Bags of Love 2021
19 YEARS OF LOVE
On this World Day of the Poor, let is truly share, not just give, let us truly embrace, not just meet. So that the Living God will always be among us on our common journey.
Msgr Pierre Cibambo
This is the 19th year that our parish will be supporting this Christmas season campaign to fill bags with food items for the needy families in parishes in Cape Town, via St Vincent de Paul and Caritas. We all know and have felt the great hardships of this year - especially the suffering and pain of the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society.
The generousity of our parish has always been extraordinary and because of this, last year we were able to give 600 Bags of Love to these communities. This is equivalent to a donation of R180,000. We hope to do the same (or better) this year!
COLLECTION DATE - 11/12 DECEMBER
Please bring in your bags to the Parish office or the Church on or by the weekend of 11/12 December.
HOW IT WORKS
The shopping list below has been compiled by experts and is designed to feed a family of 4 for a week. Please fill your bags only with the items on the list. As much as one is tempted to add in extra goodies, it can cause consternation if bags are not the same.
- 1 kg x Sugar
- 1 kg x kg Rice
- 1 kg x Mielie Meal
- 1 x can of Mixed vegetables
- 1 x can of Baked beans
- 1 x can of Pilchards
- 1 x jar Peanut butter
- 1 x jar of Jam
- 1 x pack Soya mince
- 500 g x bag of Brown lentils
- 1 x Biscuits
- 1 x small box of Tea bags
- 1 x bag of Sweets
3 WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
1. Buy a bag and fill it
Collect a bag after Mass or from the Parish Office and fill it with the items from the shopping list. Each bag is a R10 donation.
2. Fill your own bag
Use your own sturdy and recyclable bag and fill it with items from the shopping list.
If you are unable to get out to do the shopping, or for your convenience, you can make a monetary donation to Bags of Love and we will do the shopping for you. The estimated value of all the items on the list is R300. Please send your donation, ideally via EFT, to Parish bank account – details below.
Constantia Catholic Church
Branch 025 309
Current Account No 07 169 8965
REF: Bags of Love
Bags of love is a great activity for children. Let them take the list, do the shopping, fill the bags and bring them to the church. It is a great way for children to learn about and to feel compassion for the poor, and to be grateful for their blessings.
The fact that this is the 19th year of Bags of Love is a testament to the enormous giving heart of our parish. Thank you for your support that will make a real difference to the lives of so many over this Christmas season when the need is great.
Thanks too, to Gina Clifford-Holmes for running this successful and long standing campaign each year.
If you have any questions please contact Parish Office or Gina Clifford-Holmes on email@example.com.
When filling bags let us do it with a prayer - a prayer for those who are struggling, a prayer for the poor, a prayer to alleviate poverty and hunger in our world and a prayer of thanks for all our blessings, big and small!
The Pope has said much about our responsibility for the poor this year. Below is taken from the Pope's Homily on 14 November, World Day of Prayer for the Poor.
"We are part of a history marked by tribulation, violence, suffering and injustice, ever awaiting a liberation that never seems to arrive. Those who are most wounded, oppressed and even crushed, are the poor, the weakest links in the chain. The World Day of the Poor which we are celebrating asks us not to turn aside, not to be afraid to take a close look at the suffering of those most vulnerable. Today’s Gospel has much to say to them. The sun of their life is often darkened by loneliness, the moon of their expectations has waned and the stars of their dreams have fallen into gloom; their lives have been shaken. All because of the poverty into which they are often forced, victims of injustice and the inequality of a throwaway society that hurries past without seeing them and without scruple abandons them to their fate.
There is, however, another aspect: tomorrow’s hope. Jesus wants to open our hearts to hope, to remove our anxiety and fear before the pain of the world. And so, he tells us that even as the sun grows dark and everything around us seems to be falling, he himself is drawing near. Amid the groans of our painful history, a future of salvation is beginning to blossom. Tomorrow’s hope flowers amid today’s pain".