PROJECT COMPASSION We are the Church - it is through our actions and works that we are the hands and feet of Christ in our world today. Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten campaign theme for this year is “Be More”, which comes from the words of comes from the words of Saint Oscar Romero “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” This is a wonderful invitation to rethink what is important to us, what renewal or reform is needed in our own lives and as a community. Your donations to Project Compassion can and will transform the lives of vulnerable people around the world. Boxes and envelopes may be picked up in the foyer of the church.
Oliva, 22, could not read, write or count, and her business was losing money. Then she attended Caritas Australia-supported literacy and numeracy classes, and set up a home classroom to teach her neighbours. Now her classes, business and family are thriving, and she aims to become a pastor and run for local leadership.
Margret is a teacher at a vocational school for deaf students in the Solomon Islands that suffered long-term water shortages and damage from Tropical Cyclone Harold. With Caritas Australia’s support, Margret’s school installed water tanks, repaired cyclone damage and implemented COVID-19 prevention measures, and is now planning to boost food security.
19/2/2021 Jamila is a Rohingya refugee living in a camp in Bangladesh with her elderly mother and baby daughter. With the support of Caritas Australia, and through Caritas Bangladesh, Jamila has been able to access emergency food, shelter, counselling, and vocational training that will help to support her family. Bishop Gerard writes of Project Compassion, “It is the way the Church implements the call of the Lord to fast. ...... People are asked to go without something they normally spend money on and give the money to Project Compassion. The money is always welcomed by those lacking the necessities of life, but the Lenten spirit is to give money available because of the fast.” LENT - A TIME TO RESET AND START OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD ANEW.