Putting our Faith into Action in Times of Crisis

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Anxiety, uncertainty and fear are emotions many of us can currently relate to as we hear more and more of the  impact coronavirus is having on everyday lives. If you fall into a risk category this anxiety may be further heightened.

How we respond to this time can help us to define our communities and, as Catholics who have been called to love our neighbours, we must use this time to put our faith into action. Together, where it is safe to do so, we can respond to this uncertainty with love and support.

Caritas Salford are responding to the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and its staff are working around the clock to offer this support. But they can’t do it alone. Bishop John has written a letter asking you to help Caritas to enable them to continue their support to those in need.

Bishop John has also recorded a message of thanks to all of those who are enabling Caritas Salford to continue its vital work so far.

Below we have listed some ways that you personally can help, but you must prioritise your own health and follow government guidelines. The situation continues to evolve and latest updates can be found on the Gov.uk website.

How can we help?

It’s as easy as one, two, three.

One: Offer a helping hand in your parish

We all have a responsibility to care for each other. Reach out in the safest way possible; some people are depending on the kindness of their neighbours to get through this time.

  • Speak to your local parish clergy about what you can offer. This could include making friendly calls or collecting shopping for those affected by closures.

Two: Help Caritas Salford to continue supporting those in need

Caritas Salford’s 22 projects are a lifeline for so many, but they need your help to respond. Put your faith into action by helping them to meet the needs of our communities.

  • Let Caritas Salford know what is going on in your parish or deanery to support those in need! Good ideas inspire others and we would love to be able to highlight some of the hope coming out of our communities.
  • Register to volunteer through safe recruiting processes and hear about emergency requests for support so that Caritas can continue responding to the needs of local communities
  • If you are in a position to, make a financial donation to Caritas Salford. We have already seen the impact of stockpiling on our communities and Caritas Salford’s projects are in critical need of donations of food and hygiene products. 

Three: Make time for Prayer

Please continue to pray for those most affected, the frontline emergency services, the NHS all those who are facing hunger and additional worries through this uncertainty.

You can find a prayer resource produced by the Liturgy Office of the Bishops’ Conference here.

If you can help, please contact Caritas Salford on 0161 817 2250 or by emailing info@caritassalford.org.uk

Alternatively, you may be able to make a financial donation to support Caritas Salford’s work. Donations can be made online via JustGiving

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