People of the Geraldton Diocese
Those who live in Geraldton are familiar with a very energetic group of women who saw big needs of people and decided to do something about them. They set up an organisation called ‘Charity Begins At Home’.
There are local families and people whose lives are changed quickly or dramatically through accident or life threatening illnesses impacting heavily on their financial resources and needing substantial help. This group, through their very successful fundraising, are able to provide for some people in such circumstances.
I am amazed and inspired by the generosity of our people in our parishes and schools who raise funds for various needs - for disasters overseas and development of poorer countries. Caritas and Catholic Mission are the main, if not the sole beneficiaries of your generosity.
Our once a year Christmas Communio Appeal is what you could call ‘Charity Begins At Home’ for our Diocese.
So many people in our Diocese are affected by burdens which make it hard for them to cope or have a life of basic peace. I am sure you know of such people - or may have personal experience yourself of such burdens.
There are personal problems which get the better of some people. There are difficulties and conflicts in marriage and family life - some of which lead to breakdowns requiring further help for couples, and even more for the children. There are the ravages of drugs and the burdens of old age. There is unemployment, the heaviness of loneliness, and the tragedy of being a victim of crime. Certain young families and all new arrivals to our Diocese and country can find adjusting to these new circumstances hard.
These are the people our Catholic Caring Services of the Diocese help - over 14,000 last year.
These are the people you have helped through your generous contribution to last years Appeal of $ 25,049.
My sincere thanks.
These are the types of people you can help in 2016 through this Appeal.
To make a donation click on the payments option in the top left hand corner.
Donations are tax deductible and receipts will be issued after March next year to those who indicate on the return slip they require one.
I assure you that your personal details and gift will be kept strictly confidential.
My good wishes to you and your loved ones for a very safe, happy and holy Christmas.
Sincerely in Christ
Most Reverend Justin Bianchini
Roman Catholic Bishop of Geraldton