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What is this adventure?

Fill your senses with the sights, sounds and smells of Cambodia, with its changing landscapes and colourful culture. Arriving in Siem Reap, over the next 12 days you will embark on an incredible cycling adventure, with every kilometre revealing new splendour.

From hidden jungle temples and sugar-palm plantations to ancient ruins and bustling cities, on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure you will cycle beyond the city limits into the unfolding countryside: through rice paddies, sugar-palm plantations and small villages where children run out to greet you.

Best of all, as part of this incredible adventure, you will raise vital funds for Catholic Mission to continue facilitating education projects in Cambodia, and see firsthand some of these life-changing projects.

How can I register for the Ride to Reach Out?

Anyone interested in participating in the Ride to Reach Out can receive a free information pack by clicking here. The information pack includes the full 12-day trip itinerary as well as information about Cambodia and the work of Catholic Mission there. Places are limited, and you can secure yours by registering today.

How can I support participants who have registered for the Ride to Reach Out?

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If you are unable to personally join the Ride to Reach Out, but still want to make a real difference, you can make a donation by clicking here.

Participants are encouraged to fundraise a minimum of $3,500 each, and you can help them reach this fundraising target.

Participants will visit projects which have either received funding from Catholic Mission in the past, or will receive future funding thanks to your support.

 

 

 

2017 Church Appeal Kit

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The 2017 Catholic Mission Church Appeal focuses on the life-giving work of Catholic Mission in Uganda, highlighting the important work with women and children at risk undertaken by Sister Mary Goretti, from the local Ugandan order, the Daughters of Mary.

Parishioners are invited to reach out through their financial gifts and prayers to support the work of Sister Mary, who is responsible for running the St Luke Bujuni Health Centre, which provides the parish’s 15,000-strong population with affordable, quality healthcare, regardless of faith.

Together we can support women and children’s health through Jesus’ healing ministry which is part of the life-giving mission, helping missionaries like Sister Mary reach out and give life in Uganda and all around the world.

Please note: To view the resources, click on the title in the headings below. Some of the files are large in size and may take a while to view/download.

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The parish resources have been created to help your parish conduct a successful Catholic Mission Church Appeal, and include the following:

  • Parish Kit – includes opening and closing prayers, parish bulletin notices, speakers’ notes and ideas, and homily notes.
  • Poster – to be put up in your church prior to the appeal weekend.
  • Video – to be played during mass on the appeal weekend (if AV facilities are available).
  • Appeal Envelope – to be placed in the pews on the appeal weekend.
  • Summary Form – easy-to-use form to reconcile donations.

Click below to download the Parish Kit resources with (bigger file size), or without (smaller file size) the video. Both PDF and Word files are included in each option.

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The parish poster features Sister Mary Goretti holding a baby girl during a health outreach talk to expectant and new mothers at an outstation in Bujuni Parish, three hours west of Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. Sister Mary is responsible for the running of St Luke Bujuni Health Centre, which provides the parish’s 15,000-strong population with affordable, quality healthcare, regardless of faith.

Inspired by the Gospel of John, ‘I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full’ (John 10:10), the 2017 Catholic Mission Church Appeal focuses on the life-giving work of Sister Mary and her staff at St Luke’s with women and children.

Click below to download the appeal poster in PDF, or as an image file.

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The video ‘I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full’ features the life-giving work of Sister Mary Goretti and her staff at St Luke Bujuni Health Centre, deep in the heart of Uganda. In Bujuni, bringing life into the world is often fraught with danger. This video has beautiful imagery and is an engaging witness of how Sister Mary is a faithful missionary responding to Jesus. It is a moving fundraising and formation resource for your Catholic Mission Church Appeal, giving parishioners a powerful insight into the maternal health situation in Uganda and how they can support women and children’s health through Jesus’ life-giving mission.

The video is an inspirational fundraising and formation resource for your Catholic Mission Church Appeal.

Click below to download the video, or to view it on Youtube.

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During the 2017 Catholic Mission Church Appeal, parishioners are invited to reach out to support the tireless work of Sister Mary Goretti and her small staff at St Luke Bujuni Health Centre, who are responsible for the running of St Luke Bujuni Health Centre, which provides the parish’s 15,000-strong population with affordable, quality healthcare, regardless of faith.

Parishioners are given the opportunity to support the work of Catholic Mission with a single gift or on a monthly basis. Parishioners can obtain a tax deductible receipt for gifts given to our community development programs, while gifts to our faith programs are not-tax-deductible.

Personal details are required for all credit card, direct debit, tax-deductible and monthly donations. In addition, all parishioners are encouraged to include their personal details, so they can be personally thanked for their generous support.

Please ensure that enough appeal envelopes for every expected parishioner are placed along every pew in your parish church, along with the same number of pencils, prior to each mass on the appeal weekend. Make sure to restock envelopes after each mass as this helps drive a successful appeal.

Click below to download the appeal envelope in either PDF, or Microsoft Word.

