Lithuanian Catholic Religious Aid is a New York-based non-profit organization that supports Catholic educational, religious, and social outreach projects in Lithuania and its diaspora.
White Night, Holy Night.
A miracle will happen tonight –
Onto the cold and frosty ground
Grace from heaven will descend.
May peace, love, joy and hope rule in your heart.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year of the Lord!
As the Jubilee Year of Mercy draws to a close, I would like to share a word about our works, achievements, and expectations for the upcoming year.
Firstly, I would like to thank each and everyone you for making LCRA a part of your life. You are supporters of LCRA, follow its activities and help to shape the future of the organization. Thank you so much for your continued support! It has already been 55 years of sucessful existance for LCRA. It gives me great pleasure to share with you that LCRA granted $843,135 to worthy projects in Lithuania and its diaspora!
Between the beginning of 2016 and November 1 of this year, LCRA received $33,439 in donations. We are also grateful for the generous bequests of John J. Siaurusaitis ($116,664), Thadius Navickas ($10,680), Rev. Victor Skilandziunas ($11,025), and Eufemija Steponis ($28,571). May the Lord welcome all of LCRA’s benefactors who have left this world. Their donations to the organization will bear fruit for many years to come.
At this year’s annual members` meeting, two of LCRA new directors joined the ranks. We welcome Father Raimundas Bukauskas OFM, vicar and treasurer of St. Anthony Franciscan Monastery in Kennebunk, ME, and Tadas Gintautas Dabšys, active member of the Lithuanian community in Los Angeles, CA.
During this year’s Song Festival in Baltimore we spread the news about LCRA’s initiative “Love one another: John 13, v. 34-35. During our presentation we had a chance to present our projects, actvities and achievements. LCRA organized a project Summer of Mercy as well as took initiative to be a part of the 50 year golden jubilee of The Chapel of Our Lady of Šiluva in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. LCRA in collaboration with New York Maironis Lithuanian language school took an initiative to share candy with Lithuanian orphaned children. “We love Lithuania and we want to share!” In total 75 pounds of candy were collected!
We are getting ready for the upcoming year of 2017 and its biggest events. LCRA is looking forward to Lithuanian Youth Day 2017 “Truth will set you free!”. Catholic summer camps will be held in many locations of Lithuania for children, young adults and families. LCRA keeps working on the Lithuanian Catechetical Center project, which provides religiuos textbooks for all Lithuanian schools. For full completion of this project $124,282 is needed.
Join us in remembering that we must “Love one another” John 13, 34-35, in this coming year of 2017.
Salvijus Kungys, LCRA administrator
Your commitment to a vibrant catholic community in Lithuania and its diaspora is a blessing to many.