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
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.
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
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
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”!
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.
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!