Valinhos, São Paulo, Brazil, November 17, 2023
The Church of the New Martyr Elizabeth in Valinhos, São Paulo, belongs to the Polish Orthodox Diocese of Rio de Janeiro and Olinda-Recife, but brings together parishioners from Greece, Russia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine, as well as Brazilian converts.
Unfortunately, the church’s roof and ceiling are in need of renovation, but the parish does not have the necessary funds for the project (about $4,500).
Thus, with the blessing of the local hierarch, His Eminence Archbishop Don Chrisostomo, the parish rector Fr. Nicholas Machado has issued an appeal for help:
With the blessing of His Most Reverend Excellency Dom Chrisostomo, Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro and Olinda-Recife, Primate of the Polish Orthodox Eparchy of Brazil, we address you on behalf of the Parish of the Saint New-Martyr Elisabeth of Russia. Paróquia Ortodoxa Santa Neomártir Elisabete da Rússia
We are facing an urgent and critical situation in our church, as the roof and ceiling are in dire need of immediate renovation. They are in a state of complete disrepair, with a portion of the ceiling having collapsed during a heavy rainstorm. The estimated cost for reconstruction amounts to 22,000 Brazilian reais (around 4,500 USD), a sum that is beyond our current resources but needs to be raised urgently.
In this time of need, we turn to the generosity of those who share our faith and commitment to the Church of Christ. We urge all devout Christians and, especially, Orthodox Christians to consider offering the fruits of their labour towards the restoration of this place of worship and spiritual sanctuary for our community.
Your contribution will play a crucial role in preserving this sacred space and continuing our spiritual mission. Any amount you can offer will be received with gratitude and used with utmost responsibility.
To assist us, you may make a direct donation to the Parish of Saint Martyr Elisabeth of Russia, or you can contact us for information on how to contribute.
We deeply appreciate your generosity and prayers as we face this challenge. May God bless and reward you abundantly for your support.
Rector of the Parish of Saint Elisabeth