THE Catholic Women's League in Labasa has assisted another Catholic community with the construction of a cross.
Holy Family Parish president Selina Lee Wah said the members of the Holy Cross Catholic Church of a small community in Naleba had asked for the group's assistance.
"They wanted to have a cross stand in front of the church to signify the name, 'Holy Cross Church', which comes under the Holy Family Parish," she said.
"The members discussed the plea put forward by the Naleba Catholic Church community and agreed to purchase and put up a cross worth $500.
"They were longing for a cross, for all these past years.
"They told us of how they have wanted a cross but couldn't get any so we thought of helping them."
Mrs Lee Wah said the Naleba project also brought together people with different religious background to put the cross up.
"We had Muslim and Hindu men to assist the Christian men put up the cross and it took 11 men to complete the project including the erecting of the cross.
"The cross was heavy and while they were putting it up, two men hurt their palms, just some scratches.
"Then another man told them that if Jesus carried a heavy cross alone for us sinners, then why can't they put the cross up for the believers and that was just a touching moment for us."
Mrs Lee Wah said the assistance to Naleba Catholic community was part of their community outreach program which they had been doing for the past years.
Part of the outreach program was furnishing the Presbyterian home of the church in Labasa which included gifts of electrical appliances, cooking and eating utensils.
Mrs Lee Wah said the ceremony started with the blessing of the cross and a mass.