MILL VALLEY, CA & KOLKATA, INDIA
It’s a go! Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish is officially sponsoring a school in Kolkata, India. Our own Father Pat Michaels provided and secured the appropriate approvals and Father Maria Joseph of the Kolkata Jesuit Province coordinated with his Jesuit brothers running the St. Ignatius Gurap Mission School, paving the way for a spiritual partnership spanning 8,000 miles. The kickoff took the form of the OLMC Giving Tree, with each student’s name and age printed on a star. Parishioners selected stars and will be sponsoring those students with room, board and schooling for an entire year for only $35 a month. It was only fitting that this great program began on the first Sunday of Advent, which also happened to be the feast day of Saint Francis Xavier—the first Jesuit missionary, who went directly to, where else? India.