As we begin
2017 and celebrate our 41st anniversary, we are encouraged to “Live the Gospel” values by providing for those in need. Supporting ShareLife reinforces the message of the Gospel to the
marginalized as we become the hands and feet of Christ to others. We are called
to respond generously with justice and love to people with special needs, the elderly, children and youth, education of
our priests and deacons, or international needs,
people right here in our archdiocese, and around the world.
Last month, we
spoke about our new Mission statement – to Live the Gospel by providing for
those in need. This month I would like
to introduce our new Vision statement. A
vision is the ideal situation for an organization, a declaration of our
objectives, and is clear, concise and future oriented.
Our new vision
for ShareLife is:
community and its partners responding generously with justice and love.
goal is that all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Toronto contribute to the work
of ShareLife funded agencies through our annual appeal. If each Catholic in the archdiocese were to
make a contribution to ShareLife, we would achieve our campaign goal and be
able to provide more funds to our agencies. When we speak of our partners, were are fortunate to have support from
a number of companies including the
five major chartered banks, who support the work that are social service
agencies to do serve the entire community, regardless of religious
affiliation. We also receive contributions
from a number of individuals who are not Catholic but again are supportive of
the work of our social service agencies.
As our Planning
Committee discussed our new vision statement, one of the points that came up
was the definition of ‘responding generously.’ It was felt that this is ultimately up to the individual, to support the
ShareLife campaign to the best of their ability, recognizing the needs and the
important work that our agencies do to serve those who come to them for help.
In a few short
weeks, we’ll begin the public phase of our 2017 ShareLife parish campaign, with
a goal of achieving $13.1 million on behalf our agencies. As you review our materials and the case for
support that our agencies provide – the ‘why’ as to contribute – please take a
moment to reflect on your ability to support the campaign, and then make a
decision to support ShareLife this year. To make a donation today, click here.
to ShareLife, we are living the Gospel value to Love one another as I have
loved you. On behalf of our agencies and
those we serve, thank you for your generosity!
For Parish Campaign resources, click here.
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 Living the Gospel!