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As we navigate through the Christmas season, our lives will be overtaken by the many demands before us – shopping, Christmas parties, family gatherings and the like.  ‘Jingle Bells’ will soon be all over the radio, and Christmas lights will be hung on houses and in public areas.

It is also a time that we at ShareLife pause to reflect on the past year, and give thanks for the generosity of our parishioners toward the work of our agencies.  


Our 2016 parish campaign raised over $12 million, a significant achievement when we consider the many request that parishioners receive for support.  Overall, $13.7 million was raised for ShareLife during the past year, which includes contributions received from schools, employee campaigns, and our corporate campaign.  We are indeed grateful for the support and generosity that is shown toward helping the poor that turn to our agencies for assistance.

As we move into 2017, we will be introducing a new Mission Statement for ShareLife – To Live the Gospel by providing for those in need.  One of the five core directions of our archdiocesan Pastoral Plan is Catholic Outreach in Justice and Love, and we fulfill this direction through the work carried out by our agencies.  Our new mission statement speaks to the values that we hold dearly as Catholics – helping our brothers and sisters in Christ, and putting our Gospel values into action.

I am excited about the year ahead, and the impact that we will be making through our campaign. Close to $500,000 in new allocations have been made to our agencies, and we look forward to raising these funds through our ShareLife campaign to support their work with the marginalized in our communities, and around the world.

We have many great stories to tell – like that of Kaylee, a highly gifted musician in her Toronto high school who eventually succumbed to the pressures of performing.  Diagnosed as suicidal after several attempts to end her life, she entered several clinics as a young teenager to cope with her depressive tendencies. Kaylee had experienced the early trauma and loneliness of growing up with a distant mother in a fatherless home environment. 

When Kaylee first arrived at ShareLife-supported Sancta Maria House, she had difficulty trusting the staff. Her growing compassion in recent months helped her develop into a less selfish and more caring individual. Kaylee now displays a deep concern for others, much to the delight of the staff, who are astounded at her change in behavior. “Thank you, Sancta Maria, for the care and patience you have had with me.” beams Kaylee, “I’m growing a bit more each day!” When we help people like Kaylee, together we are truly “Living the Gospel”!

Please continue to visit our website throughout the year as we show how our support for ShareLife is bringing the hands of Christ to those in need.

From our ShareLife family to you and your loved ones, we wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for a Happy New Year in 2017!

Arthur Peters

Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Thank you for making a donation to ShareLife over the past year. We are grateful for your support. Read about the difference you can make in our 2016 Report to Donors! 


Together we are making a difference – together we are working wonders!




ShareLife Golf Tournament!
This year on Monday, June 6th, we gathered at Markland Wood Golf Club for our annual ShareLife Corporate Golf Tournament in support of the social service agencies funded by ShareLife. For further information, contact the ShareLife office at 416-934-3411, or click here.
Corporate Review
As we look back over our past year, it was one of remarkable corporate generosity. We deeply appreciate those who chose ShareLife as their way of making a difference in the lives of the marginalized in our community!
ShareLife Alive in Catholic Schools
Check us out on twitter or on Facebook for the latest updates on ways your school can creatively raise funds for ShareLife!



40 Years of Sharing Wonders at Work!    Find an Agency

The tradition of Catholic charity runs deep in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Catholic agencies have been serving the poor, the needy and the sick among us for more than 150 years.

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ShareLife agencies provides services to many people every year in the Greater Toronto Area and reaches countless more in the developing world. Every day, with the help of ShareLife funding, people in need are treated with dignity and respect. 

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From Toronto to Penetanguishene and from Oshawa to Orangeville, ShareLife-funded agencies extend a helping hand to all who call on them in the community, regardless of background, faith or circumstance.

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