Have Life AND have it to the Full
Maristely, 18, lives in a Favela (slum) in Sao Paulo, Brazil with her family. Favela life is difficult. Dark and cramped, they are often built on land affected by floods and landslides; there is also high unemployment, dense population and widespread violence. Caritas Australia’s partner, the Movement for defence of Favela Residents (MDF), is changing lives across 40 favelas by enabling people to advocate for their rights to be upheld. Thousands of families now have access to clean water, electricity and connected sewerage, and deeds to their land. MDF also offers a youth leadership program so young people can attain education and employment, rather than joining local gangs. These improved living conditions means Maristely and her family are now enjoying a full life and are proud of where they live.
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent – a season of prayer, fasting and giving. Through prayer and charitable living we can re-examine our relationships with others and with God. Fr. Ruben will commission the SRC at Mary Immaculate Parish and return to TSC and lead each class liturgy during period 4.
This year TSC is launching Project Compassion for the Parramatta Diocese. On Thursday March 6 Sr Louise McKeogh, Mr Paul O'Callaghan (both from Caritas Australia) and Fr Dennis Espejo who has worked with Caritas Filipinas to implement an emergency relief program in response to Typhoon Ketsana in 2009 will launch the Project Compassion “Have life and have it to the Full” campaign.
Give something up for lent so you may give generously.
The “Have Life AND have it to the Full” Program and Posters are for each homeroom to record their progress. For example, our first target is $10 (Prosperity). When this target is reached cut out the COLOUR SQUARE on your homeroom poster and paste it onto the tall tally poster. The target for each homeroom should be agreed upon at the beginning of the campaign – either:
$10 = Prosperity,
$35 ($10 + $25) = Prosperity + Dignity
$85 ($10 + $25 + $50) = Hope + Prosperity + Dignity
$160 ($10 + $25 + $50 + $75) = Hope + Prosperity + Dignity + Compassion
$260 ($10 + $25 + $50 + $75 + $100) = Hope + Prosperity + Dignity + Compassion + Empowerment
$460 ($10 + $25 + $50 + $75 + $100 + $200) = Hope + Prosperity + Dignity + Compassion + Empowerment + Solidarity
$600 ($10 + $25 + $50 + $75 + $100 + $200 + $140) = ALL THE VALUES & Youth Leadership Training
Each FRIDAY in homeroom we share the story from the Caritas website, Mr Feeney has also emailed the web address to teachers, so we are aware of the development programs that we are actively engaged in with Caritas in 2014.
Through fasting and giving we can examine how we are living our lives and ask how we can make personal sacrifices and be more for others. It is also a time of preparation for the great celebration of Easter. The forty days of Lent remind us of other significant times of preparation: the ancient Hebrews wandered for forty years in the desert before beginning a new life in the Promised Land; Jesus spent forty days in the desert, praying and fasting before the way of the cross.
Lent provides us with an opportunity to make our lives richer in love and compassion. This year Project Compassion invites us to work with Caritas Australia and with those living in poverty so that our charitable actions during Lent help all people have life and have it to the full with prosperity, dignity, hope, compassion, empowerment and solidarity.