Advent is a time of spiritual preparation. During this time we remember our calling as Catholics to care for the poor in our community. 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 provide food, housing, counselling, security and support to men, women and children who need our help through the Care Appeal.

Please join me and give generously to the Care Appeal.

− Bishop Paul Martin SM, Advent 2018