The Bishop’s Care Appeal was started by Archbishop Paul Martin SM to raise money during advent so that charitable work can be carried out in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Since its launch in 2018, the Care Appeal has supported numerous charitable initiatives, and made a difference to the lives of many individuals and families.
Areas of support include, providing food, housing, counselling, and other resources to those in need. Financial assistance is also given to continue the good work of volunteers, community service staff, chaplains and social workers who serve members of our community.
Over $260,000 raised
Since the establishment of the Bishop’s Care Appeal in 2018
Supporting many local causes across the community
Including St Vincent de Paul, Catholic Social Services, victims of natural disasters, local schools, rehabilitation programmes for prisoners and victim support for those suffering from terrible tragedies
Carrying out the work of Christ
during the season of Advent and throughout the year
Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Peace be with you – Kia tau te rangimarie kia koutou
Throughout my travels of the Diocese, I have been heartened by your strength and generosity and consider myself blessed to be your Shepherd.
Advent is a time of spiritual preparation. During this time we remember our calling as Catholics to care for those in need. We look to Mary, who would have quietly prepared her heart and mind in the final weeks before the birth of Christ. We too can imitate her gentle and compassionate presence as we prepare to meet Christ in the most humble of circumstances.
Together as one in the Diocese of Christchurch, we can help those on the front line deliver the services and bring hope to those who face hardship, despair and adversity.
This Advent, I ask for your support of the Bishop’s Care Appeal .
Thank you again for your generosity of spirit.
I wish you and your family a happy and holy Christmas.
Yours in Christ,
Bishop Michael Gielen