Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. The Lent Appeal is run by Caritas on behalf of New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops to support works of charity and justice for the world’s poorest at home and abroad.
Lent 2014 begins on Ash Wednesday 5 March, and lasts up to Easter Sunday on 20 April.
The theme for the Lent 2014 Appeal is Open up a Horizon of Hope, taken from Pope Francis' Inauguration Homily, where he said:
Today too, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others. To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope!
Schools resources will be sent in early December.
The Lent Reflection Programme in four languages, will be sent out by 19 December.
Lent resources for parishers will be sent by 19 December.
THANK YOU to all parishes, schools and individuals who contributed more than $1 million towards the Lent Appeal 2013. Our video of appreciation features the song 'One Human Family' by Singout4Justice Y7-10 winner Lucy Wilkins. Thank you on behalf of all those who benefit from Caritas partnerships around the world.