Liturgical Service for Archbishop’s 2022 Christmas Appeal for LifeLink for Parish Priests and Appeal Representatives
On Thursday evening 3 November 2022 at St Mary’s Cathedral, Archbishop Costelloe SDB, joined by Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton (Chairman, LifeLink), Rev Fr Peter Whitely (Vicar General) and Rev Dr Sean Fernandez (Dean, St Mary’s Cathedral) warmly welcomed more than 140 parish priests, parish representatives and invited guests to a special Liturgical Service.
This annual Service is an opportunity for the Archbishop and Bishop to thank those who support and assist the Archbishop’s Annual Christmas Appeal each year. Without the enthusiastic and generous support of parish priests and parishioners, this appeal would simply not be possible or as successful as it is.
The Archbishop’s Christmas Appeal for LifeLink is the only fundraising conducted in parishes each year to help financially support the important work of the Church’s welfare agencies in this Archdiocese.
More than 60% of the funding which the Archdiocese provides for welfare services each year is provided through the gifts made to this appeal. It is indeed fitting therefore that we jointly celebrate Pope Francis “World Day of the Poor” on our appeal launch weekend.
Archbishop Costelloe SDB said, “Thanks to the generous support of parish priests and parishioners, last year my Christmas Appeal raised $688,869.26 – a record amount. Given the many financial and other challenges people faced during the year, this was a magnificent outcome.
I hope that despite the ongoing finically pressures Catholic families are facing, that this year they will once again join together to help our brothers and sisters in need who reach out to us for help.”