Generosity of many will bring hope to many more – Lent Appeal tops $1million mark

New Zealand Catholic Bishops thank all those who contributed their prayer, time, talent and treasures to the Bishops’ Lenten Appeal that has surpassed the $1 million mark for the first time.

“Our heartfelt thanks to all those who’ve contributed in different ways to raise this amount. It is made possible through prayer, support, publicity, encouragement and hard work by countless people, and today we would like to acknowledge and thank one and all, says Archbishop John Dew on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference

“Despite the challenging financial times we live in, together we’ve raised these funds which will go a long, long way to carrying out the Church’s work of promoting social justice and full human development, bringing hope to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

“Today as we mark this milestone, we are reminded that the parable of the widow’s mite is evident today as we see the fruits of all the generous donations from those who contributed a few dollars to thousands of dollars, all are valued and all are the result of generosity, says Archbishop Dew

“The more that is raised, the more that the Church can do to put God’s love in action, bringing the Gospel to life in very real and practical ways.

These funds will contribute directly to work such as immediate emergency help following natural disasters for our Pacific neighbours. Also the leading advocacy work here in New Zealand, prompting decision-makers to consider the common good and impact on the poor of new legislation on housing and resource management. As well as valuable contribution to the formation of our young people with Justice Leadership Days with senior secondary students around the country encouraging a truly Catholic response to global justice issues by our young leaders.

Caritas has released a short ‘thank you’ video online for our supporters in acknowledgement of their efforts. The video showcases some of the places and people who benefit from donations to Caritas.