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WORLD MISSION MONTH

World Mission Appeal

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Please help the people of Papua New Guinea to
build a future free from domestic violence now!

Domestic violence is, sadly, not uncommon around the world. In recent years, Australia has raised awareness of domestic violence through significant campaigns. Unfortunately, progress can take a lot longer in developing countries, such as Papua New Guinea. In isolated and disadvantaged rural areas of Papua New Guinea that lack support networks, the effects of family violence are particularly devastating.

Thankfully, the Catholic Church is working closely with local people to reverse the dangerous trend of domestic violence that has troubled Papua New Guinea for decades. Two people from Papua New Guinea who have managed to escape domestic violence are Steven and Jacinta*. Click here to read more about their stories.

Non-tax $50

$50 provides nutritional meals to 40 children attending preschool for one week.


Donate now.

Non-tax $595

$595 covers the transport expenses by dinghy, including fuel and cost of the driver.


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Tax $300

$300 covers the costs of educational material, such as booklets, brochures and handouts.


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Tax $1,392

$1,392 covers the costs of running four different two-week vocational skills training courses.

Donate now.

2016 World Mission Month

Additional Content
World Mission Month 2016 Parish Resources

If you are looking for the World Mission Appeal Kit, please click here.

The World Mission Appeal Kit includes:

  • Parish Resource
  • Appeal Poster
  • Appeal Envelopes
  • Parish Bulletins
  • Summary Forms
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Please help the people of Papua New Guinea to
build a future free from domestic violence now!

Domestic violence is, sadly, not uncommon around the world. In recent years, Australia has raised awareness of domestic violence through significant campaigns. Unfortunately, progress can take a lot longer in developing countries, such as Papua New Guinea. In isolated and disadvantaged rural areas of Papua New Guinea that lack support networks, the effects of family violence are particularly devastating.

Thankfully, the Catholic Church is working closely with local people to reverse the dangerous trend of domestic violence that has troubled Papua New Guinea for decades. Two people from Papua New Guinea who have managed to escape domestic violence are Steven and Jacinta*. Click here to read more about their stories.

Non-tax $50

$50 provides nutritional meals to 40 children attending preschool for one week.

Donate now.

Non-tax $595

$595 covers the transport expenses to travel to one remote area to run advocacy training sessions for one week.

Donate now.

Tax $300

$300 covers the costs of educational materials for 30 people participating in training courses on sexual and gender-based violence for two weeks.

Donate now.

Tax $1,392

$1,392 covers the costs of running four two-week vocational skills training courses.

 

Donate now.

Bonnie's Story

Bonnies Story

Bonnie Deegan, a renowned artist and extraordinary Aboriginal elder in the Halls Creek community, is just one of many who rely on the support of the Catholic Church and missionaries like Sister Alma.

Being one of the stolen generations, Bonnie was separated from her parents at a young age and cared for by religious sisters. Brought up in the Catholic faith, her faith has always been a vital part of her life and her identity.

Having lived in Halls Creek for over forty years, Bonnie knows the challenges of living in this small remote town better than anyone, especially for the younger generation. She often has her grandchildren living with her and is determined for them to also grow up to know God through a Catholic tradition and have a positive lifestyle. She truly believes that the children would be at greater risk of getting into trouble if it was not for the local Catholic Church and the missionaries.

As Bonnie says, “When there's mass on on a Sunday, she [Sister Alma] comes and picks me up every time and takes me and my grandchildren to church and that's very important for us. As they're growing up and live in the faith, they turn out to be good people and good Christians, and believe in God, and know their ‘rights’ from the ‘wrongs’. That's what I'd like to see in them as they’re growing up.”

Sadly, with the priest based 370 kilometers away, the community can only celebrate mass every two weeks. Despite the vital support Bonnie receives from Sister Alma, such as help with her grandchildren and transport to and from town, Bonnie misses having a priest based in Halls Creek.

Make an online donation now at: catholicmission.org.au/Australia.

 

World Mission Month

Church Appeals

Uganda

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This year Catholic Mission's Church Appeal focuses on supporting women and children’s health by helping missionaries like Sister Mary reach out and give life in Uganda and all around the world.

This appeal invites parishioners to reach out through their financial gifts and prayers to support inspirational missionaries like Sister Mary Goretti, from the local Ugandan order, the Daughters of Mary. For the past two years, Sister Mary has been running St Luke Bujuni Health Centre, which provides care to expectant mothers and their newborn babies.

Click here for more information about the 2017 Church Appeal, and to make a donation.

Click here to access the 2017 Church Appeal Kit.

Papua New Guinea

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The 2016 theme for this year’s Catholic Mission World Mission Appeal is inspired by the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, ‘Lord, make me an instrument of your peace’.

This appeal invites parishioners to reach out through their financial gifts and prayers to support the work of Mercy Works that, thanks to its partnership with Catholic Mission, is raising awareness of the issue of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea.

Click here for more information about the 2016 World Mission Appeal, and to make a donation.

Click here to access the 2016 World Mission Appeal Kit.

School Appeal

WMM-Schools-Tile The 2016 schools appeal with the theme, 'Just as you did it to one of the least of these you did it to me', takes students into the lives of children in Cambodia who cannot go to school because their families live in poverty. The insightful stories about the work of Sister Eulie and her community will not only help educate students, but provide schools with practical options in this Year of Mercy, to live out Pope Francis' call to be the hands of mercy.

Click here to access 2016 World Mission Month School resources.

Sister Alma's Story

Sister Almas Story

Sister Alma Cabassi has worked in remote and rural areas of Australia for over 40 years, and knows the importance of working in partnership with local Aboriginal communities—empowering community members to minister to their own people—physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Based in Halls Creek in the Broome diocese, and with the parish priest hundreds of kilometres away, Sister Alma holds a critical pastoral and formation role in the community. She also assists with adult formation classes, offering counselling services, managing the local op-shop and facilitating retreats at a Catholic retreat centre.

Sister Alma relies on the financial gifts from Catholic Mission supporters to continue her vital outreach work in Halls Creek and other remote communities throughout the Kimberley.

As you can imagine, because of the remoteness and vastness of the Broome Diocese, as well as the many rugged dirt roads, the wear and tear on the pastoral vehicles is an ongoing challenge. Sister Alma’s safety relies on having a good vehicle, and despite her current vehicle being only five years old, it has driven hundreds of thousands of kilometres, and is no longer in a safe condition. Over the last 12 months in particular, Sister Alma has had a lot of trouble with her vehicle.

As Sister Alma explains, “We need to be with the people and you can’t get there without a vehicle or without an aeroplane... The vehicle is an essential part of helping me in my work.”

Make an online donation now at: catholicmission.org.au/Australia.

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