Caritas Sunday is the one opportunity each year for Caritas to appeal to every parish in our Diocese to support the corporal works of mercy. Formally Catholic Children’s Rescue Society (founded in 1886), Caritas Diocese of Salford expanded to respond to many areas of need in our parishes, from our work with the Homeless, with Children, Families and the wider Community and in Welcoming Refugees. Caritas keeps central admin costs to a minimum to ensure every penny donated makes a difference. Caritas’ work with schools and parishes is growing in importance as we strive to become a diocese of Missionary Parishes.
“Caritas” is the Latin word for Love, and Caritas Diocese of Salford has 22 formal services and centres located around the Greater Manchester and East Lancashire areas as a response to people’s needs. Apart from Caritas Anti-Trafficking which is based in Clitheroe and to which parishioners have donated over £1,500, our nearest service is the Maryvale Mother and Baby Home in Blackburn. Our Parish Pro-Life Group has provided a large amount of knitwear and baby clothes for the home and also helped generate over £800 in support of it.
Last year the Caritas Sunday appeal raised £26,409, of which our parish raised £912.88, in support of the Bolton Young Parents’ Home and Caritas Family Project; the Homeless at Bury Red Door; and Refugee education and integration at Cornerstone Day Centre. So please accept a huge thank you from Caritas!
722 people across the Diocese of Salford gave up their time to volunteer on Caritas projects, over 100 of whom are Caritas Representatives, volunteers who help to share information from Caritas in parishes, and who work with the Hope in the Future development teams to support local outreach projects.
This year Caritas is calling all parishioners to Be The Change, to help the key goals of Housing the Homeless; Building Stronger Families and Communities; and Welcoming Refugees. This is where funds from this year’s second collection will go.
The Caritas Annual Review and a special edition of the Caritas Beacon are available at the back of church. If you would like to get involved in social action in this Parish, then please speak to your Caritas Representative, Anthony Brown, or your Hope in the Future Team via Peter Donnelly or to any member of the SVP.