|Merry Christmas From Our ShareLife Family To You
We are now in the final month of 2013, a year that will be remembered in many ways by several newsworthy events.
As we look back on this year, one thing that stands out as a Catholic community is the generosity that we show to our brothers and sisters in Christ. In our parishes, across our communities, and around the world, our parishioners are ready and willing to respond to the needs of others. We demonstrate this in countless ways: at the parish, there are out of the cold programs, Christmas giving trees and food hamper distribution, and poor box collections to help needy families. Across our Archdiocese, there are special collections that support the outreach of the church in different ways. Finally, we reach out internationally through our Mission Co-operative program, as well as through humanitarian relief efforts. The recent tragedy that has taken place in the Philippines is something that our parishioners responded to immediately, and showed that we are indeed a faith that acts!
In Toronto, Catholics also demonstrate their concern for those around us through our annual ShareLife appeal. In 2013, we once again experienced a record campaign due to the generosity of our parish and school communities, corporations, employees, and legacy gifts from those who have gone before us. In total, just under $15 million was raised to support the work of our agencies. There are thousands of stories that are made possible by our support of ShareLife – the young mother who receives support as she experiences motherhood for the first time, the family experiencing difficult times that receives counselling from one of our Family Service Agencies, the sponsorship of refugee families, and the new priest who is ordained at St. Augustine’s seminary. Our success is the result of the involvement of many people – our clergy, our agencies, our parishioners, volunteers at the agency and parish, school, and corporate level. We are grateful for each and every one of our supporters, and know that you have indeed made a difference in the work of ShareLife funded agencies and grant recipients. We can’t say ‘thank you’ enough, but know that your contributions of time, talent and treasure are greatly appreciated.
Throughout the year, please continue to visit our website as we share stories of how ShareLife donations are helping to extend the hands of Christ through our agencies.
From our ShareLife family to you and your loved ones, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a year full of blessings in 2014.
Arthur Peters, Executive Director
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2013 Parish Campaign Goal Met!
The 2013 ShareLife Parish Campaign reached their goal of $12,639,810, a $300,000 increase over last year, in 225 parishes across the Archdiocese of Toronto. Thank you for your generous response to the Sharelife Community Challenge!
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!
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