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God is good all the time!  All the time, God is good! This phrase repeated multiple times at every Holy Cross Parish Mass conveys the love and hope we experienced in Dandora, Kenya.

With gratitude and full hearts Dennis and Barbara Smith, Jim Schermerhorn, and Anna Schantz, who is from our parish youth group, returned from Holy Cross Parish in early October. We experienced the joy of exuberant celebrations of the Eucharist during an English and also during a Swahili Mass.  We met with the St. Vincent de Paul ministry and helped distribute flour, salt and toilet paper to the needy. 

We visited St. James Pre-School  (250 children) and Elementary School (450 students) and found curious and playful preschoolers and engaged elementary students.  We met the five students our parish sponsors, one of whom is the school student president! And we had the opportunity to spend a day at the Brother Andre Medical Center where our financial support enables early detection of cervical cancer, a leading cause of death among women in Kenya. Our support also enables women to be vaccinated for HIV. As a result the transmission of HIV from mothers to children is close to zero.   We also saw two sets of twins recently born, thriving because of the professional medical delivery they received at the Brother Andre Medical Center.

Your donations to our sister parish are saving lives, improving living conditions, and providing education to many who would otherwise be without the basic services that we take for granted.   During this difficult time we ask that you once again to provide hope for Holy Cross Parish. 

God is good all the time!

Following is a photo of the students sponsored by St. Joan of Arc Parish

 

Following is the presentation that was given at St. Joan of Arc about our trip to St. James Parish

 

 A short film was recorded using a smartphone that shows a portion of the service.

 

Special collections will be held on July 24 & 25, 2021

for Online Giving, choose Kenya Konnection from the option menu.

Checks can be made out to St. Joan of Arc (in the memo section of the  check, simply put "Kenya Konnection"

Checks may be deposited on July 17, 18 - July 24, 25 - July 31 & Aug. 1

For cash donations, volunteers will be stationed at all doors after masses on July 24,25.

Thank you for your support

 

The Kenya Konnection Committee is responsible for St. Joan of Arc's relationship with our sister parish - Holy Cross in Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya.  Our parishioner contributions provide scholarships for five(5) children in the St. James Primary School, and support the Mother-Child Health Program at the Brother André Dispensary.