First of all, under the protection of the Mother of God, we want to thank everybody who have responded generously to our request of 13th of May and it was made possible to gather 47,100 of the 150,000 Euros which needs to rebuild the presbytery and tabernacle in Catholic parish in Russia. We have received the private donations from many people and from organizations such as the Delegation of Mission of the Archdiocese of Valladolid, Real Oratorio Caballero de Gracia, the Roman Academic Center Foundation, Barcelona and Family Foundation, the Association Peñalver, College Retamar and monastery of nuns. We thank all of them warmly.
The parish of St. John Baptist in Tsarskoe Selo (St. Petersburg) was built in 1825. It was a beautiful temple. It was closed in 1938, after it opened as bicycling club. And then, there was as a concert hall in the 80’s.
To transform the interior of the Temple, we need remove the scene of the concert hall and instead of, put an altar, an ambo, a lectern, and especially we would like a tabernacle which will be truly worthy of the Lord, because it allows people to enjoy a bit of beauty after so much suffering and unjust dispossession. Now we have money to buy some materials for the most expensive part of the project: the altar which will cost 80,000 Euros. In January, 2012 we will start it. The Lord, help us raise enough money to pay every bill in term.
For the rest 100,000 Euros we need 2,000 people to send us 50 Euros. Maybe you’re one of them? Or maybe, understanding, that’s so difficult to find so many people, you could send 1000 Euros? Also we appreciate if you could recommend to us any foundation or any person to whom we can ask. Donation can be sent to the “Asociación de Amigos de Rusia “San Nicolás” in Spain. Our bank account 0049/4625/71/2316315171. IBAN ES44 0049 4625 7123 1631 5171 SWIFT CODE (BIC): BSCHESMM
You can be sure of the fate of your money. We are really priests with name and surname. And we turn to you with the letter signed by the Archbishop of Moscow with blessing of our project (you can see it in the beginning of our letter). If someone wants to make sure, please call directly to parish in Russia (+7/812/4516840). You can also ask about us in the Diocese of Moscow where we work and in our diocese in Spain: Alejandro Burgos (Diocese of Valladolid), Jose Francisco Teijeiro (Diocese of Astorga) and Juan Manuel Sanchez (Diocese of Toledo). The received donations you can see in the website http://amigosderusiasannicolas.blogspot.com/2011/06/donativos-para-el-altar-y-el-sagrario.html.
Christmas is coming and it’s a special moment. Some of you will make a donation as part of preparing for the holidays. We ask that some of your alms and your prayers you send us to Russia, to assist to make the reconstruction of this house of God which is our parish.Let the Divine Child fills you of His peace and bless your generous contribution