Communique #12 – Community Life
National Chairperson of Community Life Marie Rackley, March 5, 2020.
Share Lent Campaign 2020, Development and Peace–Caritas Canada
Although there was no letter this year from Archbishop Richard Gagnon, President of the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops (CCCB), in the Share Lent package, people should not read too much into it. Archbishop Gagnon stated, “It’s a non-story, basically” and, “It just didn’t materialize this year, that’s all.” Many dioceses have chosen to continue with the annual Share Lent collection in support of Development and Peace–Caritas Canada (D&P). Before collecting or making donations, members and councils should contact their local diocesan office to confirm if a Share Lent collection is authorized. When submitting contributions, please specify in the letter that the money is not to be forward to any of the 52 partners under review.
Ongoing talks and discussions continue between D&P and the CCCB. Please pray that the open dialogue continues and an outcome is reached soon.
Pieta Bhavan Project (Drinking Well), India
The League has currently raised $4,150 from across Canada for the Pieta Bhavan Project. The total goal is $5,500 American, which converts to approximately $7,425 Canadian. There is still a ways to go to reach the final goal.
Please encourage councils to donate to this worthy cause. Make cheques payable to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) and send directly to the attention of Melodie Gabriel, development officer, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K9. Please write “CWL India” in the memo portion of the cheque, or the comment box if giving online at cnewa.ca.
Feeding Support for Catholic Schools, Ethiopia
The national executive/board met in Toronto, Ontario, on February 21-23, 2020 and decided that if the goal for the Pieta Bhavan Project is reached and there are surplus donations, the League would support an additional CNEWA project called, “Feeding support for Catholic Schools in the Adigrat Diocese located in Tigray Region, Ethiopia.”
- During times of drought and food insecurity in Ethiopia, there is pressure on children, especially girls, to work to support their families.
- The feeding program in the Diocese of Adigrat helps prevent children from dropping out of school.
- Food provided at school reduces absenteeism and helps students perform at normal levels.
- Giving food to children at school helps them stay in school and concentrate, so they can receive an education and make a better life for themselves and their families.
In 2019, this program benefitted approximately 5,500 children in 31 schools. CNEWA hopes to do similar outreach this year. Children receive daily food in the form of nutritious biscuits—one packet contains four biscuits—during break time or lunchtime.
Please consider supporting this cause by making cheques payable to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), and send directly to the attention of Melodie Gabriel, development officer, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K9. Please make sure you write “Ethiopia Feeding Project” in the memo portion of the cheque, or the comment box if donating online at cnewa.ca.