World Mission Appeal Kit
- 14 July 2016
The 2016 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.
Violence, and in particular domestic violence, is sadly not uncommon in families around the world. In recent years, in Australia, significant campaigns have raised awareness of domestic violence and tried to bring out into the open this often sensitive and stigmatised issue. In Papua New Guinea domestic violence is just as real as it is in our country. Coupled with poverty and isolation, and the fact that it has yet to become as public as it is in Australia, its effects are especially dire.
With your support of Catholic Mission, you can help Mercy Works train inspirational local community leaders like Steven Dude, so they can engage with communities experiencing family and domestic violence by listening, caring and advocating, and allow them to find peace through mercy.
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.
- 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.
- Appeal Envelope – to be placed in the pews on the appeal weekend.
- Summary Form – easy-to-use form to reconcile donations.
Click here to download the Parish Resources (includes PDF and Miscrosoft Word).
The parish poster features Steven Dude and Jacinta*, who are both past victims of domestic abuse. United by their shared experiences, Steven and Jacinta are wounded healers—instruments of peace—helping others to turn away from violence and bring positive change to their communities.
Click here to download the appeal poster PDF.
Click here to download the appeal poster Microsoft Word.
*Names have been changed to protect identity.
During the 2016 Catholic Mission World Mission Appeal, parishioners are invited to support the work of Mercy Works in Papua New Guinea. With the help of Catholic Mission, Mercy Works train inspirational community leaders, like Steven Dude, so they can engage with communities experiencing family and domestic violence, helping them heal wounds and find peace through mercy.
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 non-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 here to download the appeal envelope PDF.
Bulletin notices have been created to help your parish promote this year’s Catholic Mission World Mission 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 here to download the parish bulletins PDF.
Click here to download the parish bulletins Microsoft Word.
The Summary Form makes it easy for your parish to reconcile the money raised through your Catholic Mission World Mission 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 here to download the summary form PDF.
Click here to download the summary form Micosoft Word.