Christmas season marks the end of ten full years for me as the Executive
Director of ShareLife; in January I will begin my eleventh year with the
I continue to
be inspired by the generosity of our parishioners, clergy, schools and
corporations toward ShareLife. We are
blessed to have, and are grateful for, the support that we receive in support
of the work of our agencies.
Pope Francis encourages
us to “show loving concern for each and every person”. 2015 was such a year, as
our parishioners once again contributed generously to the ShareLife appeal,
raising $12,459,357! Over $14.2 million was raised from our collective parish, corporate,
schools, and employee campaigns – slightly more than the year before! As an archdiocese, we continue to put the
needs of others at the forefront, and our 2015 ShareLife campaign has once
again done just that.
But there is
so much more! Throughout the year, there are food banks, out of the cold
programs, and poor boxes that provide support in difficult times. These are enhanced
at Advent through the distribution of food hampers and the set-up of giving
trees to provide food and gifts to families in need. We also extend our love
for one another to our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world – this year
alone we contributed in excess of $500,000 to the relief effort in Nepal, and
are now working toward raising $3 million for Project Hope to help settle 100
refugee families into Canada.
examples show the love and generosity that we show as an archdiocese toward one
another. When there is a need to help,
we have demonstrated our commitment to fulfilling the core direction of
Catholic Outreach in Justice and Love as found in the archdiocesan Pastoral
contribute to our annual appeal, many of us are unaware of the ways that our
support is making a difference. This
year, we were made aware of many new examples of how ShareLife is making an
impact. Stories like the one of Brittany, a pregnant teenager, who received support
for herself and her two children from Rose of Sharon, or Tina and Gayle, residents of Mary Centre’s homes for
developmentally challenged adults, who were offered a safe place to succeed in their
lives. We celebrated the ordination of Priests and Deacons who were formed
through St. Augustine and Redemptoris Mater seminaries and learned about Aaron,
who received counselling help with his addictions from St. Michael’s homes, one
of our agencies. Together we are indeed working wonders!
Thank you once
again for your generosity to ShareLife; know that your support is greatly
appreciated. Please continue to visit our website to see stories of how your contributions
are showing loving concern to one another and helping those in need. We look
forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary at ShareLife together with you in 2016!
ShareLife family to you and your loved ones, we wish you a Merry Christmas and blessed
New Year in 2016.