Joy of the Disconsolate

Snow had fallen suddenly. It covered the ground, hiding even the smallest sign of the frozen puddles. Oh Lord, if only someone would help to carry these bags – thought Valentina Tckhanovich in despair, as she tried with difficulty, to maintain her balance on her walking sticks. The icy road from the shop to her home seemed to her, with her disability, impossible to overcome.The anonymous crowd passed her by carelessly and disappeared into the falling dusk…. “Maybe I can help you,” she heard suddenly, and thanks to Lydya Pronin, she reached home safely. The meeting also led her to the Parish of Our Lady, Joy of the Disconsolate. It was 1993. . . .

(by Alla Matrenczyk) Read more: http://sobor.by/public-eng.php

Here is the entire website of this ministry in Minsk, Belarus (there are select parts available in English): http://www.sobor.by/index1eng.html

It would seem to be a a very wide ranging ministry. Note under “Social Work” there are two workshops for persons with developmental disability (translated “mental retardations”).

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