Please read this important message from Carol Hill, Director of Catholic Care:
This time last year we saw our churches closing as the country went into ‘Lockdown 1’. Very few churches across the Diocese of Leeds were able to contribute to our 2020 Annual Appeal. This year we will again be in lockdown but at least many of our churches are open, even if at limited capacity, and we have found new ways to communicate. So, this year we are doing things a little differently…
The past twelve months have been an incredibly busy time for the charity, demonstrating the importance of our work as we have reached out to those in need across the Diocese: supporting children and families, especially the disadvantaged and those struggling with isolation. One older person described our regular telephone support as, ‘Like light into a dark room’.
We have been true to our mission of taking the caring Church into the community, offering practical help to people of all faiths and of no faith at all.
Some of this work is captured in our Catholic Care Annual Review: Celebrating 2020
Bishop Marcus has said: ‘Despite all the phenomenal challenges and restrictions of the last year, I am in awe of what has been achieved. Truly, Catholic Care has been not only Christ’s hands and feet during this crisis but also an expression of the love of His Most Sacred Heart for all those who are poor, vulnerable, or marginalised. Let us pray that the Lord will continue to bless Catholic Care in the years ahead and protect with His Grace all who support it and benefit from its work.’
Our work supporting those in need in the community is dependent on grants, donations, fundraising and volunteers. The prolonged length of the pandemic is having a continued impact on our charity’s ability to fund raise and so this year’s Annual Appeal is particularly important to our continued work.