Hearts Around the Cathedral

On Saturday 17 June, 2017, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB was joined by enthusiastic student volunteers from a number of secondary schools, together with Cathedral and Catholic Education WA staff, for a very special project._V2A0815

The 80 eager helpers gathered to spread almost 40,000 paper hearts around the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral. Each heart contained a personal message or drawing from a young student attending one of the 90 Catholic Primary Schools in the Archdiocese of Perth.

The hearts were part of this year’s ‘Archbishop’s LifeLink Day for Catholic Schools Initiative’ which involved students from Kindergarten to Year 6, making a gold coin donation to receive a ‘paper heart’ on which they were encouraged to draw a picture or write a message of support to someone in need in the community.

Their donations help support the social service agencies of the Archdiocese funded through LifeLink.

Archbishop Timothy said the hearts provided a powerful and visual demonstration of what can be achieved when we, as individuals, join together in love and unity.

“We can and do make a real difference in the lives of those who reach out to us for help” Archbishop Costelloe said.

The hearts were brought to the Cathedral in the lead up to the Feast of the Sacred Heart on Friday 23rd June.

“It was wonderful for parishioners and visitors to the Cathedral to take the time to stroll through the hearts and read the beautiful, touching and inspirational messages the young people have written” said the Archbishop.

Whilst sharing morning tea in the Cathedral Parish Centre afterwards, Archbishop Costelloe expressed his ‘heartfelt’ thanks to those who had given their time to help make the ‘Hearts around the Cathedral’ such a success.

He said “It is fundamentally important that we embrace a collective spirit of generosity, or be ‘large-hearted’ as I like to say, in responding to people in need within the community.

In doing so, in making the choice to reach out and help someone in need, we truly walk in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd”.

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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