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St. Theresa Rehabilitation Center was created by Vynohradiv Roman Catholic Church in 1998 to help families with disabled children. There are two groups of children - preschool and school age. The center has five rooms designed for children, where they have access to educational games. There are 6 teachers from the Department of Education who work with children. Jackánics Magdolna
Jozsef Fekete was my classmate in Kossuth Lajos high school in Berehovo. After graduation our paths diverged, and he went out of my sight. Today he lives in Rakhiv in a large family because with his wife they are taking care of ten children. At this time I talked to him about life, family and children. János Lengyel
Christ is Risen! "St. Anna's" kindergarten has a tradition to celebrate every holiday with parents, especially the Christian ones. So it was at Easter - our greatest Christian holiday. It's our great joy and pride that at this time not only parents of preschool children visit us, but also godparents, relatives and friends who feel that kids of "St. Anna's" kindergarten can make the holiday even more beautiful. With prayer and love
With prayer and love
Everybody, even the most disabled also have been invited to be a source of joy and peace for the community, for the Church and all humanity.
The "Faith and Light" - an international movement of Christian communities, which brings together the handicapped people, their parents and their supporters. In such communities the mentally handicapped get the opportunity to love and to be loved, to share the richness of their hearts, their directness, simplicity, and their loyalty. The parents get support and friendship, they can open their children's inner beauty and gifts. The young helpers can learn about the different values of life through the friendship with the disabled people, they can discover the true meaning of life, and they can learn to see the world through the eyes of love. So in the community we call the handicapped "our friends".
Kornelia Deak, helper of the Faith and Light community from MukachevoMy daughter is 29 years old, she has Down syndrome. As usually all parents, who are raising disabled children, I also experienced indifference from the side of the state and society to the problems of the families, where there are disabled children. Two years ago, my daughter and I received an invitation to the newly created "Faith and Light" community. We were among the first members of this family. What has happened during this time? We, the parents realized that we are not unhappy at all, our children are actually harbingers of joy and love, their pure and sinless soul strengthens our faith in God. Christ is always with us, He loves us, and the most important: He teaches us how to love. The community is like a real family, we talk to our friends, helpers and leaders of communities from other regions. My daughter is always eagerly waiting the time to go to "school" (she calls the community in this way). And the trip to Poland, the Holy Mass in the church of Chestohowa - it was a miracle itself! ... We hope that there will soon open a workshop in Mukachevo too, where children will be able to do something useful, to pray, to be in a community, and parents will be able to solve family problems.
Nowadays we hear more and more about violence within the family: television and radio report about such cases almost every day. We can often experience this problem, there might not be a person, who would not be touched in this topic, either by close friends, or in worse case, personally. The violence and living in fear within the family is a real problem, but unfortunately the final solution is being waited for.
The St. Istvan's High School in Mukachevo opened in 2001 for students who want to learn. So this year we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the existence of the institution.
The 2011-2012 school years bring serious changes into the life of the lyceum. The main reason of it is the new Education Act, which has recently come into force. According to it the time of studying in secondary schools is 11 years, which means that the time of studying in the lyceum is changing from 3 years to 2 and 4. So the students can apply for admission to the institution both after 7th and 9th classes. The changes in the law has led to other changes too. This will serve the students' better preparation, will give more opportunities for young people to shape their future, and the lively, cheerful social life will be guaranteed too.
Children are treasures. They are the good, happiness, and hope in our life. They are our future. It is to protect their lives that all over the world the Pro Life movement has started. The movement is fighting for the life of embryos, as human life starts at the very moment of conception. From that very moment it becomes saint, honourable, and has to be protected.
Partnership without borders
St. Martin Caritas participates in a tender of European Union between 1st of January 2011 and 30th of April 2012. The "Parents for Children" Association in Romania (Satu Mare) transacts this project called Networking for Cultural Heritage Preservation. The partners of this project are: Hungarian "Round Forest" Kindergarten (Nyíregyháza), Romanian "Wonderful Grove" Kindergarten and Ukranian St. Martin Caritas-Transcarpathia. The programme is financed by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument in the framework of the cross-border cooperation programme Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine 2007-2013 (www.huro-cbc.eu), complemented by the governmental consent of participant countries.
Alcoholism is an illness, which is not only damages person's physical health, but it also turns over his psychic balance. Addicted people can not control their actions. Alcoholics ruin not just their own lives, but also the lives of their beloved ones. Become free from an alcohol addiction is really difficult.That's why the initiative which was introduced in Transcarpathia in January of 2010 is essentially important. The retreat and the program itself was started in 1985 in Hungary. Initially Halasz Endre, a roman-catholic priest and the founder, began to work with his volunteer co-workers to provide help for the alcoholics and organized the Catholic Service for Alcohol Addicts. Since 2001 priest Otto Jakus is the head of this organization.
Mental handicap is an awkward question in our days. Many of us don't know what the good attitude is to these people. But they also have a desire for love, like others. This is the brace that connects us.
(I. Cor 1:27)
The scholarship program of St. Martin Diocesan Caritas was launched in 2007 in Transcarpathia. It aims to support Catholic young people who graduate from a Hungarian high school in Ukraine, and enroll in higher education also in Ukraine but do not have the financial means to complete the university or college program without external support. The scholarship's goal is to promote the training of the future generation of young Hungarian Catholic intellectuals in Transcarpathia. The scholarship is announced every semester and is funded by several Foundations as well as private donors: the Szolgálat Kész (Ready to Serve) Foundation ( Hungary); The Transcarpathian Franciscan Mission Foundation (Hungary), Christina Funnell (Great Britain).
The Szülőföld (Hungarian Homeland) Fund contributed to the running expenses of the charitable institutions in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Munkacs with 20.45 million HUF over 1,5 years, between 2008.01.01-2009.07.01. We are grateful for the support. For detailed information about each program please read the chart below.
Cultural, Religious, and Media Board, First Announcement, 2008:
Cultural, Religious, and Media Board, Second Announcement, 2008:
Cultural, Religious, and Media Board, First Announcement, 2009:
The Roman Catholic Church in Transcarpathia have got the following establishments and programs:
Children's homes of family type
Mukachevo, 2008. December
Collected by Ferenc Feher,
Caritas Transcarpathia started to operate in 1993. Today it is a network of non-governmental organizations in Transcarpathia aiming to help people in the region who struggle with social and financial difficulties. Our organization belongs to the local Roman Catholic Church, which is based on the traditional Christian foundations of charity work and care for the needy. However, help is not only provided for members of the Catholic Church. The organization assists everybody in need regardless of religious views or national background.
The Diocesan "St. Martin" Caritas (central office) and review its activity and function
The "St. Martin Caritas" is a charitable foundation in the Transcarpathia County. It was founded by the Transkarpatien Roman Catholic Apostolic Regency in the year 1999. In order to beside the central co-ordination of the programs to accommodate the local Caritas activities which were founded by the Roman Catholic parishes. The purpose of the Diocesan Caritas to alleviate the necessity of the body and the soul. For this reason the "St. Martin Caritas" to help the local caritas works as follows: