Catholic Mission launches 'Journeying' Appeal
'Journeying with Communities' is the theme of this year's Catholic Mission Partnering Local Church and Communities (Propagation of the Faith) Appeal, which runs in Australian parishes from April to September.
Catholic Mission National Director Fr Terry Bell said the appeal challenges us to participate with communities around the world.
The Appeal underlines the reality that global concerns, such as the environment, war or natural disasters, are not contained within community or national boundaries. This emphasis was prompted by the recent Asian tsunami, which de-emphasised borders and acted as a reminder that the world's population comprise 'one big global family'.
"In our day to day living, even if unconsciously, we are journeying with communities - those most intimate to us and to those beyond our borders," said Fr Bell. "Every decision we make and everything we do has consequences."
He said the appeal theme is also inspired by the life of the late Pope John Paul II who also showed how to journey with communities and break down borders with his own life.
Catholic Mission is working closely with Sr Christina Glynn, who has recently returned from working in Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp, to promote the Appeal.
An appeal parish resource kit has been produced and many parishes will host speakers to launch the appeal. The appeal is available for download from Catholic Mission's website.
This annual appeal is one of Catholic Mission's main fundraising tools to enable it to continue its vital work in the developing world.
Catholic Mission is the church's main global international mission aid agency. Last year more than $8 million in net donations was collected in Australia, which will be used for the organisation's three main works - partnering local churches and communities (the Society for the Propagation of the Faith), fostering local church leadership (the Society of St Peter Apostle), and encouraging children to care for children (Children's Mission).
Journeying with communities (Catholic Mission 12/4/05)
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Sister Christina McGlynn (Catholic Mission 12/4/05)
13 Apr 2005