Archbishop’s Liturgical Launch 2018

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Archbishop’s Liturgical Launch of “Christmas Appeal for LifeLink” for Parish Priests and Appeal Representatives

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, joined by Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton (Chairman, LifeLink) Rev Fr Peter Whitely (VG) and Rev Dr Sean Fernandez (Dean, St Mary’s Cathedral) warmly welcomed more than 160 parish priests, parish representatives and invited guests to a special Liturgical Service in support of the Archbishop’s annual “Christmas Appeal for LifeLink”.

Archbishop Timothy said “It was tremendous to welcome so many parish priests and parishioners to join Bishop Sproxton and I for this pre-launch of my Christmas Appeal for LifeLink.

This special service affords Bishop Don and I the opportunity to directly thank all the parish priests and parish representatives for the wonderful support they provide to this appeal each year, and to reflect on the people in need in our community who rely on our LifeLink agencies for help.

It is because of the enthusiasm and direct effort of our wonderful parish priests and appeal reps that my Christmas message is so successfully shared throughout the Archdiocese each year, and people traditionally respond so generously to this important appeal.”

This year, LifeLink social service agencies will reach out to assist more than 34,000 Western Australia families and individuals in need. Collectively, our Church agencies will deliver a staggering $54 million in professional programmes and care throughout the State.

Whilst much of the funding our agencies receive is provided through Government grants and service contracts, we must continue to raise over $1 million each year just to ensure our agencies continue their mission of care to the community.

“My Christmas Appeal is the only fundraising event conducted in our parishes each year to help financially support the vitally important work of the Church’s welfare agencies in this Archdiocese” said Archbishop Costelloe.

The Archbishop’s Christmas Appeal for LifeLink will be officially launched in all parishes in the Archdiocese on the weekend of Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018.

Archbishop Costelloe will personally launch his appeal via pre-recorded messages which parishes will be asked to screen on the weekends of 10/11 November.

The Archbishop said: “In launching my Christmas Appeal for LifeLink, I ask that everyone to give generously to this important appeal. Together, I hope we will raise a minimum of $650,000 for people in need this Christmas.

In doing so, we will be giving far more than our financial support. We will be making a very real and tangible difference in the lives of people who desperately need our help. And in this way, we will be helping the Lord’s Church to fulfil its vocation: to be a living and effective sign of the Lord’s presence among us – that presence whose beginnings we celebrate at Christmas” said His Grace.

Please give generously by donating here online or through your local parish.

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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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