As we celebrate Holy Week and look forward to Easter, let us not forget that almsgiving, especially from Lenten sacrifices has always been part of our Lenten observance. In these trying times Canadians feel very uncertain about our economic future. As we face each day’s challenges let’s not forget people in the poorer countries of the world who cannot meet their basic needs and are shuddering at the spread of COVID-19. They lack basics such as medical facilities, medicines, food, clean water and sanitation.
Development and Peace-Caritas Canada, reminds us that these people are our neighbours. Traditionally, on the Fifth Sunday of Lent and onwards we encourage people to donate to the organization’s 149 community development and humanitarian projects serving 16.8 million people in 36 countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. These projects promote justice in communities trapped in poverty to transform their situation, and discover their dignity and strength together. We need to keep focussed on building global solidarity.
Parish collections are postponed indefinitely because the churches are closed. Those who are able to respond can donate directly to www.devp.org and click on donations.
In closing, members of the Charlottetown Diocesan Council of Development and Peace-Caritas Canada extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Heather Morrison, Marion Dowling and all caregivers. Special thanks also to all delivering essential services.
— Mary Boyd
Chair, Diocesan Council