Dear People of the Geraldton Diocese

This year, 2021, still finds us all in the middle of a pandemic! A lot of uncertainty remains regarding our world and our lifestyle here in Australia. We talk about numbers, vaccines, and lockdowns, and we are bombarded about it constantly through the Media. All of it has an impact upon our wellbeing and sense of resilience.

The “new normal”, with all its uncertainties, will continue to leave many people feeling vulnerable about their families, friends, livelihoods, and their future.

The Diocesan Communio Christmas Appeal, held annually throughout our Diocese during the season of Advent, commences in every Diocesan Parish on Sunday, 14th November, the last Sunday in Ordinary Time, before the Feast of Christ the King.

I would like to thank all those who contributed generously towards last year’s 2020 Appeal, raising $21,209.85.

Despite the vastness and remoteness of many communities in the Diocese of Geraldton, we still manage to care and support each other, and the various ministries and services, throughout the Diocese.

Families experiencing financial difficulties, people experiencing difficult relationships, and children suffering in the fallout of those relationships, are examples of those assisted by the funds given to Centacare.

The Appeal also supports those who have requested help via our Priests and Pastoral Associates in our Parishes, as well as the elderly and Aboriginal families in our remote regions.

The ministry of Mrs Cathy Jones, Pastoral Leader with the local Catholic and Aboriginal Communities in the Inland Parish of Mt Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra, would not be possible without support from the Communio funds.

Every year Communio supports Nazareth House with funds enabling the Sisters of Nazareth and staff to purchase items that enhance the daily life of their elderly residents, that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

A final thought from Pope Francis’ Exhortation, as I believe Communio is a concrete way of putting into practice his words taken from his Encyclical, ‘Fratelli Tutti’ (Fraternal Brothers and Sisters)’,

Jesus tells the story of a man assaulted by thieves and lying injured on the wayside. Several persons passed him by but failed to stop…. They would not waste a couple of minutes caring for the injured man, or even in calling for help. Only one person stopped, approached the man and cared for him personally, even spending his own money to provide for his needs. He also gave him something that in our frenetic world we cling to tightly: he gave him his time.”(63)

We all are very much still in times of uncertainty, and I am very aware that that uncertainty is the reason many are more cautious with their resources, which is wise, but let’s not forget a little for those whom we don’t see, who in a sense, are lying injured and in need. I, and those Communio assists, are very grateful of any support you may be able to provide to this appeal.

Donations $2 and over are tax-deductible. Please indicate on the donation form (in BLOCK form) if you require a receipt and your preference for how you would like to receive your receipt. I assure you that your personal details on the form will be kept strictly confidential.

Thank you for your time in reading my letter and for your consideration towards this year’s Diocesan Christmas Communio Appeal.  I am most grateful.

Yours sincerely

Most Reverend Michael Morrissey DD

Bishop of Geraldton