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As one way of helping the wider community to better know and see the Catholic church in Guyana, the Jesuits in Guyana (SJ Communications) have embarked on a project in which all of the Catholic churches at the various locations throughout the country will be filmed and made available for viewing by the general public.

According to a Catholic Standard report, five churches have been filmed so far but only four available on YouTube: The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Brickdam; Holy Name Church, Black Bush Polder, Berbice; St Francis Xavier Church, Port Mourant, Berbice; and St Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church, Corentyne, Berbice.

The report said that the Catholic Church has played an important role in the history and development of Guyana and knowing its history is knowing one’s heritage. “Therefore, it is also hoped that the films will help foster and deepen our love and appreciation for the Catholic Church in Guyana, and in some cases even help bring about a renewal of faith and worship. The series will make excellent material for family, group, Sunday-school and other discussion and projects,” the article said.

The short films feature the exterior, interior and birds-eye view of the places of worship and times of their community gatherings. To view them, visit youtube.com and search for ‘SJEnglish Caribbean’.

Since many of these churches are located in the far-flung regions of the country, funds are needed for travel, accommodation, and other expenses. Persons interested in helping in this regard can email Fr Ramesh Vanan SJ at rameshvanan@gmail.com.