Presentation on theme: "Called by faith to act with generous hearts The Lent Appeal 2012."— Presentation transcript:
Called by faith to act with generous hearts The Lent Appeal 2012
Lent Traditionally a time of: Prayer Fasting Almsgiving
The Bishops’ Lenten Appeal Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand International Support: Aid & Development New Zealand: Advocacy for Social Justice Catholic Schools: Resources & Activities
Lent Appeal 2012 All Catholics, and indeed all men and women, are called to act with […] generous hearts […] Pope Benedict XVI: Blessing of Caritas Internationalis General Assembly, 2011
Lent Appeal … act for the common good, generously giving the best of himself or herself in the service of his or her brothers and sisters, particularly those in greatest need. Pope Benedict XVI: Blessing of Caritas Internationalis General Assembly, 2011
First Sunday of Lent The Temptation of Christ ‘He was in the wilderness forty days’ Christchurch: Sacred Heart school Responding to those who are suffering… A New Zealand emergency New Zealand: Stormbirds programme
Second Sunday of Lent The Transfiguration ‘He was transfigured before them’ Kenya: Chiga parish Supporting families through livelihood projects... Area badly affected by HIV/AIDS Kenya: Livelihoods Support project, Chiga Parish
Third Sunday of Lent The Cleansing of the Temple ‘He poured out the coins of the money changers’ Fiji: Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy Justice in the marketplace… Advocating for fair public policies Empowering communities Fiji: Economic justice for people in informal (squatter) settlements
Fourth Sunday of Lent Jesus is the Light of the World ‘the light has come into the world’ West Bank: Aboud Medical Centre A mission of health and hope... Extending medical services into the community for people in the occupied Palestinian territories The Holy Land: Working in partnership with Caritas Jerusalem
Fifth Sunday of Lent Preparation for Christ ‘Whoever serves me must follow me’ Aotearoa New Zealand: Caritas education work in schools Preparing for a life of service to others... School resources that bring justice and compassion into the classroom Aotearoa New Zealand: Caritas education programmes for primary and secondary schools
Sixth Sunday of Lent The Passion of Christ As we look to the celebration of new life at Easter, let us thank God for this season of Lent. Through our reflections, our renewal, our sharing in the sacrifice of Jesus, may we help to bring peace and salvation to the world. May God grant us the strength and love to contribute to the common good of all – called by faith to act with generous hearts.
Caritas Lenten reflection programme Gospels for 6 Sundays in Lent: Group sharing and reflection Context of the Lenten theme Available in English, Samoan, Tongan and Tokelauan versions.