share lent 2018

The Solidarity Sunday collection will be taken up in all Canadian parishes this weekend, March 17/18.  We will appeal to your generosity in support of our sisters and brothers in the Global South who fight every day for peace, human dignity and social justice.  Please use the designated envelope (Development & Peace) in your box of offering envelopes.  Thank you.

Development and Peace is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis.

Visit the Development & Peace website at to read stories about partners and projects in the Global South, and to access other information and resources.

Lent is a time to reconnect with God through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. This Lenten season, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada invites you to learn more about peace and dialogue as part of the Share Lent Campaign.

In a world where a multitude of cultures, religions, and beliefs co-exist, one of the first requirements for peace is to look within ourselves in order to speak with kindness and establish a sincere and genuine dialogue with “the other.” This year, and in the future, let us make a commitment to be artisans of peace, engaging in an approach based on openness and respect. Let us meet each other half way and establish a dialogue.

 Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare. It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity. All of this takes courage, it takes strength and tenacity.

 — Pope Francis, Invocation for Peace, June 8, 2014.

Together, let us continue to believe that peace, human dignity, and justice can triumph. Let us seek pathways to unity which will lead to a just and lasting peace. Let us cultivate, hand in hand with our sisters and brothers in the Global South, the hope of a better world where we can live in tolerance and dignity. And let us pray that even in the semi-darkness, we have the strength to make light shine forth.