"Giving generously, Spending wisely"
The generosity of our parish, as we have just proved in the CAFOD Fast Day, is a matter of record.
Many parishioners support charities by regular planned giving & responding to appeals. Charities are better than governments at targeting aid at where it can be used most effectively, but they need our support.
Even in our wealthy society there is still relative poverty, the gap between the poorest & the wealthiest sectors continues to widen -The global divide is far wider, and poverty more acute. Do we regularly review and increase our giving to our charities when we can? Do we give up small luxuries to give a little more to those who have no luxuries, and for many, not even the basic essentials of life?
Our organisations- SVP, KSC, J&P & others – reflect our church's outreach to the poor and needy but again depend on our support, not only money but also resources – food for the Night shelter, goods for jumble sales, items for Christmas presents etc. Do we respond to these appeals? Do we attend fundraising events. Do we support Traidcraft or buy fairly traded items in shops? Do we look at how money put into our savings, pensions etc. is used and support ethical investments?
We are all by the way we live part of the injustice to others. but by the way we use our money, our time & talents we can tackle that injustice.
"In relieving our neighbours suffering and meeting our neighbours needs, we are also serving Christ." (The Common Good)