Trocaire visits Mullingar parish and schools

Welcome to Catherine and Hillary from Trocaire who are visiting our parish this weekend to speak about the Lenten Appeal 2012. 

The theme of the appeal is "Rebuilding Communities for Lasting Change".  This message was chosen by Trócaire to link with the theme of the International Eucharistic Congress which reflects on the Eucharist as building communion with God and neighbour.  Focusing on Uganda, where Trócaire has worked for the past 40 years, the appeal tells the story of a country torn apart by a devastating civil war.  As Justin Kilcullen explains:

"when conflict forces people from their homes, the struggle to survive is almost impossible to imagine.  Families are separated and lives thrown into chaos.  Trócaire works along side communities in Uganda affected by conflict to rebuild their lives".

Last year, Mullingar parishioners donated €60,348 to the Lenten Appeal and raised €20,500 for Somalia.  Your generosity makes a massive difference in people's lives. 

A Trocaire fair-trade coffee morning will take place in the Social Services Centre on Friday 30 March.

Click on the gallery below for photos from the launch of the appeal at the Cathedral on Thursday morning.  Students from Colaiste Mhuire, the Community College and Loreto College took part in the occasion.  Each of these students share a name similar to Daniel, the boy from Uganda on the front of this year's Trocaire Box.  Also taking part in a launch on Friday were pupils from Scoil Mhuire, Navan.  Many thanks to John McAuley and Barry Cronin for providing these photos.

Trócaire is the development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland.  As well as providing emergency aid relief after in the face of famine or natural disasters, as recently in Somalia and East Africa, Trócaire's mission is rooted in the Gospel values of Catholic social teaching.  This compels the agency to work for justice and the defence of human rights, to promote the God-given dignity of each human person.  Trócaire's work in Mullingar this weekend gives the agency an opportunity to thank parishioners for their generosity each year and to explain to the Church community in parishes and schools that its faith mission is a response to Christ's command to love God and neighbour.

Click here for a short video featuring Daniel from this year's Lenten Appeal.


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