“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7
As we begin this year, we are reminded in the Beatitudes to show mercy to each another. Pope Francis also encourages us this year to extend mercy to our brothers and sisters through simple acts like sharing food, a place in our homes, or our time. Not only do we no longer remain poor when we do this, we indeed become enriched. Supporting ShareLife reinforces the message of the Gospel to the marginalized as we become the hands and feet of Christ to those in need.
As we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, our campaign has grown to 42 agencies, raising over $14 million on an annual basis to support people in need. Whether it is people with special needs, the elderly, children and youth, education of our priests and deacons, or international needs, we assist over 114,000 people on an annual basis right here in our archdiocese, and countless more around the world.
There is so much more we can do together. In 2016, we are investing over $700,000 new dollars into our agencies, helping to introduce new programs and enhance the existing services provided by our agencies.
This month, let’s talk about investments in programs for seniors. There are many people in our archdiocese who are living alone in their later years, in some cases with no immediate relatives to care for them. Some parishes have Caregiver or Parish Social Ministry Programs, but there are other ways we can help.
The Society of Sharing is an agency in Toronto that connects friendly visitors with seniors to provide a friendly voice, and support to an individual in need of help – something as simple as accompanying them to the mall to go grocery shopping. In 2016, Catholic Charities, working with local Catholic Family Service agencies in Peel-Dufferin and Simcoe County, is starting a pilot project to introduce a similar type of program in six parishes. ShareLife funding will help make this possible; know that this is one way that your support in 2016 will indeed make a difference!
Please continue to visit our website each month to discover more about what we are focusing our efforts on this year and how your support can make a difference. Read about stories of how your contributions are showing mercy to one another and helping those in need.
Thank you for your generosity to ShareLife and we look forward to celebrating this special year at ShareLife with you in 2016! Together we are working wonders!
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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 2015 Report to Donors!
Together we are making a difference – together we are working wonders!