Project Compassion 2011 Diocesan Launch Mass
By Evan Ellis, Caritas Director
|Secretary General of Caritas Congo Dr Bruno Miteyo.|
Catholic Diocese of Parramatta
Secretary General of Caritas Congo Dr Bruno Miteyo will officially launch Project Compassion 2011 in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, following a Solemn Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, on Sunday 6 March.
The Compassion Sunday Mass will be held at 11am at St Patrick's Cathedral Parramatta, coinciding with the launch of the Lenten Appeal of Caritas, the Catholic Church’s overseas aid and development agency.
The theme for Project Compassion 2011 - ‘Partner with us to make a difference’ - is a back-to-basics message. The struggle to overcome poverty is too big for any one individual or organisation - it requires people working together, as so often happens in times of crisis or disaster, to make a difference.
The past few months have been a difficult time for many Australians. The devastating floods of Queensland and northern NSW were followed by the king hit of Cyclone Yasi. Australians have dug deep to help out.
Not that Australians are only generous when a disaster is on their doorstep. Only six months earlier, many gave generously to Caritas Australia’s emergency appeal for the Pakistan floods. There the great tide of water that wiped out whole communities was eerily familiar to the ‘inland tsunami’ that swept across Queensland.
Such disasters remind us of the fragility of human life and of our shared humanity.
Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion is ever mindful of this. Monies raised ensure the Australian Church has the resources it needs to respond to disasters overseas as well as confronting the daily disaster of poverty.
Sharing in the struggle of others, both near and far
The continued success of Project Compassion in our Diocese also relies upon strong partnerships; both in and between our schools, Parishes and communities. Each year, six projects that Caritas supports are featured to coincide with the six weeks of Lent.
|Making a difference...Cartias supports Farmer Field Schools in Nepal.|
From Nepal and the Congo to Vietnam, Bolivia, Samoa and throughout Australia's Indigenous community, giving to Project Compassion allows us to share in the struggle of others both near and far.
Not that this is this a one-way exchange. Since the onset of flooding in Australia, Caritas has been inundated with prayers and expressions of solidarity from places as far away as Sri Lanka and Brazil.
Such thoughtfulness from communities already marginalised or struggling with poverty, is a powerful illustration of solidarity.
This year Caritas Australia is inviting everyone, in any way they can, to partner with us to make a difference.
You can make a donation through collection boxes available from your Parish or school, phone 1800 024 413 or go to www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion For more information on how to help and the resources that are available to Parishes throughout the appeal, please see the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Social Justice Office's Project Compassion 2011 webpage.
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