Caritas has been celebrating the great work of our Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Salford who have supported the St. Joseph Penny Appeal 2018. The total raised is yet to be finalised but we are hoping to say ‘thank you’ 8,000,000 times for each penny collected!
A big ‘Thank You’ to all our schools that supported this year’s St. Joseph’s Penny appeal and who also joined us last week either in the cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, or at St. Albans Parish, Blackburn to celebrate the kindness and generosity of so many young people. Special thanks are also extended to the choirs of Sacred Heart and of Our Lady and St. John’s for the fabulous music that led us in raising our voices in thanksgiving.
Speaking directly to the young people from over thirty schools who celebrated in these Masses, Mark Wiggin, Director of Caritas, shared the work that Caritas is able to carry out with the support of the St. Joseph’s Penny Appeal by describing the box itself. He said, ‘This year’s penny box is in the shape of a house and in the windows are many different people, all who need our help, looking out from the security of their home. Having a home and a safe place to live is along side a family the most important thing we can have’. He went on to share how the appeal this year has helped hundreds of children especially through the Caritas young parent’s services and community centres as well as helping young refugees and local people. St. Joseph’s Penny, he said was a’ very practical act of love and kindness’ and made a real difference to the lives of so many people in need.
The St. Joseph’s penny Appeal was created in 1904 and is in its 114th year.