CARING SUNDAY APPEAL
26 JULY 2015
Eight years ago I establised the Catholic Caring Foundation with the goal of building a fund to support the work of Catholic Social Services and other caring groups in the diocese. Through these groups our church is present in the gritty reality of people's lives: meeting basic needs, upholding human dignity and witnessing to the Joy of the Gospel. With your very generous support, the total fund has reached just over $900,000 - within reach of the initial target of $1,000,000. With a big push this year, I am hoping that we can hit the target and start distributing the earnings from the fund to those groups in our diocese which meet the many needs in our communities with love, and action. Please see the July Tablet or your parish for a donation form.
Pope Francis, by word and example. reminds us to reach out and help the poor and needy. Through our support of the Caring Sunday Appeal, may we follow his example and be the helping hand of Jesus in our diocese.
Joy of the Gospel
During 2015, the Diocese of Dunedin is focusing on the joy of the Gospel, taking its cue from the words of Pope Francis:
"The Church is missionary. Christ sends us forth to bring the joy of the Gospel to the whole world"
So we've taken him at his word and set our hearts on bringing the joy of the Gospel to the people of the South - as he might have said, to the ends of the Earth!
So what's happening? Over the next couple of months, Catholics will have the opportunity to participate in a faith-sharing and discussion programme - Called by Christ. Written specifically for our Diocese, and hosted in homes, it will allow small groups of Catholics, and others they invite, to experience and share the joy of the Gospel. Over four sessions, they will explore four aspects of the joy of the Gospel: encounter, grace, healing and hope. Our goal is to have 1,000 people participating in small groups from mid-August to mid-September.
Sign up Sundays are 19th and 26th July, see parish newsletters or contact Amy Armstrong, firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 4745755. You can also sign up online via this website by going to the Synod page then Called by Christ Invitation and complete the form.
+ Colin Campbell DD
Bishop of Dunedin