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 + Parish Bulletins - Parish Bulletins

Bulletin notices have been created to help your parish promote this year’s Catholic Mission Church Appeal. Parish bulletins are an effective method to inform parishioners about the upcoming appeal, and a nice way to thank them for their generosity and support following the appeal weekend.

Click below to download the parish bulletins in PDF, or in Word.

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 + Summary Form - Summary Form

The summary form makes it easy for your parish to reconcile the money raised through your Catholic Mission Church Appeal. By filling in the summary sheet using the three simple steps below, you can ensure that parishioners receive the acknowledgement and receipts they need.

  • Collect donations and reconcile by completing the Summary Form.
  • Bank cash donations and write a cheque to ‘Catholic Mission’ for total cash donations (this is very important as Catholic Mission is not able to collect cash).
  • Post the completed paperwork and appeal envelopes (including Summary Form, completed appeal envelopes, individual cheques and parish cheque for cash donations, and a copy of the deposit slip) to the postal address of your diocesan director.

Click below to download the summary form in either PDF, or Word.

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Church Appeal 2016

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Yes, I would like to give life and a new future to the least of these children!

In the poorest and most disadvantaged communities of Cambodia, and other developing countries all across the world, children are always the most vulnerable.

Many cannot attend school because they have to care for their younger siblings while their parents work long hours to earn barely enough to survive. Some children are even forced to work themselves to help support the family.

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$75 provides daily meals for 13 children for one week so they can receive vital nutrition to grow up healthy and strong, and to be able to focus and concentrate as they learn their ABCs.
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$528 pays for the stipend of one teacher for two months. Local teachers, who know the dialect and the culture of the communities, manage the educational programs, so they can interact better with the children for a more efficient formation.
Click here to donate now.

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$400 allows 33 children coming from disadvantaged communities to receive an education for one year in literacy, health, hygiene, human rights and also to be provided with educational material such as stationery, books and notebooks.
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$1,440 covers the cost of equipment and training for one local teacher for one year so they can provide the best formation to children coming from disadvantaged communities and enable them to have a hope-filled future.
Click here to donate now.

Additional Content

Video
Watch the Church Appeal
video, click here.

Parish Kit
Access the 2016 Church
Appeal Kit, click here.

Church Appeal 2017

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Help give life where there is needless loss and grief

In July last year, as Evas went into labour, her only option to reach the nearest health facility was to travel for hours on the back of a motorbike. Living on the outskirts of the small rural town of Bujuni, three hours west of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, Evas did not have access to an ambulance, or a car for that matter.

Evas was not just holding on for her own life, but that of her unborn child. Distressingly, as day turned to night, Evas’ fear and uncertainty descended into unthinkable grief and her dream of finally becoming a mother soon became her worst nightmare. That night Evas gave birth to a beautiful son, however tragically, the impact from the long bumpy journey was too much, and after just two days in hospital, Evas’ baby boy died. Such needless loss and grief could have been prevented if Evas had been travelling in an ambulance rather than on a motorbike.

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$75 enables one catechist to provide catechism lessons to the community, for one year, helping mothers and their families grow in their spiritual life. Click here to donate now.

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Your own contribution towards building a convent where religious sisters like Sister Mary can live, eat, pray and reflect while they take a break from their vital work, including their work for mothers and babies. The total cost of building a convent is $34,800. Click here to donate now.

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$450 covers the salary of a midwife for six months. Midwives are critical to ensure the safe delivery of babies and the sustained health outcomes of new mothers and their babies. Click here to donate now

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Your own contribution toward the cost of an ambulance, ensuring that people in remote areas can reach health facilities in a safe and timely manner during labour and in the event of emergencies. The total cost of an ambulance is $71,504. Click here to donate now.

Additional Content

Video
Watch the Church Appeal
video, click here.

Parish Kit
Access the 2017 Church
Appeal Kit, click here.

Catholic Mission Seminarian Appeal 2016

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Thank you for your heartfelt prayers and valuable support
towards the work of Catholic Mission in 2015!

In 1999, a referendum was held in Timor-Leste, where nearly 80 percent of voters elected to free the nation from 25 years of Indonesian occupation. During the week following this historic vote, the Timorese people suffered savage and horrendous violence, which left the nation in a state of severe physical and emotional tatters. Although time has healed many of the physical wounds, a scar on the nation’s soul still lingers. In the present day, Timor-Leste struggles to overcome a combination of potentially destructive social issues, ranging from widespread unemployment to poverty and endemic domestic violence.

It is only with your support that seminarians like Zaccarias can help the nation—where 97 per cent of the population identify with the Catholic faith—move forward, bringing the Good News to the people, breaking the devastating cycles of poverty, and helping Timor-Leste rise from the ashes into new light.

With your support these young men will also learn to be pragmatic leaders who can help their local parishes solve practical problems, such as the accessibility to clean drinking water and sanitation.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Brian Lucas
National Director


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