CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 15 September 2018

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Report on the 2015 Lenten Campaign

Hong Kong (SE): The Lenten Campaign for 2015 raised a grand total of $6.95 million, the chairperson of the Lenten Collection and Allocation Committee, Bernard Chan, reported at the conclusion of the year.

Running under the theme, From family reconciliation to living out Christian love, Chan notes that the financial result of the 2014 campaign shows a slight, 1.56 per cent decrease compared with the previous year.

Of the total donations received, parishes accounted for $3.27 million (47.05 per cent), schools $3.15 million (45.33 per cent) and other Catholic institutions around $290,000 (3.45 per cent). Donations from individuals amounted to approximately $110,000 (4.17 per cent). 

Money has been allocated to various charitable activities, with $651,940 going to 16 parishes for charitable work, $80,800 to 33 Catholic secondary schools for service projects, $500,000 for overseas and local emergency relief and $6,267,260 to seven welfare agencies—$5.94 million of which went to Caritas-Hong Kong; $7,500 to the Faith and Light Community-HK for service to people with mental health problems, $26,000 to St. Camillus Benevolent Association for service to the physically afflicted and people of advanced age; and $55,000 to Volunteers of Suffering for Service the Disadvantaged.

In addition, $200,000 was donated to the Diocesan Reception Group, which subsidises the living and travelling expenses of religious from poor mainland dioceses to undertake short-term pastoral and liturgy programmes in Hong Kong

Eight thousand dollars went to Catholic Secondary Schools North-East New Territories Deanery Council to subsidise their service to people of advanced age and $24,640 to St. Peter’s Revival Association for rehabilitation and employment programmes for former prisoners.  

Chan added that the grant to secondary schools was to help students organise community service projects to promote and deepen their understanding of Lent. 

Details of the 2014 collection and allocations, as well as the report on disbursements of the 2013 grants can be found on the Lenten website: http://lenten.catholic.org.hk.  

 

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