News & Events
May 19, 2017
Share Lent raises more than $51,000 in the Diocese of Victoria
The theme of this year’s Share Lent Campaign was Women at the Heart of Change. Poverty and underdevelopment affect a disproportionate share of women because of poor education, lack of nutrition, precarious and low-paying employment and discrimination.
Yet Mary, the Mother of Our Lord, is for all Christians a woman at the heart of change. In her act of faith, giving flesh to the Word of God, she demonstrates how the Kingdom of God shows mercy, lifts up the lowly and fills the hungry with good things.
With your generosity, our Diocese raised $51,243.51 for Share Lent. Let us continue to look at what it means for each of us, and our community of faith, to be at the heart of change.
Youth Group Dinner
By Sr. Marina Smith SSA
On April 1, 2017, St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Victoria hosted a Youth Group dinner to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Development and Peace.
The menu featured chili prepared by parishioners, and pasta and tomato sauce cooked by pastor Fr. Alfredo Monacelli. Dinner was served by the youth, who also helped with clean up afterwards.
For the event, I made placemats of 17 countries with eight mats per table, two designs for each country—140 mats in total, which were laminated so they would resist food spills and could be reused.
When I introduced the dinner, with a few words about D&P, I made reference to these, and also asked questions which raised awareness and gave people an opportunity to consider issues from a different perspective.
Placemat created by Sr. Marina Smith providing information about Ethiopia. This was one of 17 countries featured in placemats.
Solidarity Visitor from Haiti
By Yvonne Zarowny
On Friday, March 17, 2017, Church of the Ascension in Parksville hosted the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace’s Solidarity Visitor, Marie-Ange Noël.
Speaking through translator Sr. Margaret Jacques SSA, who has spent time in Haiti, Marie-Ange told us of her work begun in 1989 by four nuns and 13 Haitian lay women to address immediate needs in their neighbourhood. They support women in need through promoting food sovereignty, building sustainable economic communities, and offering trauma counselling, while providing shelter for those who need a safe place to live.
This work in one of the poorest countries in the world truly embodies the theme of this year’s Share Lent campaign: Women at the Heart of Change.
Photo, L to R: Marie-Ange Noël, Sr. Margarat Jacques SSA