From Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick
October 20, 2020
St. Mary Margaret Alacoque
This fall, Development and Peace launched their campaign Recovering Together to respond to the urgent needs of our brothers and sisters in the global south in the wake of COVID-19; to promote the “Just Recovery Principles;” and to share about how their partners are responding to the pandemic. As the annual Share Lent Collection was postponed, we have designated this year’s World Day of the Poor special collection for Development and Peace on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15.
We encourage you to promote this collection by placing a separate basket at the back of the church and reading the following short announcement at the weekend Masses on the previous Saturday and Sunday (November 7 and 8). You can access online materials:
If you have a bulletin, you may wish to place this in your bulletin a few weeks in a row
and offer this announcement the weekend before the collection.
Next weekend, November 14 and 15, the World Day of the Poor, there will be a collection for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace—Caritas Canada. In the wake of COVID-19, Development and Peace has launched a campaign Recovering Together to meet the urgent needs of our brothers and sisters in the global south. Your generosity will support Development and Peace partners to develop responses with their communities to provide:
- immediate aid and information on health and safety,
- access to services,
- assurance that human rights are respected,
- help to build resilience.
Please bring your own envelopes from your envelope boxes marked, “Development and Peace” for the basket which will be at the back of the church. You can also donate at www.devp.org and choose the “Give Now” tab. If you prefer to donate by phone, please call 1-888-234-8533. Pope Francis implores us to live out the “civilization of love” and to “find within us the necessary antibodies of justice, charity and solidarity.” Thank you for your generosity on this World Day of the Poor.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ Wayne Kirkpatrick
Bishop of Antigonish