. Desiré Salako's S.M.A. Province of Benin/ Niger. We are still receiving further gifts and pledges at the time of this writing. At last Sunday’s Masses I read Fr. Salako’s message to us, outlining some of the concrete needs which our mission support will help him meet. Here below is that message: 

My Dear Amiable Fr. Higgins and Parishioners, 

I send you warm greetings from Africa, precisely from the Republic of Benin. The present pandemic has made it impossible for me to be present amongst you this summer physically, but I am united with you in spirit. I will continually remain grateful to you all for all your generosity to our mission here in Benin. 

Thanks to your support, we have been able to achieve so much. May the Lord in His goodness reward and keep you in His love. Almost all of the building of the Seminary and the Women’s Centre here in Benin were built by you. The Seminary has a dormitory. We would like to transform the dormitory into single rooms because of the risk of the virus transmission, and also for the individual privacy. With the local contribution, we were able to raise the sum of $5,000. The rooms will cost us about $30,000. 

The training of the girl child-mothers continues. We need the sum of $2,500 to be able to continue. So many students have benefited from your generous contributions. We would like to continue to help the less privileged in our society. For this, we would need $1,500 as school fees for 10 students. 

Getting portable water is another major problem that some people are still facing. We need three wells in three different places and each costs $1,500. The total cost is $4,500.

On behalf of all the beneficiaries, the seminarians and myself, I’m saying 'Thank you' for tour financial support and prayers.

May God bless and reward you all!

Fr. Salako, S.M.A. Provincial 

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Mary Immaculate of Lourdes is Newton and Needham Massachusetts's oldest Roman Catholic Parish. Founded as Saint Mary's Parish in 1870 it was renamed "Mary Immaculate of Lourdes" when the new Church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1910. In addition to being a regular territorial parish of the Archdiocese of Boston it is also a "Mission Parish" since 2007 with a special apostolate for the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal).

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