Thursday, Dec 11, 2014
Children may wear Ugly Christmas sweaters [over their school uniforms]for $1 to support Fr. Simi's cause to save the technical school in Fiji.
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Children will participate in a dress down day for Fiji. Families may also contribute
We are asked by Our Lord to “Serve one another with the gifts you have received “
(1 Peter 4:8-11) and “Rouse one another to love and good works.”( Hebrews 10:24-25)
Mercy is said to be a virtue influencing one's will to have compassion for, and, if possible, to alleviate another's misfortune.
Today, we are being asked by our Pastor, Fr. Simi’s Superior. Fr. Simon, to make a difference in a Fijian’s life.
We are being asked to step forward to show mercy – a corporal work of mercy – that by your giving will make a direct and lasting difference in the life of one student.
Chevalier Training Center (CTC) is a project of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Pacific Union. Established in 1992 by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in response to the level of poverty in Fiji’s villages and rural areas.
CTC offers a 2 year vocational training program for underprivileged youths of Fiji.
These youths are unemployed, homeless, school dropouts or young men who come from poor or broken family backgrounds.
The age range for students is 18-25 years.
Each year CTC provides the opportunity to 60 students who are trained in carpentry, cabinet making, motor mechanics, metal work & welding & farm management.
The key teaching strategy is a “hands on approach” 80% practical and 20% classroom activities. They are also taught basic accounting, punctuality, time -management and communication skills. At the end of the 2 year program, the student takes a level 3 trade test at Fiji National University. If successful in the trade exam, they are awarded a trade certificate from Fiji National University as well as CTC certificate of completion.
Here at St. John the Baptist Parish, Parish PREP and the Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist School – we are asking individuals or individual families to help sponsor a student for 1 or 2 years, or contribute to the CTC building fund – to help improve the facility.
Something to think about:
We on average spend $25.00/month for coffee at Wawa or Turkey Hill
Fast Food – average 5 x month = $53.00
Restaurants –average $175.00/month
Very basic TV/cable/internet= $35.00/month or more
For only $10.00 a month you can make a difference in one life.
Please consider sponsoring a Fijian student at the Chevalier Training Center.
· $10/per month
· $120/per year
· $240 to sponsor 1 student for 2 years
· Monetary donation to CTC – to help with the building, machinery and supplies