The workload of Father John Joseph in the parish of Saint Eugene of Mazenod, in the diocese of Faisalabad, Pakistan, is almost unimaginable.

He ministers to 243 Catholic families in 28 villages in an area which is more than 30 miles (50 km) from end to end. He endeavours to say Holy Mass once a month, or if he can once a week, in every village. At the same time he cares for the elderly and handicapped, buries the dead, runs Bible and Catechism study groups, chairs interfaith discussion groups with local Muslims. Fr John also teaches about conception and counsels against abortion, takes an active interest in the school and the training of young teachers.

But the gruelling workload does not daunt Father John. He trusts in the help of Our Blessed Lady – and asks our help to get a new car, so that he can better serve his scattered flock.

His old car is rusting away and constantly in need of repair – he would prefer to be saying the Rosary while driving than while waiting at the roadside for the repair truck. Father John could live without a car, but his parish could not. That is why ACN has promised him our help.


This article can be found in Mirror 0417.