Caring Sunday - 27 July 2014
“Come, share my umbrella.”
“The Dunedin Catholic Caring Foundation has been established with the aim of being able to assist Catholic Social Services, and other groups within the diocese, to operate and be a presence of Christ in our communities.
Being there for those in difficulty is an essential part of living out our faith commitment to the Beatitudes.
In July, Catholics around New Zealand focus on the ministries within the Church that care for people in a variety of ways. On Caring Sunday, we come together to celebrate and support this work, and raise awareness of how people can contribute, and be involved.
Pope Francis spoke in these words of our need to care for, serve and protect others:
“Let us never forget that authentic power is service, and that the Pope too, when exercising power, must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the Cross. He must be inspired by the lowly, concrete and faithful service which marked Saint Joseph and, like him, he must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison (cf. Mt 25:31-46). Only those who serve with love are able to protect!
The Diocese of Dunedin, through its Catholic Social Services agency, enacts our belief in the dignity of every human person, and aims to assist people regardless of their colour, creed or circumstance. The team at Catholic Social Services provide a wide array of services across much of the diocese. They are heavily dependent on grants and donations to provide these services.
The Foundation aims to have $1,000,000.00 invested, and then, while still endeavouring to grow its capital base, the income from that investment will become the source of support in the diocese for the work of various organisations. The total fund now stands at $746,734.
Your assistance to raise the balance will ensure that the Foundation will soon be a major source of diocesan support for many in need of help in our communities.
Please support generously on Caring Sunday to ensure that we get ever closer to being able to undertake the benevolent work of the Dunedin Catholic Caring Foundation.
In the Spirit