A life lived with dignity
An extraordinary event took place on Tuesday, the 30th of August 2022, at St. Elizabeth's Elderly Home in Oradea, administered by Caritas Catolica, where Mrs. Dani Elena (Mrs. Ica) was greeted with the occasion of her 100th birthday. The extraordinary ceremony was attended by illustrious guests such as his excellence, Mr. László Böcskei, the Roman Catholic diocesan bishop, the representative of the Prefect's Chancellery, Mr. Cristian Stef, the Reformed pastor Melinda Nacsádiné Csuka, the director of Caritas pastor József Rajna, as well as artists, musicians and guests from abroad.
Commemoration of pastor Döme
Today, several of the Caritas employees, believers and beneficiaries even from Sălacea and Salonta came to the small chapel of the St. Joseph Center to pay homage to the memory of pastor Demeter Curaliuc, who was accompanied yesterday in his last trip to the cemetery Rulikowski from Oradea.
We have a common language: love
The team of Caritas Catolica Oradea has received an unexpected reinforcement for the summer period in the person of Mr. Rainer Pag, a guest volunteer from Germany, who has dedicated his hard-earned days off to volunteer for several months in Oradea, helping both local communities and Ukrainian refugees. He has been involved not only in charity actions, but also in the background work invisible to the public, from unloading goods and sorting donations, to delivering hot meals and supplying charity shops with merchandise. As he emphasized, whichever department of Caritas he was in, he had no problem making himself understood by the staff and the beneficiaries, because even though they did not speak each other's native language, they still had a common language: love, which made all work easier. We talked to the German guest volunteer about his motivation, experiences and plans.
Fire-protection exercise at Caritas headquarters
After a two-year pause caused by the coronavirus pandemic, on Thursday, July 14, 2022, the staff of Caritas' head offices were able to practice fire protection procedures again.
Austrian volunteers renovate Caritas headquarters
After a two-year break caused by the pandemic, this week, between 26 and 30 June, the volunteer program continued, within which the students of the HTL Mödling professional school in Lower Austria voluntarily renovate the first floor rooms of the St. Joseph Social Center, the headquarters of Caritas Catolica in Oradea.
We bring bread to Ukrainian tables
Already in the early stages of the Ukrainian refugee crisis, we learned from field-reports that in Transcarpathia and other regions of Ukraine where there were many refugees, there was a severe shortage of bread. Mills had nothing to grind, and the bakeries which were still functioning had to work with very little flour. Therefore, in the months since February, we have tried to transfer a large part of our existing flour reserves to crisis-stricken regions via several routes – including towards aid organizations in Nevetlenfalu, Munkachevo and Vynohradiv, from where donations have been re-distributed to many other areas of Ukraine.
Theatre performance in the elderly home
We would like to thank the Lilliput Company of the Szigligeti Theatre for bringing a little live literature and music to the inhabitants of the St. Elizabeth's Elderly Home. The play The hammer of the village, directed by Rita Bartal Kiss, was an unforgettable experience for the elderly.
We donated cat-food to the local shelter
Although Caritas Catolica's mission is primarily to help people in need and human communities, we feel blessed that sometimes we can also help out our four-legged companions. Thanks to the cooperation with the local Food Bank, yesterday we had the opportunity to donate 180 kilograms of dry cat food to the Friends of Cats Oradea Association.
Mr. Szabo has passed away
We are deeply saddened to announce that the founding member of Caritas Catolica Oradea and our esteemed colleague, Mr. DANILA SZABÓ passed away this morning at the age of 71 after a long illness, supported with dignity and optimism.
EU project on Homecare ends
The International Day of Nurses provided the framework for the closing conference of the European Union-funded project for the development of Caritas Catolica's home care service. The event took place on the 12th of May 2022, in the festivity hall of the Roman Catholic Episcopal Palace in Oradea. As part of the three-year project, 15 employees were trained and more than 200 patients were treated free of charge at 6 workpoints in Bihor county, plus the surrounding villages. The interesting thing about the event was that in addition to the invited officials, several homecare patients were present too, who were able to get back on their feet thanks to the medical and social care received from Caritas, and their health improved in the long run.