How it started
After Pope Francis declared this year to be the "Year of Mercy", parishioners wanted to do something practical to mark the event. The Parish Pastoral Council was approached by one parishioner to ask that we look beyond our borders and help others in need as an "Act of Mercy".
After looking at groups in the Busselton area, we concluded that the greater needs are in second and third world countries. Naturally, we looked at two areas that we are familiar with - the Phillipines (the home land of our Priests) and East Timor, where our College has long standing connections.
Because of the need for accountability (so we know the help is going to the right places) the Parish Pastoral Council decided to sponsor the Church in Baguia, East Timor.
St Joseph's School Baguia Timor L'este
Since 2004, our Catholic College has visited St Joseph's School, Baguia, every July, building respectful and culturally sensitive relationships.
The Principal of St Joseph's is Leopoldina Guterres ("Leo"), who is also "superindendent" of another 7 additional school in the region.
Parishioner Sherry Walker is the Deputy of our College and has the responsibility for the organisation of student visits to East Timor.
Sherry attended the Parish Pastoral Council in August at which time she presented an email from Leo, outlining what areas the Parish could assist with.
Outside of the chapel needing renovating.
Note the red shirts - they are old shirts from St Joseph's Busselton, sent to Timor last year.
Inside of the chapel needing renovating.
The Parish Pastoral Council has decided to support the following projects in Timor
1. Restoration of the Chapel in the poor rural area.
2. Support for students in their agricultural endeavours.
To do this, we suggest a "Retiring Collection" once a month.
A Letter from Leo to Peta Somma
The Principal of St Joseph's School in Baguia, Leopoldina Guterres ("Leo"), has sent us some photos of the children and the water tank we have provided for their school.
These are the list we want to request
1. Agricultre for young group
2 Water tank for community and school
3. There is a very poor chapel in very rural area need help to rehabilitate
4. Installation of electricity into St Joseph's school
5. Sound system and musical instruments for school and church.
Baguia has 37 schools and 64 villages. So parish's support to community and school will be great full.
The explanation for agriculture for young people is there is few groups of young people who finished their secondary school but can't afford to go on to University School. They want to do horticulture work. They need support of seeds, equipments, and water tank for watering gardens and plants.
Also one more list to remind you is scholarship from Parish Council to help young people to go further for education will be helpful and great full.
Leo's Email Requests
Parish Pastoral Council's Decision
Dear Peta Soma,
I hope you are all well.
I am sorry for not contacting you for long time. The internet access had problem for few weeks and weeks also electricity has no power for a week now.
Baguia is windy and rain everyday. How about weather in Busselton?
We started the activities for the school year one month ago.
The money for Buibela chapel already in the committee for Buibela chapel construction.
Thank you every much from Buibela people for your support to them.
I will send the photos of the committee holding money from you. The materils for construction is not get in the place because it is rain and muddy and sliperry so the truck is not access into Buibela area. when it is dry they will organize materials in. sorry for very late construction.
Buibela is extremily remote area so it is very hard to get there.
I hope one day you and Mario can visit us so we can go to Buibela and visit there.
I hope you still have plan to support agriculture water tank and school building and chocks for family.
Thank you for everyone who always think of the people who are very very poor like us Baguia.