Letter from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for Crosscare Annual Appeal – Saturday/Sunday, 19th/20th September 2020
We are all aware of and troubled by the crisis of homelessness and poverty that, despite many efforts, persists right across our diocese and our country.
For over 75 years now, Crosscare has mirrored the loving kindness of Jesus Christ through providing food and accommodation, information and advice, education and support to those who are most in need in our society; people who are homeless, in crisis, disabled and isolated, elderly and alone.
Crosscare sets out to redress the harsh consequences of poverty and disadvantage. It works to identify social exclusion, in its old and new expressions, and to lead those who are excluded into being once again people who can realise their God-given dignity and potential to the fullest degree possible.
Crosscare’s actions and programmes are shaped by the fact that every person is created in the image and likeness of God. This guides Crosscare to provide the highest standard of care and support to those who use their services. In the face of the uncertainties, the insecurities and the precariousness of our times, those who need support can rely on Crosscare.
In the past few weeks, Crosscare’s family hub on the former Mater Dei campus has begun providing new dignified emergency accommodation for families. This is still temporary accommodation, but in a short space of time, Crosscare has already helped a significant number of these families to move out into homes of their own.
The Annual Collection for Crosscare takes the place of the Share collection at all Masses this weekend. I would like to thank you, the people, of our Archdiocese for supporting the work of Crosscare each year and I urge you to be generous again this year and to give what you can to this collection.
Yours sincerely in the Lord
+ Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublin