“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you tells him, ‘Go in peace. Stay warm and well fed,’ but does not provide for his physical needs, what good is that? So faith without works is dead.” Epistle of Saint James 2:17-18.
Do you wish to send money to help refugees? It’s difficult to know whom to trust. We’re sending monetary donations directly to our church in eastern Europe. We know where that money goes, and we trust the people who are using it.
We’re able to send money immediately by international wire transfer to a bank in the European Union where our priests are safely able to purchase necessities to bring back into Ukraine. It’s always risky to send money into a situation of chaos and war, but it’s reassuring that we can send money in a way that we know it is being used directly to help people. There is no bureaucracy involved. A Byzantine Catholic priest in Slovakia, Father Ján Lemeš, Archpriest (Protojerej) of the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Košice, will then distribute it to help refugees in need.
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Alternatively, you may send a check to our parish, payable to “St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church” with “refugees” in the memo. Mail the check to St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 526 Church St. Wilkes-Barre Township, PA.
The news of the war can be too painful to watch. People are arriving every day in Transcarpathia escaping the carnage, especially women and children. Our very own parish priest has family in Ukraine. His brother is a priest in a village who is hosting refugees living in his own house along with his wife and children. In addition, he has people living in the basement of the church. When people arrive, he sits down with them with his wife to find out what they need. They have no money or food, and also need things for hygiene, and clothing. The day care centers have been turned into shelters for refugees to live in. The high school is also a shelter, but the high school does not have showers. The priest is using his own money to install showers in the high school. He also had to buy a new refrigerator and a new washing machine to take care of so may people in his house. Our parish priest also has a cousin who is also a priest in a village. He has a large rectory, and he has hosted scores of refugees in his rectory. In one week alone, he had 52 living in the rectory, and more in the church.
The photos below are from these priests, showing the refugees your donations are helping.