2014 Christmas Appeal

The Archbishop’s Christmas Appeal message this year focuses on Pope Francis’s call for the Church and Catholics around the world, to build and embrace a ‘culture of engagement’ with the poor.

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Pope Francis said “To love God and neighbour is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, the face of Jesus.

If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good.

To live charitably means not looking out for our own interests, but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest among us. If one gives to the poor without reaching out to them, or asking them their name, then you have not encountered them – all you’ve done is tossed them some charity.

You cannot say you don’t have enough time, none of you can say you’re too busy to care for the poor. The Bible is pretty clear: “how you treat the least of these is how you treat me”. Reaching out to the poor and the lonely, ‘does not take time, it takes attention’” he said.

In his appeal letter, Archbishop Costelloe writesLifeLink’s ‘mission of care’ would simply not be possible, without your ongoing generosity and support. One of the many agencies funded through my Christmas Appeal is The Shopfront, a wonderful example of exactly how we are reaching out to help people in very real need, and walking with them on their journey.

It is quite remarkable that our LifeLink agencies collectively answer the call of more than 31,000 Western Australians in need each year – providing emergency accommodation, food, clothing, financial assistance with electricity and gas accounts, mental health services, respite and disability support programs, and protection for women and children escaping domestic violence and abuse.

As I officially launch my 2014 Christmas Appeal for LifeLink, I want to issue a special challenge to you and to everyone in the Western Australian community.

Together, let us not simply “toss someone in need some charity” as Pope Francis said. Let us choose to actively and willingly engage with those who reach out to us for help, and express our love for Jesus in what we do.

I urge every parish priest, every parishioner, and every person in the community, to show people in desperate need within our community that we do care, and that they are loved” he said.

On the weekend of Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November 2014, specially commissioned Parish Appeal Representatives will hand-deliver a copy of the Archbishop’s Christmas Appeal letter to parishioners as they leave Church.

This is in advance of the Appeal Weekend the following week.

APPEAL WEEKEND will be held on
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November 2014.

In every parish in the Archdiocese of Perth, the appeal will be officially launched and a special collection conducted.

You may wish to contribute through the special collection in your parish, or, mail your donation. You can also provide donations securely and safely online via this website.

Archbishop Costelloe asks “Please give generously to my appeal, and help raise a minimum of $650,000 for people in need this Christmas”.

cdsArchbishop Costelloe will this year personally launch and ask for parishioners for their generous support of this important appeal, via pre-recorded presentations which have been provided to every parish on two DVD’s.

Only 3-5 minutes in duration each, these will be shown at theCLICK HERE to view the Archbishop’s message.

Contact

LifeLink — Catholic Caring Agencies

Street Address: Griver House, 249 Adelaide Terrace, PERTH WA 6000
Postal Address: GPO Box K828, PERTH WA 6842
Phone: +61 8 6104 3636
Fax: +61 8 6162 0345
Email: lifelink@perthcatholic.org.au
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