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As we are now in the final weeks of 2014, I would like to reflect on another year of generosity within the Archdiocese of Toronto.

 

I have been with the ShareLife and Development office for the past ten years, and over that time have come to learn of the many ways that we as a Catholic community unite to support our brothers and sisters in Christ. The past year was no exception, as our parishioners contributed generously to the ShareLife appeal, raising over $12.2 million, and over $14.2 million from our parish, corporate, schools, and employee campaigns. 

 

ShareLife is one of the ways that we extend the hands of Christ to the marginalized in our communities. At this time of the year, many of our parishes are participating in the distribution of food hampers and setting up giving trees to provide food and Christmas presents for families in need. Throughout the year, there are food banks, out of the cold programs, and poor boxes that provide support in difficult times.  A large number of parishes are sponsoring a refugee family, helping them to flee a difficult situation and escape persecution for their religious beliefs.  These are all in addition to second collections in our parishes to support the work of the church both locally and across the world.

 

This summer, I had the opportunity to visit the relief effort taking place in the Philippines after the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda a year ago. In addition, I also visited five areas where funds received from our Pastoral Mission Fund or Mission Co-operative Programs are making an impact. This visit gave me a new appreciation for the humanitarian relief work of the Catholic Church in the greater world, and showed me how our support of these programs here is making a difference in a country thousands of miles away from us.

 

Locally, many people shared their stories of thankfulness for the generosity of our ShareLife family. Stories like the one of young Kendra, who received compassionate care for herself and her new baby from Vita Centre, or Robert, an intellectually challenged man from St. Jude’s Academy of the Arts in Toronto, who received the loving support he needs to succeed in his life. We learned of a family dealing with difficult times who received counselling from one of our Family Service Agencies, and celebrated the ordination of priests and deacons who were formed through St. Augustine and Redemptoris Mater seminaries. These are just a few examples of how our donations to ShareLife are touching those in need around us.

 

We are extremely thankful for the generosity of our supporters.  We know that your contributions of time, talent and treasure are significant and are greatly appreciated. Throughout the year, please continue to visit our website to see stories of how your contributions to ShareLife are helping those in need. We look forward to sharing these precious reflections with you in the year ahead.

 

From our ShareLife family to you and your loved ones, we wish you a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year in 2015.

 

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 2014 Report to Donors! 

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ShareLife Golf Tournament!
A great time was had on Monday, June 9th at Markland Wood Golf Club for our 19th 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!
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