As you are aware, Lent is an extremely important period of the year for Trócaire. Trócaire rely heavily on the income that comes in during Lent, through the generosity of parishes and schools, to fund our core work.
We are conscious of the many pressures facing people and parishes, and we are greatly encouraged by the ongoing generosity which enables us to continue our lifesaving and lifechanging work in up to 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central America.
This year’s Lenten campaign highlights how Covid-19 has impacted communities in Zimbabwe who were already facing significant challenges due to climate change and food insecurity. We hear the story of Thandekile and her two children, her daughter Nomatter and son Forward, and how Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on their family. We also hear how Thandekile shows courage, hope and strength in the face of these challenges.
This year Trócaire have wonderful resources for primary and secondary schools, youth groups and Parishes on their website.
I leave you with a thankful quote from Archbishop Alex Thomas from the Archdiocese of Bulawayo. The Archdiocese that get help and support from Trócaire : “In the spirit of faith and in the spirit of humanity, I want to appreciate the support of the people of Ireland. And I would say that we have nothing much to give you back, we are always grateful to you, and every Sunday, when our people gather, we can assure you of our prayers for your generosity. I can only encourage you all to keep this partnership in the spirit of our faith.” (Archbishop Alex Thomas -Archdiocese of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)
I thanks you as always for your ongoing support and work for Trócaire and wish you and yours continued good health and blessings this Lent and always.
✠ Fintan Monahan