Dear People of the Geraldton Diocese

The end of 2018 is fast approaching and life becomes very hectic as we prepare for Christmas and the end of the school year.

The Diocesan Communio Christmas Appeal for 2018 is held in our Diocese during the season of Advent and  commences in every Diocesan Parish on Sunday, 18th November. I would like to thank you for your generous contributions to the 2017 Christmas Appeal totalling $20,439.

Our Diocese is vast in size with great distances between many of our communities. People’s faithfulness to their small communities gives me a lot of hope, especially as you let your light of Faith and Hope shine on the local community in which you live.   Indeed, you are the face and hands of Jesus in your communities. You give hope to those who are vulnerable despite the many obstacles that can be present in your local community. All of us know of people and families experiencing financial difficulties, or who are experiencing difficult relationships or children with families of blended relationships. Many of these people and families need our support and encouragement. 

We have many examples of people and organisations in our Diocese offering support to people in need:-

As Christians, we are called to support those who are senior in years, sick or frail and we have a number of Organisations within the Diocese of Geraldton providing that support. One example is Nazareth House in Geraldton offering support to people in their latter years of life.

Mental Health is a major concern across the Diocese of Geraldton affecting people of all walks of life and background. Centacare offers support services  to those who are suffering from financial stress in Exmouth where the cost of living becomes an issue when little work is available.

Support is given to families by Centacare in Geraldton, Carnarvon, Mt Magnet and Exmouth. There is a “Snuggles” programme supporting young parents with their babies in Geraldton and Exmouth. In Mount Magnet there is a programme supporting families sending their children to school.

In 2018 you, through Communio, contributed $29, 900 to these Agencies, as well as to some individual needs of vulnerable people.

In 2019 it is my intention to extend the support of Communio to the Pastoral Ministry of Sr Gerri Boylan SGS  living remotely in Mt Magnet. For nineteen years Sr Gerri has been a very dedicated person of Faith and generosity in the shrinking communities of Mt Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra. Wonderful support is given by the local small Catholic Community to Sr Gerri. Our support for Communio would encourage them to know they are not alone in offering the compassion and love of God in those local communities.

There are a number of payment options offered on the return slip on the reverse side of this letter, as well as a few optional boxes to tick to help save costs in running the Appeal. A prepaid envelope is also enclosed for your convenience if you prefer to donate by cash or cheque. Donations are tax-deductible and receipts will be issued after March next year in 2019 to those who indicate on the return slip they require one. Please ensure your name and contact details are printed clearly in BLOCK form. I assure you that your personal details and gift will be kept strictly confidential.

My good wishes and prayers to you and your loved ones for a very safe, happy and Holy Christmas.

Most Reverend Michael Morrissey DD

Bishop of Geraldton

 

Vision Statement

We are:

* a welcoming community which reaches out to all
* celebrating Christ's presence
* joyfully living out our Christian calling across distance and diversity

This vision states that as a Diocese, we aim to be a welcoming, missionary, centred on Christ, and each striving to live one's particular vocation. It is in living out our calling that we praise God, follow Christ, influence society and achieve the goal of eternal life won for us by Christ. In the parishes we have encouraged people to measure whatever they do against this Diocesan vision.

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Catholic Diocese
of GERALDTON
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7 Maitland Street
Geraldton WA 6531

PO Box 46
Geraldton WA 6531

Ph: +61 8 9921 3221
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