ANNUAL CHARITIES WEEK (FEBRUARY 24 – MAY 6, 2018)


Charities Week 2018 appeal envelope.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

“All of us, in truth, are called to water ourselves upon the rock that is the Lord and to quench the world’s thirst with the charity that springs from Him.” – Pope Francis

This Lent, as we prepare ourselves for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ, let us also contemplate on our journey of discipleship where we follow the example of Christ and “walk
in His footsteps” (1 Peter 2:21).

It is timely that we ask ourselves: What does it mean to be a disciple of God? The Word of God reminds us that discipleship goes beyond the observance of precepts, prohibitions, and mandates to taking concrete actions to help a brother or sister who is hungry, thirsty, needing clothes, sick or in prison.

Regardless of how big or small the step, when we share our time, our talents, and our money with those in need, we are making known His kindness and love.

Archbishop Goh: 'Every cent you give will go a long way towards improving the lives of our brothers and sisters in need.'

St Aelred of Rievaulx aptly puts it, “Charity may be a very short word, but with its tremendous meaning of pure love, it sums up man’s entire relation to God and to his neighbour.”

This time of Lent provides us with the opportunity to respond to this call to be true disciples of Christ – to demonstrate God’s love through our actions towards others. Therefore, let us share generously our blessings with the less fortunate in our society.

One way to exemplify God’s love is by supporting the mission of the Catholic Charities Week Appeal of 2018. The proceeds will benefit our Catholic charities in areas that include:

• Helping the poor and needy
• Nurturing the young
• Enriching family relationships
• Providing for the elderly
• Caring for the marginalised

Every cent you give will go a long way towards improving the lives of our brothers and sisters in need.

Together, let us give a voice to Christ in the poor. Let us sow the love of God in the hearts of others.

Most Rev William Goh
Archbishop of Singapore


About Charities Week

Charities Week is an annual giving event organised by Caritas Singapore, the social and community arm of the Archdiocese of Singapore. It is the umbrella body for 25 Catholic charities that help more than 50,000 beneficiaries regardless of race or religion. It is also a member of Caritas Internationalis, a global confederation of 165 humanitarian organisations.

Donations to Charities Week 2018 will help Caritas Singapore’s member organisations and Agape Village to serve diverse and marginalised groups including low-income families, youth-at-risk, ex-prisoners, those with physical disabilities and those with mental health problems.

Your donations will support the work of 14 Catholic charities under Caritas Singapore, and Agape Village – a Caritas Singapore initiative.

How to donate: The Charities Week 2018 appeal envelopes (purple in colour) are in your parish. Appeal envelopes that go to schools and businesses are yellow in colour.

Donations can be made in the following ways:

Cash: Drop the appeal envelope into your parish offertory box with your cash donation.

Cheque: Write a cheque payable to “Caritas Singapore” and drop the appeal envelope into your parish offertory box, or mail to: Caritas Singapore, 55 Waterloo Street #08-01 Catholic Centre, Singapore 187954.

Credit card: Charities Week Campaign will be available online at www.caritas-singapore.org/donate from Feb 24 to May 6, 2018.

GIRO: Opt for monthly giving by filling up the GIRO form in the appeal envelope, and drop the envelope into your parish offertory box; or mail to Caritas Singapore, 55 Waterloo Street #08-01 Catholic Centre, Singapore 187954.

Charities Week donations are tax deductible. Please tick the option to request for tax deduction, and include the mandatory details (name as per NRIC, and NRIC number).

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