In a recent letter from Bishop Tom, he has confirmed with CAFOD a temporary change to the practice of how second collections are handled, with special reference to Lent.
For the years 2012-2014 the Menevia Diocese is running its own Jubilee Appeal for all its parishes. This is an attempt, as the Bishop says, “to lift ourselves out of serious debt, re-organize our finances, and make us more able to meet our pastoral commitments for the future”.
Therefore, there will be no second collection for CAFOD during Lent. A second collection in Harvest is scheduled to go ahead, but will be divided pro rata between Mission Sunday and CAFOD.
Bishop Tom in his letter goes on to say:
I hope you will understand the awful financial circumstances that the diocese is in. Since it is experiencing difficulties to pay its way, we have reluctantly had to take these severe measures. I am sorry that they affect CAFOD and other charities. Yet for our own survival we have little choice.
And in order to be able to resume charitable giving in the future, the short-term pain is necessary for long-term gain. When the Jubilee Appeal period comes to an end, we will still be a “missionary” diocese, struggling to pay our way completely and still unable to implement pastoral projects in a number of key areas, not least of all our current commitments to the education sector. At that time, we hope to be able to re-embrace our solidarity fully with other organizations, and resume the level of giving that both we and they expect, and that includes CAFOD too.
Our response to Tom’s letter is that we understand the difficult situation that the Diocese finds itself at this time. We will honour his intentions.
If you are in a Parish in Menevia please do continue to promote these prayer and action resources throughout Lent, so that we continue to act and pray to help the world’s poorest people.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.